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When Doves Cry

In 1991, a group of high school seniors navigates the treachery of young adulthood, dealing with bullies, homophobes, and abusive authority figures while seeking the ultimate Minneapolis experience; seeing the legendary Prince perform live at First Avenue on Halloween night but a freak blizzard threatens their plans.

Based on a true story. Kaki and Tommy are fraternal twins who are seniors in high school, living in a small town a few miles from the Twin Cities. Hastings and Minneapolis are worlds apart. The twins have an obsession with the rock star Prince, whose astrological sign is Gemini, the twins. Minneapolis’s music scene is at a peak as funk and punk music traditions into the alternative music scene. Kaki's boyfriend comes out of the closet, unwillingly, while she meets a boy who's Korean in a town full of white people, falling deeply in love. They navigate racism, homophobia, jock-bully mentality, date-rape and authority figures while trying to see Prince perform live at the world-famous nightclub, First Avenue on Halloween night 1991. A historic snowstorm hits, preventing them from accomplishing their dream as the state literally shuts down, trapping them on the road, yet they are touched and changed in their quest, as they become adults.

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Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Budget:
Low
In the Vein Of:
The Breakfast Club
inspired by true events
Posted:
05/25/2016
Updated:
02/15/2020
Author Bio:
-2018 100,000 Miles a Second Writer/Producer (short) -2018 Page Awards Semifinalist -2018 Knight Finalist -2017 Nicholl Quarterfinalist -2017 Page Awards Semifinalist -2017 Knight Finalist -2016 Knight Finalist -2016 True Story Semifinalist for When Doves Cry -2015 Screenwriters Workshop Winner -2012 Champion Screenwriting Competition Finalist for Anatomy of a Town 2012 Contest of Contests Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2011 Writers on the Storm Quarter-Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2011 Chicago Screenwriters Network Finalist for One More Day -2011 Bluecat Fellini Semifinalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010/11: KCBX-FM Radio Production of Anatomy of a Town to air during the 2011 San Luis Obispo Film Festival -2010 Champion Screenwriting Competition Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010 Santa Fe Writer's Project Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010 Austin Film Festival Second Round for Anatomy of a Town -2010 SWW-MN Leave 'Em Hooked Winner for Date of Death -2010 IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2009 PAGE Awards Quarter Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2009 IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2008 SWW-MN Leave 'Em Hooked Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2006 Fringe Festival Production (Director/Co-Writer) -2004, IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist -University of MN graduate, BA in English Creative Writing.

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Contest Results:
True Story (Semifinalist, Official Selection) [2016]