His tribe slaughtered by Spanish forces, and his unbaptized mother condemned to Hell by the padres, Paco Palido, a young mixed-blood Californian now seeks a home, a place he belongs in a radically evolving world.
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
Doors of Miracles
This is a story of Miracles, a young woman’s test of faith, her direct link to God, God speaking and The Holy Spirit’s response. 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.
We know Luigi Pirandello's story: world-famous playwright, Nobel Prize Winner. But what of hers? Antonietta's? Hidden in the background, her life controlled by men, the last decades in an asylum for the insane. What is her story? https://pirandelloswife.com/
Five years after the Zombie Apocalypse, a couple fighting about whether to start a family adopts a baby Zombie they don't have the heart to kill.
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.
FIVE WITH A BULLET
Trapped in a Malibu mansion, a naive young vocal phenom must outwit a serial killer – either by joining forces with her hilariously immoral fellow rock stars, or staying true to the person she was before she topped the charts. Script Excerpt
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
and The Devil called!
The Devil needs God's chosen-one to re-ignite the flames of Hell and restore it to its former Glory of Horror but she rejects him, his gifts and his promise `and you will be my bride`, so he sends his Goons to examine her brain. Script Excerpt
Hell Followed With Him
When a former Army Sergeant discovers that the crime family responsible for his best friend's death is holding the city of New York hostage, he makes it his personal mission to take them down no matter the cost.
After losing her father to her serial killer stepmother, Cinder joins forces with an all-female band of warriors to keep her evil stepfamily from murdering their way to the throne.
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.
In the Footsteps of Thaddeus Thackeray
Award-winning buddy comedy set in 1943, where 14 year-old Pennsylvanian nerd Judson Conover dreams of sharing adventures with his newfound favorite movie hero, Dublin McGinn. But when he mysteriously switches bodies with McGinn’s comic sidekick, the diminutive English teenage genius Thaddeus Thackeray, Judson realizes that surviving animated serials is MUCH harder than it looks. Meanwhile, Thackeray – lost within an all-too-real world at war – must figure out how to set things right. And the only one who can possibly help him is Judson's best friend, Kenny, who isn't quick to believe Thaddeus' rather fantastical story.
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.
The Dark Yonder
During the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of 1935, Hoover Nash, a grizzled thieving gunslinger is shown a vision of his impending Hell-fate by Deuce, a demon and his Tommy-gun-toting partner in crime, so they recruit a heaven-bound little girl with the power to destroy Hell’s collectors and save Hoover’s soul.
When Pro Football's most feared linebacker shatters the career of his best friend with a 'heart-stopping hit', he's forced to battle his guilt and the split-personality psychopath who spiked his power drink! * ROCKY meets CAPE FEAR *
Two gorgeous, ambitious blonde doctors in training who hate each other out of jealousy, form an unlikely friendship when faced with the boss from hell! Script Excerpt
The World Turned Upside Down
A suicidal backpacker, on a wilderness pilgrimage triggered by a devastating family tragedy, rescues a seriously injured plane crash passenger, a woman on a clandestine mission; and together they brave the elements and battle the anti-government militia who crashed the plane and are about to terrorize an entire state. Script Excerpt
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
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).
Ohio, 1887. A multiracial family is devastated by illness after 11 year old Rhett believes she has summoned a demonic power. While her doctor stepfather quarantines the house for cholera, Rhett must fight through an otherworldly dreamscape to protect her mother and brother. (harryaspinwall.com/henrietta)
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
Pursued by her overseer-from-hell in the dystopian New Deep South where minorities and non-Evangelicals are enslaved or worse, a clever runaway slave masquerades as a male circus performer on a life-or-death quest to rescue and avenge her family. Script Excerpt
Ayana and Deon Williams, a young, hip African American couple turned zombie in a top-secret government program, escape undetected and flee to the suburbs, where great success leads to unexpected notoriety and a cataclysmic showdown.
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
A retired police officer goes to the current-day Army/Navy football game with his two wacky friends intending to jump onto the field and score a touchdown he should’ve scored decades ago when he fumbled during the same football classic as time ran out, only this time dozens of security guards await him, and it’ll be a friggin’ miracle if he succeeds. 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
Saving Mark Twain
MARK TWAIN, American superstar, has writer’s block, is nearly bankrupt, and fears his Muse is gone forever. But could an infuriating star-struck fan, RUDYARD KIPLING (23)-- an unknown newspaper reporter from India who invades his life and steals his teenage daughter’s heart-- be the surprising key that unlocks the famous author's biggest secret, restores his confidence-- and saves Mark Twain? Inspired by a true story.
The Mythical Golden Trout
When a cash-strapped family camping in the Sierras discovers a huge nugget of gold, the local police chief rounds up a posse of clueless misfits and sets out to steal it from them.
PICKET CHARLIE is an ecco-action thriller about a US Forestry Ranger that must defend her precious island reserve of trees from a band of brutal timber pirates in a near-future world devastated by climate change.
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.
The Chosen Ones
Deep in the hostile backwoods of Appalachia, two strangers unite to find their missing children and unravel a horrific, decades-long conspiracy.
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.
Cesar & Max
Between getting into trouble at school and his disconnected relationship with his mother, Cesar, a Mexican American teenager feels out of place in this world. After getting expelled from school thanks to his delinquent, privileged best friend, Max, the two take off on a wild trip to Mexico in search of Cesar's father who he has never met.
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.
A teenage rock band trapped inside their stranded tour bus must fight for their lives against a deranged fan. Micro budget, single location, set entirely inside a bus.
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.
Follow the Blood
After surviving an attack on her tribe's reservation, a righteous and determined Apache warrior decides to wage war on those responsible, only to uncover a greater plot that echoes the horrors of colonization. Script Excerpt
THE SOCIAL POLICE
Twenty years from now, an FBI agent patrols the social media This pilot streamer has it all. It’s a Sci-Fi buddy thriller genre mix with a dash of comedy. Perfect for a series that could run on any of the streamers Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime, Apple, even Disney, just take out the cussing. GET IT WHILE IT LASTS!!!! HAVE AN AGENT READY FOR YOU! NO ONE BETTER THEN MINE! I PROMISE YOU! Contact me thru Moviebytes if you want to get in on the bidding or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Wayward Son
Orphaned after his father is murdered in the Rock Springs Massacre of 1885, Bo helps his adopted family of sheep ranchers fight for their land in bloody range wars while struggling with his identity and reigniting a dangerous love affair. (Formerly titled BLOOD LAW)
A tenacious young Japanese-American's loyalties, duties, and illicit interracial relationship are tested to the limits when his family is separated by the US government and imprisoned during a time of fear and paranoia surrounding WWII.
