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The First Cut



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From Forensic Pathology Fellows to Medical Examiners. Through suicides, homicides, the natural, unnatural, and undetermined deaths, mass casualties, and pandemics. From colleagues to friends.

In 2018, a friendship begins between two young, black doctors during a forensic pathology fellowship to become board-certified medical examiners. The Manchester, England-born and raised Dr. Roland Thawes, from the esteemed Manchester School of Medicine, and the Louisiana-born Dr. Cayenne Lebeauf, graduate of the popular HBCU, Morehouse College and their sister School of Medicine. As the son of a faith healer, becoming a forensic pathologist helps continue Dr. Lebeauf's family tradition of healing. Whilst Dr. Thawes follows in his father's footsteps of becoming both a general practitioner and a Home Office forensic pathologist. Both Thawes and Lebeauf quickly learn being a medical examiner is a job in which they will risk their lives daily to the effects of crime, mental trauma, sociopaths, and exposure to illness and infection whilst navigating the politics of race, religion, class, and orientation within the healthcare system.

Submitted: July 5, 2018
Last Updated: August 21, 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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