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Abilities

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When two young women with disabilities suddenly develop unique super-human gifts they keep this crazy fact a secret while they team up and figure out how to monetize it.
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What would you do if you suddenly discovered you had superhuman powers? Join a ready-made group of crime fighters? That only happens on TV or in the movies. There really is no super-villain threatening to take over the world. You'd be on your own, trying to figure it out. Who would you tell? How would they react? What might they want from you? And what if you don't even want these damned abilities?
This one-hour, comedy-drama follows two young women struggling with just those questions.

GRACIE (19) has cerebral palsy and uses a forearm crutch for mobility. She just wants to blend, be normal, get her degree, and get a job. But college throws her into the deep end. No more hand holding -- she's on her own.

Childhood friend SHAY (19) is her polar opposite. Ever since Shay's eyesight started to deteriorate she's been fighting for her place in the world. Life is unfair, she resents being ignored or forgotten, and she especially resents being pitied.

Gracie and Shay both contract a virus which has a profound effect on them physically. When they recover, each discovers new abilities. Super-speed for Gracie, and enhanced ultraviolet and infrared vision for Shay.

But enhanced abilities don't always produce superheroes. Gracie would rather ignore this new development and concentrate on her studies, where Shay just sees the opportunity to monetize this shit. Gracie and Shay stumble through learning to control their abilities, starting a business to make some cash (premium lie detection, spying, other odd jobs), and keeping this crazy thing a secret to avoid becoming lab rats. They become more dependent on their new abilities, and their upgraded lifestyle, until Gracie suspects something terrible: using their powers could actually be making their disabilities worse.

In real life there are no morally superior superheroes or wickedly evil super-villains. ABILITIES is about normal people in extraordinary circumstances navigating their far-from-ordinary new lives.

The pdf includes a 5 pg bible and the pilot script.

Submitted: June 10, 2020
Last Updated: June 18, 2020

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The Writer: Dawn Johnston

I’m a Canadian screenwriter who specializes in drama, dramedy and darkly comic scripts. My short script, Goodbye Today was produced by a local filmmaker and my feature drama script, Mother , was a Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist. More recently, I am in development with director Barnet Bain on a modern adaptation of a classic book. I'm also working with producer Sean Moussavi to develop one of my feature scripts. Check out my website for other features and pilots. I also welcome constructive feedback on my scripts. Feel free to DM. Thanks! Go to bio
Manager: John Ferraro

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