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?
To Lie Beneath
An insidious succubus and her incubus partner, prey on the lives of Marcus, a recently divorced business man and his ex-wife Zora, a dormant witch, in metropolitan Atlanta. Script Excerpt
When a professor's wife, who suffers a panic disorder, disappears mysteriously during Mardi Gras, the professor obsesses on one of his students who's writing a play with a character eerily similar to his wife and may be in on the disappearance. Winner, Writers on the Storm; Top 16 scripts, Slamdance. Previously optioned to an LA production company.
In an attempt to conquer her PTSD a woman enters a reality game show daring contestants to stay in a supposedly haunted house- but soon discovers the hauntings are real.
The sole survivor of a serial killer, tortured by visions of her ordeal, decides to conduct her own investigation only to realize that her former captor, whom she thought dead, might still be alive and after her.
GHOST TOWN, NM
NEELAN PATEL (PITA), the obstinate Indian American father of AMISHA, insists his daughter marry the rich but foolish RAKISH LAGHARI. But AMISHA loves JUAN ARAVALO, a Mexican American boy. Soon illusion and reality, past and present, serious and absurd all mix when the young lovers escape to a New Mexico ghost town commune. They are pursued by her parents, RAKISH and a motley crew of amateur sleuths-cum-videographers.
A mysterious young, Irish girl, who refuses to name herself, insists that Aiden O’Brien, a Los Angeles literary agent read her work—both their lives depend on it! Despite Aiden’s repeated attempts to destroy the script, it returns, together with a host of Celtic demons and a sign, in Gaelic, “The Past Does Not Die.”
boo hoo flanagan
When Joe’s 39 year-old addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Script Excerpt
Children's Party War
A softhearted stripclub bouncer goes into the children's party business to win back his stripper-turned-princess girlfriend but her coked-out “Prince Charming” boss isn’t having it.
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
UNCLE FRANCO'S BIRTHDAY SUIT
Paolo’s relatives, including his zany Uncle Franco, are determined to reunite their nephew with his teenage love, Magdalena. To succeed, they must overcome a scheming coworker, Martin, and his gold-digging sister, Sarah, with her false claims of pregnancy.
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/
In a mystical land where champions fight to the death to keep the peace, the revenge of a chosen warrior against the killer of his family risks starting the bloody war he was bound to prevent.
A young physical therapist slowly loses his grip on reality as he succumbs to the seductiveness of his only patient, a morbidly obese woman with a grisly secret. Script Excerpt
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.
CHARMER is a fast-moving female-driven romantic adventure/comedy. When a young woman, jilted by the leader of a small drug cartel, who pulls a mild-mannered laid-off DEA agent into the adventure of a lifetime when she takes him on a road trip to Mexico to relieve her ex-lover of his stash.
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
Accidentally killing an elderly Chinese chef during a botched robbery, an oafish redneck teenager and her misfit friends begin dying one by one when the chef's ghost returns from the grave, killing them in gruesome fortune cookie-themed ways. Script Excerpt
Overcoming the limits of love
With a soul torn by a strong pain, Madison Turner decides to move to Vancouver. Traumatized by Jace Hudson, she survives in irrational fear of her biggest phobia: androphobia, ultimately deciding not to have anything to do with men anymore. Only time and the choices made will decide his future ... The arrival of Liam Baker will forever upset the life he had known up to now ... Above all, when he is entangled in the relationship between him and his historic girlfriend : Catherine Owen. Only Jace is the unsolved problem from which it is difficult to escape, not even the help of Liam, the boy she trusted in her worst moments, will be able to save her from trouble...
In the Cards
A down to earth, girl next door, piques the interest of a rough around the edges, men's club president.
A struggling Hollywood screenwriter recruits his former best friends to help him write a script about a series of pranks they pulled in high school, and they discover why their friendship fell apart (ADAPTATION meets IDIOCRACY). [12 awards/honors including, 1st in 2017 Los Angeles Screenplay Contestl]
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.
Mistresses of Sleep
A young lady receives an invitation from three mysterious hypnotists to unlock the secret of her recurring nightmares of death and destruction.
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 mysterious space capsule adrift in the Pacific Ocean pulls a disillusioned Air Force pilot into battle against a shadowy paramilitary force hell bent on utilizing the astronauts' otherworldly cargo to enslave humanity. 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
Liv Beckett is a famous New York author with a lot of secrets. After a near lethal overdose, she moves her family to an ancestral country mansion, to save her marriage and career, but when the kids start claiming the mansion is haunted, and the local Sheriff starts looking into Liv's past, she fears that her oldest secret is in danger of being revealed.
It's not your mother's buddy movie. It's a combo meal. It’s a little bit of Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, The Social with a side of Taken. Experienced FBI Agent hires and befriends an internet entrepreneur to help rescue a six year old girl taken hostage in a fall out shelter by a ruthless psychopath. Winner LA film fest Best scene 2017. Winner Willdsoud 1 page screenplay 2016
Can a hundred people trapped on the Castle Mall’s four story express ESCALATOR possibly be rescued by the National Christmas Tree? Script Excerpt
After he accidentally defeats a mobster’s spoiled daughter in a high-stakes tournament, a lone-wolf poker player must go all-in with a fiery brothel madam, a septuagenarian showgirl, and an unhinged Girl Scout in a madcap gamble to win back his life.
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.
BULLY! (Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal)
CHARGE! Rough Rider President Teddy Roosevelt takes on all comers – Banana Republics, Wall Street bigwigs and Congress – to build the Panama Canal. The real story. Can be expanded to TV miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” Dave Trottier (Author “The Screenwriter’s Bible.”) SEMI-FINALIST Fade In Awards rue Story/Bio Competition
The Devil's Chair
In a backwoods graveyard on Halloween a group of cocky teenagers invoke the terrors of hell after sitting in a legendary chair reserved solely for the devil.
