AT THE MERCY OF FAITH
A 14 year old preacher renounces his faith in God in the wake of a terrifying and traumatic encounter. 18 years later, the monstrous villains responsible for his past trauma, viciously returns to rain down terror upon his family and to.... RIP-OUT-HIS-SOUL....for the god of their HELL. Script Excerpt
The Passage of Sun
Three brothers challenge the Convict Leasing System of forcing African American men into prison in order to continue providing slave labor and county revenue in Alabama following the Civil War. Script Excerpt
A single mother struggles to balance a business and a new romance with family life when her young adult daughter's bizarre behavior is diagnosed as schizophrenia. She must choose between the love of her life and the life of her child.
South Of Main Street
Mom dies and the youngest daughter sues the emotionally challenged Dad for financial control of the estate sending him on a quest to prove he is normal - not an easy task when you are not.
A recently separated couple finds themselves stranded in the Arizona desert on their way to a family holiday function.
A group of feisty, fed-up coworkers devise a plan to utilize their clientele privileges to potentially boost their lifestyle up a notch, by copying the MO of a group of infamous thieves.
Lover Haters Club
A bold group of teens band together to form a unique and quickly growing movement against relationship games, in this quirky, teen comedy, set to star Hayley Kiyoko and Anna Stadler.
Child of the Disappeared
Maria Waite is dying and has little time left to come to terms with a tragic past and to find the child that was stolen from her at birth. Script Excerpt
Trapped beneath a collapsed building, a grieving wife struggles to protect her treacherous husband from a horde of parasitic monsters. Script Excerpt
In the Occupied Netherlands, a widow and her 7 year old son go into hiding with the help of her brother, a WW1 veteran who struggles with PTSD. * "Recommend" by Dave Trottier Script Excerpt
When a catastrophic accident causes an athlete to become paralyzed, and all seems to be lost, he finds redemption in the most unlikely place, with a gaggle of colorful characters in a halfway house for the autistic. Winner of 19 'Best Screenplay' awards. Previously #1 on the MovieBytes.com feature Drama & Family 'Winning Lists.'
A well-known celebrity falls for a girl, unknowingly below his social status. He's torn between honoring his familial traditions and societal expectations regarding relationships or following his heart and true desires regardless of the consequences.
Rita Fuentes, a fiery, attractive Latina social worker introduces Martin Wilkins, a law-and-order judge, to the violent, politically charged world of power, money, illegals, and life for the drug mules--like Demetria Plascentia, and his foolish new son-in-law, Antonio Borja--he condemns daily in his courtroom.
High School Lullaby
Finding out she has just under two weeks before she has to pack up her entire life and move away, a high school junior balances delicate friendships, secrets, and what she feels she must leave behind.
The Coventry Deception
After a crisis thrusts him into the presidency, Robert Gorley confronts the challenges of leadership as he deals with a power struggle, an assassination attempt, and a ruthless terrorist plot to launch multiple attacks on US soil. Script Excerpt
A blonde bombshell in stainless steel becomes a femme fatale - a relentless tiger with razor-sharp-toothed-pen spilling blood across the pages leaving nowhere, for perpetrators of the Ponzi-Style Scam to hide. Script Excerpt
After discovering a bag of money, two down-on-their-luck men set about improving their lives, unaware that other people are on their trail, including a small-time crook who needs to pay off his debts and a pair of crooked cops who want the money for themselves. Script Excerpt
The Last Skywriter in the Universe
Triggered by her son's illness, a determined mother journeys through fantasy, dreams, and reality as she tries to save his young life. Script Excerpt
Time Before the Fall
A famous movie director harboring dark sins and nightmares of war tries to persuade his granddaughter not to make a biographical drama about his life while subconsciously knowing he needs it for his redemption. His secrets come to light when a young actress channels the spirit of his missing wife. Script Excerpt
A young agri-business blogger goes home to bury her father and sell the family farm, only to unearth the dark family secrets of human nature that have distorted her world ever since.
In Midwest US during the 80s farming crisis, a rancher becomes tangled with a local killer after she runs over one of his captives and burns the body on a pyre.
Moment of Clarity
A man on a path to nowhere must make a change to not only to save himself, but those he holds most dear.
An introverted teen dives into the world of love, loss and an unexpected unique ability that she must harness and embrace in this unfolding coming of age, fantasy.
The Bank Thief
An undiscovered method actor with severe obsessive compulsive disorder, lands the role of a lifetime that could bring celebrity status. But while preparing for the role, that of a bank robber with severe obsessive compulsive disorder, a series of strange events make him question his own sanity. Script Excerpt
A gay army deserter adrift in a war-torn African country vows to save a girl trafficked into prostitution to redeem himself for an earlier promise he could not keep.
Under No Circumstances
A grounded, independent survivalist, swearing off parenthood, is forced to venture outside of his comfort zone when he reluctantly falls for a lively single mother.
The Desert Shrine
Elizabeth, a beauty shop owner in an Arizona border town, investigates a nun's murder after receiving erotic phone calls from a mysterious stranger. When the murder causes racial division and violence around her, Elizabeth can no longer trust anyone including her own husband. Tired of living in his shadow, Elizabeth becomes drawn into a spiral of sexuality, betrayal, violence, and finally, spiritual awakening.
In the world of Drag Queens, there's a fine line between fantasy and reality. When the two collide not even a serial killer can decide.
During a hostage crisis, an enigmatic man calms his fellow hostages by telling them the story of his one true love and the incredible events that came before it, beginning in the 1500s when he drank from the Fountain of Youth. Script Excerpt
SOUL SURVIVORS, AN OBSESSION OF THE HEART PART ONE
When a Woman unexpectedly appears after fifteen years, a man must confront the regrets he has always carried of running away from the only true love of his life.
A local newsman reports the who, what, where, when and how of a racial murder, but what about the why? Is he prepared for the consequences of trying to answer the why?
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When Joe’s 39 year-old addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Script Excerpt
The Barking Spider
Depression hits Joe pretty hard after his wife died but, when his addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep a year later, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Script Excerpt
Ajeeta the Invincible
To chase her dream of becoming a pro soccer player, a 12-year-old orphan escapes from her cruel reformatory and sets out on a dangerous trek from New Delhi to a soccer academy near Kolkata. (This story is also written as taking place in football-crazy South America - Benita the Invincible.)
A Long Way Home
An orphaned dragon raised by a duck must rediscover her true origins when a treacherous army threatens the only home she’s ever known. Script Excerpt
When a gang war threatens to spill into her county, a Texas Sheriff uses unconventional methods to protect it.
When O’Clery, a high-profile Irish terrorist, is arrested at San Francisco airport, his deportation defense is led, surprisingly, by Sean Conlon, an inexperienced attorney. As the twists and turns unravel, Sean’s own family becomes the subject of an old betrayal. http://quislingmovie.com/
THE FOURTH COURIER
When a series of grisly murders in Warsaw is linked to the disappearance of a Russian physicist with a portable atomic bomb, an FBI agent is sent to help the investigation, and the race is on to find the bomb before it ends up in the wrong hands.
Don't You Know Who I Am?
A hollywood security guard digs up celebrity dirt for money, but now his efforts to get the goods and evade detection are complicated when he befriends a young actress, and uncovers her dark secret.
FIRE ON THE ISLAND
When an arsonist threatens a Greek island village, the gay FBI agent stationed in Athens arrives to investigate, finds himself immersed in a community rife with conflict, falls in love with his chief suspect, and has only seconds to save the village after miscalculating the plan of attack.
LIKE PULLING TEETH
A 1910 New York City dentist accidently finds himself with a second job as a private investigator, and a simple divorce case that becomes more – much, much more! Script Excerpt
In the Cards
A down to earth, girl next door, piques the interest of a rough around the edges, men's club president.
Boo Hoo Flanagan
A black correctional officer coaches a prison basketball team and finds the motivation he needs, in life and on the job, in Boo Hoo Flanagan, an aging, white, crippled inmate who shoots 3-point baskets better than anyone has ever seen.
A fruitless search for a missing woman leads a hired detective down a rabbit hole of secrets to surprise revelations involving his own family. Script Excerpt
Between the Salt and the Sky
In a small Portuguese fishing village on the edge of war in 1942, he has nothing to lose, and she has nothing to live for. Two little Jewish girls change everything. Script Excerpt
A VISION OF ANGELS
A suicide bomb plot for Easter Sunday in Jerusalem sets off a chain of events that weaves together the lives of an American journalist, Israeli war hero, Palestinian farmer, and Christian grocer. GRAND PRIZE, RHODE ISLAND INT'L FILM FESTIVAL'S SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Journey to Ivory Lane
A Black man recently separated from his wife starts an unlikely friendship with a devout white woman who helps him regain his lost faith.
