THE contestant—feature-length drama, 106 pages (Available) 

After realizing that the seemingly random pattern on a television game show is anything but, an unemployed ice cream truck driver hustles his way onto America's biggest game show—winning more money in a single day than he'd have made in a lifetime. Redeemed in the eyes of the family that had once taken him for a fool, Michael returns home to Ohio not just a hero, but emboldened by his success and certain he can make even more money. But as investment after investment goes bad, he grows ever-more distrustful of his own family and uncertain of what's real and what's artifice.

Read the first ten pages 


A great look at the fragility of the male ego and the dissolution of domestic masculinity which started in the 1980s. Using the game as a framing device is smart and surprisingly, the writer doesn’t build to his big win. By focusing on the aftermath of Michael’s “success” we get a much clearer and more satisfying portrait of a man on the edge of reason.
— Black List Reviewer

Awards and Recognition 

  • Finalist, Sundance Screenwriter's Lab 
  • Second Round PAGE Screenwriting Awards. 

 

 

THE cYCLIST—Feature-length drama, 113 pages (Available)  

Throughout the 1930s, Albert Richter was Germany's most successful track cyclist—competing at velodromes throughout Europe and using his prize money to support his Jewish coach. Distrustful of Richter's European cosmopolitanism and envious of his sporting success, as the Nazi party rises to power, Richter's German teammate begins to act as an informant. After returning to Germany for one final race in 1940, as Richter attempts to cross the Swiss border—his tires stuffed with money— he is pulled from his train car by the SS and murdered—the public told by Nazi officials that their hero has died in a skiing accident.


This is a really powerful true story of Albert Richter and is unlike any other that takes place in Nazi Germany. Every character is vividly painted. Steffes is not a standard villain. He’s intriguing, fearful and loyal and duplicitous. He acts exactly the way many Germans did at the time which is what makes him such a unique villain- he was par for the course. His existence manifests a national identity into a personal conflict.
— Black List Reviewer

Awards and Recognition 

  • Second-Round Austin Film Festival