Best Family Screenplays

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HALFWAY HOME

When a catastrophic accident causes an athlete to become paralyzed, and all seems to be lost, he finds redemption in the most unlikely place, with a gaggle of colorful characters in a halfway house for the mentally disabled. Winner of 19 'Best Screenplay' awards. Previously #1 on the MovieBytes.com feature Drama & Family 'Winning Lists.'

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The Heart of a Tiger

The Heart of a Tiger is based on the true story of a woman who escaped the Cambodian Genocide in the 1970s. It follows three generations of women struggling against the boundaries placed upon them, each ultimately emerging triumphant to achieve their dreams. This is my family’s story of survival. Received 39 awards.

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Boundary Waters

America is in violent upheaval, and Amelia Connor will do whatever it takes to get her children out of the country and to safety in Canada. Even if it involves facing down armed raiders, challenging a military order determined stop fleeing citizens, braving the life-threatening dangers of a vast wilderness and, perhaps toughest of all, finding common ground with the ex-husband who unwittingly fueled the movement that caused this chaos.

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MOJO

When a voodoo loving spiritualist tries to save her grandmother’s home by accepting a job in a law firm owned by her childhood crush, she must choose between her crush and the home she loves when the firm’s most important clients decide they want to buy it.

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The Barking Spider

When Joe’s 39 year-old addicted and pregnant daughter appears on his doorstep, his sedentary life is about to disappear forever. Script Excerpt

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COOP

An inspirational drama about a disabled dog who assists a recently disabled young athlete find renewed purpose in his life.

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The Paper Route

A teenager about to turn 16 makes a discovery that could be his ticket out of his oppressive small town life, but it means leaving his younger brother behind.

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Doors of Miracles

Fighting fear, the Doors to God's Miracles are flung open wide transcending a young woman into the Universe to return with supernatural powers, miracles - and God speaks. Script Excerpt

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South Of Main Street

Mom dies and the youngest daughter sues the emotionally challenged Dad for financial control of the estate sending him on a quest to prove he is normal - not an easy task when you are not.

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K-9 Cop

A cranky police officer dies and ends up in the body of a police dog in order to bring down a criminal organization and help a teenager get over a big loss in his family. Script Excerpt

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SEIRIOS/ROBOMUTT

A boy finds a dog which is actually a dangerous military prototype.

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Just Divorced, or how to rob the Maffia

After 40 years of marriages, two 60-year-old men are happily divorced but broke. They start dating new ladies, lie about their ages and wealth and decide to rob the maffia to live happy ever after. Script Excerpt

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The Magnificent Kevin

The Magnificent Kevin, a young magician in the old west, teams up with Harry Houdini and a secret society of magicians to battle their arch-nemesis, Melvin the Mentalist.

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Restaurant La Vérité - the American Dream

Homeless Betrand, aged 38, and 12 years illegal refugee BOY eat leftovers out of La Vérité’s garbage bin. To get better meals, they secretly drop cooking tips in the restaurant’s letterbox. These recipes make the restaurant and its discriminating owner famous. But it is BOY who finally becomes the youngest 3 star Michelin cook ever. Script Excerpt

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The Mythical Golden Trout

When a cash-strapped family camping in the Sierras discovers a huge nugget of gold, the local police chief rounds up a posse of clueless misfits and sets out to steal it from them. Script Excerpt

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Marlowe

A brown, Virginia, field mouse moves into the bedroom of eleven-year-old-Cole who teaches the animal to talk and wear clothes. In the end, Marlowe saves Cole and his family and a small group of humans and animals, from a virus that kills all animals globally in less than a year.

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THE RUINS OF OZ

When burned-out ruins appear in a Kansas cornfield, an archeology professor discovers that the Wicked Witch of the West has returned and now threatens the Earth as well as Oz. Script Excerpt

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The Naughty List

With the help of a bicycle, an Ice Road Trucker and an Inuit Dog Sled Driver, Aiden Shea travels to the North Pole to face every kids’ worst nightmare right before Christmas – being on the Naughty List.

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Mack, Arnold and the Twixler

An imaginative orphan who doesn’t want to be adopted due to trauma from his father, befriends a mentally challenged man in a nursing home and the two plot to escape.

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The Squawker

Two gonzo grad students and a fearless Native American woman clash with the FBI as they search for an endangered, sacred bird on her tribal homeland that could save the area from loggers. Script Excerpt

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God's Warrior

God chooses a young woman to be his Warrior but fails to warn her of the dangers.