The Longest Goodbye
A poignant look at an elderly mother's battle with dementia and her son's commitment to keeping love alive, as memories fade, and life on the road is rearranged to moments in time. Script Excerpt
An Australian woman rescues elephants from Africa and discovers a living herd of ancient Mammoths Script Excerpt
NYC politician William M. “Boss” Tweed loots the city treasury for millions until exposed by the upstart New York Times and immigrant cartoonist Thomas Nast. Political drama/strong contemporary relevance. Heavy non-comic animation and graphics. Professional Coverage: “RECOMMEND” – Dave Trottier (Author, “The Screenwriter’s Bible”)
An American college student discovers that she's the reincarnation of a 19th-century Middle Eastern belly dancer, and she has an unlikely destiny she must fulfill.
THE TORTOISE AND THE HEIR
A will leaves half of California to someone, if a lone wolf San Francisco private investigator can keep any of the heirs alive. Script Excerpt
A traumatized priest haunted by visions of his violent past obligingly serves a rural parish while indulging in a long distance affair, but his vindictive compulsion is sparked when he’s wrongly blamed for the deaths of two troubled altar boys. Script Excerpt
Murder in Emergency!
A dedicated nurse fights to save her beloved hospital from closure until she`s alerted to the systematic murder of patients shifting her focus to waging war, against it. Script Excerpt
An untried deputy and a hunting guide, lifelong friends and rivals both in their twenties, go tracking into the desert after the kidnappers of the waitress they both love, each suspecting the other of a role in her disappearance. Script Excerpt
WHITE SHADOWS, BLACK DREAMS - now adapted into the award-winning novel THE AIR BETWEEN OUR TUBS: Borrowed Dreams
DR ANDREW HORTON UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES Professor Emeritus Justin Swingle's WHITE SHADOWS, BLACK DREAMS, is a compelling dramatic script based on the life of one of America's most important but least known women, Madam C.J.Walker. An African-American who was born the daughter of slaves, orphaned at seven, she became through both strength of character and good fortune, Madam C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in the country and champion of the rights of not only blacks and women, but of all people. Swingle evokes the era as well as the character and aptly carries us through something of an epic
Major Players: Ray Ray vs The Monster
After a five-year prison stint, a recently-freed boxer must defeat the undefeated champion of Atlanta 'The Monster' to save his cousin from drowning into deeper debt. But the real fight lies outside the ring, where his steps are laden with betrayals, gunfights, and narcotics. Script Excerpt
A Special Ops soldier, whose grief over the loss of a son has torn his family apart, takes them on a vacation hoping to relive happier times, when a perilous situation forces them to pull together to survive. Ordinary People meets Straw Dogs in this Hitchcockian thriller.
A grieving animal control officer becomes an unlikely social media hero when she embarks on a vigilante crusade against animal abusers, but her violent actions trap her between friends on the police force and the leader of a citywide dogfighting ring. Script Excerpt
SETTLING THE BOOKS
A rare book dealer uses the reading of his will to seal heirs who he believes wronged him, in a panic room with no air or escape, unless they decode a mystery hidden in a centuries old book; even here the female book appraiser and the investigator must keep their secret. Script Excerpt
Based on a true story. Two young boys watch their mother's boyfriend beat her. On her deathbed, she says he didn't do it. He goes free. Twenty years later, a rookie prosecutor - a young woman - fights to revive the cold case.
Only The Devil Knows
A young girl struggles against her brutally controlling father to find her place in the family.
A beleaguered Greek miner draws a reluctant strike instigator into the throes of a Colorado mining revolt, sparking a labor dispute with horrifying consequences. Based on a true story. Script Excerpt
MIRDAD, A LIGHTHOUSE AND A HAVEN
At the end of the 19th century, a mysterious man is admitted to a Middle Eastern monastery, where he reveals new concepts of God, life, and love, which turn the monks into disciples, although they also arouse the furious reaction of the local materialistic abbot. Script Excerpt
With nothing but her wits as a weapon, a young Maya woman searches three continents for a fair deal and free her folks of the iron grip of the coffee traders.
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mail carrier tells his story
Buck and the Angel
A young boy, Buck Lynch, fatherless and living with his dying mother in his grandparent’s home, has a strong belief in the power of prayer. But his faith is tested when a mysterious stranger claiming to be an angel leads Buck to believe he has come to make his mother well when he has actually come for his mother’s life on Christmas Eve. Script Excerpt
Based on a true story, John Colter becomes a legend during the early days of the American frontier due to his adventures in the Yellowstone region and encounters with dangers that lead to an arduous eleven-day, two-hundred mile flight across the wilderness in which he has only his wits to survive.
A young businesswoman, in an unprecedented act of benevolence, makes interest-free loans to farmers in an attempt to stop murder/suicides on the land, whilst predator bankers withhold her funds and she dodges the hitman. Script Excerpt
Anatomy of a Town
The Chief of Police in a small town investigates the murder of a young woman while confronting the Sheriff, who blocks his every move for jurisdiction, in order to protect himself from the Chief finding out about his paternal ties to both the murder victim and the killer. Script Excerpt
Two mercenaries rob a former colleague's New York jewelry shop to even a score, but after the shop’s employees are found murdered, a deadly bank heist in Iraq begins to haunt them. Script Excerpt
An Empty Chair
Rather than spend Christmas alone, a college girl with a writing assignment confronts her estranged grandma but can’t let go of the family gossip in her pursuit of truth. Script Excerpt
ANOTHER COLOR - Adapted from the novel - THE AIR BETWEEN OUR TUBS: The Weight of My Dreams
New Orleans, the French Quarter, c1850. Severine, a white woman, has two daughters outside of marriage. One is black, the other white. Their father is black. Severine is dying. She must do anything she can so that her daughters do not have the life she has had. She aims to have Marbella, her white daughter pursue the placage system. She will become the courtesan of a rich Creole man. But what will happen to her sister? JUSTINSWINGLE.com Script Excerpt
A poor man, haunted by ghosts of war and without health insurance, struggles to raise money for the medical bills of a critically ill daughter. But a chance meeting with a soldier from his past turned holdup man gives the family hope when the man offers cash in exchange for refuge from the gang he stole from, unintentionally putting them all in the gang’s crosshairs. Script Excerpt
A man accidentally uncovers a pedophilia ring and rescues a young sex worker. When his attempts to get help from the authorities fail, he struggles to smuggle the girl to safety before they are both arrested or captured.
The son of the superintendent of international churches is convinced he hears a divine word which he follows, only to face ridicule from his family circle and friends and threats to lose his life from the drug and human trafficking world. This is a contemporary suspense about the prophet Hosea in the Bible.
Seeking a fresh start, a newly married couple and their teenage daughter move to a small town, but the daughter begins to suspect that her stepfather is hiding something. Script Excerpt
The Puzzle People
Berlin cold war aftermath: A Woman reconstructs shredded Stasi documents and stumbles upon a murder committed days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she almost gets killed. The Puzzle People screenplay is an adaptation of the Berlin Spy Mystery by Doug Peterson.
The suicidal Maddy shows up on her estranged father’s front doorstep dragging her own murdered body claiming she’s invented time travel.
The Odyssey of John Buchanan
When a Scottish soldier loses his father in the Battle of Culloden, he rushes home only to see his wife and mother slain by British soldiers. John Buchanan is captured and must not only escape his captors but fight against his eventual banishment to the British Colonies and life as an indentured servant on a tobacco plantation in Maryland. Script Excerpt
PLAYING THE CHANGES
The country's top neurosurgeon, an unfeeling man, sees his perfectly ordered life unravel and, after hitting rock bottom, reinvents himself as a jazz saxophonist in an effort to recover his heart, humanity, and possibly his estranged wife – who is determined to resist his persistent and unwelcome attempts to win her back. Script Excerpt
THE ORGANIC SVENGALI
She wants to connect with her dead parents by attending their alma mater; he’s a young genius coasting as a music history professor who cured himself of cancer, and is looking for a fresh mind now that the cancer has returned; their paths and wills are about to cross. Script Excerpt
An American military Sergeant falls back into his dark past. He unknowingly takes on a new, feral, supernatural element in his life and willingly rushes toward a fatal, uncertain future.
