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The First Cut



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Medical drama focusing on the friendship of two young, black doctors from different walks of life, from forensic pathology fellowship, to their careers as medical examiners.

A friendship between two young, black doctors develops during a forensic pathology fellowship in Los Angeles, California which allows them to become certified medical examiners. The Manchester, England-born and raised Dr. Montague Mulrennan is the son of the local coroner and general practitioner who graduated from the esteemed Manchester School of Medicine. While the other "black man in a white coat", the Louisiana-born Dr. Easter Gallien, the Louisiana Creole son of a faith healer and Blues woman, and graduate from the popular HBCU, Morehouse College and their School of Medicine. For Dr. Gallien becoming a forensic pathologist helps continue his family tradition of healing by offering families and loved ones much-needed answers to suspicious and mysterious deaths after enduring the stress of not knowing. But both Dr. Mulrennan and Dr. Gallien quickly learn, along with their colleagues and supervisors, being a medical examiner is a job in which they will risk their lives daily to the effects of crime, mental trauma, potential sociopaths, and exposure to illness and infection whilst navigating the politics of race, religion, and orientation within the medical profession and in their private lives.

Submitted: July 5, 2018
Last Updated: January 5, 2020
Times Downloaded: 23
Last Downloaded: January 5, 2020

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The Writer: Benjamin Hinnant

A Georgia native and ex-military (11Bravo), I began writing in 2001 when a friend asked me to script a short feature for him. I accepted the challenge and found the experience rewarding. This is when I decided to commit my spare time to creating a second career for myself as a writer. I did manage to land an agent after completing my first full-length, legit screenplay, but nothing ever came of it. I've since completed a handful of other feature scripts and a pilot and am working on several more projects. It has been an off and on struggle getting my work noticed by the right filmmakers, but I remain dedicated to my talent knowing that it is about being ready at the right place and at the... Go to bio

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