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The Barking Spider

When Joe’s 39 year-old addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Robert and Lois Gately     [Contact Author]    Interviews
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: Harrison Ford
Hillary Swank
Dustin Hoffman
Posted: 09/19/2012
Updated: 04/25/2017
Author Bio: Lois just joined her husband in writing this script - her first credit. Robert retired early from AT&T in 1998 to do what he always promised he would when retiring; that is, write. Since retiring he has written 2 novels, a non-fiction book about a South Asian freedom fighter, 11 screenplays and 3 stage plays. In the competition arena his body of work has been recognized as finalist or better over 150 theatre, book and screenplay competitions around the world which include novel successes in Norumbego Fiction Award, Dana Awards, Frontiers in Writing, SFWP (Santa Fe), First Coast (Jack’ville), etc. His screenplays and stage plays alone have won 26 contests (Woodshole/Garden State / Queens/ Telluride/Spirit Quest Film Festivals, Fade In Magazine, etc.). Also, these scripts came in second place – first runner up - in 19 other competitions (Breckenridge, Pocono and Phoenix Film Festivals, etc).His short play was produced at the BaCCA Performing Arts Center at a One Act Festival on Long Island, and his longer stage plays won a reading series at Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Ohio State University, and won the stage play categories in the London Film Awards, the Chicago Screenplay Contest, and American Movie Awards. He taught adult education at Northampton County Community College in screenwriting, and was Temple University screenplay judge in their undergraduate program (Freese Award).

Contest Results: Winnipeg Real to Reel (First Place) [2017]
American Movie Awards (First Place) [2017]
Feel The Reel (First Place) [2016]
California (First Place) [2016]
Yosemite Fest (First Place) [2015]
Mountain Film (Second Place, 2017 Seven Summits) [2017]
Cash Pot (Third Place) [2016]
Nashville Fest (Third Place) [2014]
Colortape (Finalist, top 10) [2017]
Toronto Nollywood (TINFF) (Finalist) [2017]
New York Screenplay (Second Place) [2013]
Open Curtain (Third Place, Writing for the Future) [2014]
Indie Fest USA (Finalist) [2015]
Circus Road (Semifinalist) [2015]
Sanford Film Festival (Finalist) [2015]
Ukrainian Short (Semifinalist) [2016]
Las Vegas Screenplay (Finalist) [2014]
London Film Awards (Finalist) [2014]
American Gem Short (Finalist) [2014]
Courier (Finalist) [2014]
Aura Screenwriter Awards (Finalist) [2014]
Reel Writers (Semifinalist) [2015]
The Monthly Film Fest (TMFF) (Semifinalist) [2015]
Austin Revolution (Quarterfinalist) [2016]
NYC PictureStart (Semifinalist, 2014) [2014]
Snake Alley Festival (Semifinalist) [2014]
Bankable Script (Semifinalist, first contest) [2014]
StoryPros Awards (Quarterfinalist) [2013]
WriteMovies (Semifinalist, WMC-32) [2013]
All Access (Quarterfinalist) [2013]
Reel Authors (Quarterfinalist) [2012]