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The Color Of The Puck

Amidst the backdrop of the American civil rights movement, Canadian Willie O'Ree overcomes racial prejudice and a career-threatening injury to become "the Jackie Robinson of hockey," the first black man to play in the National Hockey League.

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God is a Geek

A geeky comic book writer promotes his comic book with the aid of a young prodigious girl and a band of nerdy kids after the superhero he created steps out of a portal and into his comic book store in search of his creator.

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Ajeeta the Invincible

To pursue her dream of becoming a pro football (soccer) player, a 12 year-old orphan escapes from her cruel reformatory and sets out on a dangerous trek from New Delhi to a football academy near Kolkata. Script Excerpt

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Turtle Eggs for Agassiz

A famous scientist's strange request launches a young teacher on an improbable adventure. Script Excerpt

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True Tears - Timeless Fairy Tale

A young maiden who grew up hidden in the woods must find her father the king to save the kingdom from doom – His twin sister and self-appointed Sorceress Queen who banished him almost 18 years ago uses all her powers to prevent a successful journey.

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ELIJAH

The king of Israel marries a Phoenician Princess, who is consumed by Baal worship, wanting to kill all devout Hebrews. God’s prophet challenges the king to repent in spite of the threat of death.

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The Rocking Horse Christmas

A seven year old boy named Cody saves Christmas with the help of his dog and two animated mice. In this action/animated adventure Cody passes through the fire of manhood by saving an ancient Christmas ornament that has been in his family for three hundred years.

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CYCLONE

Quarter-finalist Screen Lab 2019. Semi-finalist Fresh Voices 2020. Stevie is fifteen years old and well on the way to becoming a hardened criminal; Dave is a cop, natural enemy of Stevie; Susie is Dave’s two-year-old daughter who is kidnapped during a cyclone. The last thing a teenage boy needs is a baby. But it falls to Stevie to save the baby – without knowing who she is and for totally unselfish motives – and thus to save Dave and his family from total disintegration.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

If he is to earn his gold wings, a young goldfinch must find the courage to challenge the bird of prey that killed his father.

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Everything I Have Is Yours

Thirteen-year-old Haylee stumbles on her father's affair with her mother's friend, who has come to stay after her home was burglarized. Script Excerpt

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Corporate Policy

Greedy executives of a large corporation implement an illegal downsizing process, and they would've gotten away with it but they didn’t count on a desperate employee whose courage and family loyalty proves much stronger than any of their corporate policies.

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A SPY ON EVERY CORNER

An international jewel thief tries to save the world from the Reich and salvage a long-interrupted relationship with the Big Band babe he loves. But a silly war, a Nazi superspy, two bumbling FBI agents -- and even the frickin’ fuhrer himself -- keep getting in his way! Script Excerpt

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The Cosmic Kids

Sci-fi author Poppy writes a new eBook but it’s his teenage grandkids who live the adventure when iPad and 3D glasses technology go wonky and they’re sucked into the pages of his story. The teenagers become participants, finding themselves living the adventure along with their teenager grandfather as he pursues Russian spies.

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Moon Camp

When a brilliant, shy, alien-obsessed teenager travels to the moon for science camp, he must convince the other kids that there are real aliens on the moon in order to save Earth from attack.

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Talk is Cheap

When a smooth-talking, 10-year-old orphan is placed with a deaf foster family, he learns that actions speak louder than words and earns the love of a family in the process.

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The Secret Life of Poppy

When skinny, fifteen year old Anna becomes slender, supermodel Poppy, a modern Cinderella story unfolds ala Hannah Montana,' with a hot rock star as Prince Charming and a wise talking agent as the fairy godfather. Fantasy touches bring gentle reminders of Amelie, Princess Diaries or even Alice in Wonderland.

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Tried By Fire

After a black Pentecostal church burns down, the white pastor of a conservative church tries to take sole credit when the churches merge in a racially polarized town.

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THE KITE FLYER

A young widow and her boy, who has Down syndrome, are paid off by her in-laws to disappear. She must learn to cope with life's demands to survive and forgive the people who hurt her to fully live. The Kite Flyer is an adaptation of Gail Gaymer Martin's inspirational fiction, "The Christmas Kite."

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Louise

A bright and beautiful biracial girl faces the trials and tribulations of standing out from those around her in Barbados, often drawing unwanted attentions that plummets her into a lifestyle of unsettling situations. Is there a chance of happiness for her? Script Excerpt

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A ROSE BY THE DOOR

A God fearing woman finds herself burned out by hurtful tragedies in her life. By trying to hide secrets from the past, she comes to the place where faith seems gone. But she overlooks, that old wounds must be touched and tended before they could be healed for good. A ROSE BY THE DOOR is an adaptation of Deborah Bedford's inspirational novel with the same title.

