Stage Plays, and Production Reel AND SHORTS
1910. When Jones Morning becomes "property of the state" after a wrongful conviction in the backcountry of Chicory Creek, Alabama. Grace, the matriarch of the Morning family, treks into the dangerous world of Ashby Mines to rescue her husband and keep their family unit intact.
Starts Conversations About: criminal justice reform, Reconstruction, mining, The Black Family, the burden of Black Women, US history, displacement, authority, reification of the human body, literacy, sacrifice
© Averi Israel, 2016
* Scored within the top 15% of The Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
"The writing is strong, with a good command of language and craft. Many of the sequences have a poetic feel yet they still propel the story at a good pace while painting a picture of the surroundings and times. The writing is clear and offers a voice which evokes beauty even in the midst of the terrible events that are portrayed. This contributes to the magic of the piece as well."
- Nicholl Reader One
"It’s a look into a world that in some ways still feels too familiar and that helps make this script relevant for today’s audience."
- Nicholl Reader Two
"The idea touches on an important and little recognized ugly history in the United States
when these types of schemes were employed. (For that matter, a Judge in Pennsylvania was recently convicted in a similar kickback scheme involving juveniles). So this idea is both fresh and still timely in some ways."
- Nicholl Reader Three