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Sand: Part I "Invasion"

Written by: Rhyess Nash

Number of Pages: 93 Pages

Country of Origin: United States

After an invading foreign army razes their village and kills their son, forcing them to flee, a veteran warrior, and his resourceful wife, seek to return to the enemy-occupied village and risk their lives to retrieve the boy’s body in order to give him a proper burial and, them, much needed closure.

I am an independent filmmaker and an emerging professional screenwriter. I have written dozens of shorts and features; along with several TV pilots. Linked below are a few film projects that I either wrote and directed or just wrote.
“The Gargoyle” FB Page- https://www.facebook.com/TheGargoyleShortFilm/
Other Film Links:
“The Right Call” https://youtu.be/It5FQRzTn4g
“Geiger” https://youtu.be/0i98PGBzDJQ
“Nigh” https://vimeo.com/565479201

Samson

Written by: Colin Duncan

Number of Pages: 108 Pages

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Jason (AKA Samson) in his early forties, returns to Belfast following a career in the military, after the sudden and unexplained death of his father. As a boy growing up in Loyalist South Belfast, Jason was a junior amateur boxer, who was on the brink of being recruited into a loyalist paramilitary organisation, (The Sons of Ulster). To escape this potential life of criminality, Jason’s father encouraged him to join the army and leave Northern Ireland. Jason now embarks on a mission to uncover what happened to his father. He meets old friends, rekindles relationships and takes matters into his own hands. He finds Belfast to have modernised, but in many ways has stayed the same. Jason clashes with Ulster Loyalism and finds it is fighting internally, between the old brigade and new form of criminal gangsterism. Jason, a veteran special forces operative, favours brain over brawn, finds himself navigating a series of complex situations throughout the working class streets of South Belfast. Jason is assisted by ex-military pals, who struggle with a loss of identity, culture and PTSD from their former military life. Nothing but nothing, will stand in the way from Jason finding the truth and seeking justice.

Colin Duncan is a retired Civil Servant and graduate of the University of Ulster, having studied criminology and criminal justice. Colin has worked closely with military and police within the UK and has developed an understanding of the complex geopolitical word surrounding Northern Ireland and its struggle to reconcile, whilst maintaining cultural identity following conflict. This is his first fictional script, in which, he explores personal and cultural complexities within loyalist para militarism, and the struggles of servicemen returning home to a modern Northern Ireland.

I write sensitively and strongly from a pragmatic point of view, trying to keep the script real yet imaginative. In this script, I’m conscious about the cultural and religious complexities within post-conflict Northern Ireland. Instead of creating conflicted characters between Catholic and Protestant communities, my protagonist experiences the conflict within Protestant loyalism (an area, I feel not as widely explored as that of Irish Republicanism). I adjust my views at several points during this script, highlighting various dynamics of what is a complicated and modern Northern Ireland.

The Dakota

Written by: Douglas Walter Fisher

Number of Pages: 100 Pages

Country of Origin: United States

An unwitting bystander at the Dakota Building saves John Lennon’s life on the night of December 8, 1980, forcing Lennon to reexamine his life and his new friend to forge his own path in an unfamiliar world.

Douglas Fisher was born and raised in South New Jersey and graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Communications. His passions include writing on his film review blog, pickleball, and his three very demanding cats.

Doug’s screenplay for The Dakota was awarded First Place at the 2022 Williamsburg International Film & Music Competition.

I came up with The Dakota after watching news footage on YouTube of the night John Lennon died. I was ten years old at the time of his death and at the time hadn’t fully grasped the effect his passing had on the world. While watching the videos, I wondered what it would have been like if Lennon were not shot and continued on his journey which was ultimately cut short on December 8, 1980. After many rewrites and detours, I present The Dakota, dedicated to my late son Ryan, my father Frank, and my uncle Bob, who like Lennon were taken from us too soon.

 

The Color of the Evening Sky

Written by: Linda Kampley

Number of Pages: 43 Pages

Country of Origin: United States

A nurse in a busy chemotherapy office is fighting for her job and against the new overcontrolling supervisor when a patient , her life on the line, enters.