Discovering a centuries-old religious painting that shouldn't exist, an introverted art restorer slowly succumbs to the evil temptations of the mystical canvas, even as otherworldly forces strive to prevent her from revealing the artwork's unholy secret. Script Excerpt
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
1895. A gang of corrupt Texas Rangers hunt down reformed and unlucky Jail Break escape-artist (now used-horse salesman) Roy and his fancy German-automobile wheeler-dealer nemesis for the reward money ... DEAD OR ALIVE!
Jesse James vs. Jack the Ripper
After faking his own death, Jesse James comes out of hiding to track down the killer of his mistress-- the notorious Jack the Ripper. Can Jesse avoid the law for long enough to exact his revenge on Jack?
A wealthy, widowed New York socialite, Mrs. Olivia Worthmore, enters the unfamiliar world of rodeo, determined to “rescue” her wayward daughter Harper, who has fallen for a young bull rider, Cody McGraw. But, with the “help” of Coyote McGraw, a trickster figure, plans go comically awry. Eventually the rodeo and unlikely romances win the day.
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
Rose Ferguson just wants the family back she’s never known. Unbeknownst to Rose, an evil as old as time itself, wants to make sure that reunion never takes place. When all seems lost, the one thing she sought might be her only saving grace.
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
We Shall Not Go Hungry
In Viking Age Iceland, Sigrun and her two brothers are reunited with their estranged father, only to fall prey to a horrific curse. After their father goes missing, Sigrun must protect her brothers by any means necessary, but uncovering her family’s history of dark magic may lead her to become the very thing she’s fighting. (harryaspinwall.com/wsngh)
La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love)
After trying for seven years to successfully make it as a dancer in New York, a 30-year-old half-Mexican, half-American woman with dual citizenship reluctantly returns to her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico and struggles to find her identity. [38 awards/honors including, First Place-2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (Drama Category), and Grand Prize-2015 London Film Awards (Feature Screenplay Category)]
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
CIGARETTE EMOJIS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE
When his hot, recently-out cousin wages a bet to steal his crush, flamboyant college senior Emmitt only has until Christmas break to defend his gay social throne. Script Excerpt
Five thieves pull off a daring jewelry store heist and escape through the sewer where they cross paths with a researcher and police officer documenting the disappearance of city workers. A horrific terror hunts them as they search for a way out of the maze of tunnels. 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
A LITTLE FAVOR
This week two discarded doomsday weapons that fell into the backside of the sun will explode on Wednesday at 7 PM, causing major global warming, unless a blackballed fighter pilot does “a little favor” and retrieves the off-course bombs by then. 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.
By produced writer. 10 feature films. 20 novels. A slave steals a Confederate steamship and sails it past the blockade of Charleston harbor during the Civil War, freeing himself, his family, his crew and their families. True story of Robert Smalls.
Hard Candy Christmas
WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY - Nashville Film Festival. Stranded on route to his hometown, a notorious member of a famous boy band is rescued by a working-class woman that has no clue of his reputation. Longing for a ‘normal” lifestyle, he imposes himself on her and her six-year-old son’s tranquil life.
A boy finds a dog which is actually a dangerous military prototype.
JIMMY AND JARA FROM OUTTA SPACE
A twisted sci-fi road comedy with heart, a la “Little Miss Sunshine” with aliens, an interspecies romance and a spoof on classic sci-fi films and the American Southwest’s UFO subculture. JIMMY, a Venice Beach boardwalk hustler, discovers beautiful alien JARA and her two intergalactic circus performers stranded on Earth. He cons them into his “family” of misfit street performers and takes them to Las Vegas. Along the way, sweet-tempered aliens touch jaded human hearts. Ultimately Jimmy must save Jara and her E.T.’s from a ruthless Las Vegas casino kingpin, with the help of Nevada UFO buffs. Script Excerpt
Only The Devil Knows
A young girl struggles against her brutally controlling father to find her place in the family.
Falling from the Sky
A troubled teenager, originally known for being the kid who made up a lie about an astronaut falling from the sky after the Columbia Shuttle disaster, witnesses a murder but can't get anyone in his small town to believe him -- except the killer. Finalist, Page International Screenwriting Awards
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
Troubled commuters take shelter from a sudden downpour on a Chinatown street corner, only to be tormented by the elderly man in their midst selling unique umbrellas and dispensing cryptic wisdom. 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
A cynical accountant risks his career when he falls in love with his chief suspect.
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.
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. Oh, and did I mention she’s the Lead in a Broadway Musical? This is very musical, but there’s a lot of action! This one is getting a lot of attention right now! The main Characters reside in New York, they are part of an international terrorist group. They include cyber terrorists in New York, arms dealers from Pakistan, and a weapons and explosives ring in China. The saavy CIA Agents discover evidence that they are planning duo attacks on the subways in New York and London on the 4th of July. That’s where the story begins, but believe it or not, it’s really a love story!
man behind the mail
mail carrier tells his story
The Green Light Bug
In a once vivid and lively forest of Green Hill , a katydid cricket, Antennas , is determined to beat the odds and inspire the entire Animal and Insect Kingdom.
A troubled children's book author suffering from an autoimmune disease reunites with his fragmented family at their country home, only to become plagued by escalating visions of his dead nephew.
Dysfunctional, it's about a true story about a woman trying to find God and self love along the way. There's a lot of hurdles around her life, but they just make her get stronger.
Art of Revenge
A struggling painter agrees a deal with his cat to create the artist’s next exhibition but after critics hail the show as genius the painter reneges on the deal, igniting a chain of betrayals.
The Magnificent Kevin
The Magnificent Kevin, a young magician in the old west, teams up with Harry Houdini and a secret society of magicians to battle their arch-nemesis, Melvin the Mentalist.
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
The Gate is a fantasy action feature about two crusty bait and tackle guys who must stop eco-terrorists who have opened a time portal to the Pleistocene era and are about to wipe out humanity's ancestors to save the planet. Script Excerpt
A washed-up director attempts to relaunch his career through a dark and gritty reboot of the New Testament starring a black Jesus. The world responds.