A Time to Remember
The number one pop star in the world puts his blazing hot career on hold to attend his senior year of high school and play football - much to his record label's dismay. Script Excerpt
E Pluribus Unum
Virginia 1860 – when a profitable, free plantation founded by disguised aliens and supported by famous Abolitionists is attacked by pro-slavers, two former slaves - a fighter and a pacifist, leave to seek help from newly-elected President Lincoln. Script Excerpt
Biopic of the luminously beautiful but tragic 1950s film noir star Barbara Payton. Script Excerpt
Marion Duke always struggled to overcome poor life decisions - some inherited, some self-inflicted. When the disparate elements of Duke’s life converge at his funeral, deeply buried secrets threaten to destroy his carefully cultivated image of a devoted father and war hero.
Phishing for Phoebe
Once homeless, a successful author at the end of his life searches for the woman who gave him his start; a woman consumed with guilt, hiding away and fiercely protected by a menagerie of colorful small-town characters who block all efforts to find her. Script Excerpt
A Noble Truth
Two estranged best friends set off on a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America dominated by apathy and discord. It is soon clear, however, that truth is the last thing either man seeks. [20 awards/honors, including first place in the 2016 London Film Awards, the 2014 Awareness Film Festival, and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards].
Price of Oil
When a British nurse fights to save the life of a Persian teen - who is sentenced to death for the brutal murder of an American diplomat in 1924 Tehran - she encounters a British spy’s cover-up in an elaborate web of international espionage, pitting British against Russian against American operatives in a game of political power. Script Excerpt
The Way Back Home
A young boy who loves animals must cope with his father’s insistence that he will someday work in the slaughterhouse that has employed the men of his family for the past several generations. [21 awards/honors including, Grand Jury Prize winner of 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, Grand Jury Prize winner of 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, and Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 London Film Awards (Feature Screenplay Category).]
Six Hours to Santa Monica
A failed NASCAR driver looking for redemption uncovers a sinister plot involving his ex-girlfriend. With the help of a prototype car, he must defy the odds to get her back.
Catherine, the manager of a high end store, behaves outrageously to everyone, customers and employees alike. Can a mall maintenance worker and a customer’s little girl change her toxic behaviour and earn the love missing from her life? An edgy drama comedy in the vein of As Good As It Gets. Script Excerpt
Nothing in Common
When an unhappy couple with nothing in common win a bus trip to Niagara Falls in 1952 their romantic future changes when they encounter Marilyn Monroe filming on location. (Finalist, Cinequest under earlier title, "Wedding in Niagara Falls.") Feature screenplay developed from short play "Niagara 1952" successfully performed in Cambridge, England by The Blue Sky Theatre Company. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aalGAtjwE1o Script Excerpt
A bank manager,recovering from a near-fatal automobile accident, becomes convinced that his exact double from an alternate universe is planning to rob his bank. No CGI; few locations.
When an arrogant investment banker. driving to a board meeting for a multi-million dollar bonus, is picked up on a DUI he is taken to a rundown holding facility where he must spend a frustrating and increasingly dangerous night night with an assortment of characters who share a connection. limited location; 80% in one location. Quarter Finalist Page international Awards. Script Excerpt
Married With Friends
On Mother's Day, on the eve of their silver wedding anniversary, life for Roy and Margaret Fox turns upside down when their adult children learn their parents have each acquired a friend of the opposite sex. The kids are apposed until they discover the new friends are rich. Then things get complicated. PITCH: Is "When Harry Met Sally" wrong? Script Excerpt
When a Mossad agent discovers he has assassinated a Palestinian politician falsely accused of terrorist ties, he risks his job, marriage and ultimately his life to help the man's family. QUARTERFINALIST, NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS WINNER, AMERICAN SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION
THE FAT LADY SINGS
When a small time private investigator gets a chance at the big time taking on a prominent politician’s wife’s case; neither realizes they are in way over their heads, the political party has been shadowing her, and will do anything to protect her husband, a presumed future presidential candidate. Script Excerpt
A savvy chemical engineer and her electronics-expert husband develop a device that can disable a firearm‘s shooting capability. Their good intention of saving lives faces an uphill battle against the least expected opponent.
A young nurse and her fellow Florida refugees attempt a daring escape from an environmental disaster brought on by greed and political corruption.
When a career bank robber, fleeing the police, seeks refuge in a church and holds the parishioners hostage, he is turned tothe path of faith by its Baptist minister who has problems of his own.Faith -based. Script Excerpt
All Sarah's Things I Found In My Pocket
When his fiancé abruptly cancels their wedding, a man evaluates his own past behaviour, triggered by items -sunglasses, wine cork, fortune cookie, cloth rabbit- that he finds in his jacket that establish the film's structure like"Four Weddings and a Funeral" . Family friendly. Diversity roles. Script Excerpt
Frankie, an angry, out-of-control boy, teams up with the Frankenstein monster to bring Frankie’s estranged father home for Christmas. Script Excerpt
Born with a high tolerance for pain and fear, an Asian American fashion model changes career to become a rookie in a small town police department to undo the debacle caused by her abusive cop father years before. Not everyone is happy with her presence including a relentless cop killer . Script Excerpt
Under The Influence
Tensions erupt when a workaholic bar owner becomes infatuated with the wife of an alcoholic patron. Drama with thriller elements. Inspirational. Nominated Best Drama Feature Austin Revolution Film Festival 2022 . Script Excerpt
The Dumb Ox Bellows
A 13th-century friar struggles to revitalize Christian theology using logic and reason, but intellectual opposition from peers, malicious slander by envious brethren, and “slavery of the pen” under two Popes drive him to mental collapse and loss of faith in his life’s work -- until God intervenes miraculously to affirm its merit. The extraordinary, true story of Saint Thomas Aquinas.- Script Excerpt
Long Path To Peace
A drug lord's incorruptible and alienated step-son escapes into the wilderness where he saves his Guide - the father he’s always wanted, from a never-ending, guilt-fueled nightmare. Script Excerpt
God chooses a young woman to be His Warrior but fails to warn her of the formidable opponents which collude to destroy her.
After a bitter middle aged alcoholic saves the life of a broken teenaged sex slave, they lift each other from the depths of despair.
The life story of five women in 5 different parts of the world
Fighting Johnny O'Brian
For a parole board hearing, a young civil rights attorney gets appointed - despite his protests - to represent a white man who's been in prison twenty years for killing two black police officers.
An Army brat grows up, leaves his Army M.P. job to attempt to claim himself a hometown, becoming a P.I. working out of his Grandfather’s storefront in Colorado gold country, his first case reveals a town full of secrets including one that destroyed his family years before, and a new secret that he must forever keep from his fiancée. Script Excerpt
SEE JANE RUN
A young teacher moves back into her hometown. An unknown stalker disrupts her life over and over and almost succeeds to kill her. The investigating officer and preacher's son turns out to be more than a protector of the law and her. "See Jane Run" is an adaptation of Gail Gaymer Martin's inspirational suspense titled "A Love for Safekeeping."
Three coworkers have a devastating impact on each other's lives as told from each person's perspective.
AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING
In the aftermath of WW2, in an undefined place, two men, Eichmann and Wallenberg, play chess, using humans as pawns. Each represents the extreme of man’s humanity and inhumanity to man. https://andwewereleft.com/
Behind The Veil
Film Noir. Los Angeles, 1947. A private investigator's search for a gay man among those marginalized by society results in a battle against the powerful elite who exploit them. (Recent Quarter Finalist Santa Barbara 2022 Diverse Writers outreach) Script Excerpt
Greedy executives of a large corporation implement an illegal downsizing process, and they would've gotten away with it but they didn’t count on a desperate employee whose courage and family loyalty proves much stronger than any of their corporate policies.
The Ed Dennehy Story
Ed always wanted to act or direct in theatre. Infant epilepsy, a lifelong battle with booze, or the bizarre hallucinations of van Gogh, Barrymore and spiders the size of dogs were not going to stop him. Living in reality was another matter. This is a physiological journey where a man struggles to find peace between the worlds of the real and the imaginary.
Marley and the Ghosts have been using Christmas Eve to torment someone into a better life for the past 150 years. They’ve been successful every time…until now.
Lindsey's life takes a traumatic, spiritual, and physical turn. This drives her toward an undesirable and crucial, destined point of growth drenched in violence, blood, and kinship.
Love and Venom
After fleeing home as a child to escape the wrath of his deranged mother, a young man returns years later when he learns that his beloved father has just a few days to live and his mother wants to follow him to the gates of heaven.
