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E Pluribus Unum

Virginia 1861 - when a free plantation supported by abolitionists is attacked by the Planter Aristocracy, two former slaves - a fighter, the other a pacifist, partner up to seek help from President Lincoln.

What if capitalism married to socialist principles, comes up against slavery in the Deep South, just prior to the Civil War? Set in the late Summer of 1860 into early 1861, the leaders of the reclusive estate known as "E Pluribus Unum"(EPU) – WILLIAM and LOVEDAY WESTCOTT, maintain a fortress of free people - former slaves, First Nations, and talented individuals from around the world who contribute their knowledge, unique skill-set, and technology. To the mounting anger and jealousy of the Planter Aristocracy, the Fire-eaters, and the local “red-necks”, EPU is the most profitable business cooperative in the Deep South. It’s also thought to be impenetrable with each man, woman, and child willing to defend it with their lives. While EPU is strictly off-limits to pro-slavers, the Estate is loved and secretly supported by politicians in Washington, including THADDEUS STEVENS and WILLIAM SEWARD, along with famous abolitionists, Quaker Friends, celebrated artists, and intellectuals of the day. William brings home and frees two former enslaved families - headed by LUIS BRAXTON and XAVIER PAIGE. Luis’s hatred towards Xavier runs deep with Xavier refusing to help fight off the overseers at their last place of servitude, resulting in the death of Luis’s older sons. To add to his angst, his youngest and only surviving son, OPIE is an artist, not a fighter. The embittered Luis turns his back on him and joins EPU's militia force, while Xavier works to fulfill his lifetime dream of becoming a lawyer. Luis attacks Xavier out of bitterness and jealousy, and it’s only William’s calm influence and sharing his own inner pain that gives Luis a way out of the psychological prison he’s created for himself. When EPU is attacked by the Fire-eaters and the Planter Aristocracy, EPU pays a deadly price. Luis is chosen to seek help from their friends in Washington but when no one is willing to accompany him, Xavier sacrifices his opportunity to defend EPU’s sovereignty in the corrupt Virginia court to go with him. So begins an unlikely partnership, that's marred by further tragedy, but Luis finally comes to understand the meaning of friendship, family, and the power of love.

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Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Budget:
Big
Starring Roles For:
Idris Elba
David Oyelowo
Jude Law/Michael Fassbender
Posted:
04/25/2018
Updated:
05/02/2021
Author Bio:
I'm an ex science nerd, driven by curiosity. While I no longer explore science concepts, I'm really into exploring Character. My main focus is Drama, often exploring the complex relationship between parent and offspring. The sub-genres Thrillers and Sci-Fi, often provide the basis for the narrative arc. Strengths include building rich story worlds, creating empathy via 3-D Characters, and a highly committed, "whatever-it-takes" work ethic. Optioned, and a Comp Finalist for Features & TV

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Contest Results:
Atlanta (Semifinalist, Still under consideration.) [2021]
Los Angeles International (Finalist) [2019]