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The Heart of a Tiger

The Heart of a Tiger is based on the true story of a woman who escaped the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970s. It follows three generations of women struggling against the boundaries placed upon them, each ultimately emerging triumphant to achieve their dreams. This is my family’s story of survival. Received 39 awards.

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Henrietta

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) Script Excerpt

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Maeta's Story (prev. Uncle Frits)

In the Occupied Netherlands, a widow and her 9 year old son go into hiding with the help of her brother, a ww1 veteran who struggles with PTSD. Script Excerpt

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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)

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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 Script Excerpt

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Restoration

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

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BOSS TWEED

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”)

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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) Script Excerpt

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Without Apology

In 1944 England, a 16-year-old orphan just beginning to discover her true self is cast out of her best friend's home, ending up in the employ of an aging aristocrat who infamously had an affair with Oscar Wilde. Script Excerpt

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Lonely Creek

When a self-reliant but sheltered woman loses her last living relative in 1876 Wyoming, she must fend off a greedy rancher, a lovestruck marshal, and a desperate outlaw to maintain the family farm and protect her newfound independence.

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THE QUEEN'S MARK

Guy Sheridan, an English Blue Blood, runs afoul of the Crown and looses his love, his priveleged life, and his liberty. Escape from an Australian penal colony is but the first step for Sheridan to become the richest man in Australia.

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The Third Bomb

LOGLINE: When the duty-bound pilot of the third atomic bomb mission crash lands on a Japanese island and is imprisoned with other Allied POWs, he must escape and stop a disgraced commander from capturing his bomb – or manually detonate it himself.

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Last American Lynching

The true story of the black woman in Alabama who bankrupted the national Ku Klux Klan after an FBI investigation into the lynching of her son.

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LABYRINTH OF DESTINY

During the Mexican-American War, Lieutenant Ulysses Grant falls in love with a young Mexican woman who helps American slaves escape bondage. The war separates them, but years later they meet again when the woman is dispatched to the United States to seek an alliance to prevent France from conquering Mexico and becoming an ally of the Confederacy. (Finalist - Academy Nicholl Screenplay Competition) Script Excerpt

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Hard-Hearted Hannah

A rookie detective on a routine hotel skip case instead finds himself pitted against a diabolical serial killer with a deadly grudge against the Eighth Air Force, whose reunion is being held there...and no one even suspects a murderer is in the house. Can he stop him before he kills again...and again? Script Excerpt

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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 Script Excerpt

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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.

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The Calvary Incident

Green Berets and Marines time-jump to save history by killing a rogue SEAL team bent on rescuing Jesus from the Cross inadvertently leaving the 21st century a frozen, unrecognizable wasteland. Script Excerpt

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Dancing for the Executioner

Poland, 1943. Two lovers plot an escape from Hitler’s most secretive and violent death camp. When the plan is uncovered, they must assassinate the Führer’s best killers to save hundreds of lives from the impending mass execution. Based on the true story.

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Panama Fever

When the Army sends a young doctor to Panama, his adventures- and misadventures- with the natives, the Army and his wife come fast and furious. Script Excerpt

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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.

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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.

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Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

A famous scientist's strange need challenges a young teacher to tackle it, launching a great adventure. Script Excerpt

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THE GHOSTS OF SILVER GULCH

In 1900 Colorado, four ghosts hold an intervention to save the soul of the meanest, stingiest galoot in a small mining town -- but he manages to make “life” miserable for them! Script Excerpt

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I'LL DANCE ON YOUR GRAVE

A brawny, gun-fighting Irish marshal, Mart Duggan, is selected to tame the fast-growing, notoriously wild and depraved new boomtown of Leadville, Colorado in the 1870s.

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E Pluribus Unum

Capitalism incorporated into Democratic Socialism prior to the Civil War...a highly profitable plantation in the Deep South operated by free people comes under attack compelling two foes work together to seek help from the North. Script Excerpt

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ELIJAH

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.

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Jane, The Legend of Mountain Charley

A woman in the 1850's gives up her children to The Sisters of Mercy, changes into men's clothing and spends the next twelve years looking for her husband's killer. She was fifteen years old and this is a true story. Jane is an award-winning script.

