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The Squawker

Two gonzo grad students and a fearless Native American woman search for a sacred bird that could save her tribal homeland from loggers. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Craig Peters     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: A young Jack Black
A young Will Ferrell
A young Halle Berry
In the Vein Of: Sideways
Big Fish
Posted: 09/22/2011
Updated: 07/08/2018
Author Bio:


After collecting a BA from Stanford and an MFA from UC Riverside, Mr. Peters set out to fulfill his life’s true ambition: to become a starving writer. He was immediately successful.

His first stage play was greeted by rave reviews from friends and family, but never produced. During this trying time, he found solace in the violence of the martial arts. His second play won two national play writing awards, receiving a total of seven productions in theaters across the country — and suddenly his mother stopped telling him he should have been a lawyer.

Riding this wave of newfound success, he launched into screen writing as well. Mr. Peters has now penned three plays and five screenplays, all based on former friends who have read his scripts and refuse to speak to him anymore. In the words of the author, his work “reeks with promise.”

Mr. Peters currently resides in Los Angeles with his sweet wife and two dramatic, emotional, bickering teenaged girls. It’s been eighteen years since he’s had a good night’s sleep. Like most journeymen screenwriters, he looks forward to that happy day in the not-so-distant future when he can finally fork over the Guild’s hefty initiation fee.

Though he’s won or placed in over 40 screenwriting contests, had numerous option offers, and enjoys the ardent support of his family and dogs, Mr. Peters has yet to kick down Hollywood’s thick door. He remains undaunted and takes pride in the fact that he's far too stupid to give up the fight.  

Mr. Peters enjoys writing both thrillers and comedies. When he’s working on thrillers, he often wakes up with nightmares — and that let’s him know he's on the right track. On writing comedy, he offers this one insight, “I need to feel funny when I sit down to write. Looking funny is not enough.”

Craig Peters


BA Stanford 1976 MFA UC Riverside 1979

Writing Credits for Screen:  


Feature - Thriller / Horror

Selected for the BloodList 2016 ScreenCraft Horror Contest Grand Prize Winner 2016 WeScreenplay Third Place Winner 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship Top 50 2016 Page Quarterfinalist 2016 Best Screenplay, Horror, Table Read My Screenplay 2015 Circus Road Semi-Finalist 2015 ScreenCraft Horror Semifinalist 2015 Capitol Fund Screenplay Competition — Hot 100 2015 ScreenCraft Fellowship Finalist 2015 WeScreenplay Quarterfinalist 2014 Circus Road Semifinalist 2014 Write Movies Finalist 2014 ScreamCraft Horror Semifinalist 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Silver Prize Winner for Horror 2013 Nicholls Quarterfinalist (top 372 out of 7251) 2013 Screenplay Festival Semifinalist 2012 Creative World Awards Finalist 2012 Reel Authors Screenplay Contest Finalist 2012 Fresh Voices Contest Semifinalist 2012 CineStory Writers Retreat Winner 2011 American Screenwriting Competition Semifinalist 2011 Script Pipeline Finalist (top 20 out of 3000) 2010  Story Pros Grand Prize Winner 2009 Script Savvy 1st Place Winner 2008 Blue Cat Semi-Finalist 2008 Screenwriters Showcase 2nd Place Winner 2007 Screenplay Festival Finalist 2007 American Zoetrope Quarterfinalist 2007


Feature - Thriller

Page Semifinalist 2016  Shore Scripts Quarterfinalist 2016 WeScreenplay Finalist 2015 Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist 2015 (top 3% of 3500 scripts) ScreenCraft Fellowship Semifinalist 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest Semifinalist 2015 WeScreenplay Semifinalist 2015 Fresh Voices Quarterfinalist 2015 Big Break Contest Top Ten Thriller 2014 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest Semifinalist 2014 New York Screenplay Contest Finalist 2014 CineStory Quarterfinalist 2014 ScreenCraft Fellowship Semifinalist 2014 Screenplay Festival Semifinalist 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest Finalist 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest 2013, Nominee for Humanitarian   Award.  “This award rewards material that highlights social and political    issues around the world, as well as writers that strive to make a positive    difference through their writing.” Story Pros Quarterfinalist 2013 Happy Writers Screenplay Contest Quarterfinalist 2013


Feature - Thriller

ISA Fast Track Fellowship Top 50 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Semifinalist 2016 Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist 2016 Story Pros Quarterfinalist 2016 Shore Scripts Quarterfinalist 2016 Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition Top Finalist 2015 WeScreenplay Finalist 2015 Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist 2015 (top 3% of 3500 scripts) Write Movies Quarterfinalist 2015


Feature -  Comedy /Action / Adventure

WeScreenplay Semifinalist 2016 ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Script Contest Semifinalist 2014 Screenplay Festival Semifinalist 2012 Creative World Awards Semifinalist 2012 Reel Authors Semifinalist 2012


Feature / TV Special - Comedy

Option Offer from 21st Century Foy 2006 Rewrite for First Time Producer 2009

In Development


Feature - Drama


Feature - Comedy

Writing Credits for Stage:


Stage Play - Comedy


Harlequin Theatre, Cayuga College, NY 1992 Theatre Americana, Altadena, CA 1990 Kingston Showboat Theatre, Eddyville, NY 1988 New Playwright’s Theatre, Ashland, OR 1988  The Y.E.S. National Playwriting Festival Winner 1987  (Playwright in Residence at     N. Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY) The Uprising Theatre, Long Beach, CA 1987 Glendale College Theatre, Glendale, CA 1986

THE MIGHTY SAMSON SISTERS                                                         

Stage Play - Comedy


Stage Play - Comedy

Contest Results: WeScreenplay Feature (Semifinalist) [2016]
ScreenCraft Family (Semifinalist) [2014]
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist) [2012]
Creative World (Semifinalist) [2012]
Reel Authors (Semifinalist) [2012]