A U.S. Army interrogator in Afghanistan uncovers details of an al-Qaeda plot to detonate a nuclear device in Washington, DC as the President delivers his State of the Union Address. But, in the process of interrogation, SHE bonds with her prisoner and fights to save him from the death sentence brought on by his own disclosures.
A gentle teenage Neanderthal living in the remote mountains of modern-day Montana falls in love with the daughter of a redneck rancher and discovers his calling in the rodeo. But, in order to achieve his dreams, he must defy his father, leave his clan, and defend himself against an accusation of murder.
A young seminarian volunteers for an experimental medical procedure to restore his failing sight and hearing. The procedure’s a success but now he sees and hears creatures that normal people can’t, including a terrifying being who fights to cross over from another realm to possess him and rule mankind. To stop the entity, the seminarian must learn metaphysics and agree to sacrifice his life.
A widowed scientist from 400 years in the future comes back to present-day earth to spare the planet (and his civilization) from ecological ruin. In the process, he inadvertently damns his ancestors to annihilation.
A portrait photographer acquires a computerized photo touch-up program with the power to change a person’s real-life appearance. Initially, he uses it to help the maimed and disfigured. But, his services soon grow in demand among inner-city gangstas - and bugs in the program appear, forcing him to use the program in horrifying new ways.
NOTE: This screenplay was a finalist in the Film and Television/Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship Competition. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, seeks relief from his work in the arms of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The strength of their relationship helps transform him from “the father of the atomic bomb” into an anti-nuclear advocate. It has been optioned by HBO producer Lee Levinson, at The Late Bloomer Co., Ltd., New York, New York.
NOTE: This screenplay was a finalist in the 2004 Roy W. Dean Writers Grant competition. Two engaged grad students heal a rift between themselves while helping a WWI hero learn to forgive himself for the deaths he’s caused.