• Sister
  • Azia Squire
  • Black List Drama Hit List 2019 Available
  • 85.3
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Details
Market December 16, 2019
Agent Halle Mariner (Agency for the Performing Arts)
Manager Courtney Conwell, Lauren Dineley (Writ Large)
Loglines
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist herestranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceasedmother.
A young woman who must confront her estranged sister, family, as well as her own insecurities around her sexuality after the untimely passing of her mother.
A grieving daughter is forced to return to her small town to make arrangements for her late mother while navigating the unresolved tensions between her and her sister who she hasn't spoken to in over ten years.
When a queer woman's mother suddenly dies, she is forced to return to her southern home town and plan the funeral with her estranged and conservative sister, but while there, she is plagued by hallucinations of her late mother.
Format
Genres
Drama, Faith/Spirituality, Family, Romance, Betrayal, Black Theme, Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Childhood, Daughter, Death, Dysfunctional Family, Female, Female Protagonist, Ghost, Grief, LGBTQ, Love, Mother, Mother/Daughter, Parent, Pregnancy, Psychodrama, Secrets, Siblings, Small Town, Troubled Youth
Pages
95
Rated
PG-13
Budget
Low
Lead
F Black 26 Average
Similar
Almost Christmas, This Is Where I Leave You, Charlie St. Cloud, Ghost, Pariah, Moonlight
When
Present, About three weeks
Where
10% in Los Angeles. Apartment, bar 90% in Augusta, GA including funeral home, restaurant, apartment, (e) houses, cemetery, baseball stadium, airport, lake, hospital, Rave party,

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Synopsis
TEMPLE (26), a queer black woman, and her mother, DELILAH (58), a soulful spirit, enjoy each other's company on the beach when a call from Temple's estranged sister disrupts them. Temple denies the call, and Delilah urges her to forgive AC, but it falls on deaf ears. NIA (28), Temple's current kinda-girlfriend, appears unexpectedly hoping to meet Temple's other but is denied the chance. They break up. Delilah returns home and a few days later AC calls to inform Temple of Delilah's death. Temple returns to her hometown, Augusta, GA, and for the first time in ten years comes face to face with a conservative AC (36) and her daughter DAVINA (17). AC and Temple go back and forth about where Delilah should be buried. Temple argues that it was her dying to wish to be buried in Dublin but AC urges for a place closer to where they live. Temple doesn't budge. Alone, Temple wrestles with sleep and hallucinations of Delilah. AC and Temple host their aunts CHERRY (60Ss), DIXIE (50s) and ATHENA (50s) at Delilah's house as they make arrangements and reminisce. They agree to visit the cemetery in Dublin.

Temple accompanies AC's family to their son's TARZAN (Child),...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
“Sister” follows a young woman who must confront her estranged sister, family, as well as her own insecurities around her sexuality after the untimely passing of her mother. The premise is a pitch-ready idea that brings attention to the overarching theme of the intensity and struggle that can surround dealing with one’s emotions. The protagonist, Temple, is well-written and is a truly three-dimensional character that is further developed through her personal relationships with AC, Belle and Delilah. The dialogue has a great naturalistic tone that really serves the purpose of this storyline. Both conflicts push Temple to reflect and navigate through the problematic relationships she has with her family, Belle and herself. This uses a linear framework, and the main beats contribute to the overall effectiveness of this storyline. This is a truly well-written piece that has a subtle yet strong voice that will definitely translate onto the screen....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
Themes of grief, forgiveness, and LGBTQ are explored through the eyes of the protagonist, Temple, in “Sister”. The concept of a daughter processing her grief as she navigates strained family relationships while trying to make arrangements for her late mother make for great internal conflict. The relationship strain allows for good use of subtext and cross purposes while staying true to tone. Because of the low concept of nature, the characters function as well developed vehicles to explore the different themes. It is the fresh perspective of the underrepresented LGBTQ identifying protagonist that separates "Sister” from the rest....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (Consider)
“Sister” is a psychodrama about a queer black woman named Temple whose doting mother unexpectedly dies but returns as an apparition, an apparition that only Temple can see. Having to help her estranged sister plan the funeral, Temple returns to her southern hometown, and her relationship with both her mom and sister are put to the test. The premise, though familiar, is interesting, and it provokes compelling themes of sexuality, family, and grief. Temple is a character that elicits sympathy, and she is well-developed; however, she lacks proactiveness, and this lack of proactiveness stems from a weak external conflict. The structure has clear and causal beats, but it is hindered by underwhelming moments. The dialogue is layered in rich subtext, and the writing is layered in vivid detail. The strengths may outweigh the weaknesses, but if “Sister” provoked more fascination and less confusion, it would be much stronger. In all, “Sister” is an important and good narrative that not only humanizes queer black women but also gives them the spotlight....