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Elizabeth Cady Stanton - The First Suffragist, an original screenplay by Arlaine Rockey
The radical tactics of the intellectual leader of the original women's rights movement anger young suffragists and frustrate her closest friend, Susan B. Anthony.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the intellectual and radical force behind the original women's rights movement for over fifty years, but when she published a feminist critique of the Bible in 1895, she was publicly censured for allegedly damaging the cause of suffrage. Based on true events and research drawn from multiple sources, all in the public domain, Elizabeth Cady Stanton - The First Suffragist is a moving, sometimes humorous, and inspirational biopic about an American hero who improved the lives of millions of women.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - The First Suffragist is an historical biopic. It made the top 20% in the 2018 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplay Competition and the second round (top 15%) in the drama genre in the 2018 and 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competitions. Read more about Arlaine's effort to produce Elizabeth Cady Stanton - The First Suffragist in 2020 #ECS2020 here.
"Elizabeth Cady Stanton is an impressive figure from all angles, and this script tells her story with passion and aplomb. We get a strong sense of not only what Elizabeth stood for and why she fought, but who she was as a woman. By showing her more human qualities, her vulnerabilities and struggles, she stands out as a real person, not just a significant historical figure, and that makes her story all the more engaging. We can share in her success and challenges, and feel a sense of victory when the epilogue tells us of the ultimate success of the suffrage movement. The supporting cast is rich and compelling as well. Elizabeth encounters and works with several important players in the movement for equality, including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass has one of the most powerful scenes of the script, when he argues that the right of African Americans to live in safety is currently more urgent than women's suffrage, citing the atrocities of lynchings and hate crimes. Elizabeth Cady Stanton is long overdue for a contemporary and worthy biopic, and this script does her and her noble cause justice, with passion and humanity."
"The script is well written with intelligence and has an authentic feel for the period in which it takes place. The character of Elizabeth Cady Stanton is depicted well in both descriptions and dialogue. It feels like a character that a leading actress would want to play, with the strength of character and conviction that she had, yet while being a wife and mother of so many children. Along with her zeal for women's rights, her love and concern for her family still comes through, especially in the scene where her young boys attach corks to the baby and almost drown him."
"It was fascinating to get a glimpse at the birth of the women's movement, stemming a lot from the abolitionist movement. She increasingly saw how, even in a movement for freedom, women were still devalued. In London, she and other women weren't even allowed in the same area as the men at the World Anti-Slavery Convention. The script does well to plant those early seeds of dissatisfaction in Stanton. Men who fought for rights weren't fighting for the rights of all. Even her husband, who let her remove obedience from their vows, resented her independence. Throughout, Stanton has some remarkable speeches. It was awe-inspiring to see her stand before the House Judiciary Committee in DC. Also, it was interesting to see the derision in the movement. At first, women were wary of asking for the vote. Later, the movement dissociated itself from Stanton's The Woman's Bible, because it was blasphemous. It was fascinating to see how even in a radical movement, she was too radical. She pushed the boundaries where few else would, which made this story so exciting. Also, Susan B. Anthony was a strong character. It was utterly compelling to watch the growth of her bond with Stanton. It was powerful to see her ferociously defend Stanton's freedom of thought against Rachel Foster Avery, as well as religious tolerance."
"The script makes a smart move with the early emphasis on her associations with abolitionists: it's particularly powerful to see women's exclusion and inferiority even at conferences fighting for human rights of another oppressed group. The script also makes good use of other familiar, historical figures, particularly Susan B. Anthony: her friendship with Elizabeth leads to some of the best scenes, and the inclusion of [Susan B. Anthony's] trial [for voting illegally] is a highlight."
"Stanton is a great subject for this sort of prestige political biopic; it's the kind of subject matter that gets awards attention, and fortunately there are several great roles for women in the script."
"Scene descriptions are extremely vivid, highlighting an attention to research which definitely creates a world for the reader. Everything from the locations to character body types were articulated, leaving no question as to what the story would look like on screen. The premise is one that has potential to draw interest from A-Level talent as Elizabeth's struggle for women's rights was a formidable task."
"[A] cunning, mentally unstable woman trying to frame her partner for a murder she herself committed is a powerful act of betrayal and shocking selfishness. The fact that the two principals are gay feels fresh, as does the contrast of the not-very-gay-friendly small-town North Carolina setting."
"This is a script that isn't scared to confront some tough domestic issues."
Purrfect, an original screenplay by Arlaine Rockey
A tiny Maltese and her White Shepherd husband's adoption of two Ragdoll kittens is thwarted by the Panther social worker who thinks it is unnatural and dangerous.