In the aftermath of a career-ending surgery, rising star physician Joseph (Jose) Reyes returns to the dark, crime-ridden neighborhood of his former life and discovers a new calling as underground surgeon for the brutal gangs of inner Baltimore.

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    Television Script
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    Drama, Crime
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    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Cinequest Film Festival

    March 12, 2017
    Winner, Best 60-Minute Teleplay
  • WeTV Screenwriting Competition

  • Spotlight Culture & Heritage Award

  • WeScreenplay: Diverse Voices

    November 16, 2017
    Semifinalist (finalists not yet announced)
  • Emerging Screenwriters

    November 2, 2017
    Top 100 (finalists not yet announced)
Writer Biography

A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and in a number of literary publications, including The Masters Review, Black Static, Concis, Sick Lit, Spider Road Press, White Hot Magazine, Cheap Pop, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, and more.

Having grown up throughout the United States, Bermudez has sought to explore underrepresented narratives in a variety of media. Upon completing high school at 16, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she worked as a volunteer with Afghan refugees and as a music translator. She received her bachelor’s degree between Chicago and Sydney, Australia in Philosophy of the Arts, and went on to study art and film studies at the postgraduate level at Yale University.

In addition to writing and filmmaking, Bermudez is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of power, the architecture of language, and the dynamics of privilege. She is a Writer’s Digest National Award Winner, recipient of the Jameson Prize, a National Merit Scholar, nominee for the Spotlight Culture & Heritage Award, winner of the 2017 WILDsound Film Festival, and winner of the 2018 WeScreenplay Grand Prize. She was recently named Artistic Director of The American Playbook, an emerging podcast and virtual library of plays and interviews with writers. Her first solo-written feature film premiered in 2018, and she was named one of the ISA’s Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2019.

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