While “Mount Pleasant” is set during the Wild West, it can best be described as an anti-western. It's based on the true history of the US government stealing children from Native American families. This story starts in 1889, in the Oklahoma Territory, as LOLA waits for the return of her brother from Mount Pleasant Indian School. She tries to support her father on the Fort Sill Reservation, but he struggles with guilt of not being able to protect his son when the government took him away ten years ago. Lola believes that if her brother can return, he will heal her father and reunite the family. However, Quannah does not return, and not only this, the other returning children do not know who he is. Horrified that something may have happened to him, Lola decides to risk her life by leaving the reservation and looking for her brother at the school. She will have to discover her own strength to fight against the school’s disturbing re-education practices and the personal vendettas of those who run it.
Mount Pleasant is the story of a war between the Old West and the New all through the eyes of one determined girl.
Project Type:Television Script
Genres:Historical Fiction, mystery, drama
Number of Pages:60
Country of Origin:United States
ISA Fast Track Fellowship V
Top 50 Scripts
Screencraft Pilot Launch
December 29, 2017
Shore Scripts TV Pilot Competition
November 30, 2017
2nd Place Pilot Winner
ATX Television Festival + The Black List Writing Program
February 1, 2018
The Black List / Verizon go90 Young Adult Fellowship
January 15, 2018
WeScreenplay TV Competition
March 27, 2018
Screencraft Jamaica Writer's Residency
June 1, 2017
Diverse Voices WeScreenplay
August 1, 2017
CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship
March 1, 2018
Sundance Episodic Lab
April 11, 2018
Cat Dale is a screenwriter working in both feature and TV projects, focusing on female-driven storytelling. Her latest script, MOUNT PLEASANT, is the winner of ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch Competition and 2nd place winner in the Shore Scripts TV Competition. It was also a finalist for the Seed&Spark Fellowship at the Stowe Story Labs, Women in Film + The Black List Episodic Lab, the WeScreenplay's TV Pilot Competition, and was a Semifinalist for the International Screenwriting Association's FastTrack Fellowship and ScreenCraft’s Writers’ Residency. In addition, in partnership with ATX Television Festival and The Black List, her script has been sent to HBO, Bad Robot, Carlton Cuse Productions, Okay Goodnight, Annapurna, Kilter Films, and Amblin Entertainment for staffing consideration. MOUNT PLEASANT has also advanced to the Second Round of the Sundance Episodic Lab and is a Second Rounder for Austin Film Festival.
She is currently producing her first feature film, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED, which she co-wrote, was a quarter-finalist for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, was a top ten finisher in the Seattle International Film Festival, and has partnered with the Jim Henson Creature Shop to create the mythical beings in the film.
In addition, she has been hired to write a feature film for Eleven Arts Studio in LA.
She is currently based in the mountain town of Bozeman, Montana where she teaches film at Montana State University.