Top Ten Screenplays PLUS Descriptions

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
My Dirty Secrets by James Tuverson
With a manipulative predator as a tutor, a teenage boy is drawn into the lurid world of Internet prostitution when he struggles to keep himself and his younger brother from being separated after their single mother disappears. The only adult he trusts is a social worker, a grieving mother who establishes a unique phone friendship with a kid in way over his head.

The Good One by Dawn Marie Guernsey
Lynn finds herself wandering a country road, hurt and bleeding. She goes to a farmhouse for help. There she discovers the farmer brutally murdered on the kitchen floor. To her horror, she remembers killing the man. Lynn slowly pieces back her fragmented memory, reaching for a family she thinks exists and searching for answers. Who was this dead man and why did she kill him? The mystery unfolds. Lynn is not the villain. In fact she'd better run for her life. Betrayal abounds. There's a wild car ride. Barns burn. A little girl's in danger. Two little boys are home alone. At long last, Lynn saves the day.

A Reverence For Spiders by Faiza Ambah
The basis of a Brooklyn-based imam's faith and his relationship with his daughters is tested when he battles the parents of a young man and members of his own mosque on behalf of a boy for whom he provided a Muslim burial.

Triptych by Wayne Keeley
Three poker-playing couples decide to spice up the game (and their lives) by allowing the winner to spend a night with another player's spouse, which ultimately results in tragic consequences.

Claim Denied by William Roth
Claim Denied is the compelling story of Jack Denny, a health insurance executive whose soul is in conflict with his sense of duty and ambition. He is haunted by an incident that occurred more than 20 years ago when, as a customer service representative, he was on the phone with a desperate woman who killed herself. Jack copes by erecting a mental barrier separating the business decisions he must make from the impact they have on real people.

After letting his guard down and personally helping a woman get heath insurance, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma in which he must decide whether to follow his heart and help her, or do right by his company and preserve his career and reputation.

Kate by Philip Sedgwick
An environmentally friendly (female) Everglades ranger holes up in a mud hut in the Everglades with her adversary, a rich, slick and of course, hot real estate developer, to ride out a category five hurricane. With the denouement of this script, it's really suited only to be an indie film - an evocative script of redemption and reformation. Strong female lead.

There are No Superheroes by Benjamin Bates
Alexandra & Chloe, left after their parents perish in a car crash, find themselves under the care of an orphanage led by a pedophile priest. Alexandra suffers abuse, then seeing her sister as the next target, slaughters the priest. The sisters leave the orphanage and go on the run, traveling through strange towns, until they meet Ares. Ares, having suffered similar tragedies, makes a pact with the girls to train to take a stand against evil. Their attempts at good end in even more bloodshed and a need for all three to go on the run again.

Hoax by Matt Allen
An investigation into a reality show massacre turns into a fight for survival when a team including a brilliant primate specialist and led by a ruthless television producer must come to grips with the possible existence of Bigfoot.

Hide Fox by James Lantz
Art vs. Economics. We know who wins. But what does the matchup look like? Meet Steven Fitz, an economics professor fresh out of school, and his wife, Emma, an aspiring artist. They're young, educated, and about to have a baby. Everything is going as planned -- that is, until a homeless youth is discovered living on campus. When Emma takes an interest in the boy, she discovers that he's also an aspiring artist. As the two of them grow closer, Steven becomes isolated and soon starts listening to a chain-smoking old woman who claims to be the controversial philosopher, Ayn Rand. What follows is a Hitchcockian tale that leads to a mountain wood, and a body hidden in the hollow of an old tree.

Where's Willie by Jeff Oswald
Deranged but somewhat lovable loser-at-life, failed musician, and part- time tortilla presser Cordell McAllister never got a break. So he decides to collect on a broken promise made decades ago, and kidnaps country music legend and all-around American hero Willie Nelson. In a barn in the desolate Texas hill country, Cordell stumbles and bumbles his way through realizing his dream of recording one of his songs accompanied by Willie Nelson.

Unbeknownst to the two of them, the record company has decided that Willie would be more profitable dead than alive. Willie and Cordell eventually realize that all is not as it seems, and that they will need each other to escape and survive.

All Hell breaks loose across the state of Texas when hit-men, sleazy private investigators, FBI agents and redneck vigilantes cross paths and converge on the barn, setting off mayhem on the highways and in the skies over Texas as Willie and Cordell flee in Cordell's daddy's old crop-duster biplane.

The chase is on as all the players race to the Fort Worth stockyards and converge again for a 21st Century Texas shoot-out.

It should also be mentioned that there are ninjas. Yes. Ninjas.

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