WRITING

Feature-length Screenplays,
Stage Plays, and Production Reel 
Black Gold*
 
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, 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

 
DeSal
 
Future. Romeo and Juliet in the not-so-distant future, set in a land without freshwater.
 
Starts Conversations About: surfing, climate change, police brutality, love, prison, stereotypes, angsty youth, California, Willy Shakes, adaptation
 
© Averi Israel, 2014
 
Le Meduse
 
A true story. 1816. After a period of revolution, monarchy returns to France and with it, the nobility reclaim their power. The frigate The Meduse, with its mixed-class crew and passengers, journeys across the ocean to settle the colony of Senegal -- but with the dual punch of a tempest and tempestuous leadership, most never arrive. When the frigate is shipwrecked off the coast of Mauritania, the elite commandeer the life rafts and sail to safety, leaving the least-of-these to fight for their lives on a ramshackle raft in the treacherous tropical waters. 
Starts Conversations About: shipwreck, politics, privilege, competence, nepotism, class, patria, citizenship, honor, velvet robes, tradition, sailing, SHARKS!, worst case scenario...
© Averi Israel, 2017
"The writer did a great job of creating suspense and drama. Watching the passengers struggle to survive was gripping and I couldn’t stop reading."
- BlueCat Reader
Annalusia
 
1980s. An All-American high school quarterback tries to "win back" his ex-girlfriend, who's caught in the middle of a city-wide scandal echoing through the mountains of small-town Annalusia, WV.
 
Starts Conversations About: football, gender roles,  prom, high school, divorce, West Virginia, mining, celebrity, feminism, stigma against mental illness, agency, doing the most, braces, the '80s, Run DMC, parents just don't understand...
© Averi Israel, 2013, 2014
11 (14:23)*
 
1970s -1980s. A young boy from Camden, NJ discovers his talent in athletics and uses his abilities to achieve a better life for himself and his family despite the fact the universe seems to be against his success. 
* Semifinalist in 2016 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition.
 
 
Starts Conversations About: football, high school, family, the NFL, perseverance, college, scholarship
 
© Averi Israel, 2016
Amber Ambrose and the Lank, Circa 2016 
Amber is trying her best to get through each day as the human she's supposed to be -- independent, communal, vulnerable, emotional, strong...-- while existing in a world where black lives do not matter, womanhood is dangerous, and love is... what is love?
Starts Conversations About: race, gender, being a Black Woman, mental health, suicide, puppies, poetry, police brutality, public v private suffering, Becky, self-medicating, grace, dating apps
 
© Averi Israel, 2018
Production Reel:
Eyes to See
Writer, Director, Editor, Spring 2013
An original short film written for Columbia University's Laboratory in Fiction Filmmaking.

© 2017 by Averi Israel. All rights reserved.