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Harm for the Holidays

After his brother attempts suicide a few weeks before Christmas, an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family to help his brother, only to discover that his brother is the sanest of them all (#1 ranked Comedy and GLBT script on MovieBytes). Synopsis

Written by: Jonathan LaPoma     [Contact Author]    Interviews
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: Henry Rollins
Jeremy Allen White
Shia LaBeouf
In the Vein Of: Silver Linings Playbook
Bad Santa
Posted: 04/02/2016
Updated: 10/14/2018
Author Bio: Jonathan LaPoma has written seven feature-length and three short screenplays that have won a total of 156 awards/honors since 2013, three novels, and hundreds of poems and songs. His black comedy script HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS was optioned by Warren Zide along with Wexlfish Pictures (producer of AMERICAN PIE and FINAL DESTINATION films) in July 2017. LaPoma's award-winning, best-selling novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY (#1 Amazon Best Seller in the "Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories), and his screenplay A NOBLE TRUTH were published by Laughing Fire Press in 2015, and his short story A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES appeared in 34thParallel Magazine's November 2014 issue. LaPoma's screenplays have won 1st place victories in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest (Grand Jury Prize--best overall of over 1,000 submissions), the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (two wins: Grand Jury Prize and Grand Prize: Drama Category), the 2014 and 2015 London Film Awards, the 2016 MAC Underground Film Festival, the 2016 Auckland Film Festival, the 2014 Awareness Film Festival, and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award). He has also been a jury member for the 2016 Cordoba International Film Festival (short film category), and the 2015 and 2016 San Diego International Kids Film Festival (screenwriting category).

LaPoma has 3 scripts ranked in the top 4% of the more than 2,700 scripts listed on -THE WAY BACK HOME: Top 2% -A NOBLE TRUTH: Top 3% -LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE): Top 1%

Four of his scripts are ranked in the Top 10 Winning Screenplays section of (of the more than 2,700 listed):

-LA TIERRA QUE YO AMO (LAND THAT I LOVE): 9th in "Drama," 3rd in "Romance," and 2nd in "Urban" -DELLWOOD: 7th in "Urban" and 8th in "Sports" -HARM FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 5th in "GLBT" -SANDLEY: 2nd in "Urban," 8th in "Comedy," and 8th in "Drama" (short script categories)

Contest Results: MAC Horror Festival (First Place) [2017]
iHolly (First Place) [2017]
New Renaissance (First Place) [2017]
Hollywood Screenplay (First Place, Grand Prize Winner-Comedy) [2017]
Creative World (Finalist) [2017]
Screenplay Festival (Finalist) [2017]
Table Read (Semifinalist) [2017]
World Series (Third Place) [2017]
Las Vegas Screenplay (Third Place) [2017]
Sunset Film Festival (Finalist) [2017]
Buffalo Niagara Festival (Finalist) [2017]
Beverly Hills Fest (Finalist) [2017]
Austin Fest Film (Quarterfinalist, Second Round) [2017]
Twister Alley Festival (Finalist) [2017]
Los Angeles CineFest (Finalist) [2017]
Indie Gathering (Finalist, 4th Place: Comedy) [2017]
Oaxaca FilmFest (Finalist) [2017]
PAGE International (Quarterfinalist, Comedy) [2017]
Extreme Feature (Semifinalist) [2017]
Fresh Voices Feature (Quarterfinalist) [2017]
Sacramento Fest (Semifinalist) [2017]
WriteMovies Monthly (WMCm) (Honorable Mention) [2017]
California (Honorable Mention) [2017]
WriteMovies (Quarterfinalist) [2017]