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My Angel Wore Stripes

After an accident, a standup comedian finds himself transported to heaven where he becomes an "Angel in Training." In order for him to earn his wings, he must return to earth and successfully defend an innocent prisoner at a Parole Board Hearing. During his spiritual journey, he touches and transforms the lives of the people he meets including the innocent victim, the quilty party and others along the way.

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Living Proof

Adopted at infancy, a pro minor league ice-hockey player searches for his biological parents during a championship season where his dream of playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins hangs on a thread and a prayer. But his quest to find his birth parents is a little more disruptive to his life than expected and he finds himself more on a journey of enlightenment than discovery. Script Excerpt

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Saga of the Dwarf

A dwarf's plan to save his village lands him in virtual hell but, in order to escape he must depend on a gnome wizard who is literally in hell or join him. Script Excerpt

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Turf War

As Florida neighbors fall in love, their rival lawn ornaments start a war. Script Excerpt

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BORN TO BE YOU

A female seagull gets stranded and injured on an island of flightless cormorants. The leader nurses her back to health. He wants her to be his mate with the condition that she gives up flying.

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A Nice Family Gathering

A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her.

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Running Boys: The First Rebellion

After the spaceship they find takes them to another world, three boys must outrun and outsmart their alien hosts before the aliens capture and enslave them. Jurassic Park in space. This feature script could be animated.

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From da Big Island

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Going Alone

When a biologist working on an important environmental report with an almost impossible deadline dies mysteriously, his estranged daughter is compelled to take over his work, as an assassin closes in.

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REVELATIONS

A young nurse investigates her mother’s disturbing death and becomes entangled in a decades old political cover up involving her family and the illicit affair of America’s most infamous lovers. Script Excerpt

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LITTLE STEPSISTERS

When a wealthy businessman and a waitress get married, they think they have the perfect family with their two eight-year-old daughters from previous marriages-completely unaware that the two little 'darlings' are actually double trouble miscreants. Script Excerpt

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Our life in highschool

A group of friends are about to face life in high school realizing that it isn't as easy as middle school but tries to encourage each other to keep going every day.

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Edna May

Edna May is the retelling of the classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Only this time is about the richest woman in Manhattan, Edna May Scrooge. This tale of the Christmas Ghosts that visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve has a twist, a contemporary story with a female Scrooge. She holds true to the character of Scrooge but it is the modern twist that gives the story a new flavor to the classic story. Script Excerpt

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The Secret of Question Mark Cave

A troubled boy runs away to the mountains to find a magic sword to solve his problems, but discovers the only "magic" he needs is within him. (PG Family feel-good adventure.)

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DOWN WITH DAD

A 3 time Man of the Year dad Dave McNabb tries to teach his teen son Lincoln a life lesson -- “do good things, good things happen.” But much to Lincoln's delight and wonder, things suddenly go south for Dave and bad things happen... very bad things. Script Excerpt

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Starbound

This Sci-Fi family adventure brings together the flavor of a classic Swiss Family Robinson story together with a flavor of a Star Wars escapade in a high action space adventure. Script Excerpt

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Cyniclaus

A comedian and Christmas cynic learns about a family secret, experiences a miracle, becomes Santa Claus, saves Christmas and delivers a million gifts.

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A Re-MARK-able Christmas

An overactive young boy lands on the Christmas Naughty list, embarks on a danger-filled quest battling creatures from a mythical realm, and finds his self-worth.

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Close Up

A group of high school students get in over their heads when they accidentally capture some illegal medical waste dumping while gathering footage for their media class project. When the teens are discovered, the ruthless culprits track them down, forcing them to go to the police for help. Script Excerpt

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A Patchwork Christmas

NYC robotics specialist HOLLY LUNDGREN, on the hunt for an angel investor in her hometown, instead finds herself in a tug-of-war about a valuable lost Christmas quilt and the lost respect between the business mogul and his disinherited grandson NICK SANTARELLI—who happens to be her foster mother’s physical therapist. #

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What you don't know, you're gonna find out

After years of being away, and still holding on to his racist ways, Rupert comes home to find his family no longer thinks that way. Script Excerpt

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True Puppy Love

It's 1959. Amidst dirty dealings at Westward High, poor boy Ricky and rich girl Blair fall in love but her crooked father throws a spanner in the works.

