The Bitch List 2016

This is why #RepresentationMatters. It’s 2016 and Asian/Asian-American women are thought of as “hookers at Golden Globes parties” by a “Hollywood script consultant” when someone brings up lack of representation.

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TOGETHER, we can overcome degrading comments and actions- because “stereotypes put women in real danger”.

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Let’s do this. Now, for The Bitch List:

Stories we hope will get optioned/bought/made in the coming year and the future- the most liked so far un-produced screenplays read by industry professionals in 2015 that feature two named women/girls/transwomen talking about something other than a man– It’s just as simple as that.

Yup, we know stories that don’t pass the Bechdel Test (Bechdel-Wallace) also help women’s representation, but we just believe having more women’s dialogue about their varied interests shows them as even more human.

Some have told me I shouldn’t call this “The Bitch List”, but I wanted to stay in keeping with the alliteration of people we know at The Blood List, The Black List, and keep rhyming with The Hit List! Lycisca List has a nice ring to it. We can all say it 5x fast for fun. Lycisca is “she-wolf” in Italian. I learned this on The History Channel. It’s neat and now we’ve all learned something, but I think we’ll stick to THE BITCH LIST because “bitches get stuff done”.

Very fortunate to have “A-squared” Tracking Board to help facilitate votes this year. Shhh- because A2 exists in secret.

Thuc Doan Nguyen-Brophy
Thuc in Indiewire for The Haymarket Affair
Thuc in Indiewire’s “Heroines of Cinema”

 

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#TheBitchList2016 #ScriptsForChange

Fun facts about this year’s list:

12/21 writers on this list are women, 9/21 are men

Multiple stories are about People of Color at the center

Multiple stories are about social issues

Multiple stories take place in Texas

Two are animated

Major agencies represented this year with a story (CAA, WME, ICM, APA), except for UTA

***Thanks to the writers for pouring their hearts & souls out into their stories. Thanks to the voters for bringing these stories to our attention.

Very proud of the nominees & nominators. Change takes a while & A-squared members are rising through the ranks, representing the enlightened thoughtful Hollywood New Guard where liberal hypocrisy will be a thing of the past. Grateful for them and others for reading and the promoting the scripts below.

Together we are breaking down antiquated Hollywood myths. The numbers have shown it time and time again and we have the new stories that will continue to prove this.

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Britta’s screenplay won this year’s list with the most votes:

 

SHIP IT

Writer: Britta Lundin

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: A teenage fanfiction writer butts heads on the fan convention circuit with the lead actor in her favorite TV show when she plots to ensure that his character falls in love with his male costar to create the first gay action hero romance on TV.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

STRATOSPHERE

Writer: Debbie Moon

Genre: Sci-fi Action Feature

Logline: Five years after military drones turned on humanity, a teenage girl with a particular skill trains a ragtag resistance to fight back – hundred of miles above the Earth’s surface…

Representation: Rochelle Stevens at Rochelle Stevens & Co. (London)

Status: Available

 

TEXAS CITY – The Darkest Day

Writer: Jay Thames

Genre: True Story/Disaster Feature

Logline: A true story. On April 16th, 1947, a nuclear sized explosion destroyed Texas City, TX. This is the real story of diverse everyday people, (including the writer’s grandfather), who became unsuspecting heroes on that fateful day. The event remains the largest man-made disaster in U.S. history.

Representation: Ryan Saul, APA

Status: TBD

 

DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN

Writer: Sarah Bird

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: Cathay “Cathy” Williams becomes “William Cathay” to enlist in the Civil War, the first Black woman and only woman Buffalo Soldier in the history of the United States.

Representation: Kristine Dahl, ICM

Status: In development with Pantheon of Women

 

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SEIZE THE BODY

Writer: James M. Johnston and Todd Connelley

Genre: Crime Thriller Feature

Logline: When their son is murdered in the criminal underground of Texas, the grieving mother and estranged father reunite in a desperate search for justice.