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BANNER HERO

A world-renowned Australian pilot (first to span the Pacific) disappears in a storm. When he is rescued thirteen days later, he is accused of a massive hoax that killed two search pilots, and he is called into a government inquiry to defend his honor and career and to prove what really happened. (Based on "The Coffee Royal Scandal," a historical feature article written by myself, for Air&Space/Smithsonian Magazine.)

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Cotton-Pickin' Heroes

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. Script Excerpt

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FALLEN SON

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: On the verge of becoming head of the family 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.

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The Judith Kiss

In this feminist twist of the fairytale “Bluebeard” set in the 1920s, a young socialite marries a mysterious widower and is swept away to his home in the country, but soon after she discovers disturbing clues as to what happened to his former wives.

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Cry of the Dreamer

When you're fighting for freedom and you fall in love, does freedom become the price instead of the prize? An Irish freedom fighter is transported for life to Australia but vows to return to liberate his people. Then he falls in love with his jailer's daughter. Script Excerpt

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Roebling's Bridge

Based on the true story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the dream of brilliant engineer John Roebling. After John suffers a tragic accident and his son is injured from the dangerous work, Emily Roebling struggles to complete the project, despite incredible technical challenges, corruption, tragic injuries and deaths. Torn between two worlds and two men, she blazes a path forward, but ultimately faces panic and disaster when her enemies sabotage the project.

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The Other Washington

Another man named Washington surmounts harsh, often violent opposition as he boldly ascends from the illiterate depths of slavery and ignorance to eloquence as an iconic, world-renowned university president and charismatic leader. Based on a true story. Script Excerpt

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A Risk of Exposure

Atrocities in Stalin's gulag leads a ballet teacher to promise to reveal its secrets. With the KGB in pursuit and an unlikely ally, will she succeed? Script Excerpt

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A Journey With Destiny

An American Odyssey of adventure, love, and death that portrays with nostalgic hindsight the dawn of the modern era through the trials and tribulations of a young visionary's 1906 lone journey by automobile from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Script Excerpt

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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.

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The First Casualty

When a reporter uncovers a secret that could doom the war-torn Spanish Republic, he must help the whistleblower escape before a death squad silences them both.

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The Odyssey of John Buchanan

An 18th Century Scottish epic about a soldier who survives the Battle of Culloden, his family is killed, he is captured and banished to the colony of Maryland, sold into slavery, escapes and finds love in Colonial Pennsylvania.

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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. Script Excerpt

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MADAM PRESIDENT

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”) Script Excerpt

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Fast Fade

Biopic of the luminously beautiful but tragic 1950s film noir star Barbara Payton. Script Excerpt

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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

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In the Broad Face of Day

Historical Drama (1843): When a lunatic guns down the secretary of the British Prime Minister in broad daylight in central London, the ensuing courtroom battle and outcome was to change forever the way insanity was viewed by courts around the world.

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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.

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Compulsory

Inspired by true events: In 1922 Oregon, a lawyer, thinking he’s protecting his family, reluctantly, but covertly joins the KKK and their push for the Oregon Compulsory Education Act, only to throw his family into mortal danger. Script Excerpt

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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. Script Excerpt

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HOSEA

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.

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The Redemption of John Parker

An embittered former slave risks life and limb as an Underground Railroad “conductor” until, targeted for death by angry slave owners and a sociopathic slave hunter, he must confront and resolve his inner rage or bring tragedy on his family. Based on a true story.

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RAGTIME WARRIOR

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 Script Excerpt

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Eriksson

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

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Victoria's Gold

A feisty widow struggles against the US Army to reclaim a mountain filled with lost treasure and gold discovered by her murdered husband.

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One Shot at Glory

A brilliant yet humble aviator fails at his attempt to be the first man to fly around the world but triumphs when he is given one shot to become the “Lindbergh of the Pacific”. The true story of an unsung American hero... and his bumbling co-pilot.

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LAST FLAG ON OAK ISLAND

When a museum curator and his female assistant translate clues in an American Revolution-era journal to a British payroll buried on Oak Island, they must go undercover to unearth the treasure before two rival treasure hunters discover it. Wealth of the century or the island's deft insult? (From the novel Last Assault on Oak Island by Jenn Rekka.)

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The Gentleman Ranker

After attempting suicide, Lawrence of Arabia reinvents himself as a nobody in hopes of saving his sanity, but finds the world will not leave him alone.

