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By Anton Diether.

Sci-fi romcom a la "Little Miss Sunshine" with aliens, and a human-alien love story. JIMMY, a Venice Beach boardwalk hustler, discovers beautiful alien JARA and her two intergalactic circus performers stranded on Earth. He cons them into his "family" of misfit street performers. On a road odyssey to Las Vegas, sweet-tempered aliens touch jaded human hearts, and ultimately Jimmy and his carnies must save Jara and her aliens from a ruthless Las Vegas casino kingpin. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/29/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Sci-fi romcom a la "Little Miss Sunshine" with aliens, and a human-alien love story. JIMMY, a Venice Beach boardwalk hustler, discovers beautiful alien JARA and her two intergalactic circus performers stranded on Earth. He cons them into his "family" of misfit street performers. On a road odyssey to Las Vegas, sweet-tempered aliens touch jaded human hearts, and ultimately Jimmy and his carnies must rescue Jara and her aliens from a ruthless Las Vegas casino kingpin. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/03/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Horror thriller for a female star, set in a suburban house, inspired by "Turn of the Screw". Two children seem to be haunted by their dead mother's secret lover, as seen through the eyes of a young woman hired as a temporary nanny while their father leaves town on business. Their house's ordinary back yard evolves into a nightmare world of evil and madness, emanating from the swimming pool. Partial financing available; budget $5 Mil or less. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/03/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Romantic war adventure set against the backdrop of World War II China. Two mismatched fugitives of war, a jaded American newsman and a strong-willed Jewish refugee girl, escape Japanese-occupied Shanghai to reach Free China. They evolve into unlikely heroes among the Chinese, one as a mercenary destroying lives, the other as a Red Cross miracle worker saving lives. Their stormy relationship ultimately brings them together to save Shanghai's Jewish refugees from Nazi extermination. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/03/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Fictionalized autobiographical dark comedy about a UFO fanatic turned screenwriter on a rollercoaster ride of Hollywood success, failure and a nightmarish marriage that nearly destroys his career. The existential journey of an "alien" stranded on earth, from his teenage years raised by lesbians in the 50's to his adult struggles to survive in the film industry of the 70's through the 90's, to his globetrotting adventures as a miniseries writer from London to Morocco. All based on true events. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 03/18/2017; Updated: 03/22/2017 )

By Anton Diether.

Adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella of an eccentric steamship captain, his ambitious first mate, their motley crew and 200 Chinese passengers caught in the typhoon of the century, set in the South China Seas of 1901. A morality tale of family separation, racism and survival to the extreme during a perilous sea journey as terrifying as "A Perfect Storm", evolving into an epic struggle of hearts and minds that defines the best and worst in men. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 08/28/2016; Updated: 08/28/2016 )

By Anton Diether.

Romantic adventure set in World War II China. In the pilot, two mismatched fugitives of war, a jaded American newsman and a strong-willed Jewish refugee girl, escape Japanese-occupied Shanghai to reach Free China. In the first season, they evolve into unlikely heroes among the Chinese, one as a roving mercenary destroying lives, the other as a mobile nurse saving lives. Their stormy relationship ultimately brings them together to try to save Shanghai's Jewish refugees from Nazi extermination. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 05/22/2015; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

The Institute, a holistic healing retreat run by a charismatic doctor, claims a high success rate of recovery from addictions and mental illness with mind-altering drug therapy. A young woman hired on the staff of the Institute’s “Village” on a remote coastal island, begins to suspect something sinister going on. She investigates the doctor's cryptic medical practices, with chilling results. The more she uncovers, the more she imperils her life and her sanity. A New Age horror-thriller series, inspired by “The Stepford Wives”, the 1966 film “Seconds” and the true crime case of Dr. Linda Hazzard, the medical madwoman of Starvation Heights. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

A Texas police dispatcher adverse to guns and violence suspects his runaway teenage daughter has been kidnapped by human traffickers. He transfers as a cop to El Paso’s vice squad on a relentless mission to find her. The series follows a religious man’s journey into the heart of darkness, the world of “sexually oriented businesses”, and his sinister evolution into a criminal mind, in the style of Breaking Bad. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Updated take on the Rudyard Kipling classic, set in the Mexican High Sierras. A disillusioned war veteran steals a cache of Afghan heroin and goes AWOL to Mexico where he befriends an L.A. con artist who helps him sell it in an arms trade with rebel guerillas that turns sour. Fleeing for their lives into the mountains, they discover a 16th-century village of primitive Aztecs, descendants of Montezuma, lost in time with a wealth of treasures. Misperceived as a god, the war vet tries to rule over the Aztecs, with dire results. The ultimate buddy adventure. Synopsis

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(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Black “Gladiator,” a new take on the Carthagenian warrior who almost destroyed the Roman Empire. A personalized portrait of the man behind the myth: Hannibal Barca, the ambitious son of a tyrannical warlord, the loving husband of a Spanish princess, the enemy of a Roman general who admired him, and the leader of men who followed him undaunted into the jaws of death, uniting foreign cultures against a terrorist state. Ancient history's most baffling enigma. Synopsis

