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The Hollywood Symposium has announced their 2004 contest results. So far, nineteen former Hollywood Symposium Screenplay Contest finalists and winners have either sold or optioned screenplays, found representation, or been hired to write scripts.
FIRST PLACE: "Citations," by Peter Walsh, email@example.com
When an overzealous male metermaid loyal to the ideals of 70's TV cop culture gets demoted to the lowliest cop job, citation sorter, he stumbles onto a big time conspiracy and goes undercover in pursuit of justice and his very own, honest to goodness cop's badge.
SECOND PLACE: "3 Stories About Joan," by Christopher Alexander & Sam Applebaum, firstname.lastname@example.org
In parallel tales--on the night she loses her virginity, on the day she accepts a proposal, and on the day of her wedding--Joan Ryland finds herself haunted by visions of something she witnessed when she was a child, something she's repressed for a lifetime.
THIRD PLACE: "Born to Darkness," by Jonathan Chappell & Christian Raymond, email@example.com
During World War II, a brilliant American research scientist is blackmailed by the Nazis into helping unlock the secrets of an unusual prisoner of war, a vampire.
HONORABLE MENTION (alphabetical by title):
"Django," by George Gellert, firstname.lastname@example.org
A gypsy boy with a crippled hand survives prejudice, Hitler's advancing armies, and the Nazi occupation of Paris, obsessed with perfecting his talent for playing the guitar. In this true story, Jazz legend Django Reinhardt overcomes incredible obstacles to achieve a haunted stardom.
"Rational Panic," by Robert Rhyne, email@example.com
A college professor believes a student in his playwriting class might be involved in the disappearance of his wife after the student writes an eerily similar character. When the writing student kills off her play's heroine-who's the spitting image of the professor's wife-the mind games really begin.
"Ride the Wind," by James Gregory Jackson, SAJ5@aol.com
When a Brooklyn teenager wins a horse in a carnival lottery, he takes his prize home to the 'hood where a gang leader sets out to destroy the young man and his animal. Gaining friends and enemies, and determined to protect his horse with his life, this teenager teaches everyone in the neighborhood a lesson in true courage.
"Rodriguez," by Ellen Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org
When a blocked young artist pursues an older woman, she first inspires him, then breaks his heart by falling in love with the artist's sister. The young man discovers that rekindled artistic vision can create unusual families as well as beautiful paintings.
"The Devil Protects His Own," by Kris Hall, KrisHall@aol.com
In 1943 a team of refugee soldiers bent on revenge parachute back into Nazi Germany with a plan to kill Hitler. But when their scheme is uncovered, these commandos must fight to salvage victory from a mission betrayed.
An interview with screenwriter Danny Howell regarding the Hollywood Symposium Writing Competition.