Grunge (Pilot)Faculty HonorsWritten by
Quinlan J Orear
In the wake of Kurt Cobainʼs suicide, a down-and-out garage band discovers a young guitar prodigy whose raw passion and talent presents the group a chance to capitalize on the mid 90ʼs industrialization of alternative rock. Grunge tracks loner teen Dylan Cantor, a self-taught savant whose hidden talents are exposed when a new friend leaks a video recording of Dylanʼs first public performance to the local TV station. Upon seeing the newscast, the opportunistic manager of a struggling band called "The Nosebleeds" recognizes a chance to ride the Cobain wave and pursues Dylan as the bandʼs new frontman. What follows is an epic tale of lost innocence, camaraderie, passionate artistry, and the demons brought-on by super stardom.
APPRENTICE TO THE MAGNIFICENT MAHONEY MALONE
A young orphan plagued by a mysterious blindness finds solace in his friendship to an aging and increasingly delusional magician named Mahoney Malone. Together, they create a world of fantasy in which magic is real, and Mahoney promises to return the boyʼs sight in exchange for his help in completing a fictitious quest born out of their mutual imagination.
TELEVISION PILOT, SITCOM
Created by Quinlan Orear & Dustin Presley
Josefina and Danny, two twenty-something slackers, earn free rent when they become the unlikely superintendents of twin apartment buildings in Manhattan, but their seemingly perfect circumstance is foiled by their lack of practical skills and a cast of eccentric tenants, whose outrageous personalities and absurd requests land Jo and Danny in way over their heads. A born and raised New Yorker, Josefina is the college-dropout lesbian daughter of overbearing Puerto Rican parents while Danny is a wide-eyed Midwesterner with dreams of making it big as an actor. Their laid-back life of smoking pot, getting the munchies, and playing video games is thrown on its ass, though, when they realize how unprepared they are to deal with the crazies of
the Upper East Side.
QUINLAN OREAR is a writer/director/superintendent originally from central Illinois. Growing-up an active member of community theatre, Quinnʼs childhood (which had a comedic resemblance to "Waiting for Guffman") instilled in him a strong desire to tell stories about truly unique characters. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in directing before relocating to New York to pursue his MFA in film production. Though Quinn has written, directed, and produced several short films during his time at Columbia, his current focus is on exploring complex human relationships and darker themes through television. The recent allure of anti-heroes such as Don Draper and Walter White is a phenomena that Quinn believes stems from a societal catharsis felt when an audience watches their latent debaucherous desires play-out on screen. As a writer, he hopes to utilize the openended scope of television to present a wide audience with highly entertaining and innovative programming that emphasizes characters of moral complexity and themes of social controversy. Quinn is currently interning in the TV development department of Cooperstown Productions.