Shadow of Despair
A Chicago homicide detective specializing in behavioral psychology and analytics, pursues a serial killer who extracts body parts from his victims. Script Excerpt
A closeted nurse from a dysfunctional family struggles with love and the meaning of life while working in the gay community during the emerging AIDS crisis in 1970’s New York City.
The king of Israel marries a Phoenician Princess, who is consumed by Baal worship, wanting to kill all devout Hebrews. God’s prophet challenges the king to repent in spite of the threat of death.
A grieving widower volunteers to be part of a one-way-mission to Mars in an effort to colonize the planet, but finds himself conflicted about his future when he begins falling for one of his fellow astronauts.
Edged on by his incestuous sister-in-law, the president of a leading euthanasia group faces-off with his estranged anti-euthanasia daughter over the fate of his aged mother.
Shooter on the Grassy Knoll (new as of 6-7-22) new excerpt 1-17-23
A man suffering from schizophrenia and lack of self-esteem fires one of the fatal shots into President Kennedy from a grassy knoll then finds the conscience he never knew he had lost in a New Mexico desert with two disabled sisters: one blind and one a deaf-mute. Script Excerpt
Amidst a hostile takeover attempt, a billionaire enlists the aid of a noted genealogist to map his Nigerian ancestry, but when the trail leads to a remote African village, his attempts to help the locals pit him and his estranged son against corrupt security contractors, both abroad and at home. Script Excerpt
A Mother's Christmas Gift
Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her family's house for Christmas, as a ghost, with a mission, and like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” has to accomplish this mission to earn her wings. Script Excerpt
A ROSE BY THE DOOR
A God fearing woman finds herself burned out by hurtful tragedies in her life. By trying to hide secrets from the past, she comes to the place where faith seems gone. But she overlooks, that old wounds must be touched and tended before they could be healed for good. A ROSE BY THE DOOR is an adaptation of Deborah Bedford's inspirational novel with the same title.
The Complicated Truth
A fearless news anchor puts her life in jeopardy to expose dangerous secret societies which have infiltrated the government to rig a presidential election, maintain their power and keep the country racially polarized.
Shy of her thirtieth birthday, a woman realizes the man she knows as her father is not her biological donor. When she goes on a hunt for her original sperm donor, she finds him behind prison walls.
The Greater Sin
After an innocent black teenager is gunned down by a rogue cop who isn’t charged, his mother becomes an activist and runs for city council to change entrenched practices that protect lawless cops.
Follow the plight of Eileen Drucker who becomes paralyzed following a freak accident while playing chicken with another couple in waist high waters of the Atlantic when she hits her neck on an underwater buoy. Enter Jimmy who befriends Eileen in the wake of the accident and becomes romantically involved with her.
A Journey With Destiny
In 1906, a young man’s journey by automobile leaves him stranded in a remote mining town about to erupt into a battle royale between company goons and radical labor. Script Excerpt
A repo man on the run from a Mexican drug gang sets up his twin brother to take the hit for him, only to have a change of heart and try to save his life - The Talented Mr Ripley meets The Usual Suspects in No Country for Old Men in this gritty and fast-paced suspense thriller.
Into the Sunshine
A Naval Officer returns to his hometown Washington, D.C. to lay his younger brother to rest and bring the killer to justice. Script Excerpt
A psycho-sexual thriller about a Key West sculptor, yachtsman and society drop-out who falls in love with the troubled daughter of a powerful Tennessee Williams-styled family and becomes embroiled in a complex web of madness and murder. A twisted, Hitchcockian tale of a single man's nightmare of sex, romance and paranoia based on Patricia Highsmith's theme in "Strangers On A Train". Script Excerpt
Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp
A young man risks a life of obscurity unless he can overcome the walls his family has put in front of him that force him to stay in the closet and not pursue his passion to dance.
Playing the Field
After dominating youth leagues and high school football, a young woman struggles with womanhood, academic studies, gender expectations, and family tragedy while trying to find her place as quarterback on her new college team.
Terror On The Run
How do you wipe out a terrorist organization while also inspiring Arab Sultans in the Mid-East to join Western nations in a global war against international terrorism? Our heroes do it.
A Fading Finish Line
Four lifelong middle aged men deal with the challenges of starting over in employment, relationships, parenting and health when they are so close to reaching their goals. Script Excerpt
Al-Quaida operatives in NYC and on trial for a milk tainting scandal. Prosecution's witnesses suddenly end up in body bags as the trial nears. A law clerk and her lackey try to put a stop to the madness.
A Risk of Exposure
A Russian ballet teacher tries to smuggle photos of Stalin's crimes while part of a cultural exchange to the U.S. in 1953. With the KGB in close pursuit, she finds an unexpected ally. Script Excerpt
A Family Affair
“ A Family Affair” depicts life from the eyes of two children caught in the middle of a nasty divorce in the late 60's. Swept up in lies, deceit, secrecy, and abuse; Torn between two families with no place in either, they struggle to find love, acceptance, and truth.
American Ooze follows an entitled pre-teen that discovers the start of his essential self. He experiences a frightful, metaphysical, journey on All Hallow’s Eve.
A people pleasing, widowed retiree unwittingly falls prey to rampant substance abuse plaguing her OVER 55 community in Florida.
Life lessons are learned, digested, spit out and then re-kindled, reformed and refined in this touching story about life, lust and love. A truly emotional roller coaster ride into the depths of one's conscious and soul.
While comical mishaps in his work and social life give rise to ridicule, this newly single man finally proves his worthiness to his deriding buddies and Latino lady friend. Script Excerpt
The Long War
A hoodlum, who tasted “payback” at the hands of two high school classmates he had terrorized, spends the next thirty years looking for the two and his own retribution. Script Excerpt
A Good Soul
A sitcom actor risks losing his soul for the chance to prove that he can be more than the lovable big brother he played on TV. His quest for a darker role leads him into the world of underground clubs where he is tricked into playing the killer of a snuff film.
AS THINGS SLIP AWAY
DRAMA / PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER An heiress struggles with her vast wealth as her health slips away. Her mother was always there to push her forward................. AND OVER THE EDGE FOR GOOD. (elements of MAGIC REALISM) Script Excerpt
Not About Money
A dedicated woman becomes victimized by corporate men of power, but her fight for principle changes the culture for the advancement of women in business.
When a gay teenager is almost lynched in South Carolina, a closeted boy goes on the run after discovering that his own abusive father was the one behind the attempt.
Adopted at infancy, a pro minor league ice-hockey player searches for his biological parents during a championship season where his dream of playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins hangs on a thread and a prayer. But his quest to find his birth parents is a little more disruptive to his life than expected and he finds himself more on a journey of enlightenment than discovery. Script Excerpt
Bad Apples Don't Fall Far From The Tree... A social worker, tormented by his own abused past, gives aid to an abused, pregnant teen that threatens to become a taboo relationship. The fact that his live-in mother likes to kill socially irredeemable door to door salesmen only makes life worse. When fate deals him a lottery win, his seemingly mundane life falls apart. Script Excerpt
Harpo's Bike (Can't Find My Way Home)
A young ad artist takes a trip to New Orleans on a Harley inherited from his estranged Marine father to prove to his family that the man was having an affair. Instead, he finds a veteran homeless mute - his father's best friend - who thinks he's Harpo Marx. Script Excerpt
Gods Of Bell
When a telephone worker invades the public's privacy by using the telephone lines to find the man who killed his wife, he inadvertently becomes a pawn in a twisted tale of espionage and intrigue.
Bit by Bit
Debt ridden and on the brink of suspension, a conscientious tech savvy Stanford student must save his humble parent's dream and unstable roommate's life by actioning a crypto currency scheme that could just be the financial holy grail.
Use Of Force
When an "on the spectrum" youth becomes a problematic rookie cop he vows to crush a delusional gang leader in a desperate fight to prevent the inevitable.
SIR HARRY LAUDER TONIGHT!
A famed Hollywood actor produces and stars in an Off-Broadway musical about his idle – the acclaimed, world renowned but long forgotten musical hall entertainer, Sir Harry Lauder. A biographical musical extravaganza. All music public domain.
Prisoners in Pain Sight
After a white farmer saves the life of a runaway slave, the slave helps his injured widow repair her rundown farm while keeping from each other that dangerous men are after them both.
