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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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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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Maeta's Story (prev. Uncle Frits)

In the Occupied Netherlands, a widow and child go into hiding with the help of her brother 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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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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Simon of Cyrene

And they compel one Simon of Cyrene, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

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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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Elsa

The unsung muse of the Dada art movement of the 1910s was a woman ahead of her time. Thrice married, thrice abandoned, the Baroness Elsa kept rising from ashes. Proto-punk. Performance artist. Feminist. Synesthete. Elsa enthralled and inspired everyone who met her, but remained unknown to the world at large, and died tragically unknown, alone and penniless.

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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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Miracle Cove

Set in the 1970’s and based on actual events, an idealistic college student on the cusp of earning his degree is forced to take a dangerous job as a logger in order to save his younger sisters from their abusive family home. As he learns the ropes of this perilous job, his values will also be challenged by a ruthless boss, working to further his control over the isolated woodland town with the help of some criminal cronies.

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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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Without Apology

In 1944, Judith Carpenter is 16 and has just been separated from her best friend and sent to live with a distant cousin in Hove, England. There, two things gradually dawn on her: 1) her distant cousin is married to Lord Alfred Douglas, of Wilde trial fame, and 2) all the poetry in the world might not be enough to understand the way she feels about the friend she left behind. Script Excerpt

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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 assigned to a routine hotel skip case instead finds himself up 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 on the loose. 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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Overwatch

A sniper and his spotter must complete a mission in Vietnam, but they do not know that doing so will light a powder keg with dire consequences.

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The Mishpat Iudicium

No one can take my life away. I give it on my own.

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The Third Tier

Amidst the lush illusions of the Gilded Age, THE THIRD TIER follows a young woman from the New York City slums who avoids execution by becoming the sexual pawn of a politically ambitious judge, but she soon discovers that death may have been the better choice.

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The Calvary Incident

Green Berets and Marines time-jump to save the 21st century from obliteration by killing a rogue SEAL team bent on rescuing Jesus from the Cross and inadvertently upending history with catastrophic results. Script Excerpt

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Anne Bonny, Pirate

Anne Bonny is the most illustrious female pirate from the Golden Age of Piracy. Her life is legendary, but no one agrees on the details of her story -- not even her death. Maybe she can set the record straight? also, Finalist, 2009 Charleston International Film Festival; Finalist, Beaufort International Film Festival, 2010. Script Excerpt

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McIntyre's Mountain

Arizona Territory, 1883: When a band of ex-confederate-led banditos raid a gold shipment steaming down the Colorado River, a fifteen year old boy has to choose between a life of adventure or doing what's right, while his father, a retired Confederate Major, races to save him and stop the bandits. 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. Script Excerpt

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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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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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MADEMOISELLE

In 19th Century Paris, ERICA CLAUDIN is the brightest star in Opera. After an accident leaves her husband dead and her face disfigured, Erica wants just one thing: Revenge. Inspired by Gaston Leroux' Phantom of the Opera. Winner, L.A. Reel Film Festival, 2010; Silver Remi Winner, Worldfest 2008, Finalist, Charleston International Film Festival 2008; Quarterfinalist, Champion Screenwriting, 2009. 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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Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

A famous scientist's strange request launches a young teacher on an improbable 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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E Pluribus Unum

When a fortressed plantation operated by free people in the Deep South comes under attack, two former foes work together to seek help from the North. Script Excerpt

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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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The Chain - Francisco Pizarro

A West Indies Native and a Franciscan Friar embark on an Amazon expedition with legendary conquistador Francisco Pizarro in search of a city of gold. But instead of finding riches, they unleash a curse that affects centuries of historic leaders and trailblazers.

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Fish out of Water

In 1965, FISH LEVY, the only Jew at Luddington High in rural South Carolina, has to deal with graduation, school integration, a quest for basketball championship, and for first love.

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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 mob 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 assassination by teaming up with an investigation lawyer against his crime family in court to avoid a 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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A Risk of Exposure

Life and death in Stalin's gulag brings 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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Escape To Egypt

After narrowly escaping a raid on Bethlehem, the Holy Family confronts enemies, the elements, each other, and Death himself, as they struggle to keep one step ahead of Herod’s forces. It’s a biblical thriller inspired by The Protoevangelium of James, Christian Orthodoxies, and the Writings of Josephus.

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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 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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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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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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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

Two museum reps use a wartime journal to find the Oak Island treasure as rivaling treasure hunters drag them deeper into the battle. 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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POOF

In the old West, a young and hopeful man's announcement can certainly rock his girlfriend's boat.

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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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Duquesne

This is the story of ambitious Frederick Joubert Duquesne, leader of the biggest spy ring of America during the 20th century.

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Fallen from Grace

Fallen from Grace is based on a true story about one girl's journey confronting many adversities where others tried to silence and discredit her. However, she never gave up the perilous fight and ultimately, having her voice heard...

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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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THE LONGEST DAY

Faith, family and fighting Hitler are what bond the mothers of a small town in Virginia after their sons are slaughtered on the beaches of France in the opening wave of D-Day on June 6, 1944 AKA "The Longest Day." Sell THE LONGEST DAY as "The Waltons" meet "Saving Private Ryan" with some "24." Script Excerpt

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Behind The Veil

Film Noir. Los Angeles, 1947. In an era of prejudice, intolerance, corruption, and political intrigue, a private detective's search for a young gay man leads to his entering a dark underworld that exploits and preys on the faults and weaknesses of society. for money and political gain. Script Excerpt

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The Hottest Place on Earth

Duped into taking a job in a remote mining camp he would never tackle in a million years, a rebellious young man of the 70s, his girlfriends, and his crew take revenge on the company owners.

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BEYOND HOLLYWOOD

True story of movie star-turned-inventor Jon Hall and the infamous Howard Hughes who together secretly build a revolutionary auto engine that runs on water. A tale of a tempestuous friendship between two remarkable dreamers, risking the wrath of an automobile and oil industry that unleashes all its power to stop them. One man a legend, the other an unsung hero who aspired to go "beyond Hollywood". 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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By The Rivers of Babylon

Using eminent domain, the Tennessee Valley Authority destroys a centuries old culture in pursuit of so-called "progress."

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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. Script Excerpt

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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

NYC, 1978- A lonely nursing student searches for happiness while witnessing historic events in a city plagued with rising violence, addiction and the arrival of a devastating new epidemic-AIDS. 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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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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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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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 leader of a rapidly growing new Christian religion becomes the victim of a vicious yellow journalism smear campaign against her and her budding new religious movement.

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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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Cherry Hill

In 1870s Kansas, a pretty young widow falls into prostitution after her husband dies in a blizzard. She is soon drawn into the intrigues and passions of the region’s most powerful men. Script Excerpt

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Operation Iceberg: The Battle for Okinawa

True events as they occurred at Okinawa in a stirring and personal war saga of heroism, death and sacrifice from both the American and Japanese points of view, most especially the Japanese Colonel Hiromichi Yaraha who set up the defense for the island.

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Southwest Thunder

When a young man, James Tevis, faces Apache Chief Cochise as Butterfield Stage Station Master, he is driven away to form the Arizona Rangers, only to join the Confederates that occupy Tucson at the outbreak of the Civil War, where his fate rests with the outcome of that occupation. A true story.

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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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THE OCTOPUS CHARMER

Flora has the gift which saves her people from starvation on World War II occupied Guam Script Excerpt

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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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Edward's Return

An unsolved murder, fuelled by jealousy, takes its victim’s soul through time, in order to find his killer. Edward was not ready to die.

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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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