The Prince of Hyde Park

When a talismanic high school basketball star disappears, the community built around him must confront the police investigations, media scrutiny, and emotional outpour that follows.

  • Sachin Dharwadker
    The Alternative, Breathe In Breathe Out
  • Project Type:
    Television Script
  • Genres:
    Drama, Mystery, Limited Series
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
  • Sundance Episodic Lab, 2017
    Park City, Utah
    October 5, 2017
  • Made in NY Writers Room Competition, 2017
    New York, NY
    December 20, 2016
  • Ghetto Film School’s “Pitch, Please!” Competition, 2016
    New York, NY
    September 21, 2016
Writer Biography - Sachin Dharwadker

Sachin Dharwadker is a screenwriter and director from Madison, Wisconsin who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016 as a Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholar. His award-winning short film BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT has screened at festivals around the world and was the recipient of a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellowship. As an Ignite Fellow, Sachin attended the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for a series of workshops and screenings, and received a year of support and mentorship from the Sundance Institute and Adobe Project 1324. In fall 2017, Sachin was selected to participate in the Sundance Episodic Lab, where he workshopped his miniseries THE PRINCE OF HYDE PARK with leading TV creatives and executives. Currently, Sachin lives in New York, where he creates video content for while writing and directing original material in his spare time. His recent pitch and script for a commercial highlighting the history of civil rights in New York was a grand prize winner of the Celebrate Equality NY Film Challenge, and his most recent short film, THE ALTERNATIVE, will have a festival run in 2018. Most recently, he was named a 2018 Richie Jackson Artist Fellow.

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Writer Statement

My goal as a writer has always been to tell human stories featuring a dose of the unexpected. In recent years, I’ve become passionate about the growing need for diverse stories in American pop culture, and THE PRINCE OF HYDE PARK represents the latest in my continuing efforts to shed light on people and places we don’t often see on our screens. As a former basketball player who attended a high school that currently has four alumni playing professionally, I also bring a unique vantage point to the story of Ezra Jones II and his environment: a feel for the fanaticism, hero-worship, and undeniable spirit that drives everyone involved. But THE PRINCE OF HYDE PARK is about much more than the disappearance of an influential athlete. It’s the story of a middle-class community that had all their hopes and dreams resting on the young man’s shoulders, and the story of how Ezra’s disappearance forces his friends, family, teachers, and coaches to hold a mirror to themselves. The setting of Chicago in the winter of 1994 also bears a significant meaning that becomes clear over the limited series’s eight-episode arc. Episode 1, “Pick & Roll,” sets the table for this story of basketball, conspiracy theories, domestic tragedy, and the misleading nature of celebrity. Enjoy.