The Color of the Evening Sky, received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” for a short script, in the Indie Short Festival. Winner of the 2019 Jerry Kaufman Award for excellence in playwriting for “Fastened to the Moon. “Fastened to the Moon” was recently published by NEXT STAGE PRESS. Received an Equity Showcase at the Chain Theater in NYC. She has written 5 full-length plays, several short plays and one-acts, including GIRLS and SMALL TALK, both of which are published with YouthPLAYS.com. . Her collection of monologues, BEAUTIFUL IN HATS is published on Amazon.com. Her collection of poetry NEITHER LAUGHTER NOR TOUCHING is also published on Amazon. Her full length play VISITORS’ DAY received a reading at the UpTown Theatre in Manhattan, and WHICH WAY DID THEY GO or MARGARET’S DAYDREAM, received a reading at the Frederick Loew Room in NYC, with Zach Grenier, Kate Kearney Patch, Richmond Hoxie, Bonnie Black . SLEEPWALKER TIME received a production by American Renaissance Theater Company in their Winter Series. The Lamp was also produced at the Equity Library Theater; and the WRONG CARD was seen at the New York Festival of one-act plays. Her one-act play THE COLOR OF THE EVENING SKY has been produced twice in New York City: at St. Clement’s, and at St Jean’s Playhouse; and also in Los Angeles by the West Coast Ensemble. Her one act SMALL TALK also received a production at St. Clement’s in New York City. THE COLOR OF THE EVENING SKY and SMALL TALK are both recorded at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Linda is a member of Dramatists Guild , SAG-AFTRA and Equity.

I wrote The Color of the Evening Sky first as a theater piece, but I think it would also be a lovely film. The characters are strong and emotions universal. One reviewer said “the play is remarkable intelligent and humane. Its images of human cruelty and compassion have poetry, humor and are shudderingly authentic.”

Meeting Director Sam Peckinpah

Written by: Nancee LaFayette

Number of Pages: 61 Pages

Country of Origin: United States

One cold morning at the Apachieland saloon two men walked in and sat at the end of the bar to my right. One was a big fellow with wavy hair down to his shoulders, mustached and bearded—he looked like he’d seen better days. The other man was smaller, also bearded and mustached, and wore a bandanna on his head. I asked the big fella, ”What’s your name?” “Frank Kawaloski,” he smiled. “Are you guys with the film crew?” They nodded. I looked them over and said, “I hear the director is a Little Cesar and when he says jump, you ask how high?” The smaller man asked, “Do you want a shot of brandy in your coffee?” “Yes,” I replied, as it was freezing in the saloon. Frank asked if I was afraid, and I said, “NO! That guy better not try pushing me or…” and I raised my little fist and shook it. Frank looked at the smaller man and said, “Do you see that SAM? You better behave, or this little girl will part your hair!” “Really? I’m Sam Peckinpah.” We stared at each other for a bit then I said, “Gotta Go”, finished my coffee, jumped off the barstool, and skedaddled.

When the film crew started working in town, I was an extra. Every time I turned around, I caught him looking at me. Understand, although people said I looked like Doris Day, I didn’t think so. I always had a weight problem and I didn’t like myself. I didn’t understand what was happening, as all my emotions were going crazy. Why this man? Why did I have these strong feelings for this old grizzly guy? I felt like I’d been hit by a truck, my heart hammered, and my head hurt. I wanted to run but needed the money, so worked and tried to keep my distance.

The following day, Sam worked the crew from 8 AM to 3 AM. There was always tension on the set, but that night electricity was in the dry cold desert air. Sam looked at me and said, ”You walk by with that cowboy over there and be happy and gay.” “No, I’m tired, find somebody else.” Lucian Ballard looked at me pleadingly. “Ok”, I said, and picked a cowboy from our street shows, walked past the camera, turned, looked into the camera, and said, “Ha. Ha, Ha,” and kept walking. Sam softly said, “Cut… you, my dear are a rotten, rotten, Rotten actress!” “Do it again, Goddammit!” The second time I did do it perfectly.

