Michael Starrbury


WRITER: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete


The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s (Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging Child Protective Services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude.



MICHAEL STARRBURY discovered his love of cinema after sneaking into a movie theater as a young boy to see the classic Prince film Purple Rain. When Apollonia purified herself in Lake Minnetonka, it was as if God, Allah, Buddha and that Hindu elephant was giving him a sign. From that moment on, he would study the craft of screenwriting. He went on to become a Blacklist writer and three-time McKnight Fellowship winner, who is now making his mark on Hollywood. He has developed pilots with ABC, Fox, FX and Comedy Central, and feature films with Warner Bros and New Line.