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Might Come a Windstorm

Tagline: Meet the McCraw family. They thought they knew each other so well.

Dramatic feature. Single-location shooting and ensemble cast, ideal for low-budget independent filmmakers for the festival circuit.

Setting: A home in Norwood, Ohio, a working-class suburb of Cincinnati, on Thanksgiving Day in 1996. Flashback sequences to same location in the early 1960s and to rural Appalachia in the 1940s.

Synopsis: Members of the extended McCraw family, a working-class family of Appalachian origin, gather together at the elder McCraws’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. Old demons are dug up, new relationships are built, and the secret of the family’s mixed-race heritage are revealed, much to the shock of several of the family’s racist members. This ensemble-based screenplay provides laughs, tears, and a deeply moving story that will appeal to art house and mainstream audiences alike. A white-trash SECRETS AND LIES.

  • Jill Elaine Hughes
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  • WILDSound Film and Screenplay Festival
    Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada
    January 1, 2022
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Oaxaca Film Festival
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    February 1, 2021
    Finalist, Screenplay Competition
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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