Representation: Craig Kestel, WME

Status: In development with Parts and Labor / Sailor Bear

 

BRONCO BELLE

Writer/Director: Khurram Longi

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: A “Rocky on a bull” film: A woman battles prejudice to become a champion bull-rider.

Representation: John Garvey & Alex Medbed, CAA

Status: Emily Blunt attached

 

THE CLAN

Writers: Jeannette Manning and Joseph Yuan

Genre: Crime thriller- One Hour Drama

Logline: Tensions between a crime boss and her children complicate the operations of Tian Xia, a powerful San Francisco crime family. Inspired by writer’s personal experience.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

CHOKE COUNTY

Writer: Nate Orr

Logline: The story is about the death of small town and the violent growing pains of its rebirth into a fracking boomtown. It’s a contemporary “Deadwood” with a corrupt female sheriff at the center of it.

Representation: Allard Cantor & Jarrod Murray, Epicenter Management

Status: Jonathan Krauss attached to produce

 

PURE VERITIES

Writer: Carolyn Johnson

Genre: Horror/Mystery Feature

Logline: When an ambitious student journalist gets caught in endlessly repeating hallways, she discovers that the phenomenon is linked to an insidious set of experiments by a secret society. Think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN as a supernatural mystery thriller.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

WARREN

Writer: Francesca Butler

Genre: Drama

Logline: Warren (a modern-day adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession) is a New Orleans-set hour-long drama. It follows District Attorney Investigator Vivian Warren as she tackles the case of a lifetime: the arrest of New Orleans’ most infamous society madam – who turns out to be none other than Vivian’s mother, Katharine.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

HORSEWOMEN

Writers: Kelly D’Angelo & Nick Watson

Genre: Half Hour Comedy/ Animation

Logline: The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse try to end the world, only to find the world refuses to be ended by women.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

MUTANT TACO

Writer: Suzy Mae

Genre: Half Hour Comedy/ Animation

Logline: A crew of less-than-motivated mutant fast food workers get whipped into shape by an over-achieving manager.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

SALTWATER

Writer: Lydia Mulvey

Genre: Sci-fi Feature

Logline: With the world suffering catastrophic drought, a reclusive widow must help her estranged brother get his baby back from the Desiccants, a fearsome militia led by formidable twins who have found a way to extract pure water from the human body.

Representation: Michael Woodlief at MSW Media (Los Angeles)

Status: Available

 

TWO ROADS

Writers: Miranda Sajdak and Vanessa King

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: When the “perfect” All-American family witnesses a gangland murder, they must go into witness protection, where cracks in their family’s impeccable surface start to show.

Representation: Vanessa is repped by Pebble Entertainment

Status: Available

 

FURIOUS ANGELS

Writer: Nate Ruegger

Genre: Action Thriller

Logline: A reclusive hit-woman searches for her sister’s killer only to find herself blackmailed by a powerful criminal empire. Now the only person who can help her is a smart-mouthed teen runaway — who’s just like her sister. Imagine a female-driven JOHN WICK with the buddy rivalry of LETHAL WEAPON.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

ESSENTIAL

Writer: Simon Underwood

Genre: Sci-fi Thriller Feature

Logline: A resources-strapped America uses a public app to decide people’s worth – rate too low and you’re disposed of. A clerk for the app company suddenly finds herself on the kill list, and on the run.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

THE CIVIL WAR

Writer: David Kukoff

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: Based on the true story of the battle between Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly over the Equal Rights Amendment

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

REACH OUT, GRAB HOLD, AND SCREAM

Writer: Shelley Gustavson

Genre-Supernatural Drama Feature

Logline: Following a school shooting, a reclusive teacher fights to protect another young man from destruction when an unearthly neighbor causes the women of her small town go mad with grief and rage.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

 

Starting 2016, we’ve partnered with Scriptd to make some of The Bitch List screenplays readable on a curated page by the end of January- more on that soon

Writers, you may add yourself to this by contacting denise@scriptd.com

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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

 

 

As always, keep the movement going- tweet your logline for your Bechdel Test passing or female-centric screenplays/teleplays with #BitchPitches so we can learn about it on Twitter

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.