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Wild Bill and Lulee

TAGLINE: Their love burned, only to be buried alive.

Romantic historical feature: takes place in 1940s Appalachia.

Setting: The town of Strawberry Gap, Virginia, in the middle of Appalachian coal-mining country, late 1940s-early1950s, told in flashback from early 1970s period.

Synopsis: Romantic historical drama. Lily-Anne Saks-Howard, an educated, well-to-do young woman from a prominent New York City family, comes to Strawberry Gap, Virginia, an impoverished mining town in the Appalachian Mountains, to be a volunteer government “hygiene worker” for a year. The reasons she left her privileged background for this rustic setting don’t become clear until midway through the film. Shortly after moving to Strawberry Gap, she meets Wild Bill, a strange mountain man/hermit who lives in the deepest “holler” in the area. They strike up a strange friendship and eventually fall in love amid violence, scandal and change in this tiny mountain town. Lily-Anne (nicknamed “Lulee” by Wild Bill and eventually by the entire town), finally abandons her job, takes up with Wild Bill, and spends the rest of her life in rustic, primitive life in the mountains until she and Wild Bill die mysteriously nearly 25 years later. Lily-Anne’s decision to abandon her wealth and city life to become a reclusive mountain woman shocks both her city family and the residents of Strawberry Gap. Wild Bill has some dark demons in his past that led also him to this secluded mountain existence---by the end of the film, it is discovered that these two “lost souls” weren’t all that different.

  • Jill Elaine Hughes
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  • Finalist, WriteSafe Screenwriting Contest 2002
    Los Angeles CA
    April 1, 2002
Writer Biography - Jill Elaine Hughes

JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a full-time professional writer with 20+ years’ experience writing for mass media, corporations, nonprofits, and entertainment. Her primary area of expertise is writing about healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and science/technology, though she has covered everything from the performing and visual arts, bars, consumer products, Chicago history, and finance as a journalist. As a creative writer, Ms. Hughes has written novels, narrative nonfiction, plays, and screenplays. She is also an accomplished grant proposal writer, researcher (and sometime board member) for nonprofits. Her plays have received productions around the world and are published/licensed by the drama publisher Heartland Plays, as well as anthologized by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books. She has also written and published many romance novels.

Ms. Hughes’ writing and creative work is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of The Corvisiero Agency.

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