The Bitch List 2018

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Here we are: Monday, January 8, 2018 with a list of the entertainment industry’s best liked Bechdel Test passing screenplays. This list comes out in January not just to recap last year’s great reads, but to highlight what stories we collectively want to get made in the coming year.

Love the news of THE NEW BECHDEL TESTS. Proud to say some of the screenplays on #TheBitchList2018 appear to pass these also. The original Bechdel Test is an extremely low bar, but surprisingly most films that get made still do not pass it. It is merely somewhere to start.

Every year, we’re still getting the same sad old stats about there being barely any #WOC directed or starring films. #TimesUp for this, really, truly. Who’s out there making this change happen? @Inclusionists have shown us time and time again that the data says #WOC lead films make box office cash, big time. Girls Trip, anyone?

 

 

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There are some awesome announcements- FYI: This time, esteemed #TheBitchList2017 winner Britta Lundin (now a super duper cool big shot writer on Riverdale) is helping facilitate more industry reads of this year’s scripts- if you’re one of the writers on this list and want to be included- email biatchpack@gmail.com and we’ll forward your script to Britta to compile. If you’re a rep or producer and want to read some of them, also feel free to send a message to this email and we’ll connect things up.

Very proud of The Bitch List alumni and glad to keep in touch with ’em. Many are actively participating in #WRAC18, so if you want, hop on over and join us and The Film Brigade headed by the generous Gary Graham and Michael Hennessy.

It’s required that voters send in their nominations via their official work emails and/or include an IMDB.com link of the nominator’s own work in order to verify identities.  Nominations are accepted from those working at studios, networks, agencies, management companies, and production companies anywhere in the world. Aside from this, alumni of the list are also eligible to vote.

 

As always, many thanks to friends and supporters who have lent a hand, given great coverage to The Bitch List: Scriptd.com, Cinema in Noir, The Trackingboard, Indiewire, Wellywood Woman, Bluestocking Film Fest, Etheria Film Fest, Screamfest, The Bloodlist, The Director List, The Blacklist, April and Margaret of Legendary Women and others…

This has been a tumultuous year when it’s come to toppling the patriarchy. The old guard is changing before our very eyes because of brave people who have come out with their stories of sexual harassment. The industry is changing in big ways and together we will have a #BetterHollywood (hashtag by the wonderful Eleanor Morrison).

 

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO-

The first story listed below won by a landslide of the votes. The rest are in no particular order- to cap out at 15 this year

Repping this time are: UTA, Gersh, Lee Stobby Entertainment, The Cartel, Circle of Confusion, APA, Artillery & others

Very proud that writers originally on previous editions of The Bitch List have gone on to be on The Black List and to get their films made. Last year’s success story is David Kukoff’s An Uncivil War, to be directed by Dee Rees!

None of these stories are repped or endorsed by The Bitch Pack, nor are they read by anyone here. Just here counting votes. Congrats to everyone who made it onto the list- with votes from professionals who believe in your writing:

 

 

THE F*CK TRUCK

Action Comedy Feature

By Lindsay Stidham and Angela Gulner

Gulner is represented by Fictional Entity

Stidham is represented by Lee Stobby Entertainment and Miloknay/Weiner

Status: Available

The F*ck Truck will never be the same after JACKIE JONES gets on board to confront the bitch boning her man. But when both women are mistaken for hijacking the bus, the former-rivals are forced to work together to out-drive the police and save all the beavers on board one jacked up bus. It’s like SPEED meets THELMA AND LOUISE.

 

 

THE MEEK AND THE MILD

Western Dramedy Pilot

By Alexandra E. Hartman

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

When a pregnant bandit and an ex-slave meet a Southern belle with a fiery secret, they form an unlikely band of badass, ovary-slinging Western outlaws.

 

 

PALE HORSE

Pale Horse

Thriller Feature

By Chris Courtney Martin

Representation: Fred James, Manager

Status: Optioned to Snail Wolf Media

When a reclusive author (a Black woman with MS) shelters a man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother, they’re tormented by the zealot responsible.

 

 

WALLED GARDENS

Drama Feature

By Michael Cooke

Representation: Stephanie Epstein, Manager

Status: Available

Lynn Miller, a Black woman public school teacher, navigates her quarter life crisis being over worked, and underpaid in one of the worse counties in Georgia. Lynn must decide if she will resign at the end of the week and move on to a better teaching district, leaving her students to fend for themselves, or stay and risk her dignity and sanity at the sake of little reward.