The next morning up at the barn standing near a beautiful black horse, I looked down the street and watched Sam standing in the middle of the road giving orders to the crew. You’ve heard of road rage, well, I had horse rage. Before I knew it, I was up on that black horse leaning down his neck and said, “You see that man? He called me a rotten, rotten, rotten actress. Let’s kill ‘em.” I kicked that horse and we thundered down the road hell-bent for leather. Sam saw us coming, didn’t move a muscle, and just stood there. Luckily the horse was smarter than me, sidestepped at the last instant so that my leg hit Sam’s arm, and twisted him into the direction we were going.

Pulling up the horse, I looked back and saw Sam standing there looking at me with a Mona Lisa smirk on his face.

The story is emotional, funny, and sad…

The film ends with a mini-documentary…

My career in acting and singing started as a young girl in Rhode Island. Education in making movies and television shows began at Apache Land Movie Ranch, Arizona. I was dragged up the street and shot five times a day in live street shows; I also worked as an extra and stunt woman for productions that used the Ranch’s town as a location. In this environment, I worked with many Hollywood Legends including Director Sam Peckinpah, who did “ The Wild Bunch”, Elvis Presley and Audie Murphy.
Universal Studios was my film school and greatest teacher. This is where I studied the many different aspects of the motion picture industry for thirteen years. All the studio departments (titles, film editing, special effects, etc.) opened their doors and invited me into their domains. It was a great experience to be allowed on sets to watch and learn from many of the great actors, actresses, directors and fine crafts people.
I started as a tour guide and worked my way up to middle management. As a tour guide I gave VIP Tours and worked on special events for Mr. and Mrs. Lew Wasserman and other studio executives. At the same time, I was working on my acting and got my first role at Paramount Pictures in “The Day of the Locust” as Ginger Rogers. My studio told me that “…Doris Day’s look was out and so was I.” It was difficult to lose the tour guide image and, being young, I didn’t accept offers from many departments to join them. (Edith Head wanted me to have my head examined.)
I kept up with the Industry by continuing my education. I have studied Independent Producing at UC Berkeley, screen-writing seminars and have been perfecting my directing skills.
Stories help us to learn about life, and with the knowledge that I have both lived and learned, it’s time to write my sagas. I’m turning my movie scripts into books, my animation stories into graphic novels, and will take a private investigator course.

Working at Universal Studios gave me access to so many talented directors, and working with Director Sam Peckinpah was a major event in my life. This is my true story…

MAGGIE: Never Bitter

Written by: Theresa Ann James Shotwell

Number of Pages: 116 Pages

Country of Origin: United States

A young and loved teacher, Maggie, learns her father is dying, returns home, and becomes unexpected prey for her deranged stepmother. MNB is a modern reality and part fable family drama/mystery that weaves wealth, danger, betrayal, love, and faith into a richly satisfying story framed in songs.

Dr. Taj Shotwell, aka Theresa Ann James Shotwell, educator, author, poet, screenwriter, playwright and songwriter. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee by a career Army Sargent and a gospel singer/homemaker during segregation as the sixth child of eleven children. Obtained former education in San Francisco where she taught business at colleges and universities while working as an accountant. Later joined the faculty at FAMU in the business school and later in education. She taught accounting, professional development, educational leadership courses, and Chaired a department before retirement. She has written and published non-fiction and fiction books including a 3-part coming of age in Memphis based on her life called Middle Child. Founder/President of the upcoming day and boarding school called the, Business of Arts Academy International for 7-12th graders. The keystone for the school is the book she wrote Professional Development for Preprofessionals… She wrote a dramatic faith-based book Maggie: Never Bitter which she adapted as a musical and won awards. The related album of 16 songs is sold on iTunes. Her book Family and Faith, is an inspirational memoir of fifty short stories/poems about several generations of family and friends in Memphis and her international travels. On her birthday in 2019, Taj humbly received a “Memphis Living Legends Award. “ Taj currently lives in Tallahassee. Has one daughter and two grandchildren. Her website is www.tajshotwell.com