Queens For A Day
Synopsis: For over 150 years, the Mummers Parade each New Year's Day has been a lifelong tradition for many blue-collar workers of Philadelphia. On this subzero Mardi Gras, whole families of cops, Teamsters, pipefitters, etc. dress up in elaborate drag and compete for prizes and bragging rights, with the largest competition being the Fancy Brigades in what looks like 4-minute Broadway musicals in the gaudiest Super Bowl halftime you've ever seen in Philly's Civic Center. And every year, Lou Polletta and his Two Street Crew always get trounced. But when Lou gets stricken with leukemia, the crew realizes they may only have one last shot. Anthony, Lou's estranged gay son, comes down from NYC to help as a bone marrow donor - but he sees this is his last best shot at reconciling with his bigoted dad; so he recruits his choreographer lover to transform the crew into shape as convincing dancing drag queens - and to win the big prize. A bighearted comedy about embracing your inner woman.
- Grand Prize Winner, 2004 Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition, sponsored by the
Philadelphia Film Office, with staged reading (with casting by Mike Lemon Casting)