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HANNAH ELIAS

Around every corner from subjugation to CEO woman or the year, between every line of Victorian liaisons to 20th Century scandals worthy of impeachment, down every hallway of torrential love making that would blush film Noir, the action does not pause, and there can be no predictions in the life and times of the Black Enchantress, “Hannah Elias”. Hannah had accounts in 129 Banks. Black Enchantresses, boarding house matrons, were business women. They were the few during Reconstruction and Jim Crow who could earn the revenues; provide the education, guidance and asylum necessary for their children and grandchildren to produce the Harlem Renaissance.

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Survival for the fittest

The screen play is called SURVIVAL FOR THE FITTEST It's an emotional action packed screen play about a man on a death penalty who escapes from prison and goes to save the abandoned soldiers in the battlefield It's emotions are so real to the extent that majority of the viewers are likely to shade tears while watching It touches the political realms basing on the historical records of the hatred between Austria and Serbia plus world war I facts. It tries to highlight how Austria would be after waging another great war against Serbia It amazingly involves children (below twenty years) in the battlefield fighting for their freedom from the enemy without enough war experience, with no base for help unless from themselves.. something which touches the emotions of parents in the world. it involves unique war tactics and planning strategies which can be termed as "battlefield in the mind"

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The Tiger: Part 1

The incredible true story of a down and out rebel with a flip flop and sarong clad force who takes on the world’s 3rd largest army and wins.

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REVELATIONS

A young nurse investigates her mother’s disturbing death and becomes entangled in a decades old political cover up involving her family and the illicit affair of America’s most infamous lovers. Script Excerpt

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Extinct

The intriguing Sci-Fi fictional story Extinct is the illustration of human evolution visually narrated by a fictional main character that will be traveling though time from the beginning of time the big bang all the way up to today. Looking for a change after the death of his wife, a plane crash leaves a man meeting God to travel through time and see the process of extinction, the rise of man and show him the importance of life. This intriguing sci-fi fiction illustrates human evolution through the travels of Max, a scientist and martial artist who is moving cross-country after losing his wife. He carries his research on human evolution during the prehistoric time is the last thing he hears before the plane crash lands. Max wakes at the beginning of time, and a mysterious figure who guides him through the rise of mankind. Traveling through the Jurassic, Roman and Industrial eras, Max will learn the importance of living in the moment and why man has come so far. Script Excerpt

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Behind The Veil

Film Noir, Hollywood 1947 – A private detective, in his search for a young gay man, must deal with intolerance, prejudice, and corruption as he enters the dark, hidden underworld of forbidden sex and vice; only to discover a sinister operation conducting blackmail, extortion, and murder for political gain, at the highest levels of government. Script Excerpt

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My Mate Horrie

A true story. 1941, WW2, Egypt. When a shell-shocked Australian soldier finds a terrier pup that can alert soldiers to German air-raids, he must put his life on the line to save the dog from heartless bureaucracy and certain death.

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Spawn of Evil

The horror of Auschwitz compounded by six psychopathic young Nazis men raping and murdering Jews post-war leads the Jewish Nakam hit squads to hunt them down.

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Chilocco

At Chilocco, an actual government boarding school in the 1930’s where runaways are hunted for bounty, a Cherokee girl, bullied by a gang of Ponca Indian girls and abused by a white female supervisor, discovers that she has a worse problem. A white teacher who is a sexual predator is stalking her. She must find a way to weaponize in a world that holds her captive and considers her expendable.

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CARE PLANS

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. Script Excerpt

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Prison Riot

In this true story, the TV photojournalist Candle willingly enters the worst prison riot in the history of the United States, while drug-crazed inmates kill every snitch in sight.

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GENERAL GRANT IS DOOMED!

“NEVER RETREAT, NEVER SURRENDER!” Ex-President Ulysses S. Grant struggles to complete his “Personal Memoirs” while combatting terminal cancer. He produces a masterpiece. The true story. Can be expanded to TV miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” - Dave Trottier (Author, The Screenwriter’s Bible) SEMI-FINALIST Fade In Awards - True Story/Bio Competition

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BOJANGLES, EUBIE AND BERT!

