Sovereign Citizen

A single mother joins the doomsday cult of armed, anti-government sovereign citizens that kidnapped her son and makes a desperate bid to win his freedom.

A busload of third graders is kidnapped by a doomsday cult. Sylvia, the mother of one of the children on the bus, infiltrates the heavily guarded compound with a daring plan to free her son. As forces from the FBI converge on the area, Sylvia discovers that the children will be used as human shields. 

Reverend Stephens, the cult’s charismatic leader, warns the authorities that if they attack, the whole compound will go up in a ball of fire, and all the children will perish.

Sylvia needs to win his trust and bond with the cult if she’s ever going to get her son out alive — but soon finds herself falling under his powerful spell. 

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Starring Roles For:
a young Kate Winslett
a young Robert Downey Jr.
9 year old boy
In the Vein Of:
The Translator
Author Bio:
Craig Peters



BA Stanford 1976 MFA UC Riverside 1979

Writing Credits for Screen:  


Feature - Thriller / Horror

Atlanta Screenplay Awards Finalist 2020 New York City International Screenplay Contest Finalist 2020 Inroads Screenwriting Finalist 2019 Emerging Screenwriters Semifinalist 2019 Big Break Semifinalist 2019 Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Hot 100 2018 Big Break Quarterfinalist 2018 13Horror Screenplay Finalist 2017 Official Selection of the FilmQuest Festival 2017 Selected for the BloodList 2016 ScreenCraft Horror Contest Grand Prize Winner 2016 WeScreenplay Third Place Winner 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship Top 50 2016 Page Quarterfinalist 2016 Best Screenplay, Horror, Table Read My Screenplay 2015 Circus Road Semi-Finalist 2015 ScreenCraft Horror Semifinalist 2015 Capitol Fund Screenplay Competition — Hot 100 2015 ScreenCraft Fellowship Finalist 2015 WeScreenplay Quarterfinalist 2014 Circus Road Semifinalist 2014 Write Movies Finalist 2014 ScreamCraft Horror Semifinalist 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest Silver Prize Winner for Horror 2013 Nicholls Quarterfinalist (top 372 out of 7251) 2013 Screenplay Festival Semifinalist 2012 Creative World Awards Finalist 2012 Reel Authors Screenplay Contest Finalist 2012 Fresh Voices Contest Semifinalist 2012 CineStory Writers Retreat Winner 2011 American Screenwriting Competition Semifinalist 2011 Script Pipeline Finalist (top 20 out of 3000) 2010  Story Pros Grand Prize Winner 2009 Script Savvy 1st Place Winner 2008 Blue Cat Semi-Finalist 2008 Screenwriters Showcase 2nd Place Winner 2007 Screenplay Festival Finalist 2007 American Zoetrope Quarterfinalist 2007


Feature - Thriller

Big Break Semifinalist 2019 Finish Line Script Competition Official Selection 2018 StoryPros Semifinalist 2017 Page Semifinalist 2016  Cinequest Feature Quarterfinalist 2016 Shore Scripts Quarterfinalist 2016 WeScreenplay Finalist 2015 Script Pipeline Quarterfinalist 2015 (top 3% of 3500 scripts) ScreenCraft Fellowship Semifinalist 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest Semifinalist 2015 WeScreenplay Semifinalist 2015 Fresh Voices Quarterfinalist 2015 Big Break Contest Top Ten Thriller 2014 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest Semifinalist 2014 New York Screenplay Contest Finalist 2014 CineStory Quarterfinalist 2014 ScreenCraft Fellowship Semifinalist 2014 Screenplay Festival Semifinalist 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest Finalist 2013 Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest 2013, Nominee for Humanitarian   Award.

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Contest Results:
StoryPros International (Semifinalist) [2020]
Creative Screenwriting (Quarterfinalist) [2021]
New York Screenplay (Semifinalist) [2021]
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