FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
CHRIS L. JENKINS
HEART IS WHAT DRIVES US AND DETERMINES OUR FATE. THAT IS WHAT I NEED...A PASSIONATE HEART. I NEED MAVERICKS, DISSIDENTS, ADVENTURERS, OUTSIDERS AND REBELS, WHO ASK QUESTIONS, BEND THE RULES AND TAKE RISKS.
What is the heart of being American? Freedom. Independence. Exceptionalism. The courage to take risks and start anew. It’s why so often the people who illustrate those qualities are called MAVERICKS-- independent individuals who forge a path on their own, often unafraid or unbowed by potential consequences.
But what is the image of the quintessential American maverick? Traditionally it’s been men like James Dean or John Wayne or Steve McQueen. Yet in our modern times, American mavericks are just as easily women of all races, ethnicities and social classes who are living with the transcendent freedom and bravery mostly ascribed to men, especially in a world that tells women they should be one thing, while their hearts and souls tell them that they can be so much more. They are the Air Force rescue pilot from Nevada who risks life and limb for service in dangerous far flung locales; or the Mexican-American cowgirl from Texas who wrangles cattle with the same love and skill as any male on the range. They are the 20-year-old Asian American snowboarder who recently won a gold medal in the Olympics, rivaling the speeds and skill of anyone and defies the image of Asian women as docile or quiet. They are Black and Native American women, gay and transgender, all exhibiting American ideals of bravery and independence. They authentically live their lives in the most remarkable and exhilarating ways, are embedded in the fabric of 21st century America and they have something to say.
MAVERICKS is six-part docu-series, that tells the stories of these iconoclastic, modern women whose surprising lives and unexpected choices break the lazy conventions of how they are supposed to live in 21st century America. In each episode, the series will explore unconventional and independent minded women who have broken through expectations and live their lives with bravery as they overcome physical and emotional hurdles thrown in their path.
This is a series for everyone, because everyone- woman or man, black or white, gay or straight-- has a little maverick in them. We’ll journey through the modern American experience showing the diversity and commonality of our lives as we discover hidden truths about what makes each of our female character stand out and embody the qualities that are relatable and quintessentially American.
Each 45-minute episode of MAVERICKS, will take viewers to a new place around the country, doing a deep dive into the life of an unexpectedly independent woman, ready to show us the adventure that is her life.
In this era of #metoo and #timesup we will examine how our character's internal resilience and bravery helped her overcome those who doubted her will and ability to push through circumstances that would wither most men and women.
MAVERICKS will be intentionally multi-cultural and diverse, exploring a cross section of ethnicities, races and sexualities. At each turn we will examine the sometimes dangerous circumstances that our main characters face, with no other desire to live her life with freedom and without fear.
Each episode will be rooted in place and memory and will include visual elements that will offer a cinematic feel to the series: impressionistic recreations shot in Super 8 film; archival audio and visual elements to examine our character’s origins; intimate interviews and verité filmmaking shot with premium lenses that take the viewer into the moments that make these mavericks so unique.
We are living in the age of the heroine-- diverse stories of women are finally coming from the shadows and into public view on the big screen and on television. And these stories, whether scripted or unscripted are showing women in their full humanity. MAVERICKS is a series that connects to this moment and the culture’s conversation about the complicated, surprising and sometimes unexplored ways in which women live in modern America. Each episode of MAVERICKS will be principally led by an all woman crew, adding a sense of intimacy and understanding to the creative team. These times demand a series that is about women, by women but for everyone.
Episode 1: GRIT
Episode 1: GRIT
The series begins by focusing on a U.S. Air Force rescue pilot, call sign “Clock” who has been deployed in some of the globe’s most fractured war zones and participated in multiple highly dangerous missions, saving servicemen and allies who had come into harm’s way. At barely 32 years old she is already a major and she leads an all-male crew flying one of the most decorated planes in the Air Force. She’s been deployed in Afghanistan and other war-torn locales. But that just scratches the surface of this true American patriot who grew up a state champion skier and has the swagger of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" but the athletic prowess of a world champion athlete. But what happens when a life-altering event befalls her, endangering the life as a pilot, officer and rescuer? Her life takes a tragic turn and this episode tells the riveting story of her comeback.
The episode, titled "Grit", marks the directorial debut of producer/actress Michael Michele, and was produced and lensed by an all-woman crew.