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Grace (retitled Brave Hearts)

In 1840, an unconventional widow risks her life when she joins forces with a charismatic journalist, brutalized tenant farmers and a traumatized exile she rescues in Montreal, to stop the most powerful men in Scotland from violently evicting Gaelic Highlanders, unaware of her own family's complicity in the ethnic cleansing. Synopsis

Written by: Lynda Lemberg and Jeffrey Allen Russel     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Mid
Starring Roles For: Rose Leslie
Michael Sheen
James McAvoy
Posted: 02/22/2014
Updated: 02/03/2017
Author Bio: A Toronto-born singer-songwriter, photographer and multi-award-winning co-author of the screenplays, GRACE (retitled "Brave Hearts") and "The Experiment", Jeffrey Allen Russel earned his living as a real estate broker before embarking on a writing career. As a writer, he has found a passion he never experienced in the world of business and has discovered a new art form to express his strong sense of the visual.

Lynda Lemberg is a retired educator who has been immersed in art-house, international and indie cinema as well as world literature and theatre since adolescence. Lynda believes in the transformative power of art - its potential to humanize, break down barriers and inspire social transformation. As a classroom teacher, Lynda incorporated theatre, film and social issues into the curriculum she developed. She has devoted most of her adult life to peace, anti- racism and social justice activism for which she received the first Human Rights Award given to a secondary teacher in Ontario, Canada. In her retirement, Lynda has worked as a drama coach and assistant to the director for award-winning high school theatrical productions. As a writer, she has channelled her creative energy and passion for social justice into co-authoring "GRACE" and "The Experiment".