SHE WAS THE PRESIDENT! When Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke in 1919, First Lady Edith Wilson launches a mammoth White House cover-up and runs the presidency herself—for 18 months! Think “Iron Lady” (2011). Based on the true, actual historical events. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” Dave Trottier (Author, “The Screenwriter’s Bible”)
A Death Without Malice
Marissa Sheldon's husband has been in a vegetative state for two years. She is now forced to ask herself - has the time come to let him die? Gold Remi winner, Worldfest Houston
the gay version of NOTTING HILL SCREENPLAY JUDGE'S COMMENTS: “There’s such a cool, passionate force to this story.” “This is the type of small indie that – when cast and marketed correctly – gets all those accolades that tip people toward great things.” The characters are also meaty enough to attract heavy hitters to play them and it would be relatively inexpensive to make, baring a couple cameos that might be easy or difficult to arrange.” I think getting a little glimpse of the atmosphere and characters here will help sell this great wackiness. I also think that people would go gaga over this type of unhygienic, imperfect romance. JUSTINSWINGLE.com
A Nice Family Gathering
A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. Script Excerpt
A woman gets threatening emails and anonymous calls about her little girl, who had drowned with her husband three years ago. They never recovered her body. Could she still be alive? Finding Christmas is an adaptation of Gail Gaymer Martin's inspirational suspense.
The thing about death is the fear that there may be no afterlife. The Malone Family for generations have been betting heavily on it.
Upon My Approval
One act of lust turns a home into a war zone.
A Native American environmentalist is pitted against his logger brother after a botanist whistleblower is pushed too far in the struggle to maintain the forests of Northwestern Montana. As loggers fight for job security, and as environmentalists fight for their cause, the botanist becomes the victim of both sides, and enacts a dangerous retribution. Script Excerpt
A woman’s sanity is tested trapped underground in the family’s new shelter with her domineering husband and drug addicted son as aliens invade Earth. Script Excerpt
Fei Ji (Mandarin for Flying Machine)
FEI JI (Mandarin for Flying Machine) - Young hua chiao (overseas Chinese) take the first
The Blues Detective
A small town Mississippi blues guitarist with big musical dreams embarks on a cross-country search for the parties responsible for the death of a fellow musician, along the way encountering corruption, bigotry, and a mysterious nightclub singer who's not what she seems.
The Dressmaker's Daughter
Romania 1940: A Jewish teenage girl studying to become a doctor, falls into a forbidden affair with her tutor. As war erupts, the Nazis invade and her family is killed, but a Romanian Iron Guard officer takes her as his concubine and sends her to nurse enemy soldiers in a field hospital. When her lover shows up with a group of Jewish partisans, she leads them through headquarters to kill two high-ranking Nazi guests of the officer. But her lover dies in the action. She escapes with the partisans and spends the rest of the war sabotaging German supply lines. Adapted from my Young Adult novel published by Santa Monica Press in 2022. Script Excerpt
Home Like a Shadow
College girl accompanies her new boyfriend to his decaying San Joaquin Valley home town for his mother's birthday and is pulled into family conflicts and lost dreams dating back to the Civil War. Script Excerpt
THEATRE OF DEATH
In 1903 Chicago, a crusading reporter exposes of the “Absolutely Fireproof” Iroquois Theatre, as a fire trap. He is proven right. Based on the true incident. No one was ever punished. Professional Coverage: "Recommend” - Dave Trottier (Author “The Screenwriter's Bible")
A FORGOTTEN MUSICAL GENIUS! James Reese Europe fights racism, Army prejudice and the Germans when he takes command of the “Harlem Hellfighters” band, introduces jazz and pop tunes; he revolutionizes military band music forever. A WW1 action musical biopic; all music public domain. Can be adapted to TV miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” Dave Trottier (Author “The Screenwriter’s Bible.”) OFFICIAL FINALIST - New York Screenplay Competition SEMI-FINALIST - Black Stories and Screenplay Competition SEMI-FINALIST - Page Turner Screenplays Genre Competition QUARTER-FINALIST - PAGE International Screenplay Competition
The lives of a paraplegic and a mobster literally and figuratively intersect with fatal results.
Hundreds and Thousands
Some people run, some people hide, but one unexpected visitor makes an indelible impression.
My Country Lost
Think of something that would gnaw at you. Go further, think of something that would make your gut wrench. Now think of something that would make you seethe and your blood boil. Go deeper, think of something that would make you seek revenge... To the point that your pupils are fully dilated... To the point of physical violence... To the point of death... Now enter, weapon drawn with memories of your dead loved ones...
A New York Times photographer is losing his mind, or so he thinks.
The Iron Caste
Reporter chases truth about interracial girl's murder from 1929 to 1955.
All My Trials, Lord
In a drunken stupor a handsome young singer kills a taxi driver while visiting Spalding County, Georgia. While awaiting trial, he plays his guitar and sings hymns so beautifully that the townspeople gather in the evenings outside his cell to listen, inspiring a local minister to hold revivals outside the window. (Set in 1950s and inspired by a true event)
LAST FLAG ON OAK ISLAND
When a museum curator and his female assistant translate clues in an American Revolution-era journal to a British payroll buried on Oak Island, they must go undercover to unearth the treasure before two rival treasure hunters discover it. Wealth of the century or the island's deft insult? (From the novel Last Assault on Oak Island by Jenn Rekka.)
A volunteer firefighter of Native American descent must convince a small town sheriff with a grudge that a vengeful Indian spirit is bent on destroying their town with the flood waters of a nearby creek. Inspired by the actual Schoharie Creek bridge collapse of 1987. Now available as a novel. Script Excerpt
At the Sound of the Tone
"I think I killed her, "says a mystery voice on her answer machine, forcing a frightened young architect to rely on an Apache policeman with a troubled history of his own. Script Excerpt
I hate you
A single middle woman dealing with her own depression faces the heartbreaking notice that the long awaited visit of her daughter won't happen.
A gay Syrian refugee flees to Istanbul. He develops such a good reputation for smuggling other refugees to Greece that he’s approached in the same 24 hours by the CIA and ISIS to smuggle high-profile persons individuals. In the process of juggling the two operations, he falls in love with, and must decide between, two men who offer him very different futures. Script Excerpt
The Christmas Gift
A woman gives up her inheritance for a chance to stand on her own two feet, but when life becomes full of rejection and tragedy, she must choose between her career and the one that got away. Script Excerpt
God's Work: Devil's in the Details
A poker game between old friends turns deadly when their childhood priest shows up, convinced one of them is possessed, but after an impromptu exorcism escalates, it becomes unclear just who is doing the devil's bidding and who is doing-- God's Work.
The life of a loving family man spirals when he is unable to control the effects of an extremely rare neurological condition.
Soul Survivors - An Obsession of the Heart Part One
When a Woman unexpectedly appears after fifteen years, a man must confront the regrets he has always carried of running away from the only true love of his life.
After her mentor's suspicious death, a driven project manager inherits the rebuild of a notorious private prison, only to find herself stalked by a mysterious entity hellbent on sabotaging her at every turn. Script Excerpt
After a robbery gone wrong, the killer recounts his victim's life story.
Due to his low self esteem, a young man does the unthinkable just to get the girl he admires.
The NITE LOOP
Searching for his missing brother, an obsessed drifter must infiltrate a tightly knit band of commuters onboard a mysterious bus route to gain the trust of their charismatic leader and find the truth. Script Excerpt
Hitting Rock Bottom
A group of at-risk high school students is sent to a newly created military-style boot-camp academy - the last chance to turn their lives around. There they meet a hard-nosed but fair retired police sergeant running the academy in partnership with the U.S. Army. Based on a true story.
ONCE THERE WERE STORIES
In this family drama, Christmases of long ago, ones of togetherness, family entertainments, and memorable stories, as told by Grandpa Lynn, now living in his daughter, Rhiannon Nolan's, spare room, now contrast with those of the Nolan family with its packaged television and sports, relatives' distancing, and multitude of electronic distractions.
An impoverished, middle-aged caregiver signs on for seasonal employment at the bleak and brutally efficient Big River Fulfillment Center where profits are valued over human lives. Inspired by true events. Script Excerpt
Where the rainbow meets the earth.
It is a story of a gullible female American teacher who under heavy financial debts gets lured into the business of drug trafficking. She travels to Pakistan to get drugs but gets caught at the airport. She somehow manages to escape and takes refuge in a remote village. With no place to run being an experienced teacher opens a school and becomes very respectable in the village. She also falls in love with the handsome chief of the tribe, but little did she know that the law enforcement authorities are hot on her trail…………….