 

 

DEARLY DEPARTED

RomCom Feature

By Casey Zilbert

Representation: Daniela Garcia-Brcek, Circle of Confusion & Danny Toth, Gersh

Status: Available

Following the death of her estranged mother, a commitment phobe-cum-romance writer’s world spirals into a comedy of errors when her return home to Seattle stirs up old secrets, new scandals, and an unexpected love affair with a Naval Officer.

 

 

GODLIKE

Fantasy Dramedy Pilot

By Jeannette Manning

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Godlike is a one-hour TV dramedy about Morrigan, a Celtic war goddess who feels obsolete in modern-day Queens. Forced to earn a living after she abruptly loses her powers, Morrigan gets a job at an MCN alongside Ash McNeil, a descendant of Celtic warriors guided by Morrigan. The goddess hopes to restore her powers by investigating and uncovering other immortals posing as eccentric YouTubers. Instead, Morrigan’s search for nonhumans helps her realize how human she truly is.

 

 

 

UNSUNG

Historical Drama Pilot

By Paola Ferrari & Kayla Westergard-Dobson

Representation: Audrey Knox, Kevin Slack, and Evan Corday at The Cartel

Status: Currently in active development with John Rogers and Jennifer Court at Kung Fu Monkey
Days before Pearl Harbor, the interception of a cryptic Axis communication irrevocably changes the lives of four women as the wartime conflict escalates, weaving together their paths in unexpected ways.

 

 

GARGOYLE HIGH

Supernatural Action/Adventure Pilot

By Lauren Conoscenti

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Orientation week at an all-girls high school turns to chaos when a new student accidentally releases ancient creatures on campus


 

BAKED

Comedy Pilot

By Nancy Duff

Story by: Nancy Duff & Woody Schultz

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

A recent widow and a society matron, brought together by a secret from their past, realize that in order to survive their golden years, they’ll need to work together and bring a failing marijuana bakery to new heights. BAKED puts a different spin on the current pilots about the “pot culture,” and features story lines about: adultery, adoptions, multi-ethnic families, death, LGBTQ stories, class issues and of course… baked goods.

 

 

WILLOW POINT

Dramedy Pilot

Written by: Jay H. Thames

Representation: Ryan Saul, APA & Darren Trattner, Jackoway Tyerman

Status: Available

The dream team: A mob hitman and his brilliant mother get more than they bargained for when they’re dropped into a picture perfect suburb – new members of the Witness Protection Program – surrounded by a very diverse group of off-kilter neighbors, all of them also in the Witness Protection Program.

 

 

KOLLEGIUM

Sci-Fi Drama Pilot

By Thomas Dolan-Gavitt

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

At an exclusive school for genetically-engineered teens, an attack by a radical techno-terrorist faction prompts a shy, outcast girl to dig into the institution’s dark secrets.

 

 

A GIRL AND A GUN

Action Feature

By Nate Myers

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

An assassin has two hours to kill her neighbor in order to save her own life — but she first has to find her favorite gun.

 

 

#1 FAN

Comedy Pilot

By Annabel Seymour

Representation: Tom Carter, Artillery Creative

Status: Available

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman’s life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep. 30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

 

 

LIMERICK

Drama Pilot

By Lorelei Ignas

Representation: United Talent Agency: Amanda Burnett, Lily Safran, Matt Baldovsky

Garrett Greer, Manager

Status: Available

A Park Avenue OB/GYN whose alcoholism nearly destroyed her career must struggle to stay sober, employed, and sane in the red suburbs of Pennsylvania after accepting a controversial job at one of the few remaining women’s health clinics in the country that performs abortions after 22 weeks.

 

 

OUR FUTURE IS FEMALE

Drama Pilot

By Carolyn Johnson

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Two women programmers develop an “empathy-based” gaming tech – which forces misogynistic players to experience life as the women they victimize.

 

 

 

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The Bitch List 2015

Go here for THE BITCH PACK What do we want? More women-centric films. When do we want them? Now. In order to get them, first we need screenplays, so… The Bitch List

Drum roll please

By popular demand, this time #TheBitchList2015 includes teleplays too.

Thank you so much to A-Squared Tracking Board and The Busby for facilitating votes this year.  Guys named Steve out-number everyone on the list this year. WEST got the most votes. Everyone else in no particular order.

 

WEST

Writer: Kit Steinkellner

Genre: Western/Sci-fi/Adventure, One Hour Drama

Logline: X-Men in the Old West

Representation: Katie Cates, International Creative Management; Josh Adler, Circle of Confusion Management

Status: Available

 

SITUATION COMEDY

Writer: Cat Vasko

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: A woman feeling lost in life stumbles upon a mysterious dimension where she is a major character in a universe based on a sitcom.

