Screenwriting

IMDB – not to be confused with other Thucs…

Find Thuc on The Fireland List – cool womxn genre/horror writers of Ireland

Sundance Film Festival has Thuc back for #Sundance2021

The Chicago Tribune says to make all of Thuc’s screenplays

In the words of Chaedria LaBouvier: “Narrative Necromancy”

Key available projects

:: SCENT OF THE DELTARound 2 of Sundance Labs 2020

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*Script is 95% in English: A Vietnamese-American woman returns to New Orleans in order to learn to live with the ghosts of inter-generational trauma and to learn to be her own person as a third-culture kid.

Do you know where your Vietnamese-American centered stories are? In 2025, it will be the 50th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the world’s eyes will be on the Vietnamese diaspora!

:: MINDY WU TRAN VERSUS SILICON BEACH

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A Vietnamese-American woman start-up founder must battle racism, sexism and white feminism in order to keep her start-up alive (one that doesn’t cater to the 1%). Will she make it out of #Brotopia?

:: PARSONS– The story of The Haymarket Affair, The origin story of May Day, which is celebrated annually globally.

#1 on this Indiewire list, highlighted by Berlin-Los Angeles, presented by Villa-Aurora

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:: THE STROKE AFTER MIDNIGHT– New Draft with Janese “Nanea” Taylor

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A Woman of Color is slain by bad men and then brought back to life in a Voodoo ceremony by her sister. Together these women take out the horrible guys who keep them and other women down.

This is a grind-house revenge story. “She’s every woman. It’s all in her.”- Thanks, Chaka Khan

:: BLOOD DROP KILLERSRound 2 of Warner Brothers x MACRO x The Black List Incubator, 2021.

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A vampire and a werewolf, both Women of Color, must save each other in order to save the soul of New Orleans from racists!

#StayMACRO

EXT. WAREHOUSE – NIGHT

A #Vietnamese woman, a #BlackWoman and an #IndigenousWoman stand outside a burning building. The flames make their faces glow…

:: HAG STONE

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Beth, a war correspondent in her 40’s, takes time off to write a book at a secluded seaside cottage. There she finds rocks with holes in them, referred to as hag stones. It’s said that whoever looks through the hole of a hag stone can travel to another dimension. Beth unravels a horrible shameful secret that the house has kept through space and time.

:: BANANASRound 2 of MACRO Episodic Labs (Charles D. King/Eva Longoria/Lena Waithe), Sitcom/Dramedy with a Vietnamese-American woman lead

:: HOODOO YOU LOVE– Out on a shopping agreement til 7/21

This is a comedy about 30 year old Hadley Hawkins, who drunkenly defiles a hoodoo altar on spring break during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Because of this she thinks she’s cursed to keep seeing ex boyfriends she can’t stand the sight of back in New York City. Hadley has to figure out how to remove the “hex” and get on with her life.

:: UNDER YOUR NOSE is a family comedy.

Bailey must sniff out the culprits and save a dog from a band of bank robbing surfing dogs.

Bailey is not your typical dog. He’s a surfing dog, a surfing beagle to be precise. This is a cultural phenomenon sweeping Southern California, with competitions in Huntington Beach and San Diego. 

Bailey helps his person, Steve, who works at the FBI solve a burglary ring no one can crack. Think ‘Point Break’, but with dogs. The story takes them to locales such as Miami and Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge on the Emerald Isle of North Carolina.

Fun info

Thuc founded both #TheBitchList and #StartWith8Hollywood

(www.startwith8hollywood.com)

Thuc was a translator for The Academy Award nominated “Last Days in Vietnam” by Rory Kennedy





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Additional stories + further descriptions/summaries

Oh, you’ll like them…





Cuffing Season

Tove is unceremoniously dumped two days before American Thanksgiving, after she thought she and her significant other were at the closest point of their interracial relationship. In flashbacks we learn of some of the complications. Tove navigates the rest of “Cuffing Season” with her friends and learns to sort out other such baggage like society and her family expecting her to be an example of the “model minority”. 




PARSONS

1886 is a historical drama based on real life stories that surround the Haymarket bombing of May 4, 1886, the subsequent trial and executions of anarchists in America who fought for the eight hour work day and to end child labor.


The story centers on an interracial couple– Lucy Parsons, an African-American/Mexican labor activist born into slavery and Albert Parsons, who at age 13 fights for the CSA and later denounces his indoctrination to advocate for the rights of freed slaves and the working class.

The story also focuses on German immigrants–  Louis Lingg, a young Mannheim born carpenter unionist who emigrates to Chicago and German language newspaper publisher August Spies and his assistant Adolph Fischer. Lingg commits suicide in prison, leaving behind the love of his life. Spies meets his wife as a result of the conspiracy trial.  Four men are hung and buried in Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago.

1886 is a story for The 99%. It captures the current worldwide zeitgeist of the disparity between the haves and have nots. This story includes suspenseful elements such as the mystery of who really set off the bomb in Haymarket Square & torrid love affairs.

A lovely reading was hosted by Villa Aurora/Forum Berlin in Pacific Palisades

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Two Scary Guys

2ScaryGuys is a comedy about Curt See and Rhett Cutler who adore Halloween, always have since they were little boys who grew up in the same small town in Southern Maryland.  They’ve worked seasonally at Old Man’s Daniels’ fun park each Halloween. They love it. They live for it. When OMD runs out of money to keep the place going, so goes the guys’ thing that they look forward to every year. A big company lead by Curt’s arch nemesis, Eddie Frost, endeavors to open up a new theme park based on a popular series of teen vampire books and movies called Starkly Dark





We’ve Got History

In progress:

We’ve Got History is a comedy about three twenty-nine year single women trapped in the present lament their dating lives and long for a time when men were men and women didn’t aspire to be on reality tv shows.

