After a struggling working-class couple enrolls their gifted 5-year-old son in an elite Upper East Side private school, they seize the opportunity to network their way to their own success with a lie that forces them to fake it till they make it or risk their son’s golden ticket.
My wife and I come from working-class backgrounds. We’ve since worked our way up to somewhere between the Middle Class and the Upper Middle Class. The final push into the upper classes has proven to be a bit of a mystery for people like us. After enrolling our 5-year-old son into one of New York City’s elite Ivy League private schools, I discovered that the school was a wonderful place for an ambitious parent to network and climb, but it’s a tricky course to navigate. The exploration of that journey led to this story.
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A Los Angeles native, John Lopez has covered film and the arts for Grantland, Vanity Fair online and Bloomberg Business Week. His short PLAN B, starring Randall Park and Rosa Salazar, was a finalist in the NBC Short Cuts Film festival; he also directed segments for NBC’s 2014 Actor’s Showcase and served as associate producer on Hossein Amini’s film THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. In 2015, John was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Episodic Lab with his pilot CRUDE. Most recently, John has written for Netflix’s crime drama SEVEN SECONDS and CBS All Access’s STRANGE ANGEL. He is currently writing for CBS Studios’ upcoming television adaptation of Nicolas Roeg’s classic film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. more...
In 2015, Hedtke was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab. In 2017, she was named a fellow of the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop. She’s been a contributor to Filmmaker Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, and wrote on Nick Jr.’s animated series "Sunny Day". She is currently writing on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" for Netflix. more...
Matt Young is an alum of both the Sundance Episodic Story Lab and the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. He's currently a writer/co-producer on KUNG FU on the CW, and previously wrote on Seasons 3, 4, and 5 of BLINDSPOT on NBC. Matt has penned feature scripts for Stage 13, Netflix, MarVista Entertainment and the German-based Rat Pack Filmproduktion. Matt is a father and husband; the son of a small-town Chief of Police; a banjo-picker; an improv comedian; a university screenwriting instructor; and a super nerdy Dungeon Master. more...