Kindred Spirits

In this 40-minute viciously witty comedy, an alcoholic widow and the ghost of the father she never met must redeem their misspent lives by working together to help desperate people,
or be condemned to spend eternity in the "Great Nothing."

  • Suzanne Paschall
  • Bryan Howell
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Television Script
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Supernatural
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
  • NYC International Screenplay Awards
    New York City
    July 10, 2023
    Finalist - TV Screenplay
  • Stage 32 TV Comedy Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 10, 2023
Writer Biography - Suzanne Paschall, Bryan Howell

Suzanne has played many professional roles, such as award-winning newspaper journalist; non-fiction author, short fiction writer, songwriter/performer in a swing band. Storytelling is the connecting thread and screenwriting and film scoring are her most recent media of focus.

A member of the Phoenix Screenwriters Association, she has just completed the Screenwriting Portfolio class at the Scottsdale Film & TV College taught by Paul Bernbaum (MAGGIE MOORE(s), HOLLYWOODLAND, A-TEAM, 21, HARDBALL, JUMP STREET, DEADLY GAMES, NEXT) where she completed her first feature drama script.

In addition to her own slate of film/tv projects, which include a movie musical, a comedy pilot, several drama features and an historical true story pilot, she’s currently ghostwriting an historical true crime book and acting as a creative consultant for Realm Pictures Intl. on the upcoming musical feature Steal Away.

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Writer Statement

As an adoptee, I never met my father. He died when I was in my twenties. For most of my adult life, I’ve been haunted by the small bits and pieces I learned about him, trying to make a connection to a ghost, to fill in a black hole in my identity. I didn’t deal with it well; I made bad decisions, I drank to fill up the black hole, I clung to some bad men, and some equally damaged but good men. I had a daughter who also became an alcoholic and worse. Eventually enough crises crowded in on me to get myself help, and I became deeply involved for years in various twelve-step programs. I credit them with saving my life and bringing me to a state of serenity and self-forgiveness I never imagined I could have. My humor, black as it sometimes got, was the other pillar of survival for me, and I’ve long wanted to deal with these personal issues, and explore the world of 12-step recovery, with all its glittery face paint and darkest shadows, its dark journeys that sometimes, miraculously, it seems, lead to the coveted light, the state of serenity. I’ve created Kindred Spirits and these characters to do that, in a way that I don’t know has ever been done. Incorporating the good, bad and ugly into an edgy heart-felt comedy that I believe will attract those who have suffered, and those who are. I have hind-sight of years of that journey, and I think I can do it justice. Also, like my protagonist Marty, I’m a ghost-writer.