A cutthroat tech entrepreneur must confront faces from his past, present, and future in a busy airport, where he's forced to reconcile prior misdeeds and reforge alliances, as he races to thwart a catastrophic time-space anomaly. Script Excerpt
The Blonde Surfer
A young boy becomes infatuated with a beautiful Blonde Surfer Script Excerpt
Based on my best-selling novel of the same name. A former world motorcycle champion has advanced dementia and decides use the few months left him to eliminate his enemies while he can still remember.
A headstrong detective investigating a brutal murder of a porn star discovers the trail leads to his brother, a Catholic priest.
THE MAN CALLED BIBLE JONES
An Old Testament cowboy ("An eye for an eye") and an outcast Comanche woman join forces to escort a young girl across the Arizona badlands to try and find her missing father. "The Searchers" meets "True Grit".
The House Call
When an idealistic young woman is held captive by psychotic family in the Florida Everglades, she uses her skills as a nurse to outwit the brutal clan and survive.
a guy proves reincarnation
The FORTUNATE ONE
After assassins wipe out his family, a gambling addict cop wins the lottery playing numbers from a fortune cookie and uses his newly won millions to become an eccentric vigilante, guided by fortune cookie wisdom.
adapted from the screenplay T H E L I B R A R I A N love stories Peter loves Maggie. Maggie loves Peter. Alice loves Peter, too. Mary, Maggie’s mum loves her daughter. Maggie loves her mum and Louisa also loves Maggie’s mum. And Brandon, he loves money even if it isn’t his. It got tangled! J U S T I N S W I N G L E BOOK COVER BLURB London, 1948. The city is putting itself together again after the Second World War, and people and families are trying to find a way forward. It’s a struggle for all. Peter is a young man who works at the library. He has hopes and dreams of one day being a novelist. His dreams and fantasies help him escape his day to day life where his sober habits inhabit his ways with women. But then he meets the woman with the bright red lips like a movie star. Maggie is a young woman of prominent cheekbones and startling ambition, who wants to be a film star – or, failing that, a novelist. She’s about as predictable as a thunderstorm. Alice is the girl next door and works for a literary agent. She loves Peter’s writing – and Peter too. But will she find the courage to tell him so? In a slippery tale of stolen hearts and purloined novels, secret loves and hidden ambitions, these lives become irretrievably tangled. Who will end up with whom? Who will end up rich and celebrated? And will art – and love – win out in the end? Justin Swingle is an award-winning screenwriter. The Librarian was adapted from the screenplay of the same title JUSTINSWINGLE.com Script Excerpt
An alcoholic cop on the edge struggles to maintain his sanity when confronted by the wheelchair bound ex-con he shot and crippled for life years earlier.
Under My Skin
An ex-con tattoo artist snags a job inking seductive beauties for a shady businessman, but when the newly illustrated models turn up dead, he must solve the mystery, clear his name, and stay one step ahead of the cop who once put him away.
Smith Corona Blues
A terminally ill Seattle cop is teamed up with a brash young Scotland Yard inspector to probe the murder of an eccentric writer.
An ambitious freight company employee and her boyfriend sell security loopholes to a Cartel about military weapons returning from abroad, the company owner must use all her dirty skills to stop the ruthless buyer’s vicious intentions.
A black ex-union soldier, on the lam, hiding from crooked white officers who want him hanged, is promised gold and sanctuary to protect a town from thugs who want to kill off the townspeople and steal the land.
Through all the chaos is a straight line. Script Excerpt
Lucky in Long Island
Marco Marino known as “Lucky “in the underground world of organized crime is about to get an early release from prison. Jack Jones is down to his last resort Are cracking down on Long Island most notorious mob boss, Johnny the joker. Unexpectedly he makes a plea deal with Marco to clear his name. He assigns new agent Ava Marie to work her firsr undercover operation with Lucky As a unlike they do a pose as a newly engaged couple in a posh Long Island home. Soon enough the undercover becomes a matter of life and death as one mobster is about to make the hit of his life . Will he be lucky in Long Island Or will lucky set his eyes on something bigger such as running the North American mafia?
A newlywed man discovers that his elderly father-in-law is actually a cunning sociopath planning to kill him before the weekend is over.
Betrayal on Himeros Island
An upcoming artist struggles through severe adversity that nearly tarnishes his career. That is until he falls into a strange friendship with a man who holds truly tyrant like power, but hides a dark secret.
WiId Mind ScreenpIay
Space Station: New Australia (initiating)
(Being drafted. This listing is a placeholder for project in-work.)
To 70-yo Enrico Allini, being forced into a retirement home is like ringing the doorbell to Hell. Script Excerpt
A newly appointed driver to a megalomaniacal movie star must navigate between her job and conscience while attempting to steer clear of the actor's escalating, toxic behavior.
Miscarriage of Justice
When a struggling single mom miscarries after being brutally raped by her ex-husband, her meddlesome evangelical neighbor convinces local authorities to charge her and her doctor with illegal abortion in a state where conviction means life in prison.
An opportunistic young man scarred in a fire as an infant suffers from distorted thinking, but the head of his rehab facility has his own twisted logic.
The PUZZLE MAKER
A career driven NSA analyst gifts his autistic daughter an antique jigsaw puzzle, but when she begins to assemble the pieces, it conjures the evil spirit of its creator, a dark entity who plagues their family. Script Excerpt
Koutua the make believe hero
7 Friends go to help a devasted town. One became a fill in actor who was a hero in the story, but Koutua was in situations where it needed a real hero.. this story will have you smiling and happy crying throughout the movie. great for all ages. Script Excerpt
FROM DARKNESS A LEGEND IS BORN.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND IS NOT A DOG, IT'S A CELL PHONE.
HEADS YOU LOSE AND TAILS YOU DIE.
THERE AMONG US!
ALL THAT WE KNOW IS AT AN END.
FISHING ON TUESDAYS
Friendship is the greatest catch.
SNOW IN THE SPRING
Angelika thought she had it all, fame, fortune, and power until life showed her a different journey.
Citizen on Fire
CITIZEN ON FIRE - A young firefighter and rancher struggles to recover from a fire that leaves him scarred for life and kills his buddy, and now he must fight the buddy's sister, a county judge and the real killer to save his ranch--and his life.
Neighbors and Strangers
NEIGHBORS AND STRANGERS - As the world spirals downward into a major recession, a diverse cast of neighbors and strangers struggle to survive. Now they must join hands and overcome their biases and distrust.
SOCCER BABE - A California woman overcomes her childhood handicaps and fights divorce, discrimination, injury, and disease to play on an elite men's soccer team.
MARS WOMAN - Mars Colony crew lands on post-apocalyptic Mother Earth for refitting and supplies, but a group of Earthling survivors in a Colorado mountain lock them up and interrogate them about a murder aboard the spaceship.
DEAD HEAD - Clyde drives passenger jets around airports but never takes off. But when Russian fugitives hijack his plane, Clyde must fly and fight like hell to save his passengers, crew and aircraft.
A Sojourn in the Swiss Alps
At a TB sanatorium in the French Swiss Alps, two patients -- a hot-headed English rose and an aristocratic Naval officer -- plunge into a love affair; and relationships from her time in the French Resistance embroil them both in a nail-biting thriller.
Too Late for Thoughts and Prayers
The parents of a deeply troubled teen give him a semi-automatic weapon as a Christmas present and then hide from the police after he uses it to mass murder 21 fellow high school students. Script Excerpt
When a homeless former chess champion is recruited to tutor a wealthy businessman, he gets a new lease on life, but after assassins target his new employer, he becomes embroiled in an overseas espionage mission. Script Excerpt
At his family's secluded vineyard, a restaurateur must outwit a sociopathic wine expert, solve his father's murder, and rescue his fellow guests, after a tasting event turns into a deadly game of revenge. Script Excerpt
CREATURES of HABIT
After changing therapists, a man with OCD sheds his repetitive routines, but when monsters emerge from the woods and abduct his friends, he suspects his compulsive behaviors may actually be rituals intended to ward off an ancient supernatural force. Script Excerpt
I Hear You
A belligerent boss berates his employees and struggles with his marriage and hearing-impaired son, but after he is caught pilfering from the company, can he rectify his situation and reconcile his relationships?
A determined young man, struggles to find his path as a writer, is pitted against the most unexpected trauma's and heartbreaks that life has to offer. Script Excerpt
Heat of the Moment
A former comedian and out-of-work chef gets invited to cook for some old friends, and he soon realizes you can't stop the heart's utmost desire in a weekend filled with love, drama, and betrayal. Script Excerpt
A damaged soldier comes home and needs money to start a new life. He enters a dance contest with his girlfriend, who quits in the middle of the contest. He takes on a new partner and old friend in hopes of still winning. Love is in the air while they jam to great music and meet sexy people moving on to the last round and maybe a win.