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NO TIME OUT

Talented Sprinter is convinced to play High School Football. He is hurt in College, and pilfers his father's Oxycontin painkiller. He is drafted into the Tennessee Titans and the dosage escalates with his wife struggling to get him off.

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THE GEPETTO PROTOCOL

To stay "real" in the real world after their last creator dies, an action figure, fashion doll, superhero, anime girl, and crash dummy—now real flesh and blood—must find new believers in ten days or be forgotten forever, and get help from two kids and their dad at a cosplay convention.

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Howie the Hamster

A young girl has an adventurous day when her happy hamster drinks a special juice and grows to be six feet tall!

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Faithful Wife and Hooker

An outraged, prudish wife avenges her frustrated husband’s "intentional adultery” by disguising as a hooker and blackmailing him for cheating (!), which sets off a series of mutual deceptions that upon discovery ironically amends the couple’s mutual failings and restores their marriage. Think War of the Roses with a happy outcome!

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NOT ANOTHER VAMPIRE STORY

An embarrassment-prone middle school girl's life gets risky when she suspects her pretty older sister's good-looking boyfriend is really a vampire, and sets out to prove it.

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Memory of Snow

The past is a place from which secrets rise without warning. Script Excerpt

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A New Day

After a black high school student befriends a new talented Latina transfer student, they give new life to the stodgy traditional Christmas musical and change racist attitudes in a small town.

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Watch Night

After his wife abandons him and their autistic son, a husband loses everything and needs supernatural help to regain his dignity and keep his son.

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PATCHES' PERIL

After running away from her drunk prostitute mother to her small town uncle’s home, a teenage girl must retrieve her two younger sisters before they are put into the big city street trade. Based on true facts.

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CROSSING GUARD SANTA

When Nick North (Santa) accepts a position as a crossing guard to bridge finance the toy production, he encounters bullying by both children and adults and then must communicate the Christmas Spirit without magic to end the abuse.

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DOUBLE STEED

When a teen girl has to take over the care and training of her competitor’s new horse, her compassion and companionship with the two horses wins her a dressage competition.

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Not About Money

Ellen receives a promotion into a male-dominate leadership position only to find that her career is soon threatened.

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Across The Brazos

Mistaken identity as a killer in Montana results in the man fleeing to Texas to start a new life and new home until suddenly he is forced to decide between the life and love he has there or return to Montana to face his fate.

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Love Lost And Found

A mild mannered widow becomes a warrior when she struggles with family problems and confronts a past relationship with gut-wrenching results.

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Te Mama

Move along, Karate Kid movies. African/Caribbean-American Mom and son learn two forms of karate, his a kick-ass sport to beat his white girlfriend’s jerk brother at a big tournament, hers a dancing kind for fitness and peace. Relationship miseries are solved after their two masters face off, then (Kara)Te Mama is stealth-attacked by the jerk brother.

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CHRISTMAS MITZVAH

Perfect story of love and a acceptance for the holiday season! Script Excerpt

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SWIM FOR YOUR LIVES

A dysfunctional father and daughter vacationing in Bali, 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 version for a different location: British Columbia, Canada. Script Excerpt

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A Dying Business

The story of a father and son who manage a funeral Business that is literally is dying. When a wonder drug comes a long to perlong life, this seems like the end for their business.

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ME & JACKIE

Touching story of an unlikely friendship between a self-imposed, junk yard hermit with guilt he can't shake and a young latchkey teenager from a poor Baltimore neighborhood. Script Excerpt

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Keep In Touch

An active middle-age minister struggles with regret, and drug abuse and vows to break the cycle overcoming obstacles with remarkable determination, hope and belief he can do it. Quarter Finalist Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition Keep In Touch is a stand-alone screenplay that is part two of an American trilogy that faces the universal emotions of love, grief, empathy, and challenges. SEE SYNOPSIS

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The Liberty Bell Sweepstakes

A dazzling young woman who claims she can “invent the future” leads three lovestruck guys on a zany quest to win a big pile of cash on the Fourth of July. Script Excerpt

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LIFE WITHOUT FATHER

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. Script Excerpt

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DOWNsized

A young couple, deeply in love, who work in a holiday display factory try to make their way back home after accidentally being minaturized among model Christmas villages.

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THE WORD ON THE STREET

While trying to keep her family together, a young Catholic widow must also deal with prejudice as black families start moving into their all-white parish in 1950s West Philadelphia.

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