HELLO

We're Kate Hagen and Jack McDonald. We're writing partners and partner partners.

We started writing together in 2013 after completing the time-honored tradition of graduating film school and moving to Los Angeles. Since then, we've finished four features, a pilot, a spec episode of television, and a spec treatment. All scripts available upon request. 

 

FEATURES:

PASSCHENDAELE

Two British infantrymen - one repressed, the other irrepressible - fall into into a desperate affair in the trenches of World War I as they struggle to protect one another from the hazards of battle and their sadistic commanding officer. *Top 10% Nicholl Fellowship, American Zoetrope semifinalist, BlueCat semifinalist, two Black List 8s*

HARD MONEY

After he's imprisoned for a savage assault, a former rodeo hotshot gains a last chance at glory, fortune, and redemption when he faces a former rival in the Texas prison rodeo.

TRANSMISSION

A schlubby Chicago teacher experiences bizarre changes in his body and sex life when he is infected with a mysterious STI by an old crush - who's in the midst of a frightening transformation of her own. IT FOLLOWS but with more Cronenbergian body horror.

TAKE CARE

Determined to flee his small North Carolina town for good, a recently enlisted high school graduate spends one final night with his friends -- his no-bullshit female bestie, a music prodigy, his troubled former pal, the SAT Queen -- before reporting to basic training.

 

TELEVISION:

4-F

After being designated ineligible to serve in World War II, a sickly young man becomes the unlikely ladies man of his small Ohio town as it's turned inside out by the draft.

MAD MEN SPEC: "DECEMBER'S CHILDREN"

After giving the slip to a drunk, unemployed Don, Sally must accept Peggy and Stan's help when a blackout strands them at a Manhattan night club. Meanwhile, Joan pursues Bloomingdale's on a last minute tip from Roger while Megan navigates an intimate gathering with her former soap opera costars.

 

ADAPTATION:

THE LONG WALK

Based on the Stephen King novella, this story pits 100 teenage boys against each other in a walk to the death throughout the Eastern Coast of America. Social media and technology have been added to King's story.