LGBT Festival Feature Script: Piratical, by Linda Miraim Aziz-Zadeh

2976488d86 posterA blasphemous adulteress teams up with a principled warrioress to lead a band of pirates to the Caribbean’s most sought-after treasure.

It’s 1719: two years after the infamous Blackbeard died, leaving his treasure buried in an unknown location. ANNE BONNY, a fiery 19-year old, steals Blackbeard’s journal from her husband, who works for the governor. SNAKE EYES, a devious pirate, is also after the treasure. He kidnaps RED HANDS, a mad pirate rumored to know the treasure’s location.

Anne’s husband discovers her affair with the pirate captain, CALICO, and has Anne arrested. Desperate to get the treasure, Anne breaks out of jail, disguises as a man, and joins Calico’s crew. Shipless, the pirates battle to steal a merchant ship for themselves. Calico is impressed by the master fighting skills of a young sailor, MARK, and forces him to join his crew.

There is an electric connection between Anne and Mark. Anne persuades Mark to give her sword fighting lessons in exchange for the secrets in Blackbeard’s journal. Anne goes wild trying to seduce Mark. When Calico threatens to kill Anne’s “lover,” Mark reveals that he is really MARY READ, a God-fearing woman who’s been disguised as a man most of her life.

Mary is enraged Anne penetrated her secret and wants nothing to do with her. But when VIKING VIC, a deadly pirate, starts to suspect Mary’s gender, Mary realizes Anne is her only ticket to escape. The two women come up with a plot to lure Snake Eyes to them and steal Snake Eye’s sloop, with Red Hands aboard. Another stowaway, THOMAS, charms Mary with his good looks.

Anne is jealous of Mary’s new lover. She pushes for the pirates to sail to Haiti and get voodoo priests to wrestle secrets out of Red Hands. Anne’s plan backfires, and she is nearly killed in a voodoo ceremony. Mary gives up a chance to run away with Thomas to rescue Anne.

Tired of living in fear, Mary challenges Viking Vic to a duel. She defeats him then reveals her gender to all. Anne follows suit, and the pirates are on the verge of mutiny. Just then, Snake Eyes attacks, seeking Blackbeard’s journal and Red Hands. Mary and Anne prove their worth by murdering Snake Eyes and taking his map to Blackbeard’s treasure. The women take over the ship, leading the way to the treasure, which is buried in the maze-like Florida keys.

Meanwhile, the governor hears about the women’s triumph and sends his men after them. One night, while the pirates are drinking with local fishermen, the governor’s agents board their ship. Anne and Mary are the only ones sober enough to battle. They put up one hell of a fight, but their ship is captured and the pirates are sentenced to hang. Anne and Mary put the courtroom for a spin by announcing that they’re both pregnant.

Just when freedom seems within reach, Mary gets sick and dies in prison. Anne is shipped off to her father — but Pierre intercepts, whisking Anne to a pirate ship bound for Blackbeard’s gold.

Writer Biography – Linda Miriam

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I’m the Co-Founder of Crunchy Buzz digital marketing agency and the Managing Editor of HoneyColony. I studied screenwriting at UC Berkeley. I’ve had a penchant for pirates since I was a child and spent years researching their history.

LGBT Festival Feature Script: Timber and Rawhide, by Danielle Wolff

The true legend of Timber Kate and Bella Rawhide, whose ghosts still haunt the streets of the old west towns where they performed as showgirls and lived as secret lovers until a love triangle threatened to destroy the life they’d built.


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1st Scene Feature Script: The Passing Play, by Firat Ersen

Humanity is using alternative ways to decide whether humans should leave earth for good. The answer will be as hard as the question which no one was prepared for.

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1st Scene Festival Short Script: The Method, by Jill Robi

Unsure of who he is or who he was, an actor slowly evolves into a character he plays,

Writer Biography – Jill Robi

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Jill Robi is a writer, speaker and film journalist from Chicago. She is working on her fourth novel and has written many articles across the internet on Blackness, Black womanhood, and one of her greatest passions: film and television. You can learn more about Jill’s work here: and

LA Festival Feature Script: ABANDONWITCH, by Sarah K Watson

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Flowers will bleed before they bloom.


Anthropology Professor Taia Potehe discovers artefacts from a strange offshore island linking him with mysterious 17th century Scottish woman Heather who according to folklore, was exiled there after it was discovered she had illegitimate relations with a Scottish nobleman, Jacobite links and was tried for witchcraft.

Heather returns as a spirit assisting Taia to solve her mystery as he contends with rigid academic constraints and a dangerous psychopath that stalks his lover Lucy.

The artefacts possession become a question of speculative ownership as Taia struggles to subdue their dangerous powers amidst his personal crisis. Returning to the island he finds Heather’s remains, allowing her to cross into the afterworld.

AbandonWitch is a story of hopelessness, revenge, love, and inspires the mystery of folklore narratives.

