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Scripts and Novels

  

LETTERS FROM THE HOLE (film script)  

James Hart (alias), a New Jersey black man, has been on Death Row for over 33 years after being convicted on charges of Murder-for Hire.  James was the only black man in the courtroom during his trial. His five white conspirators were dead or released.

LFH is the compelling story of a black man on Death Row (the “Hole”) who continues his struggle with a virtually all white justice system while awaiting his execution. LFH is an expedition into the original trial, and subsequent legal appeals. Based on true events, it peels back the skin of the crime drama to show the grim pettiness of: corruption, power, violence and deception in late 20th and early 21st century Nevada judicial system. The raw authenticity of the script stems from the fact that the story is based on letters from a black Death Row inmate to his unnamed white advocate with whom he continues to correspond to this day. The inmate has been in the Hole for 33+ years during which he has made many appeals. Within the last few years, he has received evidence withheld at trial that would have changed the verdict from the death sentence to acquittal. His case is currently on appeal.

 

THE ENEMY WEARS BLUE (full-length screenplay)     

A dedicated African-American police officer becomes the main target of a major reverse drug sting operation. The main character learns that he isn’t immune to racism and discrimination just because he is a member of law enforcement. The screenwriter researched the backgrounds of many police officers and mobsters. The screenplay is easily adaptable to TV or a mini-series.


THE “G” (novel) This novel written by an inmate focuses on black gangsters in Chicago and San Francisco whose daily lives consist of:  drugs, murder, and gang-related activities. 

From the opening of The “G”

“As far as America was concerned, with its dog-eat-dog policies and super-solidified, Darwinian mental ideologies, Floyd didn’t want to hear any of it. Six years in maximum-security Nevada, for attempted murder had completely embittered his mind into the proverbial system. It had not taken much for Floyd to get to his current state of being. He was a gangster, anyway, and murder was nothing new to him. Floyd had just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it all gone bad with some Reno boys, and he had paid for it with time out of the wallet of his life. Floyd was not one to be robbed without recourse, and spent his sentence devising a plan to get back what he felt society have stolen. If all went well, which there was no reason he believed it should not, this would be Floyd's last dirt in America's grimy underworld. Gangsters retire just like anyone else – with a nest egg!”

 

SILENT STRUGGLE (novel) – Tom, 25-year-old white male, takes a drug beef for a friend and winds up in a cell in a maximum-security prison in California. Adam, his cellmate, is an independent that is not affiliated with the ruthless prison gang that literally controls the prison. In fact, the gang’s leader Bob wants Adam dead. Tom’s childhood friend George, in the same prison, is a high-ranking member of the gang, who wants Tom to join up. Tom refuses. Bob is furious upon hearing of Tom’s refusal. He puts a hit on Tom and Adam who then get locked up after two members of the gang try to carry out the hit while on the weight pile. Meanwhile, the gang extends to the streets and is run by Ned, an older white supremacist and ex KKK member. He became Bob’s mentor after some blacks raped and killed Bob’s mother. The gang controls most of the drugs in California. Ned has a daughter who is married to Bob. She has an extramarital affair. Bob kills the man, but spares Ned’s daughter. Bob still wants Adam and Tom dead, so he has Ned set up a hit from the streets. A guard and member of K Gestapo, a group of guards within the prison who kill and brutalize prisoners, guns down Tom and Adam on the exercise yard in lockup. 


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