"To spark the imagination, your pen must become a brush."
~ H. P. Shreve
Drama / TV Series: 3 Seasons, 24 Episodes
LOGLINE:A young woman, blinded by her demons, escapes into Army life and a potent 1920’s cocktail of modern vice, Japanese treachery, and spies, shaking her and America to the core.
SYnoposis:1922 Hawaii quickly turns into a painful reminder of Julia P. McCoy’s past wounds and deceased father. Paradise reveals a microcosm of the mainland—a battle ground for the American Dream and racial turmoil.* Julia soon realizes love can only sustain certain cuts, like a rose, but the Japanese, like bamboo, hacked to the ground will come back. Pacific defense claims glamourous Guardians of Empire but is mortally hindered by ineffective war plans. Meanwhile, Julia claims to be ‘modern’ but hindered by unfulfilled love in a psychological maze of choices. She escapes with LT Arthur L. Shreve only to find more fear and uncertainty as an Army wife. She retreats behind alcohol and vices as the War Department hides behind ‘Paper Tigers.’ The enemy within—avoiding Truth and Japanese tenacity—turn the tide of history as missteps end the Interwar years with Pearl Harbor and Arthur missing, a Japanese POW in the Philippines. Julia, now truly ‘abandoned’, has to confront the real McCoy. Will she find her strength? For her children, her man, or life itself? And which Colonel’s wife contributes more to the tipping points of history?
*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: Episode/Season Summaries/Character List and Pilot Episode.
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.'