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.

 

Writer – Danielle Wolff
  • Script Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Western, drama, romance
  • Number of Pages:
    107
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Script Language:
    English

Female Festival Short Script: 8 hours, by Chibueze Okeke

983a466c56 posterThe story involves origin of first gambler/game/betting started in remote community, every family problems, animals fighting, youth fighting, village wrestling were turned into a gamble by few elders. Extend they have to gamble with their families happiness, one of the gamblers bet game that cost mostly his son’s life and family happiness, doing what ever it will take to win, he rejected his son’s marriage with a lady he pregnanted so to win the bet, he sent his son out of the country, after trials and problems from opposition, he won the bet and after many years, the son becomes a man with two daughters and has lost his wife, now to reconcerned with the first woman and her male child he pregnanted during their youthful age and the same lady whom his father refused their marriage to enable him to win the bet……. Another game, or gamble has to be introduced to win the woman heart and son back to his family…… It is very interesting story and still there are alot of interesting parts of the story that I didn’t touch light, and I still have Alot in my brain to compose.

 

Writer Biography – Chibueze Okeke

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I, Okeke Chibueze born in 1985, from Umuriam Nawfia Anambra state Njikoka Local Government Area Nigeria. I studied mechanical engineering and graduated in 2013, I have participated in few movies in Nigeria Which one of them is Okara OKu, though my goal has always being writing scripts, I started writing during my years in college, it all started like a play, when few of my friends then were into music writing and singing and one day I walked to one of them, he covered his write up and I was surprised what he was covering and later I found out by someone he is composing a sort of story so I started my own writing, though Alot of mistakes were there and I am still perfecting myself to be the best, that is my goal, to be the best

 

Writer Statement

 

With God’s creative and idea in me, I am the best of bests

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.

  • Script Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • Number of Pages:
    81
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Script Language:
    English

1st Scene Short Script: Bears and Trees, by Reza Shahriari

In a mystery forest, a ranger is in love with a woman who has metamorphosed into a tree. The ranger’s romance with the tree is overshadowed by the presence of hunters and illegal loggers. The ranger in our story is neither the first nor the last one to get caught in the crosshairs of poachers.

  • Script Type:
    Short Script
  • Number of Pages:
    15
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Script Language:
    English, Persian

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: https://clearvoice.com/cv/JillRobi and

http://houseoffangirl.com/bio/

LA Festival Feature Script: ABANDONWITCH, by Sarah K Watson

8f59796fa6 posterLOGLINE:

Flowers will bleed before they bloom.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS:

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