Script File


When a Black psych ward patient is implanted with a code-switching device that will help her cope with society-at-large, she becomes part of a much deadlier plan.

  • Jeanell Allen
    The Mistress Whisperer
  • Project Type:
    Television Script
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Psychological thriller, Socio-psychological thriller
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
  • ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2021

    March 31, 2021
Writer Biography - Jeanell Allen

Jeanell Allen is a New York City-based actress, writer and producer, originally from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She acted on television shows such as “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order: SVU”, and more. She has placed as a quarterfinalist in Screencraft’s 2020 Comedy Screenplay Competition, Final Draft's 2020 Big Break Screenwriting Competition, and WeScreenplay’s 2021 Feature Screenwriting Competition with her romantic comedy feature “The Mistress Whisperer”. Additionally, she placed as a quarterfinalist in WeScreenplay’s 2021 Short Script Screenwriting Competition with her new short film “Journey to Negritude”, which is inspired by Breonna Taylor’s life. Recently, she placed as a quarterfinalist in Screencraft’s 2021 Screenwriting Fellowship with her socio-psychological thriller television pilot “CODE-S”. Additionally, she received 8's on The Black List for “CODE-S” where it was applauded for its ability to "tell [a story] incredibly unsettling and full of dread, using the carceral nature of mental health care to create an environment where the protagonist feels totally powerless and at the mercy of people with a hidden agenda."

Add Writer Biography
Writer Statement

As a child, I used creative writing to escape the homogenous captivity of Altamonte Springs, FL. Growing up, I was typically the only (or one of the few) Black children in my class. My parents strived to provide better lives for their children, but our family ended up encountering more complex difficulties. Like the Notorious B.I.G. once said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Outside of the constant racism I endured from White people, I struggled to deal with mental health issues and figure out if I would ever be “Black enough” for my community.
The struggles of my past inspires my art of the present and the future. My works of art center around the underdog protagonists because they fight their way to freedom and independence. More importantly, I grew up as the underdog. I was constantly told I was dumb, even though I was in the top 10% of my graduating high school class. I was told I couldn’t play Mama Morton in the school musical version of Chicago because I wasn’t a size 2, even though she’s been famously played by talented plus-size Black women. Since I was Black, overweight, loud and self-assured, there was no way I encompass any type of intelligence and talent according to my naysayers. I wasn’t allowed to contain multitudes. Because of this (temporary) restriction, I create intricate storytelling that encapsulates the shades of grey we exist in. This brings me to my TV pilot CODE-S and why I think it’s timely. I wrote CODE-S because we are currently going through a reckoning in this country when it pertains to race relations. Due to technological advancement, the country’s embedded racism is now televised for the whole world to see. We can no longer hide from the truth, but certain people in power will do anything necessary to make sure it stays quiet. I try to answer the following questions in my script: what happens when power is unchecked and because you want to live your life peacefully, will you go by the wayside to avoid trauma? What length will we go to bury our heads in the sand because we’ve gone through so much?
CODE-S is an important story to tell because it tackles taboo subjects that Black people struggle to confront. Additionally, CODE-S touches upon the vulnerabilities of our efforts to be deemed acceptable in society’s vision while dealing with the fact we are still killed senselessly because of the color of our skin. It makes us question what our place in the world truly is. CODE-S explores the battle that one will endure to silence that vulnerability completely. I am a Black person who has struggled to find her definition of Blackness while tackling vulnerability and the hidden diseases of depression and anxiety. Throughout my journey, I had to live in the anger and sadness of my situations, but then subsequently find the lighthearted moments to keep myself going. CODE-S is a miraculous result of the trauma I’ve endured.