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Destiny of Tar and Feathers

Drama 
A Métis lawyer on the verge of realizing his dream in a white man's world quits to save his estranged remote Métis Settlement from extinction because of an international oil sands project.

Written by: Harold L Brown     [Contact Author]    Interview
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Modest
Starring Roles For: Adam Beach
Lorne Cardinal
Graham Greene
In the Vein Of: Thunderheart
Erin Brockovich
Posted: 02/22/2005
Updated: 07/22/2017
Author Bio: Harold L. Brown, Screenwriter and Author May 9, 2016

A seasoned business executive and awards recipient, Harold has written more than eight award winning screenplays, teleplays and miniseries, including a modern day action/adventure western, two thrillers, two comedies and three dramas. He is a “2015 Writer of the Year Award,” nominee—2015 Action on Film International Film Festival, and is included in the “Top 50 Indie Writers in the World,” by Del Weston, Theresa Coscarelli-Weston and Nabi Zee. The multimedia book is slated for publication in 2016.

In 2016, Harold’s latest techno thriller screenplay, 20/20: Search for Independence, received the Screenplay Jury Award at the Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival; and Official Finalist Best Screenplay Award at the Canada International Film Festival. In 2015, it received the Most Ambitious Script Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival, Platinum Award Best Feature Screenplay, International Independent Film Awards; Honorable Mention at the Barcelona International Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival NYC, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival and Los Angeles Movie Awards; and Official Finalist Best Screenplay at the Alaska International Film Festival and Honolulu Film Awards; and has been an official selection at many festivals.

Harold’s first miniseries, Deadly Invisible Enemies, received the 2016 Official Finalist Award at the Honolulu Film Awards; 2015 Gold Award for Feature Scripts, International Independent Film Awards; was a 2015 Top 4 Finalist at the Harlem International Film Festival; received a 2015 nomination for Best Action Sequence Short or Feature at the Action on Film International Film Festival; received the 2014 El Rey Award Special Jury Prize Screenplay, Barcelona International Film Festival; was a 2014 Finalist Best Thriller/Horror Screenplay, Screenplay Festival. Deadly Invisible Enemies: The Pilot was nominated for 2015 Best Thriller Screenplay NOVA Film Festival and 2014 Best Teleplay at the Action on Film International Festival.

His family drama “White Water Rescue,” was a 2015 Official Finalist at the Mountain Film Festival; 2015 3rd Place Winner Best Screenplay at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival; 2015 Quarter Finalist Best Screenplay, Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition; was a 2015 Finalist Best Family Screenplay, Screenplay Festival; won the 2014 Best Screenplay category at the Honolulu Film Awards, Honolulu, Hawaii; was a 2014 Winning Screenplay at TrindieFest, Colorado; and a 2014 Official Finalist at the Yosemite International Film Festival.

Harold's racial drama feature screenplay “Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow,” a Top 10 Finalist, received a nomination for the 2015 Finalist Script to Screen Award Sanford International Film Festival; received the 2014 Best Dialogue Feature Award, Action on Film International Festival; was a 2nd Rounder (top 15%) Finalist, Austin Film Festival and was selected WILDsound Screenplay Festival Best Feature Screenplay with a full screenplay reading by professional Toronto actors at:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hope_is_not_a_black_and_white_rainbow.html.

The screenplay also received Honourable Mention at the 2014 Williamsburg International Film Festival NYC; won the Bronze Award at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards; was selected as an Official Finalist at the 2014 Barcelona International Film Festival; was a top eight finalist at the 2014 Los Angeles New Media Film Festival; a top three Screenplay Finalist at the 2012 NYC Harlem International Film Festival; won the 2011 Aloha Accolade Award and was selected as an Official Finalist at the 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival.

His international environmental drama about the oil sands, "Destiny of Tar and Feathers," received the 2015 Silver Award Best Drama Screenplay at 2015 TrindieFest Colorado; is an Official Selection in the 2015 Global Screenplay Competition Oaxaca FilmFest Mexico; was a 2015 Official Finalist at the Mountain Film Festival; and a 1st Place Winner at the 2014 Yosemite International Film Festival; received the 1st Runner Up Award for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Action on Film International Film Festival and was selected in the Best of Category and an Official Finalist at the 2013 Honolulu Film Awards.

