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COOPER'S PROMISE

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: 07/15/2017
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 hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through war zones and Occupied Territories, 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. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called a second novel, Cooper’s Promise, “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Fire on the Island was short-listed for the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for unpublished novels. 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.

For more information on Tim, please visit www.timothyjaysmith.com.

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