A combat soldier gets a letter telling him about his trifling girlfriend. He goes home and the ex ruins all of his new relationships. He finally gives in to her manipulation and they marry having a child. Soon, she is going out again, leaving her child behind and using her husband for gain. They play a harsh game of real life that ends in tragedy.
A serial killer is arrested and escapes then manages to hide in the desert for twenty years. His thirst for blood grows when he encounters a group of campers searching for lost gold. The gold is found and the race for riches and survival collide.
GREYLORD is a one-hour drama based on the 1980s probe of judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois. The undercover operation is still the largest in the FBI's history. GREYLORD depicts a dark world of shifting alliances and the collision of wealth, influence, and deception.
Charlie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
"Charlie Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is the true story, of Stephen Paul Campos, a U.S. Army soldier sent to fight in Vietnam in 1968. After his platoon of mostly inexperienced young men experiences a horrific "friendly fire" tragedy a shaken Campos and his two closest combat buddies (a common day "Three Musketeers") make a vow to "die for each other" and reunite after the war.
Birds of a Feather
Together, a stoic, blue collar survivor of childhood PTSD and a young girl facing foster care peel back layers of their troubles and dig graves for each other’s nightmares. Script Excerpt
A 30ish, suicidal man has a life changing experience when he encounters two men sitting on a bench in a public park; Father God is demonstratively having His own personal crisis while the Holy Spirit is trying to comfort Him when Jesus joins their conversation. Script Excerpt
The Civil War ends, and a freed slave walks 600 miles to be reunited with his wife and children. What would a Black man encounter walking through the Deep South in 1865? Based on a true story.
Finding the Path
After a childless older couple rescues him off the Detroit streets, a horrifically-abused teenager grows into an emotionally-hardened man who struggles to accept he’s worth loving.
The March of the 18th
In 1864 the Veteran Reserve Corps was formed to allow disabled Union army men to continue to perform their duty for God and Country. This is the story of six invalid soldiers of the 18th Regiment and their 25 mile march into history, as they battled the elements, their own disabilities & self-doubt, and a band of vicious, scavenging marauders. Script Excerpt
An emigrant, difficult beginnings of the drifter
A single mother loses her job. Since she cannot find her in the country, at the urging of her friends, she decides to go and work abroad. It quickly turns out that the help initially offered by friends is only an illusion, and she herself becomes a source of mockery. Without knowing the language, left without help, she tries to find herself in a foreign land. In London, he comes into contact with prostitution and homelessness, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with modern slavery. After numerous failures, she gets a chance and moves to the USA, where her dreams come true.
Duty to Warn
Legal thriller based on the true 1969 stalking murder of Berkeley student Tanya Tarasoff and the shocking legal case that changed doctor-patient confidentiality laws in America. Script Excerpt
After being electrocuted on the job, a woman has the power to make everyone around her fall in love... everyone, it seems, except the man of her dreams. Script Excerpt
When a cement truck driver avoids slamming into a Lexus, only to lose his own life, he haunts the Lexus driver and teaches him a powerful life lesson in the process. Script Excerpt
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Detective Owen Murphy is on a mission to clear his name on a murder he didn't commit. But he must do it before he falls asleep... because the next time he does might just be the last time. Script Excerpt
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!
A sledgehammer right fist; Heavyweight Boxing Champion at age 23; the most popular man in America; “boxing reform” activist and a ten-year foe of the Police Gazette publisher who wants him dethroned. And an alcoholic.
Eyes of Fury
A go-it-alone animal rights activist hot on the trail of tiger poachers must back up the lead of his multi-talented female partner when their pursuit of the animal trafficking reveals a far darker trade that threatens them both. Inspired by the medieval romance, Erec and Enide. [Received a 'Consider' rating from the reader for the TSL Free Contest.] Script Excerpt
Bitter Life Lessons
(on facts) Eva is a happy woman focused on success. Soon, life like an avalanche takes everything from her. A sick woman must find strength to help her terminally ill mother die with dignity.
Detective Sandy Marone feels the weight of the world come crashing down on her shoulders as she investigates the mysterious disappearance of a senior citizen, one of several over the past few months. This investigation will lead her to a place she's never been... and didn't know existed. Script Excerpt
While investigating a missing child case, a female detective realizes the case is closer to home than she thinks, which leads her on an emotional, soul-searching journey to finding her own child.
A naïve young woman must take an unusual road trip if she is to unravel her parent’s secret past. Along the way she falls in love but the trips unexpected revelations threaten her new-found relationship.
A badass businesswoman prays for redemption, and in return finds herself on a whirlwind journey, writing a book about diverse strangers.
An idealistic young nurse is kidnapped by a psychotic family and must lower herself to their depraved level if she has any chance of surviving.
Major Players 2: Thunder vs Lightning
After defeating a seemingly invincible opponent and severing ties with his manipulative cousin, a boxer must face an even more intimidating foe. Script Excerpt
When a biologist working on a vitally important environmental report dies mysteriously, his estranged daughter takes over his work with an assassin closing in. Script Excerpt
A young nurse investigates her mother’s disturbing death and becomes entangled in a decades old political cover up involving her family and the illicit love affair of America’s most infamous lovers.
Debbie sets up seemingly disinterested husband Jim to test his fidelity, but things spin out wildly when Jim instead falls into a trap set by a team of dangerous con-artists ready to take him for a ride and everything he's worth. Script Excerpt
THE GLAMOROUS LIFE
A model whose career is fading gets a much-needed vacation and a new outlook on life when she hides out at a Florida beach house with an “odd couple” of twenty-something brothers who are 100% convinced she's a hooker. Script Excerpt
DOWN WITH DAD
A 3 time Man of the Year dad Dave McNabb tries to teach his teen son Lincoln a life lesson -- “do good things, good things happen.” But much to Lincoln's delight and wonder, while things seem to improve for him they suddenly go south for dear old dad when bad things happen... very bad things. Script Excerpt
Two 16 year-olds, one a foul-mouthed cutter, the other a church boy, become unlikely allies when they are snatched from separate states and brought to a remote hideaway by an inexperienced kidnapper and his mother who's fresh out of prison and terminal. Script Excerpt
When two teen boys peeping in a beautiful neighbor’s bathroom window witness her murder, they are torn by how to deal with this shocking crime, and the choices they make bring their own well-being into jeopardy. Script Excerpt
Last Train Home
During the last, fleeting beats of his pulse, a man seemingly put to death in Florida’s electric chair in 1999 is sent on a journey across time to confront himself as a rebellious teen and change the course of his dire destiny. Script Excerpt
A hapless and socially detached attorney's life changes dramatically when he executes a will stipulating that a substantial fortune will be shared by all who attend the deceased's funeral mass. But no one shows up... except one mysterious homeless man seeking shelter from a raging storm. Script Excerpt
A grieving, young widow and mother will fight through severe depression and panic attacks to protect her family from a somewhat inept intruder who breaks into her home with a gun, a bullet wound, and an oxy addiction. Script Excerpt
A man returns home to care for his father who’s riding a downhill early-onset Alzheimer’s spiral, but dark secrets revealed about the family patriarch’s past shock him to the core, dramatically altering the course of the old man's care... as well as the direction of his own life. Script Excerpt
The Dreamers Support Group
A psychologist convenes a unique support group of creative people from which to draw material for his doctoral dissertation — which becomes a transformative experience for all, especially himself.
The power of nature to heal the human heart: After a life-changing summer solstice cruise, a grieving widow trades harsh Brooklyn for pristine Alaska where Archangel Gabriel bargains with God to give her husband’s soul more time before completely crossing over.
A feisty and revered old attorney in bad health takes on one last case - a libel trial - after a magazine accuses a famous pro golfer of cheating. (Screenplay adapted with permission from the novel Bad Lies by Shelby Yastrow and Hall-of-Fame golfer Tony Jacklin.)
Fighting Johnny O'Brian (female lead)
For a parole board hearing, a 53 year-old black civil rights attorney gets appointed - despite her protests - to represent a white man who's been in prison 20 years for killing 2 black police officers. (Also written with a young white male as the hero, but the female version is better.)
The Chief Resident
A chief resident in medicine is abruptly dismissed for an episode of sexual harassment, and a very reluctant woman resident is dragooned into taking his place.
