2016 Screenplay Finalists
Title: A SMILE BENEATH
Writers: Chip Lane and Angelique Chase
Synopsis: Parents devastated by the strains of raising an autistic child, discover her connection to the world and the purpose of family, through a caddy grieving the loss of his.
Title: GOING HOME TO DIXIE
Writer: Alicia Lane Dutton
Synopsis: The small town of Gemini, Georgia is all abuzz about the upcoming engagement party of Creighton Wellington to a pretentious, high society girl named Pamela. Evelyn, Creighton’s mother and president of the Magnolia Garden Club, will make this event one to remember. The entire town becomes ensnared in the twists and tangles of old flames, late-night happenings at Fran’s Booze and Bands, and salon gossip, so what is to be a simple wedding becomes a site of shocking confessions and surprises.
Title: HUMANITY: DEVOLVED
Writer: Greyson Ferguson
Synopsis: It is a time where all disease is curable yet all cures are illegal. Those found to be sick are removed from society without question. Because of this, Kyla Thomas goes to great lengths to hide her son’s illness from the authorities. So, when her secret is discovered, Kyla stops at nothing to protect her child.
Title: KINDERGARTEN DETECTIVE
Writer: John Bradley
Synopsis: Rocky Stone, a 5-year-old gumshoe, investigates the biggest case of his life when a valuable diamond goes missing in his class. Rocky must navigate the tangled web of Kindergarten politics to crack the case.
Title: MEGALODON MOTEL
Writer: Shelley Reid
Synopsis: A washed up English stage actor falls for a hot-tempered young woman who is determined to save her grandfather's dilapidated motel from eminent domain.
Title: RICK VAN WINKLE
Writer: Tom Basham
Synopsis: Rick Morgan spins records on the graveyard shift. A Monk hears Rick wants to skip over his struggles and the next morning it’s a year later. Rick must learn to live in the present before he wakes up one morning and does not know what he did with his life.
Title: STARS IN MY CROWN
Writer: Len Jenkin
Synopsis: A roadside fortune-teller with a dark past and a young woman in an abusive relationship join together, trying to make their lives free and whole again.
Their plans lead to a violent and unforeseen endgame.
Title: THE LORD’S SOLDIER
Writers: Story by Tom McManus, Devlin Mann, & Lorraine Portman
Screenplay: Lorraine Portman
Synopsis: The Lord’s Soldier is a contemporary, supernatural thriller about a married former pro athlete who is abruptly thrust into a mystical, ancient battle between good and evil. To succeed he must find the depth of his faith, discover the strength he has been granted by his higher power, and sacrifice everything he has ever known.
Title: VOYAGE TO FREEDOM
Writer: Larry M. Hedaa
Synopsis: The real life story of Robert Smalls, a slave who obtained freedom for him, his family, and his crew of slaves by boldly pirating a Confederate gun boat and sailing it to the Union fleet blockading Charleston harbor.
Writers: John Bradley & Jason Lewis
Synopsis: Randy had it all--a loving family, a dream job. But after a long, hard fall from grace leads to deadly consequences, he's forced to relive his life backwards. Yesterday by yesterday, Randy tries to understand where it all went wrong, and how he can possibly put things right in a world where tomorrow never comes.