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
THE GREAT QUEST
Based on the true story of the Buddha: The battles of a Prince who rejects riches and power, risking insanity and death, in a quest to find ultimate freedom.
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
OPEN YOUR EYES, DUDE
Confronted with the choice between happy bachelorhood and old job, or marriage with eyes toward the Senate and President, a playboy surgeon has one week to find the right woman. (Previously titled, TRICIARELLA, WHO ARE YOU?)
Imagine going around the world under the sea onboard the world's most advanced submarine. It sounds like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," but it really happened. In this dramatic true story, an American nuclear submarine captain announces to his new, untested crew that their maiden voyage is now a far more dangerous top-secret mission - to make the first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth.
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.
In Mexico, a drug cartel boss kidnaps a washed-up Hollywood director, and the two are driven to insanity while shooting a documentary about the boss's once-powerful cartel--a project meant to help both men reclaim lost glory.
QUANTUM LOVE (OR HOW NICK AND VALERIE DESTROYED THE WORLD)
A surreal love story of disaster-movie proportions, its Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Cloverfield, with a touch of Sid and Nancy.
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
On the brink of bankruptcy a salvage yard owner begrudgingly makes a handshake deal with a mobster to dispose of wrecked cars, no questions asked, then makes a big mistake... he opens a car trunk.
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 Work of Zombies
Zombies are robbing banks in Savannah and a transplanted Cajun cop finds his work to hunt them down hampered by the hysteria generated by a headline-seeking reporter.
An officer in the Dublin Garda avenges his son’s murder at the hands of a drug dealer with two legendary tomahawks once used by his great grandfather, a fierce Comanche warrior, then lays his badge on the dealer’s body and walks off into the night to become the underworld’s most feared assassin against their own. Script Excerpt
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
Tales Of The Bizarre
An anthology of four comedic tales of sci-fi/horror/fantasy. A mudered wife resurrects through her garden; a small space alien is mistaken for an action toy; A base commander dares to challenge a UFO; A young man makes a pact with a witch. 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
ODE TO FREEDOM
Famous Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, inspires a revolt against serfdom and the Tsar. Script Excerpt
Kolby's the top agent of Cupid, who happens to be a beautiful young woman, but Kolby's on the verge of losing his job, and Cupid's on the verge of dying, if he can't reunite a special pair of reincarnated soul mates before a deadline causes love to disappear from earth.
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 seventeen-year-old high schooler is frustrated by flaws he sees in the educational system and in his peers so he decides to commit a school shooting in order to lash out against them.
Between The Flames
Wildfires are the least of her worries, when a college athlete lands a job on a Hotshot Crew in the 80's where she meets her best friend plus two love interests who want her for very different agendas during an intense drought year.
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].
Mythic Diamond in the Rough
The Mafia kill and plant in the Nevada Desert in the light of the silvery moon, but in Death Valley they can’t keep a good ghost down.
How Did We Get Here
In pursuit of corporate success,she swaps happiness for ambition only to fall on her sword
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 Art and Beauty of Miserable Bastards
Lucille Ball Meets Jeffrey Dahmer. A wacky comedian with an unused PhD in psychology is forced to take a job in a maximum security prison with inmates who are even more damaged than she is.
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).]
When a womanizing indie-rocker meets his match in a heart-wrecking femme fatale, it spirals into a modern Dangerous Liaisons to see who will “flinch” first. A bitingly funny dramedy-noir with an indie-rock soundtrack. Top Ten finalist - Table Read My Screenplay 2022
IT'S A POPCORN WORLD
When an overzealous government man tries to steal an inventor’s home using eminent domain, the inventor decides to provide alternative land by expanding the world like popping a kernel of popcorn, if his dance-clubbing hunchback lawyer can keep the inventor out of jail long enough to accomplish his task. Script Excerpt
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
HALL OF PRESIDENTS
Prepared to deal with war and economic collapse, the new President faces the one crisis he had not expected: the White House is haunted by the ghosts of ex-Presidents and only he can set them free by righting the historical wrongs they have committed.
A quirky brood attempts to stuff one last downhome Christmas into Thanksgiving weekend after learning their family’s beloved farm will be gone by December.
A happy-go-lucky Asian cop in LA loses his confidence, self-respect, job and girl after an embarrassing incident ruins him. Now this fool is mankind's only hope to stop World War III! Script Excerpt
A brown, Virginia, field mouse moves into the bedroom of eleven-year-old-Cole who teaches the animal to talk and wear clothes. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and his family and a small group of humans and animals, from a virus that kills all animals globally in less than a year.
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 tenacious female detective used to working alone teams up with a wise-cracking out of shape meter maid to track down a kidnapped child held for ransom. 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.
I’m here to reboot, repair or reset the earth’s population as we know it
EXPLOSION AT BLACK TOM!
Federal Agents -- including a young J. Edgar Hoover and a badass female translator -- track German saboteurs plotting the July 30, 1916 Black Tom Island explosion in New York harbor - the terrorist attack on America! Professional Coverage: “Recommend” - Dave Trottier (Author “The Screenwriter’s Bible”). SEMI-FINALIST - Fade In Awards-True Story/Bio Contest
Father and daughter hunters pursue a fugitive vampire to the New World; her blood-thirst unleashed when pirates plunder the ship ferrying her coffin.
A young nurse and her fellow Florida refugees attempt a daring escape from an environmental disaster brought on by greed and political corruption.
A New York policeman becomes a frontier sheriff bringing eastern savvy to the western grit needed to keep his Arizona town safe from bullies, bank robbers and badlands evil doers.
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
When a group of teenagers drive through the countryside during hunting season they confront husband and wife serial killers hunting people for sport.PITCH: Hunger Games meets Deliverance Gender and diversity balanced cast Script Excerpt
An underachiever, at the end of his rope, learns the secret of traveling into parallel universes and uses it to improve his personal and professional life. Unfortunately, he breaks all the rules and loses his way home; And if he can’t fix it, it may cost him his life.
Burning Old Man
A group of grade school friends reconnect to throw a communal sixty-fifth birthday party for one another - leading to a Burning Man type celebration.
