"To spark the imagination, your pen must become a brush."
~ H. P. Shreve
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"Perhaps the most memorable aspect of The Colonel's Wife is its writing...the author is clearly a very skilled playwright. With writing like this, there's no doubt that great things
will come out of this author!"
Drama / TV Series: 4 Seasons, 36 Episodes
LOGLINE:A young woman, blind to her demons, finds significance by aligning with the Japanese in Hawaii—a potent cocktail that threatens her and America’s future peace.
SYnoposis:Visiting family at Schofield Barracks Army garrison, Jillian M. Pace is the ‘unknowing’ perpetual guest in 1922 Oahu [like the Japanese]. Wounded by a missing father, a critical mother and “not Army material,” Jillian aligns with Michi Ishikawa, [30s, Japanese servant] who brings her into a spy circle under the guise of ‘stabilizing’ Japanese-American relations and the American Dream.* Jillian disappears into modern vice and under the radar to leverage Army knowledge, soon knowing more than the War Department’s over-blown ‘paper tiger’ war plans. Immersed in a psychological maze of treachery, she falls in love with Tokuji Sato —dangerous operative/ Japanese Consulate liaison—and risks reputation, safety and national defense by aligning with the enemy. As the ‘cocktail’ of the era turns out to be a fallacy—there was no Japanese conspiracy in Hawaii—she is shaken to the core and alerts the American Consulate before Pearl Harbor is a ‘fait accompli.’ Jillian now faces the real host—Truth—knowing she was formed by outer forces/lack—like the riddle of bamboo, and not by inner strength. An accomplished reporter, Jillian lives authentically, abandons alcohol and all facades as a war correspondent in the South Pacific where Army medic COL Nick Greene[40s] sees her true nature as they keep captured GIs secretly informed. After the war, they marry and return to Washington where Jillian becomes the servant—works at the Pentagon to help a Japanese POW to recover his rank, stripped while a captive, a final demonstration of loyalty to her country, the Army, and herself.
*From 1920-24, the Labor Emergency in the Hawaiian Territories pits citizens, the Japanese, alien labor, the Army, the government, and Congress against each other—a bellwether for the real emergency to come at Pearl Harbor 20 years hence.
AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW: Pilot Episode: 'The Riddle,' Summary and Character List.
This is the untold story of the heroes...
Drama/Thriller Feature Film- 120 MIN
LOGLINE: When POWs’ lives become ‘unlivable’ in WWII, a noble colonel becomes ‘unkillable,’ outsmarting sadistic Japanese captors on a four-year mission to save thousands and get justice for American GIs.
SYNOPOSIS: Once…there was a compassionate soldier in the Pacific War who survived disease, starvation, the Death March, three Japanese prison ships, a bullet, and more—while managing to feed starving POWS—by becoming a smuggler in the Underground operation known as "Home Fires." Colonel Arthur L. Shreve, Jr.’s four-year internment is an unforgettable tale of raw guts, American ingenuity, and bravery—an officer who went against regs and with his wits to snake in cash to buy food for his career-long band of brothers. This is the untold story of the heroes who pulled it off…and of one man who was tough as nails, and a wife who wished she was.
AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW: Summary, Character List and/or Full Movie Script.
"He who wields the sharpest wit carves his name in history.”
~ H. P. Shreve
GENRE: TV Mini-series, 10 Episodes
LOGLINE: In an early Republic, Henry Shreve seizes a 'golden moment' with his bare hands -- when the West is virtually unreachable except by boat -- conquering every transportation obstacle in the way of national prosperity with his steam and snag boat innovations, changing the course of history.
SYnoposis: On the heels of John Adams, Henry Miller Shreve takes charge in a blossoming nation where settlers and traders move west in droves after the Louisiana Purchase and into a ‘new America.' Like Congress, young Henry believes “…that the free navigation of the river Mississippi is a clear and essential right of the United States.” Living in the time of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the War of 1812, and Indian hostilities, he foresees the power of steam engines on the water and how they could catapult a country into phenomenal prosperity. With his adventurous nature and ingenuity, he takes keelboats and barges [of the pioneer days] into a new technological era in an amazing journey to make safer steam engines, bigger steamboats and the first Snag Boat—The Heliopolis, which clears the Red River raft and opens 1,200 miles of navigable Texas waters for the US Government. From gun-running for Andrew Jackson [ War of 1812], to breaking up the Fulton-Livingston Monopoly in 1817, Henry is a catalyst for the biggest transportation revolution of the 19th century—eventually conquering river navigation; opening commerce on the Mississippi and almost single-handedly doubling the foreign trade of the Republic in his 34-year-career on the waterways.
AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW: Summary, Season Arc, and Pilot Episode: 'Big Muddy.'