August 4-7, 2016

Screenplay Reading: General

August 4, 2012
Written by Serena Reeder

“The heroes aren’t always pure and the villains aren’t always evil”


This quote opens our film and sets in motion the drama surrounding, AARIF WASHINGTON, our story’s main character, who is on the road to redemption yet darkness lights his way. He and his neighborhood friends form an unstructured vigilante gang that engages in selling drugs and petty crimes. After a member is murdered, the gang finds a temporary remedy to their malaise by avenging his honor through violence. Violence begets more violence and AARIF’S fate is questionable. What choice for his future will he make- good or bad?


During the aftermath of the crack-cocaine era which erupted in the late seventies, substance abuse along with violence and failing socio-economic systems, cast a dubious shadow over the nations’s capital, Washington DC, By the nineties, there was overwhelming momentum to “clean up” the streets, through stringent policing and eminent gentrification. Unfortunately, a full emotional recovery of the city’s African-American generational residents never happened. GENERAL is a high octane urban drama that explores the continuation of conflict that permeates those living in inner cities.


About Serena Reeder


Serena has captivated global audiences time and time again with her authentic performances and undeniable talent.

Graduating from the internationally renowned Juilliard School, a Washington D.C. native, Serena Reeder’s talent was unquestionable. Two months before graduating she booked her first role in a major feature film. Jim Sheridan’s (‘My Left Foot’ and “In America’) directed Serena as Katrina in the 50 Cent biopic, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin.’ Her character, a drug dealing, fast talking, loving mother earned her outstanding reviews in some of the industry’s most notable publications like USA Today and The Hollywood Reporter. Working alongside Academy Award nominee Terrance Howard (‘Crash’), Serena gained experience on a major set, while creating a name for herself in Hollywood.

There was no doubt that she was destined to stardom as she quickly signed on to the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival favorite ‘The Architect,’ alongside Anthony LaPalgia and Isabella Rosselini. Serena played opposite her mentor, Academy Award nominee, Viola Davis as her privileged and educated daughter, Cammie. The film gained critical acclaim as it explored political, sexual and class issues, pushing the barrier of storytelling.

‘WEAPONS,’ directed by newcomer Adam Bhala Lough, presented a new character challenge. Serena came out on top with her portrayal of Darnelle, a teenage girl with hope and no guidance turning to drugs and prostitution for love, indulged by a circle of friends played by Nick Cannon and Paul Dano.

Her ‘life changing’ role came when she accepted a part in ‘The Bucket List,’ opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The critically-acclaimed Rob Reiner directed the film about two men in the dawn of their lives. These iconic Hollywood artists showed Serena that ‘paying her dues’ and ‘hard work’ is the only way to truly reach success.

Acting is not the only talent Serena possess. She wrote and produced a short film ‘May Fly,’ directed by Petter Ringbom , starring herself and Gustaf Skarsgaard. The film premiered at the Swedish Film Festival and won the audience award for Best Short.

A pioneer in the making, SERENA REEDER has begun to compel her audiences and challenges stereotypes in her young career with the roles that she has chosen to play. An actress and screenwriter, Ms. Reeder has a fabulous energy that exudes grace, confidence and a zest for living.