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.
A retired detective begins receiving mysterious driftwood messages from a deranged serial killer, This turn into a search, for a madman serial killer with a knife. It’s gets complicated when he falls romantically for his new partner Script Excerpt
DIBBLE AND DABBLE
An idealistic FBI Agent is directed by J Edgar Hoover to investigate some dangerous radicals... The Marx Brothers.
A desperate Mississippi farmer hires a Creole shaman to cure his son from cancer, but when an evil deity possesses the boy, the farmer learns how far a father would go to save his son’s soul.
The life story of five women in 5 different parts of the world
Just One Inch
Just One Inch is the story of how a single inch saves generations of one family, from the glittering age of the Romanovs through to today’s modern world. It begins like Titanic, with an elderly woman summoning the histories and tales of her ancestors. Where the story goes from there is a grand adventure of escapes and wars, love affairs with heart-rendering romance and revolutions, poverty and riches, all reminiscent of Doctor Zhivago. And in each generation, a moment where a single inch makes all the difference.
3 HOURS is an action-adventure-thriller that has the ticking clock of Run Lola Run, the frantic nature of The Bourne Identity, and the intrigue of Gone Girl. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, this story helps move us from victimhood to victorhood. Logline: A woman struggling with life, has to race against time, bad-guys, and a gun aimed point-blank at her head, in order to save the sister she's totally pissed at, from an ex-con who's out for revenge.
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.
A California businessman discovers, through information provided by a mysterious woman, that his recurring nightmares of a tragic plane crash could be repressed memories of a previous life.
Surviving Sand Island
Kidnapped, shipwrecked and abandoned on a barren island, seven women survive 15 years, carving out a society despite deadly conditions, until their remorseful captor rescues them assimilating the women into French culture, before they escape once more to their community. (True story with A-lister interest)
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
Logline: A former college football star battling survivors guilt from a past fatal car accident gets recruited by a NFL scout as a practice player for training camp on a new expansion team.
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."
VICKI IN VIEWLAND
Vicki's crush for Jay has her falling head over heels, dropping her in the fantasy world of Viewland, where she must defeat all types of idiotic people and their foolish views in order to return home to Jay and newfound knowledge.
After faking his death, a man attends his own wake in order to find perpetrators of a conspiracy that targeted him, but in doing so, he gets far more than he ever could have imagined. Script Excerpt
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
The Umpire Has No Balls
A fiery young woman who has baseball running through her blood and can call the game better than anyone starts her journey through the umpire ranks to achieve her one goal in life – becoming a major league baseball umpire. Her problem? No woman has ever broken through the stainless-steel ceiling of this male dominated sport.
When our heroine sees more than what meets the natural eye, she knows she is on a divine assignment, if she doesn't free a woman from spiritual bondage the woman will die. Angels of light fight angels of darkness to protect us. Our prayers influence the outcome of spiritual warfare.
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.
A rising rock star strikes out for Iceland in search of inspiration, only to discover a centuries-old horror that threatens to use her gifts to take over the world.
DUEL AND DEATH
Famous Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, dies in a duel defending his and his wife's honor. Script Excerpt
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.
A young man raised and oppressed by fundamentalist parents makes the life-changing discovery that universe creation may be within the grasp of a revolutionary new physics and not confined to the biblical God.
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.
When an undercover FBI Agent is blamed for the death of the woman he was assigned to investigate - her psychotic vengeful husband pursues him while a rookie Cop works to uncover the truth.
Only the Bad Guys
In a dystopian world where killing a killer brings their victim(s) back to life, ex-soldier turned bounty hunter Daniela Dushane makes a killing killing killers as she walks the fine line between hero and villain (THE NICE GUYS meets THE PUNISHER).
A father takes his young disabled son to the country to reconnect in an old Victorian, but their stay becomes one of regret after a malevolent presence is awakened. Script Excerpt
Twin twenty-year-old brothers are tasked to transport a half-million-dollar car across Europe. Can incompetent brothers that despise each other get along well enough to deliver the vehicle in one piece?
When the bombs were blossoming
German Officer, Town Commander of an occupied European town in WW2, reliving his youth, teaches a talented local boy to be the best world pianists, not knowing that the boy’s family supports the resistance movement.
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
Escape To Egypt
When the Holy Family narrowly escapes a raid on Bethlehem, they take a dangerous journey to stay ahead of Herod’s forces. It’s a biblical thriller inspired by The Protoevangelium of James, various Christian Orthodoxies, and the Writings of Josephus.
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.
True Tears - Timeless Fairy Tale
A young maiden who grew up hidden in the woods must find her father the king to save the kingdom from doom – His twin sister and self-appointed Sorceress Queen who banished him almost 18 years ago uses all her powers to prevent a successful journey.
Set in the near future, two robots, the Monitor and the Merrimack, train for an arena battle to decide who will control the United States during the second civil war, only to develop awareness and question why they must fight at all as they clash in the largest attended, biggest pay-per-view event in history. Script Excerpt
Assigned to human interest stories and articles on local history, a young reporter with dreams of breaking a big story uncovers an arson conspiracy and a secret society that dates back a hundred years.
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.
Can two men find love and repair their shattered lives while battling for the fate of the planet?
THE GO TO GUY
When he accidentally kills his entire family, a failed science fiction writer does the only thing possible: he impersonates them all until he can figure out how to get away cleanly.
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.
A young film distributor unwittingly takes on the world's most notorious terrorist when she distributes a film that exposes the terrorist's best kept secret.
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.
An obsessive-compulsive twenty-one-year-old Peruvian woman, hoping to find love and relief from her mental illness, travels from Lima to the USA on a work-abroad program and takes a job at a small ski resort in Montana. [9 awards/honors including, Honorable Mention, 2014 Indie Gathering Film Festival and Top Three Finalist, 2015 River Bend Film Fest]
A honeymooner in Belize becomes a reluctant adventurer when an anti-American police chief frames her husband for murder, and the only one on her side is the silent ghost of an ancient Mayan woman.
