The Accomplice

A lovable reform school grad, desperately seeking a fresh start in a small town, unwittingly becomes an accomplice in a murder committed by the most popular kid in town.

Ethan Engel, 16, leaves his addicted mother's dingy Indianapolis house one night and gets caught shoplifting a frozen dinner to feed his little brother. Upon release from reform school, Ethan and his brother live with a caring aunt in the suburbs. He stars in football, excels in school and falls in love. Life is wonderful until his brutish father forces them to move with him to tiny Huxley, Indiana. Barred from the football team, longing for his girl in Indianapolis, and chafing under his disparaging father, the senior class newcomer strives to make new friends.

One is Josh Walters, star athlete, "A" student, Sunday school teacher - and also a closet gay homophobe from an evangelical family. Josh talks Ethan into joining him to case the rural home of a reputed gun collector, drug dealer and predatory homosexual. Upon arrival Ethan looks on in sickened astonishment as Josh shoots the man then chops his head open with a hatchet.

Ethan is convicted as an accomplice. In prison he surmounts the loss of his girlfriend, abandonment by his parents, and a brutal corrections system while his aunt wages a courageous and successful fight to free and redeem him.

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Author Bio:
• Won best unproduced feature screenplay in the 2017 Tea Dance International Film Festival for my original screenplay My Father’s Worst Nightmare. • The 2018 LGBTQ Int’l screenplay competition selected My Father’s Worst Nightmare as top 3 finalist. • My Father’s Worst Nightmare placed in the top 10 for unproduced LGBTQ screenplays in 2020. • My screenplay titled The Accomplice was selected as a semi finalist in the Wayward Film Festival 2018 • My screenplay titled Star Crossed Lovers received very good coverage/analysis from the 2020 Chicago Screenplay awards and placed as a quarter-finalist.

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Contest Results:
Wayward Festival (Semifinalist) [2018]