LOGLINE: Triumph is the story of a bright young woman who survives a near death experience shortly after birth at the hands of a troubled mother. She grows up to become a champion in fighting her state’s and then the nation’s child abuse crimes despite experiencing additional traumatic experiences.
PITCH SYNOPSIS: The story opens with Judge Hughes, a Connecticut Superior trial judge, providing the audience a portal into his state’s child abuse corruption. The story is the result of his experiences in dealing with child abuse cases in Juvenile Court,
He relates the story of Katie, an African-American infant born to Dorothy, a disturbed young woman. That Katie survives and flourishes to become a strong and vibrant woman is the story of Triumph. Dorothy is suffering from a disease called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a mental disorder whereby one feigns disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention, sympathy, or reassurance to themselves.
Through the Judge’s eyes, we see an array of trials and tribulations involving the protagonist Katie as our heroine barely escapes another active plot to kill her.
Taken from actual court records, Triumph is spiced with a subtext of love, sex and murder, uncovering government corruption, as well as adventures in the heart-wrenching stories of children.
SCRIPT SOURCE: Judge Clarance Jones, a top jurist in Connecticut, had written a novel called “Triumph” based on cases of child abuse that he had handled. Judge Jones asked me to help with the editing and organization of his novel. Subsequent to the publishing of his novel, I was asked to write a screenplay based on his book.