Deb, Whitney and Marcie live normal lives, working jobs where they feel dispensable. They’re bored of the dating scenes where they live. Their prospects are bleak, and looking back on people they have history with proves nauseating.

Deb’s in LA- men are more into their Blackberries and Porsches than courtship. Whitney’s in New York where she tells Deb it’s not much better, where men get their nails done. Marcie’s in the burbs where guys watch sports and play video games instead of wooing. Moving to another city for a fresh supply of men isn’t going to make a difference.

Not that these women want to be princesses or characters in romance novels; they just want to date during ages where romance was part of life and so was actual living-feeling alive instead of being attached to gadgets, machines and screens all the time. 

The women find the site bangabledudesinhistory.blogspot.com and imagine hooking up with bad boys from the past; not their past, but history’s past.  Their imagination becomes real. Will they like being lost in time in their searches to be lost in love, or will they long to return to the “now”?

Will anyone notice they’re missing? Will going back in time give them what they want for the future?






Face Time Continuum


(working title)

A modern re-imagining of Eyes Without a Face— sounds scary, right? The setting is Los Angeles. The subjects are plastic surgery and dead girls.

Miriam, the daughter of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, loses her face in a freak accident. After many botched surgeries to repair her countenance, she wonders if continuing these procedures is worth it or if she should pursue a different kind of life out there.


Mash-up 

Finalist- 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival

Candice, 30s, goes with her gal pals on a dog-sitting trip to where they all grew up, where the friends find a box of knick knacks and a round they played of the childhood game M.A.S.H- mansion, apartment, shack, or house– that predicts your future. These things start to come true. Candice must figure out if they’re going collectively crazy, or not…



Pinky Swear

Jane must find a way to get out of a marriage pact (bound by magic) that she made with her friend Oliver, as they are about to both go over the hill.


Uncivil Undead

This is different from other Confederate zombie stories where people just get eaten- this one has a social commentary attached. Neo “rebels” talk the same, think the same, look the same, they don’t really rebel against anything. They adhere to their upbringing of hating “outsiders”.

IDEA:

Tannersville is a still segregated small Southern town with a Confederate Cemetery- as many small Southern towns have and highlight with historical markers.

Bobby Calhoun is a young good ole boy who has been raised to wait until The South rises again, like the generations before him who think The Civil War never really ended. They still honor those like Nathan Bedford Forrest, burn crosses in their spare time and put on Civil War re-enactments, but change the outcome to where The South won.

Edie Webb is is quasi-girlfriend, still figuring herself out- raised Southern Baptist, raised to have kids and bring them up in the church. She loses her virginity to Bobby in the cemetery.

Unbeknownst to them, her blood on a full moon awakens long dead soldiers. This is due to a magic spell done by a CSA leader to awaken his troops to seek vengeance against the “Northern aggression” or anyone who by existing, attempts to ruin their way of life, “as the good lord intended it”.

“Murders” of white people happen that rock Tannersville. These “victims” happened to be glad to see the soldiers march again, until they got eaten by them.

The victims appear dead for three days, then become zombies themselves…

Hanh Le, Nairey Pygosian Ramirez, Sanjit Patel, and Tim Smith are new graduate students at the local college that lured them from out of state with the promise of financial support, then tried to load work on them and discriminate against them. This group of minorities and Tim, along with local Adam Jenkins, figure out what’s going on.  Samara Brown is a young black woman who grew up in Tannersville who stands with the cause. Her brother Lavarius and his friend Joe Edmonds also help the out of towners with the Rebel zombies.

Edie and Samara are attracted to each other. When they kiss, the zombies’ heads explode. The future of Tannersville and towns like it are at stake… What will have to happen for them to survive?

Man 9 From Outer Space

Synopsis only

Man 9 is a comedy. Irv’s an alien from the Man 9 series. They’re average seeming guys. Man 1 series – Aldous, Alex, Alan- were all too hunky and failed in their mission.  Man 2 S eries- There are others- Brad, Brent, Brandon, Ben.  Man 3- Calvin, Man 4- Derrick, Man 5- Evan, Man 6- Freddie, Man 7- George, Man 8- Henry– you get it.  Invasion is just too messy and then you have to deal with the aftermaths. 

What was their mission you ask?  — To get gold from Earth’s women. Their home planet runs on gold- it keeps their vehicles going, it heats their homes, operates their plants.  Man 1 series were foxy gigolos who loved ‘em and left ‘em and swiped their gold.  Women with low self esteem fell for that. 

Man 9 series will woo them, go with a more long term effect. Man 9 will take them panning for gold. Man 9 will be dentists and extract the gold from their very mouths. Man 9 will out smart these Earth women. Elvi’s didn’t fall for Man 1. She’s been burned by a pretty face and six pack abs before. She’s not falling for Man 9 either. Nice guys turn into dicks when you give them the time.  Elvi’s a smart individual investor. She has a safe under her bed and she’s been buying up bars of gold in anticipation of the failing Earth economies.  She wears the key for the safe around her neck and never takes it off. The aliens send in a special agent- Irv.

Irv begins a complex way of “getting to” Elvi.  Does she go for it?