Screenwriting

 

Alessandra Bautze's screenplays often tackle diverse issues of social import--from Deaf identity to foster care to school violence to Northern Irish politics--and have garnered numerous awards. 

 

 

 

 

EIGHT DAYS IN '88

Based on a true story

 

(Feature Script)

 

Logline: A young deaf woman raised without sign language finds herself caught between the hearing family she left behind and the culturally Deaf family she finds at college in this drama about identity, empowerment, and belonging set against the backdrop of the 1988 Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing. Based on a true story.

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Awards:

 

Top 15% (out of 6,915 entries), 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

 

SAVING SHENANDOAH

 

(Feature Script)

 

Logline: Seventeen-year-old Laurie has grown up in New Hampshire’s foster care system. She has never known a loving home, until she comes into the care of foster parent Beatrice and her young daughter Shenandoah. When Beatrice dies suddenly and it becomes clear that Shenandoah will go into the foster care system herself, Laurie takes drastic measures and goes on the run with Shenandoah to prevent the young girl from meeting the same fate as Laurie, who has become hardened from years in a broken system. But as Laurie struggles to get Shenandoah to safety—coming face to face with the demons of her past along the way—she begins to realize that saving the young girl, whom she has come to see as a sister, may come at a higher cost than she ever expected.

 

Awards:

 

Semi-Finalist, Seattle International Film Festival Catalyst Screenplay Competition (will have a live reading April 19, 2017)

 

Silver Award/2nd Place (Drama), Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest 2015

 

Top 3, New Hampshire Film Festival 2015

 

Quarterfinalist, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

 

Quarter-Finalist, ScreenCraft Bahamas Screenwriters Residency Program 2015

 

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

 

(Feature Script)

 

Logline: After twelve years of estrangement, a young Deaf woman with a wild streak and her philosophy professor sister are forced to move in with each other following the sudden death of their brother, but cultural differences and their turbulent history make this a transition fraught with tension.

 

Awards: 

 

Top 10, Marfa Film Festival 2015

 

Winner, Diversity and Inclusion Spotlight Award, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

 

Quarter-Finalist (top 20% of over 1,000 entries), Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

 

Quarter-Finalist, Cynosure Screenwriting Awards. (“The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding feature-length scripts in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity [ethnicity, race, sexuality, disability, etc.].”)

 

IMPEDIMENT
 

(Short Script)

 

Logline: An eighteen-year-old homeless youth living in a community of squatters on the edge of society must make a decision about her future. This is made more complicated by her friendship with a younger girl, an idealistic stutterer who could also prove to be an impediment to the older girl’s desire for autonomy.

 

WHAT SOPHIE SAW

 

(Short Script)

 

Logline: In rural Vermont, a twelve-year-old girl must wrestle with the idea that her older brother may be planning an act of violence against the community.

 

Awards: 

 

Runner-Up, The Stephen Dixon / Outside the Box Motion Pictures Award for Excellence in Screenwriting

 

Optioned by Outside the Box Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA

 

Recepient of the Provost's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) to produce the film

 

TRUSTING YOU

 

(Short Script)

 

Logline: A young American takes a volunteer position at a peace and reconciliation retreat center in Northern Ireland in the hopes that it will help her forget the trauma of an abusive relationship that ended with an act of violence.

 

RACING THE WOLF GOD

 

(Feature Script)
 

Logline: Set in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska and featuring elements of traditional Yup'ik and Inuit mythology, this drama follows a 26-year-old Alaskan Native woman and former champion dogsled racer who, after ten years in prison, faces the challenges of re-entry.  She  returns to her hometown, the small coastal community of Bethel, where  she takes a job at a racing kennel and plans to race again, in the Kuskokwim 300 dogsled race. 

 

IN PROGRESS.

 

WHAT MISS LENA PRAYS FOR 

Based on the short story "What Miss Lena Prays For" by Jessica Anya Blau

 

(Feature Script)

 

Logline: A drama with comedic elements, this script follows a group of colorful and quirky women (incuding a college-aged girl and a Yugoslavian immigrant) working in the dress department of San Francisco's I. Magnin & Co. department store at the height

of the Bosnian War. 

 

IN PROGRESS.

© 2019 by Alessandra Bautze.