1st Scene Festival Feature Script: Secret Library, by Laurel King

C6938a0ba7 posterIt’s Christmas Eve, 1896, when three children at a holiday party enter the basement of a law firm, stumbling upon the hidden doorway to labyrinthine tunnels. Curious, they explore the tunnels and discover a huge library.

But this is no ordinary library.

It has grown for centuries, hidden in the subterranean depths of New York City to ensure its continued existence until the children arrive, uninvited.

Once they enter, the children are trapped. Their only hope lies with the quick-thinking, determined rescuers who race to discover the library’s depraved history, brave the horrifying evil of its ancient inhabitants, and fight for the lives of the children and themselves.

Secret Library is a suspense-thriller horror film with a strong disabled male protagonist; a terrifyingly evil antagonist; three small children held hostage by vicious creatures; mysterious early American history; and several twists and turns that lead to a violent, unexpected ending. It is a story of betrayal, longing, sacrifice, and courage in the face of nightmares come to life.

Writer Biography – Laurel King

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Screenwriter, photographer (of nature), mother of five (grown!) awesome people, grandmother of seven hilarious little people. Proud U.S. Army veteran who traipsed all over the world and still lived to tell about it. Great sense of humor; thrilled to learn new things.

Published writer of a bunch of stuff: screenplays, stage plays, hundreds of articles, websites, short stories, and books on a wide array of topics. Spent a bunch of years earning professional experience in writing, editing, and proofreading. Produced a wide range of written material, including: published academic journal writing, historical research, how-to books, legal articles, marketing materials, screenplays, stage plays, and fiction in numerous genres.

Earned a BA in English and survived two years of law school (with the still-unpaid student loans to prove it!) Couldn’t afford that last year.

My legal skills include tons of drafting and research of motions, pleadings, memorandums, and briefs. My academic and business writing skills include proofreading, editing, creative writing, website content, technical writing, copywriting, and research. Basically, if you need something written, I can probably do it (or already did).

Hit me up if you need high-quality writing of any kind (except math, I’m awful at that). LOVE suspense, thriller, horror, mystery genres.

Writer Statement

As a professional writer with more than two decades of experience, I know how much hard work it takes to create and mold a story into a finely-polished final version. This screenplay began as a novella in 2003 and has been through countless workshops, screenplay evaluations, and multiple rewrites. I think it’s time to – finally – open the door and see what’s been hiding for so long.

LGBT Festival Short Script: BROTHER, by Aleksei Borovikov & Jacob Mueller

When young immigrant Tony is about to marry his gay partner in the US, he risks inviting his elder conservative sister and eventually faces a choice between wedding and family expectations.

 

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Writer Biography – Aleksei Borovikov, Jacob Mueller

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Aleksei Borovikov is a Russian-born film and video director. He began his career by working at regional and national television channels in Russia for over 15 years. In 2012, Aleksei started writing scripts and creating short films. In 2016, he graduated from Moscow Film School with a diploma in Film Directing. Aleksei’s portfolio to date includes short movies as well as music and promo/advert videos. His works have earned audience recognition and festival awards in Russia and abroad. Currently, Aleksei is pursuing an MFA degree in Cinema Directing at Columbia College Chicago.
Jacob Mueller is a screenwriter and director originally from the western suburbs of Chicago. He recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies. Jacob directed multiple short films and wrote numerous scripts of different genres. His screenplay “Shoeboxes” was honored as a finalist in the 2019 Written Image awards for Best Student Short.

 

Writer Statement

 

Millions of people around the world have to leave their families and places of origin because this is the only way they can be themselves and live freely. And there are millions of families who will never fully know their sons and daughters, and this is an abyss that is not customary to talk about. This story is based on the lives of real people and explores intolerance to LGBTQ community members from the side of their closest people – parents, brothers, and sisters.

Female Festival Feature Script: The Pursuit of Redemption, by Mohsen j

Two homosexual Iranian boys fall in love. Then, one of them emigrates to another country and the other one stays in Iran alone. He tries to keep his homosexual desires and love hidden from the family and society

  • Script Type:
    Screenplay, Other
  • Genres:
    romance, drama
  • Script Language:
    English

TV PILOT: I HATE MY KIDS, by Jordhan Deidrick

As if a failing marriage isn’t enough, try being ostracized because of your four academically gifted yet mischevious children.