A group of interns and residents struggle through a year at a deteriorating county hospital fending off a zealous cost-cutter from the Department of Hospitals
Secrets of the Universe
A brilliant young physicist must choose between career and love. It's no problem for her but leaves her boy friend in a terrible bind.
Bound for Germany Town
In 1832 Virginia, after a wealthy black plantation owner’s family is killed, all his possessions stolen or burned, and he’s left for dead by racist outlaws, he’s bent on revenge until a German prophetess and two Christian women, who nurse him back to health during a miraculous road trip and try to stop him from confronting the cold-blooded murderer who’ll likely kill him.
GENERAL GRANT IS DOOMED!
“NEVER RETREAT, NEVER SURRENDER!” Ex-President Ulysses S. Grant struggles to complete his “Personal Memoirs” while combatting terminal cancer. He produces a masterpiece. The true story. Can be expanded to TV miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” - Dave Trottier (Author, The Screenwriter’s Bible) SEMI-FINALIST Fade In Awards - True Story/Bio Competition
BOJANGLES, EUBIE AND BERT!
A TOE-TAPPING MUSICAL! Legendary performers Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Eubie Blake and Bert Williams relive their show business triumphs in spite of racism and theatrical bigotry. An epic musical drama and biopic. All music public domain; can be expanded to TV musical miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” Dave Trottier (author, “The Screenwriter’s Bible.”)
Lonely teen, uprooted from Minnesota to Santa Monica, falls for her lab partner in biology class, who happens to be the world's best shoplifter. Script Excerpt
Adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella of an eccentric steamship captain, his ambitious first mate, their motley crew and 200 Chinese passengers caught in the typhoon of the century, set in the South China Seas of 1901. A morality tale of family separation, racism and survival to the extreme during a perilous sea journey as terrifying as "A Perfect Storm", evolving into an epic struggle of hearts and minds that defines the best and worst in men. Script Excerpt
NOT ANOTHER VAMPIRE STORY
An embarrassment-prone middle school girl's life gets risky when she suspects her pretty older sister's good-looking boyfriend is really a vampire, and sets out to prove it.
British soldiers are transported from Jamaica to fight in the Crimean War. From her own resources, a Scottish-Jamaican lady provides home comforts and medical assistance to her boys in Crimea and becomes a British heroine. Script Excerpt
Givers and Takers
Taking down a corrupt political candidate before an election is key for an FBI agent to prove his brother was a pawn in the murder of a prostitute connected to both.
In spite of her husband’s attempts to help her, a young female writer suddenly finds herself falling into a severe depression when snippets of painful suppressed childhood memories come out in her writing at the same time as the visit of her religious fanatic mother whose own haunting memories plague her causing both women to lose themselves in the process.
THE ODYSSEY OF A REGIME VICTIM
A young man’s world is taken away from, when he happens to be in the wrong place and time during a horrible morning of a military coup that imprisoned and tortured him till he lost his mind and memory.
Thriller based on the true stalking murder of Berkeley student Tanya Tarasoff in 1969 by an obsessed graduate student, and the legal case that changed U.S. doctor-patient confidentiality laws. Script Excerpt
Karate Kid meets West Side Story. An interracial teen romance is caught between two gangs of skateboarders and BMX racers in a park turf war. An Indonesian kickboxer and the white sister of the skateboard leader fall in love against her brother’s wishes. When the turf war turns violent, he has to rescue her brother from a dangerous drug ring. A martial-arts action drama of teen love, rage and betrayal. Script Excerpt
A married young assistant D.A. falls for a vagabond teenage artist living in the seedy Beach Flats area of Santa Cruz, California, near the Boardwalk. His deception may lead him to the murderer in a gruesome double homicide --- at the cost of his marriage and career. Adapted from my true crime short story published in UK crime magazine, Close to the Bone: https://www.close2thebone.co.uk/wp/saturday-night-off-2/ Adapted from my short story published in the UK crime magazine Close to the Bone https://www.close2thebone.co.uk/wp/saturday-night-off-2/ Script Excerpt
A young couple are stranded on a remote Alaskan island when their seaplane goes down in a winter storm. Soon, they realize they are being stalked --- and not just by wolves.
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Fraud & Greed are no match for the Five C's of Credit. When an overly zealous credit manager, is deemed unnecessary by his boss, he walks a tightrope between logic and the art of drowning to be respected. Script Excerpt
Move along, Karate Kid movies. Afro-Caribbean/American Mom and son learn two different forms of karate. He uses kick-ass sport kind to deal with his white girlfriend’s jerk brother. She uses her dancing, deadlier kind to sort everything out.
The Days Never Know
As their ten year reunion nears, a group of friends try facing the events surrounding the night they graduated.
A recently disabled young man finds love, hope and courage in the arms of a wild, witty party girl, who’s concealing a deadly disease.
The extraordinary true life story of Nate "Snooks" Gulliver, dancer and drummer extraordinaire, who played with Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and other greats and was Billie Holliday's childhood sweetheart. Script Excerpt
The Virgin Effect
Daughter of a middle-eastern oil billionaire, drugged and raped at a frat party, contacts a young L.A. surgeon to restore her virginity for her arranged marriage. When the surgeon's receptionist learns of the plan, she and her boyfriend decide on blackmail. Script Excerpt
Aging hacker gets out of prison and plots an act of sabotage to impress a Dutch hacker chick and reclaim his status as the ruling terror of the Internet. Script Excerpt
Three Latino felons on the run invade the home of a prosperous Latino insurance executive, who must reconnect with his own violent past to save his family. The tensions heightens when his 17 year old daughter bonds with one of the felons. Script Excerpt
A thoughtless parking impulse leads a slick young ad executive into captivity and back to a crime he may have committed while in school --- as a botched revenge plot traps him and three women in an apartment with no escape from one another or the past. Script Excerpt
It's a Friday night and my girlfriend is out of sight.
LOST AT SEA
High-seas survival adventure in a lifeboat, based on a true story and a controversial naval murder trial. As a disabled cruise ship is evacuated, one of its lifeboats is hopelessly lost at sea -- in the path of an oncoming storm. A junior officer, acting as captain, faces a moral dilemma when he realizes there are too many people in the boat to survive the storm: he must play God and decide who goes overboard to die, in order to save the majority of passengers. Script Excerpt
LIFE WITHOUT FATHER
Ghost dramedy with family values, a la "Ghost" meets "Parenthood". An acclaimed news cameraman who's been neglecting his family for his career dies suddenly under mystical circumstances and returns home as a ghost to haunt his 12-year-old son a week before his 13th birthday. He only has a short time to teach his son life lessons and to learn how to be, and to redeem himself as, a once-absentee dad. Script Excerpt
Two rival detectives join to solve a case whereby ten San Francisco detectives are being murdered by the Chinese Mafia. Little do they know, they're also on the hit list until... "And Then There Were None."
Med Frenzy - A Conspiracy
An undiagnosable skin ailment affects a large population, but after years of suffering, a female victim discovers the underlying cause and a conspiracy between powerful government and industry entities—but who can she trust to investigate her claim? 9 locations
The deadly H5N1 bird flu has mutated into a strain no one suspected and scientists can't find a way to get it under control. The world struggles with the coming pandemic that threatens to kill millions.
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Searching for her estranged sister, FBI Agent November Knight reluctantly joins an Elite Team, A.
THE ORGANIC SVENGALI
She wants to connect with her dead parents by attending their alma mater; he’s a young genius coasting as a music history professor who cured himself of cancer, and is looking for a fresh mind now that the cancer has returned; their paths and wills are about to cross.
SETTLING THE BOOKS
A rare book dealer uses the reading of his will to seal heirs who he believes wronged him, in a panic room with no air or escape, unless they decode a mystery hidden in a centuries old book; even here the female book appraiser and the investigator must keep their secret.
AT THE MERCY OF FAITH
A 14 year old preacher renounces his faith in God in the wake of a terrifying and traumatic encounter.
CIRQUE D' ETOILES
*** Russian astronaut, thrown out of the space program, hijacks a space taxi going to the International Space Station.
THE SOCIAL POLICE
Twenty years from now, an FBI agent patrols the social media This pilot streamer has it all.
It's not your mother's buddy movie.
This one is pure Fun! It's a genre buster, Fosse/Verdon meets James Bond, meets All That Jazz and Cabaret! Asian American Black Belt goes undercover for the CIA, to help track down terrorists.
Kids and their dogs find the Rainbow Bridge in a snowstorm.
THE CALL CENTER
Locusts invade the building, the adherence schedules are off kilter, and one of the night managers is watching TV and preaching the word.