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Feigned - or is that Framed?

A man struggles to prove his innocence after a slain woman is found in his bedroom."


Popular 50s and 60s TV show Dragnet is classic policing. Icing on the investigational cake, if you will. 

And when one considers cop couplings, the toppers on that wedding confectionary are by-the-book detective Joe Friday, with mild-mannered Frank Gannon at his side.

Not that the trail of buddy police procedurals grows cold there! The tradition of good-cop-bad-cop has evolved throughout film history. Some: like Dragnet’s 1987 reboot, The Heat or 21 Jump Street thrive on mismatched comedy.

Others – such as Lethal Weapon and Training Day – are deadly twists on the law and order narrative.  Barry Katz’s mystery thriller Feigned is one such deadly specimen.  Intense and deadly, to an extreme.

Especially for its everyman-protagonist, Josh Myers.

As with most procedurals, Feigned opens innocently enough. Seen through the mirrored window of an interrogation room, "smug" veteran Detective Barnett and "squeaky clean" rookie Detective Landon observe their visibly nervous suspect, Josh.

Detective Barnett cautions his green partner - imparting veteran wisdom to the wise:

His body language.
He's so fucking guilty, even Ray Charles could see it.

Yeah, I suppose.

Stay out here, kid.
Let me show you how it's done.

Detective Barnett saunters in to “do his thing.” And his suspect’s already primed: Josh is on the verge of tears.

I didn't do it, man. I swear!

Yup, that’s the story and he’s sticking to it: cubicle-worker, jogger, and good neighbor Josh is "just an average Joe with an average life." It’s not his fault he stumbled onto evidence of a home-break-in after his run. And why wouldn’t he call 911?

Of course, emergency officers are quickly dispatched to Josh’s aide.  It’s only after they search the house top to bottom that the situation gets… suspiciously rough.

What's in the main bedroom, Sir?

Just a bed...

They make their way to a closed door. Josh turns the knob, but -- it's stuck. The officers give each other that "we've got something" look.

That's weird…. Something's in the way.

He rams his shoulder into the door. The stubborn entrance just won’t budge.

Step aside, please.

Josh complies. The male officer rams the door. Until a bloody and mutilated human hand blocks the way. Needless to say, Josh gets cuffed --

You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say or do --

-- and is hauled away. Cue Detectives Barnett and Landon to the scene. As Joe Friday often cautioned witnesses: “Just the Facts, Ma’am” is the motto of the day. 

But facts themselves can be painful.  As Josh suffers through a brutal interrogation, grisly details continue to unfold.

Is Josh truly innocent? And even if he is – will he clear his name? Or is the evidence so stacked against him that Mr. Every Man faces absolutely “No Way Out”?

Pun intended, Feigneds one arresting tale. With limited location full of strong characters, this is one who-dunnit that rookies can’t hope to have the skills to solve. Take this script into custody ASAP. Because once it starts “running”, Feigned doesn’t stop!


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I have enjoyed creative writing from as far back as I can remember. It's the one talent in life I can truly say I have. While I don't currently make my living as a screenwriter, it is certainly something I aspire to do. For now, I enjoy the art of making art and most of all, I enjoy sharing my art with those who find it interesting. Several of my shorts have already been produced and I'm hoping to land a deal with a feature or television script.Read more