In fall of 2017, I wrote Soccer Domme. I entered this teleplay in the Austin Film Festival and it received some glowing comments:
“I love the family dynamics, the church, the stress of the health issues mixed with parenting. The suburbia of it all, juxtaposed with the S&M scene is wonderful. Kate and Dante have great chemistry as screen partners, and would be a ton of fun to follow on their adventures.”
I’m really proud of this pilot. The script came to me so quickly and I loved spending time with the characters. The premise was borne out of an anxiety that I have about death. I’m always worried that something will happen to my husband and one day, while I was driving, I had this weird fantasy that I would become a dominatrix if I had to provide for my family. I thought, I could pull off a corset. And I could totally yell at someone. I’m bossy. Why not get paid for it?
Yeah, so now you know way more about how the fretful little neurons fire around my brain. I definitely deleted then rewrote that last paragraph several times.
Welcome to the world of anxiety.
When I shared this premise with Danielle, my writing partner for North Shore South Shore’s pilot, she was like “I love it. But…is C.K. okay? He’s not sick or anything right?”
No, he’s fine. And out of the depths of fearful yet brightly colored Catholic imagination came one of the best things I’ve ever written. And everyone who reads the pilot really likes it. I swear. I’m not one to toot my own horn but…
In fact, a production company here in Dallas was interested in turning into a movie. Here’s what he wrote me, “I’m always looking to add a diverse array of creative voices to our slate, and the idea behind it just strikes this right chord for me between contemporary character-driven storytelling and the sort of fun, zany concept that I saw in so many an 80s film.”
Cinestate makes thrillers so it didn’t fit the bill ultimately. BUT it was great practice emailing back & forth with a producer and even having a discussion over the phone.
Have your people call my people and we’ll set this up. If by “my people” I mean “me.” So your staff of 20 or so can call my staff of me. *wink*
by Kristin Sample
Genre: dramedy, 1-hour, single camera
Logline: When Kate Wright’s perfect life comes crashing down with news of her husband’s failing health, an opportunity from dungeon owner Dante provides an unorthodox solution: pro-domme. Kate becomes “Katerina,” supports her family, and even starts to like her new career. But Kate soon finds that her clients aren’t the only ones in chains.
Synopsis: KATE WRIGHT has the ideal life. With a wonderful marriage, two great kids, and plenty of money, Kate spends her free time volunteering for PTA, singing in the church choir, and drumming her body tight at CrossFit. However, when Kate’s husband SEAN is diagnosed with cancer, the life they’ve built is upended. Treatments don’t work and Sean moves to hospice. To complicate matters further, Sean’s company cuts him off and Kate is tasked with supporting her family.
Enter DANTE. He’s a bisexual man who dabbles in drag but only wears cisgender clothes to visit his dying mother ALBERTA. Kate and Dante share an unexpected but close friendship. What started as polite hellos at hospital vending machines became a mutual support system. And Dante reveals the perfect solution to Kate’s financial problems: dominatrix.
Dante owns and operates a high-end dungeon. When a wealthy client wants a domme who fits Kate’s description, Dante sees an opportunity. Mostly benign stuff—spanking, foot fetish—Dante assures her. Kate is appalled at the suggestion. But after a confrontation about owed tuition at her children’s school, she realizes she needs fast money. Domme work is lucrative, safer than she thinks, and there’s no intercourse. And most importantly, Dante has her back.
Over the course of the series, we see Kate navigate this new world…and start to like her new self. But her double life provides a host of conflicts both internal and external. And, at times, Dante definitely does not have her back. Will Kate find empowerment in this new world? Or is it delusional to think that her clients are the only ones in chains?
Soccer Domme is Weeds meets Fifty Shades of Grey. Transmedia components could include: Snapchats with Dante, Kate’s mommy blog, “Katerina’s” tinyletter, and interviews with real dommes. Audiences will find the Wright family endearing and relatable and will be titillated by Kate’s new career as a prodomme. Using both Kate’s and Dante’s stories, Soccer Domme challenges conventional conceptions of gender, sexuality, morality, and what it means to be “normal.”
*All of my screen projects are registered with the Writer’s Guild of America. My novel North Shore South Shore is copyrighted material.