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Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow
An adult child of the foster care system struggles to calm racial drama surrounding the closure of a local mill as he uncovers the disturbing truth behind his birth parents' demise. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: harold l brown     [Contact Author]    Interview
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Modest
Starring Roles For: Ryan Gosling
Jada Pinkett Smith
In the Vein Of: Mississippi Masala
Rosewood
Do The Right Thing
Posted: 04/06/2009
Updated: 08/31/2014
Author Bio: Harold L. Brown, Writer June 23, 2014

A seasoned business executive and awards recipient, Harold has written seven award winning screenplays, including a modern day action/adventure western, a conspiracy thriller, two comedies and three dramas.

His family drama “White Water Rescue,” was selected as the 2014 Best Screenplay at the 2014 Honolulu Film Awards, Honolulu, Hawaii

Harold's racial drama feature screenplay “Hope is Not a Black and White Rainbow,” was selected as the 2014 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 won the Bronze Award at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards, was selected as an Official Finalist at the 2014 Barcelona International Film Festival, 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 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,” 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, 2012 Honolulu Film Awards' highest award -- the Gold Kahuna Award for best screenplay and Honorable 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,” was selected as an Official Finalist at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival.

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

In 2013 Harold completed his first fictional thriller novel, set for publication in 2014. He is currently writing his second thriller screenplay and developing his second fictional novel.

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, International Thriller Writers Association USA, Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (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: 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 Honorable Mention Project Name: Devil’s Valley Justice; Name of Award: 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards Honorable 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: 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. 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: Las Vegas Fest (Finalist, 2010 Official Selection)
PAGE International (Honorable Mention, 2010 Round 2 Finalist)
AAA (Semifinalist, 2010)
Honolulu (Finalist, 2011 Aloha Accolade Award)
New York Screenplay (Finalist, 2012 Harlem Int. Film Festival)
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist, 2013 In Running for Grand Priz)
Wildsound (First Place, 2014 Script Reading on Website)
New Media Scripts (Finalist, 2014 Hope is Not B & W Rainbo )
Action On Film (First Place, 2014 Best Dialogue Feature)
Austin (Quarterfinalist, 2014 2nd Rounder)
WilliFest (Honorable Mention, 2014 Honorable Mention)