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(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Karate Kid meets West Side Story. An interracial teen romance is caught between two gangs of skateboarders and BMX racers in a park turf war. An Indonesian kickboxer and the white sister of the skateboard leader fall in love against her brother’s wishes. When the turf war turns violent, he has to rescue her brother from a dangerous drug ring. A martial-arts action drama of teen love, rage and betrayal. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/07/2013; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

"The Dirty Dozen" meets "Black Hawk Down" in Mexico. Seven post-stressed war vets are hired by Mexican businessmen and a billionaire mercenary contractor to rescue a Sierra Madre town overrun by warring drug cartels. High-tech merc warfare, twisted heroism and ironic plot twists climax in a battle that inspires the locals to take up arms against the cartels, giving birth to a new Mexican revolution. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 01/03/2013; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Epic romantic adventure, set in India of the Mogul Dynasty. True love story of future emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, whom Shah's conniving father forbids to marry until he has conquered all of India. After years of war, they're finally united, until Mumtaz dies in child birth. Hence the building of the Taj Mahal, a testament of lost love. Lots of action and "Twilight"-styled teen romance. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 04/13/2012; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

A reinvention of the medieval French fairy tale as a dark romance for adults, in which Belle and the Beast are transformed by love in more complex ways than in the Cocteau or Disney versions. The Beast is a moody, noble savage with magical powers who loves all beauty but despises his own ugliness. Once a handsome heartbreaker, he's cursed with a beastly body, imprisoned in an enchanted castle until the day a woman swears her love to him. Belle is a loner with an idealized sense of romance outside the real world, until she becomes the prisoner/guest of the Beast. Her fear and pity of him turns to friendship and finally to love. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 10/14/2011; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Body Heat meets Talented Mr. Ripley. An L.A. businessman hires a talented young actor to seduce his wife as grounds for divorce, but the devious arrangement spirals out of control into a double murder conspiracy. A potboiler of love, betrayal, plot twists and revenge in Bel Air. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 08/11/2011; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Horror comedy in the 80's retro style of "Gremlins". Two young, naive newlyweds move into a Victorian house that's in serious need of supernatural pest control. The new bride discovers and befriends a E.T.-type creature who may be a monster but is the key to an ancient mystery that may save their marriage...if they don't kill each other first. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 08/11/2011; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Crime thriller about nuclear smuggling and the Russian Mafia in the 1990's. A Moscow hotel security guard's encounter with murder, the lure of money and power, and a mysterious American woman entangle him in a web of intrigue between the international underworld and a renegade nuclear scientist. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 02/18/2011; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

A dysfunctional father and daughter vacationing in British Columbia, conflicted over a pending divorce, are sole survivors of a plane crash at sea and try to swim to the nearest coast, fighting both natural and human elements of danger. Alternate versions for different locations: island of Bali, and mainland China. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 01/03/2011; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Revenge western with an African-American lead. A sharpshooting buffalo soldier is tricked into taking part in a complex bank robbery. Left for dead, he becomes a lone avenger and hunts down a supergang of racist outlaws with a fortune in gold bars -- evolving into a one-man army against fifty killers. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/08/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

An aspiring New York pianist is tutored by a world-famous Russian concert master and falls in love with his daughter, only to discover that the maestro leads a double life as a Soviet assassin who murdered his father. Seeking vengeance, the young pianist finds himself embroiled in a mysterious KGB plot to smuggle out an American prototype of the "Suitcase Bomb" -- the first portable nuclear device designed at the height of the Cold War. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Action thriller set in a European ski resort. An American cat burglar with a recent fear of heights pulls off one last rooftop heist and steals a mysterious package. Crossing the Alps to deliver them to a mysterious banker, he's stalked by a clever female assassin. He evades her, using an innocent ski instructor and her students as a ruse, and boards a cable car. The assassin boards with them, when the lift is derailed in mid-air -- a skyhanger with unexpected twists. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

True, untold story of Jon Hall and Howard Hughes who tried to build an auto engine that runs on water. Forties movie star JON HALL is an aspiring inventor who gives up stardom to pursue his scientific dreams and befriends HOWARD HUGHES, as they team up to develop a revolutionary auto engine. Their top-secret project is discovered by the oil industry which unleashes all its power to stop them. Hughes, consumed by paranoia and mental illness, abandons the project and warns Jon to give up. Refusing to quit, Jon forges on until his mysterious murder. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

High-seas survival adventure in a lifeboat, based on a true story and a controversial naval murder trial. As a disabled cruise ship is evacuated, one of its lifeboats is hopelessly lost at sea -- in the path of an oncoming storm. A junior officer, acting as captain, faces a moral dilemma when he realizes there are too many people in the boat to survive the storm: he must play God and decide who goes overboard to die, in order to save the majority of passengers. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

By Anton Diether.

Ghost dramedy with family values, a la "Ghost" meets "Parenthood". An acclaimed news cameraman who's been neglecting his family for his career dies suddenly under mystical circumstances and returns home as a ghost to haunt his 12-year-old son a week before his 13th birthday. He only has a short time to teach his son life lessons and to learn how to be, and to redeem himself as, a once-absentee dad. PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 12/24/2015 )

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