 

Writer Biography – Renadi Cole Brown

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Twenty-seven Jamaican born aspiring screenwriter

 

Writer Statement

The world we see through our eyes, we share with others through our writing.

TV PILOT: Millennial Blues, by Mary Hasavari

D3cb14e13c posterThe (mis) adventures of four best friends from vastly different backgrounds who are navigating their love-life and careers in Los Angeles as women of color.

 

Writer Biography – Mary Hasavari

 

My name is Mary N. Hasavari. I’m a filmmaker with an
international background which includes Norway, Thailand, and
Iran. I explore themes rooted in identity and belonging. At the age of 16, I made my first short film, a documentary about Norwegian Black-metal kids. After graduating with a BA in marketing and an MFA from London Film School, my film Before Spring earned me five nominations at five different film festivals, among them, Oscar-qualifying Bogota Short Film Festival and I received Honorable Mentioning at The Isle of Wight International Film Festival. In 2018 I went through a shadow program at ABC Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recently, I received a Talent Development grant from The Norwegian Film Institute and my feature screenplay was in the final round of selection for the 2020 Sundance development track. I’m looking forward to creating groundbreaking films and series with likeminded people.

TV PILOT: Rhumb Line, by Bryn Chamberlain

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Boats, Booze and Billions

 

A botched sting operation leads to a series of International events; the sinking of a huge consignment of liquor, the shooting death of an American mobster, and a diplomatic row following the violation of trans-border maritime law. The story shifts briefly to the sin-soaked speakeasies of lower Manhattan where the supply shortage is quickly felt. The action then jumps to Rockport, Ontario, a small fishing village on the St. Lawrence River where we join Molly and Alex: star-crossed lovers whom have the combination of wits and connections to run a lucrative Rum Running operation. Their clever schemes are wildly successful and mountains of money rolls in. But the local US Coast Guard is catching on …

 

Writer – Bryn Chamberlain
  • Script Type:
    Screenplay, Treatment
  • Number of Pages:
    15
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Script Language:
    English

TV PILOT: The Drag Show, by Lawrence Daly

4a90558c59 posterThe Drag Show will be an hour long TV dramedy series about Harlow/Zack, who hunts the treacherous waters of ’90’s New York looking for love but actually finds glamour, friendship, sex and himself along the way.
He/she uses his/her good looks, dressed as a man or a woman, to get affection, but struggles to find a gay partner who accepts drag or a chaser who accepts masculinity.
The Drag Show is an honest exploration of the challenges facing the queer community including sex/drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, dating hardships, gender idenity and discrimination.
The Drag Show is also a celebration of LGBTQ lives, which showcases the creativity, kinship, inclusion and love that defines our community.
Harlow and the queens of Club Ladywood, take us on a colorful, rhinestone-studded journey both onstage and behind the scenes. There is no shortage of drama, comedy, wigs and of course, drag shows!

 

Writer Biography – Lawrence Daly

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Lawrence Daly, also known by his drag name Evangeline, has a B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University, where he also studied writing and theater. In 2015, he published his first novel, SPA DAYZ, touted as THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets WILL AND GRACE in the luxury spa world. In addition to being a writer, he has been tearing up the stage for over 20 years impersonating the likes of Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears. As Evangeline, he has appeared all over the U.S. at bars, nightclubs or private parties in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Provincetown, Boston, New Haven and the thriving metropolis of New London, New Hampshire. Daly has modeled in Paris, made out in London and danced next to Madonna on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House at the MTV Video Music Awards. He has graced the pages of Popeye, Next and HX magazines. During his semi-supermodel days, he worked the runway for fashion designers Garo Sparo (from PROJECT RUNWAY and the Sundance Channel series UNLEASHED BY GARO) and Randy Fenoli (from TLC’s, SAY YES TO THE DRESS). Some career lowlights include appearing on THE RICKY LAKE SHOW, working as an extra for the movie, SEX AND THE CITY: 2 and twerking on Christina Milian’s reality comeback show. Daly also enjoyed a short career in the luxury spa industry, most notably at the Mandarin Oriental New York, as part of the management team when the spa was awarded a (Mobil) Five Star rating. Recently, he has written press releases for the Lips Restaurant Group and penned songs for Recording Artist Development (RAD).

Writer Statement

My goal as a writer is not only to normalize LGBTQ people, but to glamorize us as well—so the world can see how extraordinary we are.

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