LA Festival Feature Script: HALFWAY HOME, by David J Schroeder

When a catastrophic accident causes an athlete to become paralyzed, and all seems to be lost, he finds redemption in the most unlikely place, with a gaggle of colorful characters in a halfway house for the mentally disabled.

True Story. NINETEEN ‘Best Screenplay’ awards.


Writer Biography – David J Schroeder



Born in the small-town of Gloversville at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, David Schroeder was forever imprinted with its beauty. At 18, a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a diving accident resulted in a long accomplished journey beginning in Miami, Florida and the University of Miami where he wrote his thesis under the direction of Nobel Laureate, I.B. Singer and earned a M.A. in American Literature. Immediately after, he took a position at Miami-Dade College, where he worked with Charles Willeford (MIAMI BLUES) and presently, he is a full professor teaching composition, creative writing and screenwriting. In 2001, he received the Peter H. Clayton Endowed Teaching Chair for teaching excellence. Since, he has studied 42 post-graduate courses in screenwriting with professors Tom Musca (STAND & DELIVER) and Paul Lazarus (ON GOLDEN POND) at the University of Miami.

The journey also included 13 medals in the National Wheelchair Games, a world record in the wheelchair marathon, a six-time member of the US Disabled Sailing Team, and circum-navigating Manhattan in a kayak. Free-lance writing included magazine features, technical writing, and most recently screenwriting.

Schroeder won the Golden Palm Award presented by Jon Voight at the 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival – “The BHFF awards the Golden Palm to a screenwriter that possesses extraordinary writing ability and a deep understanding of structure, premise, characters, and dialogue. We want to feel the heart of the story beating, be swept up by its driving force; we want to see what’s at stake and feel so compelled with the story that it’s virtually impossible to stop reading it.”

He has won ‘Best Screenplay’ 63 times for 6 different scripts since 2010.

He produced his award winning short screenplay, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, directed by Alex Merkin (ACROSS THE HALL), and featuring Jordi Vilasuso and Sheena Colette. THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT world premiered in London at the Raindance FF, and won the Jury Award in the 2016 Nice IFF (106 Best Awards, 20 countries).

Writer Statement

I hope they let me make a second movie.

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