Writer – Sarah K Watson

LA Festival Feature Script: The Music Man and The Music Man:Other Dimensions, by Moonyani Write

04711cd523 posterJimmy is a runaway boy, saddened by the tragedies that have happened in his life. The only thing still keeping him motivated, is his love for music. He’s outside, practically freezing in the cold, until he knocks on a door. This door is the music man’s. Jimmy and the music man find out they share a passion for music. Cornelius then introduces Jimmy to his famous piano. After playing a song that Cornelius wrote, the piano transports them to a magical parallel dimension.In this other dimension, Cornelius is a famous conductor and composer who supposedly has an upcoming concert in the town of Harmony. However, there is another conductor, by the name of Hornsbury. And Hornsbury wants power. He is planning to possess the Harmonians, using his music,No matter the cost…….


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Writer – Moonyani Write

LA Festival Short Script: ALL THIS DEATH, by Kerry E. Wagner

420631d50c posterRebellious drifter, Eric Payson, is proud of his family’s name no matter their reputation. At 5, he witnessed his father’s demise on the front steps of his grandparent’s house. In his teens, he endured the unsolved murders of his notorious grandfather and younger brother. Now he inherits the responsibility to maintain the property and carry out the family’s legacy. Eric soon learns preserving the land is one thing but cherishing the memories, is something all together different.

Writer Biography – Kerry E. Wagner
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Kerry E. Wagner is a pioneering filmmaker whose artistic work explores the crux of the human condition—relationship with self and others—and the materiality of personal power and accountability. His paradoxical perspective is multifaceted, entertaining and challenging to viewers with relatable stories, piercing wit, and climactic artistry. He is a native Houstonian with a diverse blend of experience across a range of artistic media and successful creative projects. An advocate of artistic freedom, Wagner is known for his creative defiance, impudence, and radical adaptation of prevailing aesthetic traditions; for creating a distinctive catalogue of inventive work that regales and conveys penetrating socio-relational commentaries; and for manifesting the value of storytelling. Most recently, he studied screenplay writing at The Screenplay Workshop and motion picture production at KD Conservatory: College of Film and Dramatic Arts.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Kerry has been working in the entertainment industry in some form or fashion practically for more than 30 years. His journey began on a Hip Hop music label, being featured and performing with several national recording artist(From Willie D of the Geto Boyz to Ice Cube of N.W.A.). That led to writing and self publishing his own Amazon top sellers fictional works to numerous screenwriting workshops(Jill Chamberlain’s Master Class Alumnist) to earning his degree in Associates of Applied Arts in Motion Picture Production in 2018 (KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts). He’s studied acting improvisation while residing New York. Hosted literary events in Seattle, Cincinatti, Atlanta, Houston, Louisiana, Ohio. Most recently he’s worked in Dallas/Ft.Worth as Set 1st A.D. He went on to write, produce and Direct several of his own shorts. The latest, “A REAL MAN” (2018) Kerry also was the brainchild of the first Self Publishing event for authors of it’s kind in the U.S, held twice a year for 3 consecutive years consisting mostly of volunteers coming together from around the country. (Wagfest Litertainment)in 2007 -2010. This allowed Kerry to master the skill of internet marketing and developing internet communities. A testament to another required industry skill he’s learn to master… resourcefulness.

Writer Statement

This is the result of conflicts, release and peace but in this case, some things are meant to be just that, memories. And sometimes even those need to be left alone.

The idea of this project developed after book club members became intrigued with the trailer, I produced for one of my novels. In film school, I experimented with it as an assignment and it seemed to captivate classmates as well. The history runs much deeper and is relative to my own father’s attempted murder on the evening I was finally going to meet him in person.

I believe it has social impact because adult males, African American particularly, suffer with deep conflicts, due to emotional traumas experienced in childhood.

I believe I can bring unique characters, subtext and clever dialogue filler to the table of screenwriting. I am a fan of “less dialogue more action” and good transitions. My mind is on autopilot, having studied extensively in screenwriting before earning my degree in motion picture production. I am obsessed with mastering both my own unique writing and directing skills, eventually of course. It is my desire to bring an epic minded approach, presentation and delivery to a story that may or may not have been told. To paraphrase Wynn Handman, ” Styles may change, but the truth remains the same”.

My influences vary but I’m a student of Martin Scorsese. We share an interest in the same types of gritty dramas. Coming from a tough neighborhood, I believe I share his flair for seducing an audience with that dangerous charm that disarms readers/viewers.

My hope is that my writing seduces patience from you. It dawned on you. You read it but didn’t give up because you knew in your soul you were missing something. You knew to hang on because if it’s Kerry E. Wagner, there’s a banana in the tail pipe just waiting. You’re prepared yet it’s going to explode when you least expect it but you won’t mind because it’s always worth it. I hope to brand myself with my audience that way. That would be the best compliment to my legacy.

Kerry E. Wagner