Quarter-finalist Screen Lab 2019. Semi-finalist Fresh Voices 2020. Semi-finalist Emerging Screenwriters 2022. Stevie is fifteen years old and well on the way to becoming a hardened criminal; Dave is a cop, natural enemy of Stevie; Susie is Dave’s two-year-old daughter who is kidnapped during a cyclone. The last thing a teenage boy needs is a baby. But it falls to Stevie to save the baby – without knowing who she is and for totally unselfish motives – and thus to save Dave and his family from total disintegration.
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
Ayden: The Exceptional
A brilliant young geneticist who believes superhumans exist in our modern society makes the ultimate discovery after he is led to a man with exceptional abilities. 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.
LOGLINE: When the son of mafia boss leaves the family business and is wrongly charged for murder, he must choose whether to stay loyal to his mob family and serve a prison sentence, or defy them by proving his innocence and risk assassination. ____________________________________________________________________________ SYNOPSIS: Chosen as next head of his family’s crime business, the eldest son of a New Orleans Mafia boss facing deportation orders abandons his Sicilian heritage by marrying an American woman and going into legitimate business. After his father is deported and his younger brother inherits the family business, the elder son is indicted for murder when a restaurant owner he had previously refused orders to kill turns up dead. Then he learns who is real family is and risks certain assassination by teaming up with an investigation lawyer against his blood family in court to avoid a death row prison sentence.
IT NEVER RAINS
A recently divorced DEA agent is laid off from his job prior to Christmas. His ex-wife has left him with nothing. A hot female "criminal" who is a pilot and has been delivering "medical supplies"(aka "drugs") across the border from the States catches his eye and he decides to roll the dice and tag along.
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.
A pandemic thriller that follows one desperate mail carrier who’s horrified by the number of older people dying on his route, just after they receive their vaccine. A chance encounter with a rogue news investigator sets him on a path toward unraveling a vast and deadly conspiracy.
ALL LIT UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO
By produced writer. 10 feature films. 20 novels. Re-titled DON'T TELL ME WHEN I'M DEAD. 1-location action crime-thriller. The son of a wealthy businessman assumes a false identity to stage his own abduction and take revenge on a pair of young, love-struck kidnappers.
The Devil's From Tomorrow
After a near fatal accident a young man sees his own future through twisted visions so real he can't separate them from reality. Now he must find a way to stop the accident and four murders... including his own.
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.
3rd and Goal
Against all odds, the first female quarterback drafted into the NFL battles prejudices and personal tragedy as she attempts to lead her longtime losing team in the quest for a playoff berth.
One man gets the unprecedented opportunity to recast his damaged and uncountable absentee ballot and single-handedly decide the outcome of an electorally deadlocked presidential election. The candidates, PACs and powerbrokers try everything to get him to vote their way...or stop the vote entirely. (NOTE: written in ’95. Scriptapalooza 2001 - 2nd place. NOT Costner and Stern's "Swing Vote," which was written in 2007. Script was sent to Stern's first producer in 9/00. This producer also worked on earlier Costner films.)
Action-comedy by produced writer - 10 features and 20 novels. An international troupe of Western showmen, led by a befuddled old American star, are forced to use their cowboy stunt skills to save a group of beautiful young women from a gang of real-life sex traffickers.
The spirit of an evil teen killed while plotting a school massacre returns to take care of unfinished business starting with his family. But first he must get by his twelve year old telekinetic brother who knows he’s back. Script Excerpt
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
Character-driven psychological horror thriller set in a suburban house, with a disturbed female lead and a shocking twist ending, inspired by Henry James' "Turn of the Screw". Two children seem to be haunted by the ghost of their dead mother's secret lover, as seen through the eyes of a young, troubled woman hired as a nanny while their father leaves town on business. Their suburban house evolves into a nightmare world of psychological evil that seems to emanate from the back-yard pool. Hook: is there a ghost in the house, or is the nanny imagining it and going mad?
A headstrong scientist must break an ancient tribal curse before it transforms her into its next generation of killer
The Man with the Package
One mysterious agent, a package that has to be mailed back to his boss. What could go wrong? Everything!
Summer 1977 - two 14-year old boys undertake an epic, two-day bicycle trek across a city on a dangerous quest for a legendary dumpster in a downtown alley packed with adult magazines.
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.
Furgrow Birds back to the beginning
1)When a dog loses his owner, he discovers a dark conspiracy involving an evil king, a hidden realm and magical crystals that can alter the world..............2)When a former king launches a war with dark magic to reclaim his throne, gifted animals and plants create a hybrid army to save the kingdom.........3)When an evil man uses magic to disrupt evolution, a dog recruits unusually crossbred animals and plants to help restore the earth's balance. Script Excerpt
GODFORSAKEN: A STORY OF THREE MARYS
Based on real characters, after the death of Jesus of Nazareth, the three women named Mary in his life struggle to spread his message, but are pulled into a violent period of upheaval and political intrigue where they stand together against an empire. Script Excerpt
Janitor kidnaps alien from air force
The Phantom Train
A double-homicide leads a strong female FBI agent and Mossad to the location of one of Hitler’s hidden Phantom Gold trains while modern-day Nazis attempt to get there first.
Forced to take sides in a centuries-old intergalactic war, a veteran soldier and her scientist ex-wife bond with giant alien warriors in a final battle that will decide the fate of humanity.
Cast To Kill
A respected casting director with a wandering eye for the ladies must fight for his life and reputation after being framed for murder by a vengeful psychopath.
Bart, age 15 and a new convert to the Christian faith, fights temptation in a different way. Script Excerpt
Quick Shot is about an ex-marine with the special ability to slow down time and shoot at impossible targets. His life changes when gets recruited by an underground organization bent on taking over the U.S. government. Script Excerpt
A young fugitive, still traumatized from a high school assault, uses an experimental mind-control device to save a new lover from a jealous techno thief.
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.
As the close of the Civil War nears, three disparate black Union soldiers become trapped behind Confederate lines and are forced to hide out on a cotton plantation, trying to blend in and not be noticed by the addled owner of the plantation and his harsh black overseer. But when the Colonel's eldest son declares he's taking the slaves to Brazil -- where slavery is still legal - our heroes decide they have to escape... and plan to take all the plantation slaves with them.
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.
