Donald Lewis

Screenwriter


Intro


Thanks so much for stopping by. In addition to my own stories I want to help you tell yours, so I'm seeking all collaborators who have a stake in telling compelling stories grounded in character within the studio system and beyond.


Feature work of late includes the crime thrillers TRAFICANTE and HANGFIRE, both of which I collaborated on with director/producer Jose De Avila. I'm also working on an untitled drama/thriller with director Adrian Pruett, as well as an 8-episode series for director/producer Torry Colvin. In addition, I've written three book adaptations -- THE SPINNING MAN, KILL ME and CIRCLE OF SIX -- for CAA-mentored Worldlight Pictures, as well as the harrowing true story EMIGRANTE for Isickles Media.


My most recent spec feature, MONTGOMERY MUD, an ancestry thriller, is now available. If you're in the market for this or other specs -- loglines of which can be found below -- or a writer for hire, you can reach me at DonaldTLewis@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you down the road!

Spec Features

MONTGOMERY MUD (ancestry thriller)

When a biracial lawyer discovers his African American family on an ancestry website, his welcoming younger sister invites him to a family reunion where their malevolent older sister conjures threats to his life, forcing a battle of wills due to his origin story...their deceased father's love for a white woman.

PLAY RESPONSIBLY (neo-noir thriller)

After winning a lottery ticket worth $6.5 million, a small town housewife hides it from her abuser husband, planning to burn it in front of him on the day of its expiration, until she realizes her more empowering path is his murder.


MOTHERLOVE (psychological thriller)

A needy 12-year-old boy and his mother's boyfriend conspire to create a family, leading to the mother's murder and the boy's fight for his future and redemption.


THE FOLLOWER (teen thriller)

In leafy suburbia, a preppy teen beauty takes a bullied outcast under her sophomore wing, inadvertently opening a Pandora's box of working class revenge.

COME TO ME SOFTLY (neo-noir thriller)

An avenging daughter plots to execute her father when he's released from prison for her mother's murder, but her mother's spirit has more ambitious plans.


MOVIE HOUSE (horror)

A deteriorating movie palace learns that developers have plans to convert it into a mall, forcing it to take the only action it can -- deadly defiance.


YOUNG BLOOD (coming of age drama)

Two 11-year-old boys -- one white, one black -- fight against their oppression in a Catholic orphanage and run away, only to escape into the oppression of 1968 Chicago.


BLEEDING HEARTS (urban drama)

A veteran white LAPD officer resolves to protect the unborn child of an abusive black mother, forcing both to confront their very different lives in South Central LA.

FULL COURT PRESS (drama/stage play adaptation)

In a downtown Chicago hotel on the day of the NBA Draft, eight guys take on race, basketball and what it means to be a man, balling on the court of explosive racial politics.


ROADSIDE MAMAS (road dramedy)

Two gals in their golden years -- a straight-laced businesswoman and a free-spirited eccentric -- meet in Taos, New Mexico, finding love, adventure and purpose on a cantankerous road to Chicago.

NIGHT BUS (romantic dramedy)

A single mom navigates through the pain of romance and fear of her jazz piano talent, driving a night bus in the big city, when a pain in the ass law student challenges her to reimagine her life.


THE HANDYMAN (romantic comedy)

A self-absorbed law firm manager acquires boyfriends for the sole purpose of working on her aging parents' home, only to fall for a pro skateboarder past his prime who can't fix anything -- except her heart.

BRACING WHIFFS (coming of age comedy)

On the cusp of high school, a boy's first love faces first bust when his nemesis middle school principal begins dating the new high school principal -- his crush's mother.


SWEET MOVE (college comedy)

When a college basketball star loses her scholarship to a sorority vendetta, a group of off-campus slackers take her in and fight the power to get her back in school, becoming student movers.

Spec Shorts


GOOD GIRL (drama/stage play adaptation)

A doll searches for answers when her young owner doesn't return, revealing dark, disturbing secrets a doll shouldn't have to know.


PERENNIALS (drama)

Paranoia takes root when a white suburban woman repeatedly receives business cards from a Mexican landscaper through her front door mail slot, sending her on a frantic mission to stop the invasion of her home.

CROSSING (drama)

A businessman helps an elderly woman cross the street, opening his troubled heart to her and changing his life.


BEHIND THE WALL (comedy)

A nerdy guy confidentially obsesses about the girl on the other side of his apartment wall, till the girl's new beau forces him out of his comfort zone.

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IMDb


TERROR ON ALCATRAZ (produced)

Trans World Entertainment


TRAFICANTE (pre-production)

Traficante Film LLC

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Options


ROADSIDE MAMAS

Cine Enterprises, Inc. (2)

Letitia Popa-Schwartz, director

Roadside Productions


YOUNG BLOOD

Nemesis Productions

Letitia Popa-Schwartz, director

SWEET MOVE

NAK Filmworks

Brian Bender Productions


BENCH PRESS

Patrick Gorman, actor

Broadway/Hollywood Productions


BLEEDING HEARTS

Martin Morris Productions

STREET FIGHT

Bravo Entertainment Inc.

MOVIE HOUSE

Broadway/Hollywood Productions


FULL COURT PRESS (stage play)

Desert Eagle Films

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Screen Rights (to stage plays)


THIRD WORLD

Robert H. Townsend, producer


WISE FOOLS

Robert H. Townsend, producer

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Work For Hire - Features


TRAFICANTE (original)

Traficante Film LLC


HANGFIRE (original)

Jose De Avila, director/producer


UNTITLED DRAMA/THRILLER (original)

Adrian Pruett Entertainment


THE SPINNING MAN (adaptation)

Worldlight Pictures Inc.


KILL ME (adaptation)

Worldlight Pictures Inc.


CIRCLE OF SIX (adaptation)

Worldlight Pictures Inc.


UNTITLED HEIST (original)

Worldlight Pictures Inc.


EMIGRANTE (based on a true story)

Isickles Media


FRONTIER DAYS (original)

Patrick Flaherty, producer

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Work For Hire - Series


UNTITLED DRAMA (original)

24k Black Films

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Affiliations

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

BA Film & Video


NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

BA History


CHICAGO DRAMATISTS

Resident Playwright Alumnus


STAGE 32

Member