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A few years ago, I wrote a screenplay called “Dead Tired” that was inspired by my husband’s struggle with chronic insomnia. It’s a female-driven thriller that I liken to a vampire tale without an actual vampire. Here is the logline, or “elevator pitch.”

A lifelong insomniac inadvertently discovers that killing…can lead to a killer night’s sleep.

During this time, through much hard work and an insatiable desire to get “Dead Tired” produced because I did and still do believe that the story is highly relate-able considering the legions of people who would practically “kill to get a good night’s sleep,” I found a producer. The guy, who was Executive Producer of the Matthew McConaughey vehicle, “The Dallas Buyers Club,” and a bit of a nutjob, loved the script and presented me with a contract. A shitty one. The usual, “You need me more than I need you,” type of deal. At the time, I didn’t have a manager or an agent to represent me. I did have a lawyer in L.A. but the entertainment industry wasn’t his bailiwick, yet we moved forward regardless. I attached — not the producer, whose task this would normally be — a talented Indie director who would still work with me should a miracle occur and I find another production company. I say “another” because my guy decided to take his company in a direction whereby he’d only finance truth-based projects.

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Sherry McGuinn
Sherry McGuinnhttps://medium.com/@sherrymcguinn
Sherry McGuinn is a long-time, Chicago area, advertising/marketing writer, blogger and, for the last fifteen years, screenwriter. A big-time dreamer and proud of it, Sherry has had two short films produced, one in L.A., the other in New York. Both won several awards and screened at festivals but she is still "fighting the good fight," in order to become a full-time, working screenwriter. A passionate straight-shooter who never rests on her laurels, Sherry writes about damn near everything because how do you encapsulate…life? Unflinching in her determination to “just tell the truth,” Sherry strives to educate, engage and inspire others to follow their dreams. A lifelong animal lover and advocate, Sherry resides in a Chicago suburb with her husband and their three fabulous felines.

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