1 NEWS BROADCAST - VARIOUS SCREENS, VARIOUS PLACES 1
A “race war” has erupted at one of
the nation’s oldest and most
Glued to this are our story’s subjects, who we meet in...
2 A SERIES OF SHOTS 2
TROY FAIRBANKS, 21, Black. He drags a brush through hisfinger waves anxiously. The look of guilt is the only markof imperfection in his privileged and chiseled demeanor.
Outrage over an “African American
Themed” party organized by
predominately white students ofManchester University has resultedin rioting and property damages.
2A KURT FLETCHER, 21, white. No sympathy in his jaded blueeyes as he watches on an iPad in a lavish parlor room.
ANCHOR (O.S.) (CONT’D)
Guests were invited to “liberate
their inner Negro, fry up chicken,
enjoy a sugar water concoctionknown as Purple drank and wearoversized Barack Obama T-shirts.”
2B COLANDREA CONNERS (COCO), 20, Black with blue contactsadjusts the straight bangs of her weave to better see thesmall TV in her dorm. A smirk on her glossy pink lips.
Officials claim an investigation isunderway to find those responsiblefor the event and subsequent riot.
2C SAMANTHA WHITE (SAM) 21, records the broadcast in an 2C
edit bay. Despite her light skin, the Afro pick in her fropompadour leaves little doubt she identifies as Black.
In an effort to address diversityissues, the school appointedAfrican American scholar Dr. Walter
Fairbanks as Dean of Students.
2D LIONEL HIGGINS, 20, Black, watches through dark rimmed 2D
glasses in a bustling indifferent Dining Hall. A guilt painshis otherwise boyish face.
Last year the Dean’s office
celebrated slight gains in diverse
applicants but with many now
calling for Fairbanks' resignation,
that may have been pre-mature.
DEAN WALTER FAIRBANKS, a well adorned Black man in his 2E
50’s fights a panic as he watches in a stately office.
Up next, a cat that loves to water
ski? That and more after the break.
How could this happen?
FIVE WEEKS AGO
EXT. MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY - DAY 3
This sprawling impressive mix of Colonial, Gothic and Modern
architecture is presented like a living brochure.
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY - “NOSCE TE IPSUM”
As we cut through the living brochure, we’re presented with
groups and programs. Their CRESTS and titles SUPERIMPOSED.
SERIES OF SHOTS - TOP ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
White kids with “Trump” blazers and glares - DESMOND 3A
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.
Kids with dark eye circles and unkempt hair stand before 3B
the BING SCHOOL OF HISTORY.
A cluster of skinny jeans and expressive hands before the 3C
GOODMAN MEDIA SCHOOL. ONE BLACK KID stands in the back.
Dear White People. The minimum
requirement of Black friends needed
to not seem racist has just been
raised to two.
INT. STUDIO BOOTH - DAY 4
Samantha White (Sam) watches the campus through a one way
window with the cool but knowing gaze of someone much older.
She gets off on sensing and pushing buttons - with a
subversive delivery style that boarders on deadpan.
SAMANTHA WHITE, SENIOR, VISUAL AND NEW MEDIA
Sorry, but your weed man Tyrone
does not count.
She fades in JAZZ on her control board and leans back to
address a box of pamphlet sized books bearing the title
“EBONY AND IVY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.” One by one she scribbles
her autograph on the books.
EXT. ELLINGTON LIBRARY - DAY 5
SERIES OF SHOTS - NATIONALLY RENOWNED STUDENT GROUPS