Contest Results: Female Eye (First Place)
Short Stop (First Place, retitled Brave Hearts)
New Renaissance (First Place, London, UK )
Beverly Hills Screenplay (First Place, Historical Category)
The Monthly Film Fest (TMFF) (First Place, Richmond & Glasgow (2015) U.K.)
Veer West (First Place, Best International)
Top Indie (First Place)
Depth of Field (First Place, First Time Writer)
Flagstaff (First Place, AMFM Best Feature)
Indie (First Place, Switzerland)
Los Angeles Screenplay (2) (First Place, Historical Drama)
Hollywood Hills (First Place, Grand Prize)
Buffalo Niagara Festival (First Place)
CineRockom Festival (First Place, Diamond Award)
Los Angeles Screenplay (First Place)
Courier (First Place, Feature Screenplay)
NOVA Film Fest (First Place, Best Screenplay of the Year)
New Media Scripts (First Place)
Bare Bones (First Place)
New York Screenplay (First Place, Grand Prize - Historical)
Richmond Fest (First Place, Dramatic Genre Award)
Downbeach (First Place, renamed Atlantic City Cinefest)
Carolina Festival (First Place, Film and Video)
River Bend Film Fest (First Place, Indie Style)
IL/Chicago (First Place)
Cannes Screenplay (Second Place, Historical Category)
Alaska International (First Place)
Illinois International (First Place)
Winnipeg Real to Reel (First Place)
PAGE International (Semifinalist, retitled Brave Hearts)
ISA Fast Track (Finalist, Top 50)
International Filmmaker (First Place, London, Best Historical)
Women's Independent (First Place)
Hollywood Screenplay (First Place, Grand Prize Historical)
Creative World (Second Place, First Runner Up)
TrindieFest (First Place)
ReelHeART (First Place)
NYLA (First Place)
Moondance (First Place)
St Tropez & Nice Festival (First Place, Best Inspired by Actual Events)
Aura Screenwriter Awards (Second Place, Silver)
Las Vegas Screenplay (Second Place, Historical)
American Movie Awards (Second Place, Special Marquee for First-Time)
Worldfest - Houston (Second Place, Gold Award for Historical)
Contest of Contest Winners (Second Place)
Universe Multicultural (Second Place)
Diverse Voices (Semifinalist, retitled Brave Hearts)
StoryPros International (Finalist, One of Ten)
World Series (Second Place)
Wild Rose (Second Place, Distinctive Achievement)
Honolulu Awards (Second Place)
Chicago Screenplay Contest (Second Place)
Honolulu Awards (Second Place)
TheWriteRoom Competition (Finalist)
Catharsis International (Finalist, One of Three)
Cannes Latitude (Finalist, retitled Brave Hearts)
Indiepossible (Finalist)
Final Draft/Big Break (Quarterfinalist, retitled Brave Hearts)
Wexford Film Festival (Finalist, Ireland retitled Brave Hearts)
Fresh Voices Feature (Semifinalist, Spotlight Award Nominee)
Oaxaca FilmFest (Finalist)
Women In Cinema (Finalist, One of Eleven, Winner TBA)
Screenplay Festival (Semifinalist, Winner TBA)
London Golden Scout (Finalist, One of Six)
Los Angeles Independent (Third Place)
Table Read (Semifinalist, Park City, Austin)
ScreenCraft Fellowship (Semifinalist)
Screenwriter Showcase (Third Place)
Nevada Fest (Third Place)
Independent Film Quarterly (Third Place, Actually 6th Place)
International Independent (Third Place, Gold Award)
Canada Fest (Third Place, Grand Prize)
Indie Gathering (Third Place)
High Desert (Third Place)
Omaha (Finalist, One of Eight)
Nashville Fest (Semifinalist, Historical, One of Eight)
Atlanta (Finalist, One of Fifteen)
Sacramento Fest (Finalist)
Marquee Lights (Finalist)
Beverly Hills Fest (Finalist)
Colorado Fest (Finalist, One of Ten)
Acclaim Film (Finalist, One of Five)
Charleston International (Finalist, One of Ten)
Evolution (Finalist, Mallorca)
NexTV Writing & Pitch (Finalist, One of Six)
Mongolia Festival (Finalist, One of Ten, Winner TBA)
Madrid Festival (Finalist)
FilmMakers/Feature (Finalist, One of Sixteen for Drama )
Manchester Festival (Finalist, One of Six)
Twister Alley Festival (Finalist, One of Fourteen)
Garden State (Finalist, One of Six)
True Story (Finalist, One of Ten)
Reel Authors (Finalist, One of Four)
Hollywood Sky (Finalist)
South Carolina Underground (Finalist)
Austin Fest Film (Quarterfinalist, Second Rounder)
Capital Fund (Finalist, THE HOT 100 WINNERS, 19th)
Pitch List (Finalist, Rebel Seed, One of Twelve)
Life Fest (Finalist)
Finish Line (Semifinalist, Winner TBA)
Toronto Film and Video (Finalist, renamed Toronto Independent)
Glendale Festival (Finalist, One of Thirteen)
Barcelona Festival (Finalist, One of Ten)
Awareness Festival (Finalist, One of Ten)
Columbia Gorge (Finalist)
California Independent (Finalist, One of Four)
Twin Rivers (Finalist)
Woods Hole (Finalist)
Amsterdam (Finalist, Van Gogh Award)
Burbank Film Festival (Finalist, One of Ten)
Back in the Box (Finalist)
SENE Film Festival (Finalist, One of Five)
New Hope (Finalist, One of Six, Best Period Piece)
Zed Fest Feature (Finalist)
PollyGrind Film Festival (Finalist)
Circus Road (Finalist)
Catalina (Finalist, One of Fifteen)
Northeast Film Festival (Finalist, One of Five)
Reel Writers (Finalist, One of Ten)
Cinestory Feature (Quarterfinalist)
New Hampshire (Finalist, One of Ten)
Dixie Festival (Finalist, One of Nine)
Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts (Quarterfinalist)
Silent River (Finalist, One of Six)
Action On Film (Finalist, Best Period Piece - One of Six)
Adapted Screenplay (Semifinalist)
Palm Street Films (Semifinalist, One of Ten)
Vail Film Festival (Semifinalist, One of Twelve)
Austin Indie Flix (Semifinalist)
Mountain Film (Honorable Mention)
Screenplay Incubation (Honorable Mention, Special Mention (Delhi, India))
Fade In (Quarterfinalist)
Colortape (Honorable Mention, Best Revised Script)
L.A. Neo Noir (Honorable Mention)
EyeCatcher (Honorable Mention)
Writers Room (Finalist)
Cynosure (Quarterfinalist)
L.A. New Wave (Honorable Mention)
WriteMovies (Honorable Mention)
WilliFest (Honorable Mention)
L.A. Film & Script (Honorable Mention)
Screenwriting Goldmine (Quarterfinalist)
Writers Place (Honorable Mention)
L.A. Cinema Film Fest (Honorable Mention, Award of Merit)
SkyFest (Honorable Mention, Award of Excellence)
L.A. Movie (Honorable Mention)
Urban Mediamakers (Honorable Mention)
Los Angeles CineFest (Honorable Mention, (of Hollywood) Award of Merit )