Representation: William Morris Endeavor

Status: Available

 

 

PLUS-ONE

Writer: April Prosser

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: When all her friends get married, Rachel realizes her only friend is wing-woman Summer, a brash party animal.

Representation: Blair Kohan, Carolyn Sivitz, William Morris Endeavor

Status: Bought by Weinstein Films

 

 

MILLIE TO THE MOON

Writer: Lynn Hamilton

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: A young woman tries to find her place in a world that isn’t exactly banging down her door demanding she lend her voice.

Writer’s Representation: N/A

Status: Director Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis) attached

 

 

FORSAKEN

Writer: Isaac Adamson

Genre: Historical Drama Feature

Logline: Real life horror story of the women trapped on an island during the 1915 Mexican Revolution who struggle to survive from hunger and a monstrous lightkeeper’s reign of terror.

Representation: Lee Stobby Entertainment

Status: Available

 

 

JANE

Writer: Robert Dillon

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: A woman raised by serial killers lives a secret life as a dark web assassin.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

BLOOD MOON

Writer: Monique Mata

Genre: Psychological Thriller Feature

Logline: While investigating a series of gruesome murders, a lonely coroner falls for an enigmatic stranger who may be connected to the crimes.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

BEA

Writers: Dreux Moreland & Steve Hayes-Pollard

Genre: Historical Comedy, Period Piece Feature

Logline: 19th century tale of madness where the cunning Beatrice colludes with her brutal manservant in order to overcome her filial duties and follow her darker desires – even at the cost of her family, friends and mental fortitude.

Representation: Dreux is now with CAA & Anonymous Content after being on this list

Status: Available

 

 

THE BANG BANG GIRLS

Writer: Lauren Schacher

Genre: Dramedy Feature

Logline: Regan Boyer has done the last thing she ever thought she would: she’s moved back to the town that exiled her. When word gets out that “Easy Rei” is teaching teen girls about female sexuality, the town spares no one in their slut-shaming backlash. As the rumors that plagued her adolescence return with a vengeance, Rei struggles with bringing the others down with her in her attempt to finally rise above the ashes.

Representative: N/A

Status: Seeking director, funding

 

 

ZOEY RAMONE

Writer: Steve Boltz

Logline: A punk-rock girl with a brain tumor that causes her to hallucinate the late Joey Ramone travels cross-country to reconnect with her estranged mother and step-father.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: THE STORY OF THE MERCURY 13

Writers: Maria Burton, Gabrielle Burton, Ursula Burton & Jennifer Burton

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: The true-life story that follows the “Mercury 13,” a group of 13 women who successfully passed NASA’s intense Project Mercury astronaut training in 1959 – but were denied the right to fly.

Representation: Linda Lichter at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman

Status: Available

 

 

WOMEN COME TO JUDGMENT

Writer: Nate Bynum

Genre: Historical Drama Feature

Logline: About a young girl’s rape and the consequences as the town and jury debates her moral character

Representation: Mitchell K. Stubbs, Powerline Management

Status: Available

 

 

SAVAGE

Writer: Stephanie Bousley

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: In a neighborhood where crime seems to be the only way to a better life, a bi-racial teenage girl from South Central Los Angles tries to save her dying mother and overcome the setbacks of her upbringing by becoming a paparazzi photographer.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

RECONCILING JIMMY

Writer: Valerie Peterson

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: After her uncle’s death, an accountant is tasked with being the executor on his estate, only to unravel secrets the town would prefer remain hidden.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

PRIORY SON

Writers: Victor Marranca and Vanessa King

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: A female ATF agent is recruited into a murderous religious sect, dedicated to bring vengeance upon the world’s worst sinners.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

DARK EYES

Writer: John Casu

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: Asked to help the FBI investigate a series of macabre murders, an AFOSI Special Agent must keep her involvement in the homicides secret as struggles to complete her true mission.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

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The Bitch List and The Bitch Pack were started by Thuc Doan Nguyen. Thuc is a practicing writer. Thuc enjoys being kicked in the butt by Lexi Alexander to write more Women of Color, which has resulted in a comedy pilot called YELLOW FEVER aka BANANAS.

Thuc also keeps busy writing for QueenMobs, an off-shoot of Berfrois UK. She’s written a web series called DOWNTOWN for 77 Films (LA), who produced I DREAM TOO MUCH with Richard Linklater. She’s working on a short with Bodhi Films (LA & Paris) called TINDER-ITIS. Thuc is grateful to be part of her women’s film mafias in LA and in Europe, and for outstanding allies of all genders.

This list is dedicated to the memory of Richard Alexander Friedman.