Frances A. Cheever
U.S. Army (Ret)
Frances A. Cheever is an award-winning screenwriter. She has a Masters degree in Producing Film, Television & Video from American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor in Nursing with specialty training in Trauma, ER, ICU, CCU. Frances advocates for the Art of Healing by facilitating opportunities for our Veterans and Wounded Warriors in the entertainment business, in both performance and off-camera roles.
Frances is a Soldier for Life. She served in the US Army on active and reserve status for three decades as a senior NCO (E-7) and Officer (MAJ) in the Army Nurse Corps, making her one of the few female “Mustangs.” At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC/Bethesda, and other assignments, she had the honor of caring for America’s Wounded Warriors, servicemen and women, Veterans and their family members. As a mobilization and training officer, she knows all too well the importance of ensuring Soldiers are trained, ready, cohesive and well-led to send off to war and return home safely.
Major A. Cheever (Ret), provides an insightful and unique perspective to her award-winning action screenplays, RALLY POINT and DERAILED, which have been developed into a cable-network episodic series. The Petrovsky Gate a historical fiction miniseries, and Cha-Ching! a romantic comedy.
Military Technical Advisory Experience
As the Military Production Manager and Advisor on the film JACKIE, (2016) starring Natalie Portman, she recognized that the best way to bring authenticity to the film was to utilize the actual military assets that performed the funeral services for President Kennedy. Those assets came from the Military District of Washington, most notably the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard”. This ensured accuracy, substantial savings to the production, and the opportunity for our servicemen to portray and represent all branches of the military with dignity and respect.
On the Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS season 4, Frances was a production intern training with the heads of the major production departments. She was also the military liaison for casting, placing 50+ active military and Veterans on set.
Frances was the contracted screenwriter and Miltary Technical Advisor for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Warfighter Resiliency Forum. Four emotionally intense scenes were written based on her interviews with a dozen combat veterans and Wounded Warriors. Veteran actors at four bases performed them theatrically across the country for Sailors and their family members. Recovery care management, mental health care providers, and resources were readily available to the Navy service men and women and their families.
She co-produced an award-winning short at the GI Film Festival titled MY VA EXPERIENCE, and is showcased in the VA national campaign, “It Matters.” She serves on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival, is a member of the American Legion Post 43 Hollywood, Women in Film, Television & Video, and the Association of the United States Army, George Washington Chapter.
Frances’ image is featured in Kent Twitchell’s Free Assembly mural at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
She is the Director of Operations for the Washington, D.C., chapter of Veterans in Media & Entertainment. Along with her fellow Veterans, they aim to get their talents noticed and their “Boot in the Door”