A TOE-TAPPING MUSICAL! Legendary performers Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Eubie Blake and Bert Williams relive their show business triumphs in spite of racism and theatrical bigotry. An epic musical drama and biopic. All music public domain; can be expanded to TV musical miniseries. Professional Coverage: “Recommend” Dave Trottier (author, “The Screenwriter’s Bible.”) Script Excerpt

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THRONE OF GOD

James, African American, believes he is called to build a magnificent throne ensemble made from junk, but must overcome his resentment against his father and God. He brightens the life of a fatherless little girl with an alcoholic mother, and helps restore sanity to a mentally disturbed homeless woman, as he obsessively races to complete it before he dies.

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Candle

In this biopic script, Candle was shot and stabbed as a Military Policeman only to return back to his civilian life to experience the brutality of the world as a combat news photographer.

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American Ballad

Based on actual events, the Mexico City high school student and beauty queen, Ophylia, initializes and then updates an anti-Narco blog to expose the drug cartels with devastating effect across North America.

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Mother Seacole

Through an irony of fate, a Scottish-Jamaican lady battles prejudice, provides medical assistance to British Soldiers in the Crimean War, and becomes a British heroine.

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God’s Gang

In 1865 Philadelphia, after their integrationist spouses are murdered, a black man and an Irish woman are caught in the middle of a bitter struggle between ethnic dockworkers and rich owners that could start a race war.

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WOMAN'S HOUR

The 85-year-old woman leader of a rapidly growing controversial new Christian religion in the 19th century is targeted by a vicious yellow journalism smear campaign against her and her church.

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I Love You, Oscar Wilde

A young Canadian artist, madly in love with Oscar Wilde, paints his portrait which inspires his controversial "The Picture of Dorian Gray," but must change to realize her own happiness, when he marries another and his gay lifestyle emerges.

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Fair Warning

Thriller based on the true stalking murder of Berkeley student Tanya Tarasoff in 1969 by an obsessed graduate student, and the legal case that changed U.S. doctor-patient confidentiality laws. Script Excerpt

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Project Blue Book

An astronomy professor transitions from skeptic to believer as he struggles against the US Air Force in his quest to uncover the truth about UFOs. He coins the phrase “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

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Horatio's Drive Home

After an impulsive dare and a $50 bet, a determined doctor races to become the first American to drive an automobile across the country ... and return home to his pregnant wife.

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Jess

Ghost of a young gambler hanged in 1884 takes up residence in an old gold mill near Lake Tahoe and raises hell in the life of the tour guide, a Stanford student. Script Excerpt

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Sawney Bean

Adulterous young husband facing criminal punishment in medieval Scotland flees into the hideout of the notorious cannibal family. Script Excerpt

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LUDLOW MASSACRE

A union organizer battles the Rockefeller empire for social justice in the Colorado coal mine strike of 1914. Based on actual events.

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A GRUNT'S TALE

A tribute to Vietnam Veterans on this Veterans' Day. Award-winning parallel story of a Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran and the young black woman employed by his sister who helps him work through his debilitating PTSD. Script Excerpt

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ROME IN WHITE

The assassination of an American president begins in 300 AD in Rome and proceeds to 2011 Washington DC and then returns to Rome in 307 AD for the assassination, death of Severus II on a day it snowed on Italy and Rome is in white.

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SCHERZO CODE

An aspiring New York pianist is tutored by a world-famous Russian concert master and falls in love with his daughter, only to discover that the maestro leads a double life as a Soviet assassin who murdered his father. Seeking vengeance, the young pianist finds himself embroiled in a mysterious KGB plot to smuggle out an American prototype of the "Suitcase Bomb" -- the first portable nuclear device designed at the height of the Cold War. Script Excerpt

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Then I Became Death, Destroyer of Worlds

NOTE: This screenplay was a finalist in the Film and Television/Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship Competition. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, seeks relief from his work in the arms of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The strength of their relationship helps transform him from “the father of the atomic bomb” into an anti-nuclear advocate. It has been optioned by HBO producer Lee Levinson, at The Late Bloomer Co., Ltd., New York, New York. Script Excerpt

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Project Ernie - Interview with a Hero

NOTE: This screenplay was a finalist in the 2004 Roy W. Dean Writers Grant competition. Two engaged grad students heal a rift between themselves while helping a WWI hero learn to forgive himself for the deaths he’s caused. Script Excerpt

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