His modern day western action/adventure “Devil’s Valley Justice,” was a 2016 Official Selection at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival and Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival; received 2015 1st Place Award Best Feature Action Screenplay, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival; 2015 2nd Place Award Best Screenplay, Barcelona International Film Festival; 2015 4th Place Award, Best Action/Thriller Feature Screenplay, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; was an Official Selection for Best International Screenplay at the 2014 Mexico Oaxaca FilmFest and received the Award of Merit Best Screenplay at the 2014 Catalina Film Festival. The screenplay received the 2014 International Independent Film Award Silver Award; 2014 Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival Best International Screenplay Silver Medallion Award; was accepted into the 2014 Sacramento International Film Festival; won the 2013 Mexico International Film Festival Best Screenplay 2nd Place Award; 2012 Honolulu Film Awards' highest award -- the Gold Kahuna Award for best screenplay; and Honourable Mention at the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival and Los Angeles Movie Awards. “Devil’s Valley Justice,” was also selected for production of a writer’s scene at the 2012 Action on Film International Film Festival, at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaVHgeKHlxg

Award winning Performer and Director Anthony De Longis read the short film scene screened during the 2012 film festival.

His comedy, Matt and Garden of Eva was The Top 20 IndieFest Screenplay in the world winner and his second comedy screenplay, “The Joy Stik,” won the 1st Runner Up Best Comedy Scene Award at the 2015 Action on Film International Film Festival and was selected as an Official Finalist at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.

His conspiracy thriller “The Invisible Messenger,” has garnered many awards, including top 10% finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship Awards.

Harold completed two techno thriller novels in the Deadly Invisible Enemies Thriller Series – Evil in the Air and Hunt for Evil, published in 2014. He is currently writing the third novel in the series and developing his first television drama series and pilot, and a multiplatform techno thriller series.

Harold has received the award for ‘Most Promising Producer’ in Alberta, where such feature movies as Unforgiven, Broke Back Mountain and Mystery Alaska, a project where he studied the craft as a background actor during a major winter storm disaster, were filmed.

He has appeared in more than fifteen commercials, industrial films; Made for TV Movies and series, and feature films, and worked as a contract producer on number of projects, including a Boreal Forest Documentary.

MEMBERSHIPS - Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), CANADA, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers Association USA, Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CPA,CGA), Charter Member of Robert McKee’s Storylogue, USA, and Canadian Institute of Management (CIM, P.Mgr, and internationally recognized C.Mgr designation).

AWARDS

Name of Award: 2016 Screenplay Jury Award, Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2016 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Canada International Film Awards Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2016 Official Finalist, Honolulu Film Awards Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies Miniseries Name of Award: 2015 Nominee and Writer of the Year Award, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: Body of work submitted to the festival. Name of Award: 2015 Nominee and Winner Most Ambitious Script Award, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence. Also, selected for the production of a writer’s scene which screened at the festival. Name of Award: 2015 Nominee and Winner Most Ambitious Script Award, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Nominee and 1st Runner Up Best Comedy Scene Award, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: The Joy Stik Name of Award: 2015 Gold Award for Feature Scripts International Independent Film Awards USA Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies Miniseries Name of Award: 2015 Top 4 Finalist Best Screenplay Harlem International Film Festival, New York City, New York Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies Miniseries Name of Award: 2015 1st Place Award Best Action Feature Screenplay, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2015 Honorable Mention, Williamsburg International Film Festival NY Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Semi-Finalist Best Screenplay, Reel Writers USA Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Silver Award Best Drama Screenplay, Trinidad Independent Film Festival (TrindieFest) Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2015 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Alaska International Film Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Honorable Mention Award Best Screenplay, The Indie Gathering International Film Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 2nd Place Award Best Screenplay, Barcelona International Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2015 Honorable Mention Best Screenplay, Barcelona International Film Festival Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Platinum Award Best Feature Script, International Independent Film Awards Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 4th Place Award Best Action/Thriller Feature Screenplay, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2015 Honourable Mention Best Feature Script, Los Angeles Movie Awards Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Honolulu Film Awards Project Name: 20/20: Search for Independence Name of Award: 2015 Top 10 Finalist and Nominee Script to Screen Award Sanford International Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2015 3rd Place Best Screenplay, Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival Project Name: White Water Rescue Name of Award: 2015 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Mountain Film Festival Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2015 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Mountain Film Festival Project Name: White Water Rescue Name of Award: 2015 Quarter Finalist Best Drama Screenplay, Nashville Film Festival Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2015 Quarter Finalist Inspirational Screenplay, Nashville Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2014 Finalist Best Thriller/Horror Screenplay, Screenplay Festival Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies The Miniseries Name of Award: 2014 Semi-Finalist Best Screenplay, Reel Writers USA Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2014 1st Place Best Screenplay, Yosemite International Film Festival Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2014 Official Finalist Best Screenplay, Yosemite International Film Festival Project Name: White Water Rescue Name of Award: 2014 2nd Rounder, Austin Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow. Name of Award: 2014 Honourable Mention, Williamsburg International Film Festival NY Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow. Name of Award: 2014 El Rey Award Special Jury Prize Screenplay, Barcelona International Film Festival Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies Miniseries Name of Award: 2014 Best Dialogue Feature, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow. Also, selected for the production of a writer’s scene which screened at the festival. Name of Award: 2014 Nominee Best Teleplay, Action on Film International Festival Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies: The Pilot Name of Award: 2014 Winning Screenplay, Trinidad Independent Film Festival (TrindieFest) Project Name: White Water Rescue Name of Award: 2014 Award of Merit Best Screenplay, Catalina Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2014 Official Selection Best International Screenplay, Oaxaca FilmFest Mexico Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2014 Silver Award, International Independent Film Awards Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2014 Bronze Award, International Independent Film Awards Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2014 Official Finalist, Barcelona International Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2014 Script Finalist, New Media Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2014 Best Screenplay Award, Honolulu Film Awards Project Name: White Water Rescue Name of Award: 2014 Silver Medallion Award for Best International Screenplay, Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2014 WILDsound Best Feature Screenplay, WILDsound Screenplay Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2013 NexTV Writing and Pitch Finalist, NexTv Entertainment Best Screenplay Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2013 Official Finalist, World Series of Screenwriting, Best Action/Adventure Screenplay Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2013 2nd Rounder Finalist for Best Screenplay Austin Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2013 Official Selection Written Word Division, nominated for Best Screenplay and winner of the Runner Up Award for Best Screenplay Action on Film International Film Festival Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2013 Official Selection Written Word Division Action on Film International Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2013 2nd Place Best Screenplay Mexico International Film Festival Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice Name of Award: 2013 Best of Category and Official Finalist Honolulu Film Awards Project Name: Destiny of Tar and Feathers Name of Award: 2013 Silver Lei Award Honolulu Film Awards Project Name: Deadly Invisible Enemies Name of Award: 2012 Screenplay Finalist Harlem International Film Festival, New York City, New York Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow Name of Award: 2012 Action on Film Official Selection Written Word Division Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Also selected for production of a writer’s scene which screened at the festival. Name of Award: 2012 NexTV Writing and Film Competition Official Selection Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Name of Award: 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival Honourable Mention Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Name of Award: 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards Honourable Mention Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Name of Award: 2012 Gold Kahuna Award Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Name of Award: 2011 Aloha Accolade Award Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow; Name of Award: Official Finalist for the 2010 Las Vegas International Film Festival Project Name: Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow; Name of Award: Official Finalist for the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival Project Name: The Joy Stik; Name of Award: The Gerri Cook Memorial Award for Most Promising Producer Project Name: Producer Emergence Program - Northern Alberta Institute of Technology/Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association; Name of Award: The Top 20 IndieFest Screenplays in the World Winner Project Name: Matt and the Garden of Eva; Name of Award: The Top 20 Key West IndieFest Screenplays in the World Winner Project Name: The Invisible Messenger; Name of Award: Telluride IndieFest Screenplay Winner Project Name: The Invisible Messenger

