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Bandleader James Reese Europe becomes a war hero and revolutionizes military band music when he takes command of the famed “Harlem Hellfighters” band in 1917. He also fights racial discrimination, Army indifference and the Germans. A WWI biopic based on the true story. Professional Coverage: RECOMMEND - Dave Trottier (Author- The Screenwriter's Bible) Synopsis

Written by: JAMES B SAUNDERS     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Mid
Starring Roles For: 30s African-American
30's Female Africa-American
30s African-American
Posted: 08/02/2015
Updated: 09/01/2017
Author Bio: I am a New York City-based professional writer, playwright and optioned screenplay writer. I have many years’ experience writing stage presentations, corporate films and multimedia projects; also a director and occasional actor.


A stage musical “TRIUMPH! BOJANGLES, EUBIE AND BERT” depicting how three show business legends – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Eubie Blake and Bert Williams – overcame racism and theatrical bigotry to achieve immortal success.

A stage musical “SIR HARRY LAUDER TONIGHT!” about the famed Scotch music hall entertainer.

SCREENPLAYS I specialize in screenplays based on true events and/or disasters:

“RAGTIME WARRIOR” is the story James Reese Europe, the founder and conductor of the famed “Harlem Hellfighters” military band, who revolutionized military band music by introducing modern dynamics, popular songs and jazz to the WWI doughboys.

“THEATRE OF DEATH” is based on the horrific 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago—the worst building fire in American history -- a story of criminal neglect and corporate greed leading to the death of 603 people, mostly woman and children.

“BULLY!” (Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal) is the story of the outrageous (and courageous) political maneuvering surrounding the American acquisition of the Panama Canal territory in 1903.

I possess a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English major) and an MBA. I was a costume consultant (uncredited) on the 2009 film “It’s Complicated.”