2014 Screenplay Finalists
Title: A BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Writer: Kayla Morrisey
Synopsis: In 2055, at a time when humans have transcended biology, a young astronomer sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Following the death of her father, Ariadne leaves behind her small town life to find the city and take 'The Test' - a government service that promises true love by matching young adults with their perfect life partners.
Title: A COMPACT DEATH
Writer: Brien McHugh
Synopsis: At the dawn of the digital music era, 1984, a young, smart, headstrong record company rep and naïve, small-town disc jockey find a sinister sound that had been buried, undetected, for twenty years in the hiss and crackle of the original, analog audio tape. Together they unravel the decades-old mystery surrounding the death of a beloved sixties recording artist and reunite the surviving band members.
Title: A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Writer: Wild Bill Ward
Synopsis: Henry David Thoreau inspired Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to civil disobedience, fathered the environmental movement, and risked his life to oppose slavery. Meet the man who said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”
Title: A HELL OF OUR OWN
Writer: Matthew M. Burke
Synopsis: The world has come to know how the life of Edward Drummond - otherwise known as Blackbeard - ended, but few know how it began. In this biopic, a tortured childhood, mental illness and alcoholism combine to give rise to the most famed pirate to ever stalk the seven seas.
Writer: Amber Karlins
Synopsis: This extraordinary true story follows the exploitation of a traumatized, sixteen-year-old genocide survivor as her aspiring screenwriter guardian transforms her into a best-selling author and, ultimately, a reluctant silent film star.
Title: BATTER UP
Writer: Nathan Carliner Goldman
Synopsis: When a minor leaguer falls for the ace pitcher in college softball, he finds that success in the majors and in love will require more than hitting the ball, he will also need to grow up.
Title: CADILLAC DREAMS
Writer: David Lewis
Synopsis: While driving a repossessed classic Cadillac convertible across country, unemployed Walter meets a young woman escaping her biker-boyfriend and trouble ensues when the homicidal car owner and boyfriend give chase.
Writer: P.W. Gavan
Synopsis: The Chief of Police hires an undercover cop to chaperone his daughter Tiffany’s prom. It’s a windfall for Conner Baxley - an unpopular kid who’s in love with Tiffany - when the undercover cop enlists his help to infiltrate the student body. But prom may have to take a back seat as they team up to save Tiffany from her boyfriend.
Title: CHERRY BLOSSOM
Writer: Corbett Sawyer
Synopsis: Terminally ill girl comes to discover and pass on secret revealed only to those who experience the greatest sadness: The game continues while love endures.
Title: COYOTE DANCES WITH FIRE
Writer: Todd Selleck
Synopsis: An Apache Indian follows the footpath of his ancestral dreams to expose a scheme that would allow fracking on his reservation.
Writer: Rasheda S. Crockett
Synopsis: DMV is a hilarious story of a young woman name Sloan, on her journey to love and lifelong friendships. But really, she’s just your everyday, friendly DMV employee.
Title: ECLIPSE OF THE TRUTH
Writer: Linda Olden-Smith
Synopsis: A fictional account of a Christian Black woman with demonstrated moral integrity whose spiritual values collide drastically with her racial loyalties when she must come forward as the only witness for a White man who killed a Black man in self-defense in her community.
Writer: Eric Borden
Synopsis: A drug-addicted private eye takes a kidnapping case involving a politician’s child. He scours New Orleans aided by a wily Cajun and haunted by the ghost of his own dead daughter. Out of his league and on the run, he must find the child before it's too late.
Title: IDENTICAL OPPOSITES
Writer: Kevin J. Howard
Synopsis: A widower moves to his late father’s farmhouse with his two children, only to discover that everyone around him is being murdered in a revenge scheme orchestrated by his fiancée, who also happens to be his identical twin, given up for adoption at an early age due to a sexual deformity.
Writers: Trudie V. Lee and Kevin Lee
Synopsis: Shortly after her husband’s sudden death, a sharecropping widow fights to keep her family together, learning that her landowner sold her house.
Title: LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Writer: Bill Redding
Synopsis: Middle-aged computer analyst, Ned, laid-off from his corporate job, meets young Internet porn star, Rachel, as she tries to get out of the porn business. Ned helps Rachel and battles her evil business manager along the way.
Title: LIFETIME LOSER
Writer: James Ross
Synopsis: After con man Lewferd E. Zerrmann recruits a young golf pro to run his business a comedy of errors sours the relationship until victims reveal sinister secrets that cause a dramatic change in the partnership.
Title: LOST FATHERLAND
Writer: Jack Kelley
Synopsis: A son determined to find his missing father is plunged into a quest to rediscover the lost continent of Atlantis and protect the world from its deadly ancient secret.