In addition, since 2002 Harold L. Brown’s screenplays have garnered more than dozen honourable mentions, semifinalist and quarter finalist status in screenwriting competitions in the United States and Australia, including Screenplay Festival, Slamdance, IndieProducer, Screenwriting EXPO and the Nicholl’s Fellowship. He has also won The Editor’s Choice Award for Poetry, Project Name “Life’s an Opportunity” and the Canadian Office Magazine Award and an International Literary Recognition Award for a technical article on information management.

FILM AND TELEVISION EDUCATION:

Online Thriller School, International Thriller Writers Association: 2015 Dov Simens’ Film School: 2014 Robert McKee's Story Seminar Year: 2003 and 2007; Thriller and Comedy Genres 2002 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Producer Emergence Program Year: 2005 Tom Logan’s Introductory, Advanced and Masters Acting Class Year: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, Los Angeles University of Alberta Writing Creative Non-Fiction, Myrna Kostash Year: 1998

SPECIAL NOTES:

Harold is one of a small group of civilian executives invited to the National Defense College, Department of National Defense, Kingston, Ontario, CANADA, and is a Graduate of the National Securities Studies Program for Senior Military Officers. The program was an intensive study of major geographic regions of the world, including the global security threats and opportunities presented – politically, socially, technically and economically. He participated in a presentation to South African President Nelson Mandela’s United Nations Representative on the threats and opportunities in the Sub-Sahara, Africa.

Contest Results: Barcelona Festival (First Place, 2016 Grand Jury Prize) [2016]
International Independent (First Place, Gold Best Script) [2016]
Yosemite Fest (First Place, 2014 Best Feature Script) [2014]
TrindieFest (Second Place, 2015 Best Drama Screenplay) [2015]
Action On Film (Second Place, 2013 Runner Up Best Script) [2013]
Honolulu (Finalist, 2013 Official Finalist) [2013]
Nashville Fest (Quarterfinalist, 2015 Best Drama) [2015]
Mountain Film (Honorable Mention, 2014 Best Feature Script) [2014]
Slamdance (Quarterfinalist, Top 5% of all screenplays)
Nicholl Fellowships (Honorable Mention, Among top 20% of all scripts)
Screenwriting Expo (Quarterfinalist, Top 10% of all screenplays)