New York University's Black List-inspired annual selection of the best production-ready screenplays from its Tisch School of the Arts graduate film students and recent alumni, known as The Purple List, has revealed its 2018 picks.
The four screenplays, selected by a panel of industry professionals, are Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), Fish: A Boy in a Man's Prison, The Radioactive Boy Scout and Sleeping With the Dead.
Eyimofe, written by Chuko Esiri, is a drama following two Lagosians as they try to improve their families' lives when tragedy and fate intervene. Fish: A Boy in a Man's Prison is a coming-of-age story by T.J. Parsell about a kid who finds love and freedom in an unlikely place. The Radioactive Boy Scout is a dramedy by Eric D. Cohen about what happens when a teenage science prodigy builds a nuclear reactor in his mom's backyard to impress a girl. And Sleeping With the Dead is an historical drama by Dagny Atencio Looper that centers on a young girl in the Ozarks in 1910 who has to choose between her rationalist father and a charismatic preacher predicting the apocalypse.