Film Independent

The Pill


Sloan Grant Won: 
2015, Screenwriting, Carnegie Mellon University

Project Type: Feature
Genre: Drama
Length: 90 minutes
Field of Science: Chemistry, Medical Ethics, History of Science
Stage: Development


As a visionary but conflicted chemist completes his masterpiece – the birth control pill – his scientist daughter must come to terms with her idol’s failures if she wants to follow in his footsteps. Set in 1950s Puerto Rico and exploring the politics of progress, the costs of revolution, and the clashing riptides of family and vocation, The Pill is a snapshot of a moment when sex changed forever and a new way of life was born.


Dan Giles is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Originally from New England, he is a graduate of Harvard the MFA playwriting program at Carnegie Mellon. He’s a member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie-award winning collective of playwrights under the age of thirty.