The Schoharie

A volunteer firefighter of Native American descent must convince a small town sheriff with a grudge that a vengeful Indian spirit is bent on destroying their town with the flood waters of a nearby creek. Inspired by the actual Schoharie Creek bridge collapse of 1987. Now available as a novel.

The sleepy little town of Fort Hunter is in for some rough weather. It's time for the Spring Thaw, the rain won't let up, and the banks of the Mohawk River are holding as much water as the river itself. Something's gotta give.

And give it does, when a thruway bridge that spans the Schoharie Creek collapses from the force of all that water. The event sends the town into a tailspin - especially Aaron Bonner, a young volunteer firefighter of American Indian descent, who swears he saw an Indian in traditional dress and warpaint blocking his way on the thruway bridge just moments before its collapse.

Nobody else seems to have seen him, and as rescue and recovery efforts get under way, Aaron finds himself haunted by the ghosts of the collapse victims as this same Indian spirit claims their souls with scalps and fetishes.

As Aaron tries to investigate the strange goings on, the town itself seems to become the victim of extremely short tempers, suspicion and revenge. And the town sheriff has his eye on Aaron, who is dating his not yet divorced daughter. Aaron's erratic behavior is enough for the sheriff to investigate him, and together, they eventually uncover the truth behind the Indian spirit who seeks revenge on their town.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Starring Roles For:
20's Native descent male
20s white female
50's white male
In the Vein Of:
The River
Dante's Peak
The Dead Zone
Author Bio:
Diane studied Film and Video Art/Theory at SUNY Binghamton in New York. THE SCHOHARIE was inspired by an Upstate New York bridge collapse that actually took place in 1987.

She has been a long standing member of The Scriptwriters Network and has been a script reader for several writing competitions and film festivals. Other scripts that have gained her competition recognition include: **AUTUMN BLOOD, PERFECT PROPHET, HARPO'S BIKE, A GOOD SOUL, SPIKE, TURF WAR, PWNED, BLINDSIDED,THE BODY AND BLOOD, ROADSIDE PICNIC, SUPERNATURAL-INTERVENTION, SUPERNATURAL-I GOT YOU BABE and THE CHAIN-FRANCISCO PIZARRO**.

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Contest Results:
America's Best (Semifinalist) [1994]