Everything I Have Is Yours
Thirteen-year-old Haylee stumbles on her father's affair with her mother's friend, who has come to stay after her home was burglarized. Script Excerpt
WHITE DEVIL OF SHANGHAI
Romantic war adventure set against the backdrop of World War II China. Two mismatched fugitives of war, a jaded American newsman and a strong-willed Jewish refugee girl, escape Japanese-occupied Shanghai to reach Free China. They evolve into unlikely heroes among the Chinese, one as a mercenary destroying lives, the other as a Red Cross miracle worker saving lives. Their stormy relationship ultimately brings them together to save Shanghai's Jewish refugees from Nazi extermination. Script Excerpt
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.
The Rocking Horse Christmas
A seven year old boy named Cody saves Christmas with the help of his dog and two animated mice. In this action/animated adventure Cody passes through the fire of manhood by saving an ancient Christmas ornament that has been in his family for three hundred years.
According to Their Kind
After a famous atheist receives an ancient artifact that may hold the secrets about the origins of life, she’s thrust into an age-old battle between angelic and demonic forces where choosing the wrong side will imperil her life and the world.
Haunt for Hire
After a family enlists the help of a ghost to save themselves from a vindictive neighbor, they start a haunt for hire business and learn that even ghosts can be haunted.
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
Logline: Just when a battle-weary, suspended Navy SEAL revives his family fishing business, he spots Russian spetsnaz troops disguised as fishermen blowing up an oil rig, and fights to prevent a hit on their next target--the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. ______________________________________ Synopsis: On the verge of losing his family because of prolonged overseas duty, a Navy SEAL about to make captain is suspended for disobeying orders to kill terrorists disguised as fishermen caught sabotaging a UAE gas pipeline in the Persian Gulf. When the disgraced SEAL returns home to Alaska to resume the family fishing business during his suspension, he again encounters terrorists posing as fishermen, but discovers they are Russian spetsnaz forces on a covert mission to destroy the Alaskan transcontinental pipeline. After he warns his family and government officials, they accuse him of having PTSD, and the suspended SEAL learns that to win back his family, save innocent lives and prevent an economic death sentence to the U.S., he must sacrifice his Navy career and disobey orders again by engaging the enemy in a tactical fight to the death on Alaska’s frigid waters.
The Cell Doors Scream
A prison story unfolds as two Officers and two Prisoners discover destiny in horror. A discovery exposing a fatal decision which may or may not open a door to unspeakable evil.
A scientist kidnapped by the N.S.A. for his expertise in cryonics becomes the pawn of the planet’s Destroyer spoken of in Biblical prophecy. 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.
After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a ship captain and his friends embark on a journey to the mythological island of Hy-Brasil, in hopes that its inhabitants will grant them immortality.
Sam Katt, Detective
Sam, a down-on-his-luck cat detective, reluctantly agrees to find a missing puppy. As his brother disappoints him, his secretary leaves town and his girlfriend breaks up with him, Sam struggles to change in a demimonde of stray animals and lost souls.
A people pleasing, widowed retiree unwittingly falls prey to rampant substance abuse plaguing her OVER 55 community in Florida.
Revenge is sweet. Infidelity is delicious. Getting away with murder? Just tragic. A jilted wife pays the ultimate price when her only child is caught in a jealous crossfire. Extreme Screenwriting gives a "recommend." Barb Doyon
'Til We Meet Again
Eager to see a crippled American violinist perform again, a Chinese architect takes her to China to search for a cure for her incurable disease.
After her husband dies leaving all of his estate to another woman, a former middle-aged psychologist with the help of a friend opens a bar where they nurture those in their employ, each of whom faces challenging situations and must dance and sing as they attempt to keep their dreams alive. During their Christmas celebration, some of those dreams come to fruition.
A successful but unhappy novelist reluctantly returns to his childhood town to attend a friend's funeral and reminisces about his experiences playing basketball on a city court to escape his abusive home. [Ranked 7th in the Urban category of MovieBytes.com's "Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts"]
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
Cold Blooded Gold
Soldiers are haunted by their last mission to hide a load of gold. Their captain may have returned from the dead to call them together years later to find the gold and save it for the future. The gold is tainted by the war and a group of "buffalo soldiers" help to save the treasure from an evil force determined to use it for nefarious purposes. Gritty and surprising this project has been on the front burner of a couple of production companies. Its time has finally come.
BY PRODUCED WRITER - 10 FEATURES. And 20 novels. Re-titled DEVIL'S DUE. An FBI agent, haunted by the failures of 9/11, desperately tries to redeem himself by tracking down a serial bomber armed with a deadly new weapon. Winner, Applause contest, judged by script guru Lew Hunter.
THE KALAMA AWAKENING
On a spiritual quest, a young woman ends up in a cult nightmare of betrayal and manipulation, from which she must escape to avoid becoming an Guru's sex slave.
East Meets Western
A runaway indentured Asian cook bakes his way into the good graces of a frontier town, where he struggles to win the skills and allies he needs to avoid recapture by the ruthless outlaw who 'owns' him.
The Aegis Conspiracy
The CIA gets caught in its own trap when a hacker takes over the Navy's Aegis defense system. The goal of the agent that hacked in is to start a nuclear war between the US and Russia if the CIA doesn't pay a ransom.
Myth for the Gods
When a logical-thinking high school senior discovers that he is the son of mythological gods, he and his three pals go on a fantastical journey of Olympian trials. Live action or animation
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.
MR. JOE PRESIDENT
JOE GRANT, an honest, tough firefighter who defies death in raging infernos, risks his life running independently for President against the political Parties, assassins and an incensed, almost father-in-law, ex-Governor.
Shades of Sin
A woman is caught between two men and their long-standing feud with each other.
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
Twin sisters take it on the lam after a heist from the mob with two enforcers in pursuit in a wild 24 hour ride filled with robbery, murder and deception.
A lonely young man, Micah Cohen, considers suicide, only to be visited by an “agent for the afterlife” who mistakenly thinks he’s already gone through with it. Rejuvenated by his new lease on life, Micah's determined to set things right…but when he discovers that Death itself is hunting him down, it’s up to Micah’s guardian angel – a rookie -- to save him. A dark reverse spin on Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
The Black Sea Of Roses
A couple stumbles upon an abandoned cabin. This is not like any cabin -- it's haunted by a family who are stuck in a dark world. Only the couple can save them because little do they know, they are related to this family. But first, they have to walk through the black sea of roses and come face to face with the spirits
After a Voodoo Priest cast a spell on ventriloquist doll, Lil B-Easy, he comes to life and grows with his human big brother, pulling pranks and causing mischief along the way. 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.
