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Honorary Male



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While trying to stop a tyrannical drag queen from building a wall around San Francisco’s Castro District, a hopeless romantic drag unwittingly embraces a Chinese American family, desperate to produce an heir.

by AC Maki


A pink wall is being built around San Francisco’s Castro District by PEACHES, a ruthless drag queen. Her master plan is to keep out anyone over the age of 30.

In the quiet Richmond District, an old-fashioned drag named, CHIP (40s), prepares a group of nursing home residents for the up and coming, Dim Sum Disco show. In the back, a feisty Chinese resident, LI CHEN (80s) refuses to participate. Li sees Chip as his new project. After Chip gets dumped by his younger boyfriend, Li challenges Chip to become an available straight male for one month. Li convinces Chip, if he can do this, he will find true love. Chip agrees, but on one condition, Li must perform in the Dim Sum Disco.

After an odd changing ceremony…with THE AUNTIES’ assistance (and spray bottles) the “new” male Chip emerges. What Chip doesn’t realize is Li is really preparing him to be the HONORARY MALE of his family (produce a grandson), because his nephew, a handsome pet adoption writer, LONGWEI (35) cannot (he's infertile).

Now, Chip spends more time with Li and his family; the aging meddling Aunties, rather than at Aunt Charlie’s lounge, with his drag queen friends. When the Aunties notice Chip and Longwei are attracted to each other, they intervene to secure the grandchild they’ve always wanted. Meanwhile, Peaches takes over the Castro and the wall grows higher! When Chip is a no-show, his friends send a search party and find Chip at a football game with Li. At half-time, Li congratulates Chip for passing the set of “manly tests” and he asks Chip to be the Honorary Male of his family. Hesitantly, Chip agrees, and soon after, he introduces him to GAI, Li’s middle-aged cousin. After a few fun dates, Chip and Gai hit it off and Chip proposes to Gai. At their engagement party, Chip, tells Li he can’t go through with the marriage -- Li tells Chip he has failed him and let the entire family down…but most of all, Gai.

Lost and alone, Chip returns to his father’s fabric store and makes a confession to a drag queen priest who lives behind a clothing rack. The priest helps Chip discover he can be whomever s/he wants to be. Chip takes a walk alone on the beach, and in the morning, a dog walker finds Chip, washed up on shore. She lends her coat to Chip and it fits! Energized, Chip runs to find Longwei, but he’s not there--instead he finds out Peaches has taken over the Castro and cannot be stopped. Chip gathers the nursing home residents, heads to the Castro Theater and challenges Peaches in the Dim Sum Disco.

When the curtain lifts, Chip, Li and the nursing home residents put on the show of their lives and WIN the competition. Peaches is booted out the Castro and Chip announces to everyone, "Ladies, tear this wall down!"-- and they do with sledge hammers and heels.

The next day, Chip finds the person responsible for writing the pet adoption ads…It’s Chip's true love, Longwei! A year later, Chip and Longwei get ready for a family photo. The doting Aunties and Li argue and fuss over their new adorable Chinese granddaughter and CLICK the photo celebrates one big happy family.

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*Finalist in Filmmatic's Pitch Now competition.
June 2019 Featured Screenplay logline on Storypitches.

Submitted: June 30, 2019
Last Updated: June 30, 2019

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The Writer: AC Maki

Mäki’s time working on the racetrack provided inspiration for her feature script and American Zoetrope quarterfinalist, IN YOUR BLOOD. Maki got her start in San Francisco, working in the deadline-heavy world of TV News. The Nebraska native holds an MFA in screenwriting from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Go to bio
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