Ida Tarbell

Synopsis: Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She was one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is thought to have pioneered investigative journalism.
Year:
2015
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BLACK SCREEN. Over this, our title:

Ida Tarbell

4.

INT. MOVING TRAIN - DAY -1901

IDA TARBELL, career woman, 43, rides on a train to New York.

She watches a SMALL BOY sitting directly opposite her, his

cheeks stuffed to capacity with RED CHERRY BOMBS.

Ida smiles at him. Remembering. Maybe he smiles back at her.

Then, a train conductor marches down the aisle, shouting...

CONDUCTOR:

New York! Next and last stop, New York!

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - SOME TIME LATER

Ida walks down a crowded Lexington Avenue wearing her Sunday

best clothes. Her wholesome, buttoned up appearance belies a

range of passions and a fiercely determined will.

She finds the address she is looking for, enters.

INT. OFFICES OF MCCLURE’S MAGAZINE - DAY

Ida walks through a busy office, the place blue with

cigarette smoke. Clacking typewriters, whooshing pneumatic

tubes, and all the usual paraphernalia of publishing.

Title:
McClure’s Magazine, 1901

She approaches a young staffer (LOWRY, 32), busy typing.

IDA:

Hello, I’m looking for Mr. McClure. Is he

available?

LOWRY:

I doubt it. Mr. McClure is a very busy man.

IDA:

No, I have an appointment to see him. I’m

here about a job.

LOWRY:

Too late, I’m afraid. All the secretarial

positions have been filled. But if you want

to fill out an application-

He hands Ida a job application form. Continues typing.

IDA:

(irritated)

I’m not a secretary, I’m a writer. Mr.

McClure requested to meet with me.

5.

Just then, another man appears, hands some copy to Lowry.

This is PHILLIPS (50, grumpy). Ida turns to him instead.

IDA:

Are you Mr. McClure?

PHILLIPS:

No. Phillips.

IDA:

Where can I find him, please?

PHILLIPS:

(points)

End of the hallway, on the right.

Ida turns to go, but not before having a little dig at Lowry.

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Mark McDevitt

Mark McDevitt grew up in Sligo on the northwest coast of Ireland, and later attended University College Dublin. In 1995, he moved to the United States after winning a green card "in the lottery." As a writer and journalist, his work has appeared in The Irish Times, The New York Times, The Irish Independent and The Examiner. In 2001, he moved to New York to pursue a career in film. He went on to work on several movies and TV shows as a camera assistant and operator, while writing film scripts on the side. In 2015, his spec screenplay about pioneering investigative journalist Ida Tarbell landed on the Hollywood Blacklist. It is currently in development as a feature film with Amazon Studios. Mark lives in New Jersey with his wife and son. more…

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