The King's Cadillac
Selected as a quarter-finalist in the ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest 2017. LOGLINE: Two lovable, quirky, bumbling bubbas inadvertently steal Elvis’ Gold Cadillac during the Great Nashville Flood, disguise it as a hearse so they can take it on adventures, and end up saving it, a die-hard Elvis fan, and themselves.
Two unlikely heroes of Christmas are magically chained together as they attempt to rescue kidnapped children from a witch and her warlord but wind up sparking a revolution. It’s an origin story about the German legend of Belsnickel, the inspiration for our modern image of Santa Claus, and Krampus, his hairy companion.
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.
Fired man can’t pay his bills, accepts an offer to participate in the auction, doesn't suspecting, this is an offer from a gang
BELLE AND THE BLOOD BEAST
A revisionist horror take on the classic fairy tale for young adults -- equal parts romance, action and gore. Belle, a modern, independent beauty rebelling against the man's world of 17th-century France, is forced to live in an enchanted castle to save her father's life. She becomes the defiant prisoner of the Blood Beast, a lonely nobleman cursed with a monstrous body and a predatory savagery powerful enough to hunt and kill twenty men. Both are transformed by a strange, complex love that's threatened by outside forces led by Victor, a cold-blooded cadet captain so obsessed over Belle that he'll destroy them both. Who the true beast is evolves in dark, twisted ways. A romantic horror-thriller date movie, R-rated for violence, not a Disney family movie. More in the style of "Red Riding Hood", "Gretel and Hansel" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Script Excerpt
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
A death metal atheist with a tortured religious past becomes the target of his satanic fan base because they think he's something more. Check out the novel and its sequel, Prophet Reborn, published in 2018 and 2020. Book Three in preproduction. Script Excerpt
The Rebel Princess
In a futuristic world in which a decadent royalty keeps slaves, Princess Ember and a gladiator lead a revolt to free the slaves Script Excerpt
As Florida neighbors fall in love, their rival lawn ornaments start a war. Script Excerpt
BORN TO BE YOU
A female seagull gets stranded and injured on an island of flightless cormorants. The leader nurses her back to health. He wants her to be his mate with the condition that she gives up flying.
In Your Dreams!
A dull literature professor and his flunking spirited- student make strange bedfellows when both become comatose and are trapped in her dream. It becomes apparent that only one can return from their deep sleep as they fall in love in this comedy/fantasy. Live action or animation
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.
Citlalli and the Destroyer
13-year-old Citlalli from ancient Mexico joins 6 other 13-year-old ancestors of hers now. along with a cadre of galactic neighbor aliens in a desperate battle against a galaxy destroying horror, all their incredible journey's leading to a climactic final confrontation - and all Citlalli wants to do is find a way back to her family.
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”)
Logline: After successfully taking airplanes hostage using driverless cars, a greedy Cuban American risks the score to stop the carnage his vindictive partner is about to create.
A clumsy teenage elf is ridiculed and alienated by other young elves when he fails every assignment until his mechanical skills are discovered after the reindeer develop chicken pox and Santa asks him to modify the train to deliver the toys which he does successfully with the help of an attractive female elf and a monkey.
A bizarre comedy within which a cynical, middle-aged woman is charged with caring for her eccentric mother and goofy sister who hold daily memorial services for husband/daddy's amputated leg. When he recovers, he comes to reclaim his family and his life in a combination wedding and funeral for the leg and meter reader's bag of wife, and life moves forward for all.
Dunkirk: Miracle of Deliverance
Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay masterminded the plans to rescue the British Expeditionary force from the beaches of Dunkirk. Operation Dynamo would bring them home. This docudrama starts from the very beginning of an insane plan to use 'little ships', captained by normal everyday people, to save the troops before they are cut down by Hitler's forces.
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
Five kids court ordered to stay at a dude ranch as punishment for their crimes have to save humanity from hi-tech weapons dealers, the military and nano-bot technology medical drones designed to heal wounded soldiers but instead get reprogrammed to kill all life on earth. 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.
2056: a new world order. Four prisoners attempt to escape execution by exploiting the judge's weakness for one of them. Script Excerpt
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
The Viking Leif Eriksson, who, to prove himself to his legendary father Erik the Red, embarks on a dangerous voyage to find new lands and inadvertently discovers America. Script Excerpt
Man(ny) Versus Machine
When an awkward ad exec named Manny beats up a coffee maker, every mechanical device goes after him thwarting his chances of winning a CLIO advertising award and destroying his relationship with the woman he loves. 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
While on a mission to colonize newly-discovered Planet Vistal, five astronaut children set out to rescue their abducted parents from an evil, alien civilization. In the process, these NASA "brats" reign havoc and wreak mayhem in the galaxies.
In God's Image
Faith in God is being tested for Clergyman / Zoo Keeper Zeke after multiple disasters and now the tragic death of his chimp friend Flo, when he suddenly has a chance at love and redemption culminating in a wild debate pitting Evolution vs. Creationism for schools, his savior coming from a VERY unexpected place, the spirit of his wise-cracking chimp friend Flo..
Policemen battle their own fear and despair while fighting the war on crime.
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")
After an indentured servant is brutally beaten by an overseer, the multi-racial servants flee together from their colonial North Carolina plantation with the tyrannical owner in hot pursuit.
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
BY PRODUCED WRITER - 10 FEATURES. And 20 novels. Out-of-work auto-workers try to make money and rekindle their marriages by making a movie. English language/Chinese version of the script also available.
Humanity seems faced by an imminent quantum leap when the planet Earth is immersed for 20 long seconds in an intercosmic wall of light. Through the combination of ancient, metaphysical codes with the ultimate in modern science, Dr. Sean Saquasta and his team decipher the key to an inexhaustible source of energy , a gigantic golden ball, the control over which unleashes a perfidious battle.
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...