Writer: Bernard Michael Urban
Synopsis: An art restorer falls for a sophisticated older man, but when her best friend turns up dead and her new lover implicates her in an art forgery ring, a police investigator casts all suspicion on her.
Title: MURMANSK RUN
Writers: Wendy Joseph and Sam Hakam
Synopsis: A Russian woman becomes captain of a US ship and falls in love with its Naval officer, in the deadliest waters of WWII.
Title: OHIO FINCH
Writers: Chad Parsons and Wolfgang Bauer
Synopsis: Summoned to Vienna to settle her estranged gay son's estate, a bigoted prude meets the son's Austrian "family" and comes to learn the real meaning of tolerance and unconditional love.
Title: OLD RIVER ROAD
Writers: Luciana Lagana and Gregory Graham
Synopsis: Based on real events, this is a moving story of unlikely triumph over bullying and corruption. With help from a tough ex-cop and a friend who sacrifices his life for him, a socially unsophisticated yet intellectual and caring man prevents his town’s environmental poisoning, beats the bad guys, and wins the respect of his ex and of a town that once wrote him off as a coward.
Title: PARADISE POND
Writer: Lorraine Portman
Synopsis: College freshman Beth is introduced to the intoxicating power of submission and emancipation of erotic slavery by her married History Professor, and then Beth teaches the History Professor’s wife how deadly true love can become, as webs become more tangled and nothing is as it seems.
Writer: Steve Albrezzi
Synopsis: Nancy Marino, and her family, grapple with life’s greatest challenge with humor, courage and forgiveness. While Paris is a tender, thoughtful and thought-provoking rumination on conscious dying, it is also a loving celebration of conscious living. Paris journeys into the darkest hours of the everyday to discover the extraordinary beauty and dignity of being alive.
Title: QUEST FOR LIGHT – ADVENTURES OF THE MAGI
Writer: Byron Anderson
Synopsis: Quest for Light, Adventure of the Magi is the adventure story of the Bible’s warrior priests from Persia who are captivated by an extraordinary star, battle evil, and struggle with their faith until they are transformed by God on their way to Bethlehem.
Title: STEVIE RIDER
Writer: Richard G. Kizer
Synopsis: When a struggling entrepreneur on his last gasp stumbles at the finish line, it’s up to his daughter and a team of tech-savvy young innovators to spur him on to victory.
Title: THE DONATION
Writer: Liam Johnson
Synopsis: 2028. Thomas' daughter Claire is ready for the last in a long line of transplant operations. When Thomas accidentally meets the clone used to harvest new organs, it reveals a guilt he never knew he had. Breaking all rules, Thomas takes the clone and attempts to make her dream a reality before she is killed to make his daughter's life better.
Title: THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE
Writers: George Guthridge and Deborah Schildt
Synopsis: The Kids from Nowhere is the true story of modern-day Bering Sea island whaling-village Eskimo students who, inspired by a teacher who is becoming increasingly ill, use their unique way of thinking as they confront staggering emotional and educational obstacles in their quest to win America’s most demanding academic competition.
Title: THE LEGEND OF LYDIA QUEEN OF THE OKEFENOKEE
Writer: Lorraine Portman
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old beauty contestant Amy, dragged to a pageant in her Mom's home town, meets a Grandmother she never knew she had and runs off to get to know her Grandmother who tells Amy the story of Lydia, the Queen of the Okefenokee, who lived in Georgia, broke boundaries, tamed the swamp, married much younger men, and died a millionaire after starting life with a cow, a sow, and ten dollars. Meanwhile, Amy's Mother searches frantically for Amy, who does not know the tragic history of her Mother and Grandmother and the danger she is in.
Title: THE NINTH COMMANDMENT
Writer: Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri
Synopsis: (Based on a true story). Forced from retirement to investigate a child homicide case a hard-nosed Boston Private Detective’s profound sense of honor is significantly tested when judicial corruption, civil unrest and the mob impede his case.
Title: THE PLUMBER
Writer: Jeffrey Ryback
Synopsis: A closet "pro choice" drama professor and marathon runner preparing to qualify for the NYC marathon, joins police in hunting down a serial killer (the plumber) bent on revenge against the “right to life” coalition and particularly the professor’s wife who is the coalition president.
Title: THE WORLD OF LONELY
Writer: C.N. Bean
Synopsis: In a world where fact and fantasy intertwine, a hardened AMIE KOPLEY, 20s, ends up as a nurse in a triage camp that treats children infected with a parasitic illness that is ravaging the land. One mute boy, Patient X, unveils redemptive possibilities to her.
Writer: Andre Gaumond
Synopsis: Two young teenagers, Marc and Tom, discover a mysterious rock possessed of powerful energies and life changing elements. With aliens in hot pursuit, they realize that the fate of humanity is in their hand.