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Spike

A Native American environmentalist is pitted against his logger brother after a botanist whistleblower is pushed too far in the struggle to maintain the forests of Northwestern Montana. As loggers fight for job security, and as environmentalists fight for their cause, the botanist becomes the victim of both sides, and enacts a dangerous retribution.

Native American brothers Josh and Jerome Blacktree stand on opposite sides of controversy, as Jerome makes his living as a logger and Josh makes life difficult as an environmentalist.

Enter Peter Chapman, a bookish botanist who works for the Department of Forest Services. When Peter finds out that the local lumber magnate's clear cutting practices are threatening the existence of a tree whose bark holds a cure for cancer, he speaks out - and gets fired for doing it.

The people in Josh's organization see Peter as an opportunity to push for their cause. Jerome and his logger buddies see the jobs that put food on their tables being threatened. As the botanist becomes a victim of both sides, Josh and Jerome find themselves struggling to protect each other from bitter retaliance while keeping true to their beliefs.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Genres:
Budget:
Low
Starring Roles For:
Adam Beach
Jada Pinkett Smith
Adam Baldwin
In the Vein Of:
Clearcut
Erin Brockovich
Posted:
09/09/2009
Updated:
02/25/2021
Author Bio:
Diane studied Film and Video Art/Theory at SUNY Binghamton in New York. She is a long standing member of The Scriptwriters Network, as well as a competition reader for many of its programs. She has also been a reader for other competitions.

SPIKE was honored with a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival, and was a finalist in the 2009 Writers Place competition.

Other scripts that have gained her competition recognition include: **PERFECT PROPHET, HARPO'S BIKE, AUTUMN BLOOD, THE SCHOHARIE, A GOOD SOUL, TURF WAR, PWNED, THE BODY AND BLOOD, BLINDSIDED, ROADSIDE PICNIC, SUPERNATURAL - I GOT YOU BABE, SUPERNATURAL - INTERVENTION and THE CHAIN-FRANCISCO PIZARRO**.

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Contest Results:
Writers Place (Finalist, as of Dec 2009) [2009]
Yosemite Fest (Semifinalist, John Muir Gold Award) [2009]