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By Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel.

In 1840, an unconventional widow risks her life when she joins forces with a charismatic journalist, brutalized tenant farmers and a traumatized exile she rescues in Montreal, to stop the most powerful men in Scotland from violently evicting Gaelic Highlanders, unaware of her own family's complicity in the ethnic cleansing. Synopsis

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 02/22/2014; Updated: 04/25/2017 )

By Robert Gately.  Interviews

A retired cop goes to the current-day Army/Navy football game with his two wacky friends intending to jump onto the field and score a touchdown he should’ve scored decades ago when he fumbled during the same football classic as time ran out, only this time dozens of security guards await him, and it’ll be a friggin’ miracle if he succeeds. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 08/19/2003; Updated: 04/25/2017 )

By Jonathan LaPoma.  Interviews

After his brother attempts suicide a few weeks before Christmas, an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold moves back in with his comically dysfunctional family to help his brother, only to discover that his brother is the sanest of them all [Ranked 2nd in the "GLBT" category of MovieBytes's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts. Austin Film Festival Second Round, Page International Quarterfinalist]. Synopsis

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(Posted: 04/02/2016; Updated: 04/23/2017 )

By Leonardo Reis.

In a mystical land where champions fight to the death to keep the peace, the revenge of a chosen warrior against the killer of his family risks starting the bloody war he was bound to prevent.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 06/07/2013; Updated: 05/17/2016 )

By Eric Carlson.  Interviews

When, during a risky test dive in 1920, the Navy's newest submarine floods and sinks with no chance of outside rescue, a young, untested skipper must convince a skeptical crew to follow his brilliant yet dangerous plan that could save their lives or hasten their demise.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 07/17/2012; Updated: 12/06/2016 )

By Robert Rhyne.  Interview

When a professor's wife, who suffers a panic disorder, disappears mysteriously during Mardi Gras, the professor obsesses on one of his students who's writing a play with a character eerily similar to his wife and may be in on the disappearance. Winner, Writers on the Storm; Top 16 scripts, Slamdance. Previously optioned to an LA production company. Synopsis

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 07/17/2006; Updated: 01/24/2017 )

By The Brothers Langlais.

When a California mudslide unearths a mass grave filled with hundreds of headless, spineless corpses, an FBI psychologist risks everything to uncover the sanity-shattering secret that unites the victims.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 05/07/2008; Updated: 11/21/2016 )

By Russ Meyer.  Interviews

When a small time private investigator gets a chance at the big time taking on a prominent politician’s wife’s case; neither realizes they are in way over their heads, the political party has been shadowing her, and will do anything to protect her husband, a presumed future presidential candidate. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 03/16/2010; Updated: 03/04/2017 )

By Patricia Fox.  Interview

The Chief of Police solves the murder of a young woman while confronting the Sheriff, who blocks his every move for jurisdiction, in order to protect himself from the Chief finding out about his ties to the murder victim and the killer. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 01/01/2009; Updated: 01/05/2017 )

By Robert Ward.  Interviews

Death in the form of a demonic surfer dude visits a midwest farm but he may have met his match with the farmer’s daughter. PDF Excerpt

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Format: Short Screenplay

(Posted: 08/29/2013; Updated: 07/28/2016 )

By Andy Jones.

Five years after the Zombie Apocalypse, a couple fighting about whether to start a family adopts a baby Zombie they don't have the heart to kill.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 12/06/2016; Updated: 12/06/2016 )

By Ryan LaPlante.

A charming, sadistic serial killer takes an apprentice and teaches him the art of homicide.

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(Posted: 08/14/2016; Updated: 08/14/2016 )

By Diane Johnson.

Sam sets up an unusual intervention to address Dean's alcoholism.

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Format: TV Episode

(Posted: 08/29/2012; Updated: 01/10/2017 )

By Harvey Papush.

In a bleak, futuristic America beset by strife and anarchy, a coldly violent loner and his reluctant female companion find themselves thrust into leading the resistance to powerful religious militants bent on conquering the nation.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 01/08/2008; Updated: 05/30/2016 )

By L.M. BUTLER.

When a young musician is rejected by the girl of his dreams, it sends him into an emotional tailspin and a chance meeting with the Devil that leads to fame, fortune and terror.

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(Posted: 12/02/2016; Updated: 12/02/2016 )

By Anna Nicholas.  Interview

In 2065, an idealistic FBI agent must decide whether to support a presidential administration he no longer believes in or to risk his life in an attempt to restore freedom to America. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 08/23/2007; Updated: 10/11/2016 )

By Diana Stout.

Christmas non-believer school principal Charlie Dickson must eliminate the holiday pageant or lose his job. Problem #1 - his daughter just won the lead. Problem #2 - his childhood friend Carole, who he recently reunited with, is the pageant’s director. He’s confronted with keeping his job, his attraction to Carole, their matchmaking daughters, and an age-old reindeer with seemingly magical powers.

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(Posted: 08/27/2016; Updated: 08/27/2016 )

By Mary Goldman.

Facing eviction and the possibility of losing custody of her Down’s Syndrome brother, a down on her luck pool shark sees an opportunity when legendary loser Donnie the Lemon hits it big at the track. But the word is out and she’ll have to stay one step ahead of all the misfits and oddballs in a madcap race to squeeze the Lemon. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

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(Posted: 09/21/2016; Updated: 09/21/2016 )

By Sara de Waard.

Charlie is not your average eleven year old; he's smarter than most adults and really knows what he wants. Charlie hires Bill, an alcoholic funeral director with problems of his own, to help him "die," so that he can get on with his life.

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 02/15/2012; Updated: 02/17/2017 )

By Stephen M. Hunt.  Interview

Death falls for a woman to find love's a killer. Synopsis

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Format: Short Screenplay

(Posted: 02/17/2016; Updated: 04/01/2017 )

By Phil Parker.

***OPTIONED BY BAFTA-WINNING PRODUCER*** LOGLINE: "When a top U.S. pilot crash-lands on a Japanese island carrying the third atomic bomb, he's forced to choose between honor and duty: detonate the bomb and annihilate a POW camp, or let the bomb fall into the hands of a disgraced Japanese commander."

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Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 08/21/2014; Updated: 12/19/2016 )