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A gay army deserter adrift in a war-torn African country vows to save a girl trafficked into prostitution to redeem himself for an earlier promise he could not keep. Synopsis

Written by: Timothy Jay Smith     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Modest
Starring Roles For: ANDREW GARFIELD
Shareeka Epps
Jamie Bell
In the Vein Of: Blood Diamond
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Posted: 05/26/2006
Updated: 05/08/2018
Author Bio: Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route, he’s found the characters that people his work. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he’s hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that’s seen him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail. Tim brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, he has won top honors for his novels, screenplays and stage plays in numerous prestigious competitions. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. Another novel, The Fourth Courier, set in Poland, will be published in spring 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing. Previously, he won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. His stage play, How High the Moon, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award, and his screenplays have won competitions sponsored by the American Screenwriters Association, WriteMovies, Houston WorldFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Fresh Voices, StoryPros, and the Hollywood Screenwriting Institute. He is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater.

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Contest Results: Capital Fund (First Place, (First Place for Drama)) [2017]
Cinestory Feature (Finalist) [2016]
Screenplay Festival (Finalist) [2016]
StoryPros International (First Place, Grand Prize) [2010]
Circus Road (Finalist) [2015]
Fresh Voices Feature (First Place, Best Role for Male Lead) [2011]
Adapted Screenplay (Finalist) [2016]
Nashville Fest (Semifinalist) [2015]
First Ten (First Place) [2011]
Hollywood Scriptwriting (First Place) [2007]
Worldfest - Houston (First Place, (Gold Remi Award)) [2006]
WriteMovies (First Place, Grand Prize) [2010]
PAGE International (Finalist) [2011]
Shore Scripts Feature (Quarterfinalist) [2016]
Table Read (Finalist, Sundance) [2012]
Creative World (Finalist) [2012]
Contest of Contest Winners (Finalist) [2010]
BlueCat Contest (Semifinalist) [2008]
Screenwriting Goldmine (Semifinalist) [2014]
Bridge (Finalist) [2010]
Nicholl Fellowships (Honorable Mention, top 10% 2006) [2006]
Red Inkworks (Finalist) [2006]
Monterey (Finalist) [2006]
American Accolades (Semifinalist) [2006]
Outfest (Semifinalist) [2006]
Great Gay (Semifinalist) [2006]
FilmMakers/Feature (Honorable Mention) [2014]
AAA (Quarterfinalist) [2007]