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Blackbird

Blackbird

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Published by David Polk
A black girl escapes tragedy in Depression-era South Carolina and finds stardom in Harlem, Paris and Hollywood.
A black girl escapes tragedy in Depression-era South Carolina and finds stardom in Harlem, Paris and Hollywood.

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Published by: David Polk on Mar 19, 2011
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BLACKBIRDByDavid PolkAn Original Screenplay176 Dusty Rose CourtSimi Valley, CA 93065805-428-5775dpolk@mac.com
 
EXT. POST OFFICE - DAY
TOWNSFOLK gather outside an old post office, a redbrickbuilding in the town square. By their dress we know it’s the1960s. Confederate flags tell us we’re in the Deep South.As black and white people sit in fold-out chairs, we favorTHREE WOMEN - one in her seventies, another in hermid-forties and the third, mixed-race and elegant, in herlate-thirties, with her young black son. They sit in thefront row.A sedan with Confederate and American flags fluttering pullsto a stop and a state trooper opens the door. A MAN in adark suit gets out. We see only glimpses of him - hands,mouth, weary eyes - but a buzz of puzzlement and surprisefollow him as he walks slowly up the aisle. He sits in thefront row, across the aisle from the three women. The womenmeet his eyes with a mixture of disdain and curiosity.DISSOLVE TO:
INT. FISHER HOME, KITCHEN - DAY
IDA MAE, a heavyset black woman of about forty, hums a hymnas she peels apples. A BABY in a high chair licks sugar fromher fingers. We hear a woman’s sweet southern voiceapproaching.WOMAN’S VOICE (O.S.)Ida Mae, I need Mabel to go --The woman, (MRS. FISHER) pretty, early thirties, enters andreacts.MRS. FISHEROh, Ida Mae! How many times have Itold you? I don’t want Jenny --She wipes the baby’s hands and mouth with a towel.IDA MAEAin’t gon’ hurt her none, MissJuliette. Jus’ a little sumpinsweet.MRS. FISHERNevertheless, you know I don’t wanther having sugar or molasses.
 
2.IDA MAEYessum.MRS. FISHERI need Mabel to hurry to the postoffice. The Colonel is expecting avery important letter.IDA MAEI’ll send her directly then.Ida Mae puts her knife down. On her way to the back door,she gives the baby an apple slice and a smile.
EXT. BACK PORCH - CONTINUOUS
Ida Mae steps out of what we now see is a nice home. Shoutstoward a decrepit shack at the far end of a wooded backyard.IDA MAEMabel!
EXT. BEHIND SHACK - CONTINUOUS
CLOSE ON the pretty face of a brown-skinned girl, her doeeyes staring straight at us.IDA MAE (O.S.)MABEL!PULL BACK to reveal MABEL lying on the ground, gazing at thesky. She gets up and walks around the shack toward thehouse. In a threadbare dress, we see in the fifteen-year-oldthe beginning of a truly beautiful woman.MABELComin’, Mamma!
EXT. BACK PORCH - CONTINUOUS
Ida Mae waits impatiently.IDA MAEGet a move on, girl! Miss Julietteneed you down to the post office tofetch a letter for the Colonel.

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