Long Path To Peace

A streetwise tween from Chicago hidden in the wilderness of Montana for his protection, battles with his immortal Guide before saving him from a living hell.

SAM PRESTON's tough, ‘boy-from-the-hood' persona is a front. He's a kind and sensitive guy, able to read the emotions of others, which does not serve him well on the tough streets of Chicago where he’s busy trying to evade an abusive, drug-lord father, KEITH PRESTON, and his corrupt partner - the 'bad-cop', BRAD JACKSON. They're out to silence Sam for knowing too much about their cozy operation and Sam is willing to testify against them.

When Sam is arrested by Brad - a prelude to a 'death-in-custody', the Police Chief COMMANDER GERARD WATSON, orders 'good-cop', LINDEN FAIRFIELD, to secretly abduct Sam and park him out of harm's way in the wilderness of Montana. There, his old friend and Linden's former mentor, ALBERT GREY OWL, will protect Sam. Albert dutifully sets out to teach Sam survival skills, but as a committed pacifist with a love for all creatures, Sam is determined not to kill.

Brad and Keith send bounty-hunters in to retrieve Sam - dead or alive. While Albert is able to save Sam, in doing so he reveals his terrible curse - immortality. He’s had to live for years with the guilt of an unforgivable crime. But the day will come when a WARRIOR from the tribe he’s wronged, will execute him and he’ll finally have peace.

In the meantime, Albert's loneliness and capacity for love is a weapon. Bonding with any of the ‘lost boys' he's been given over the years to nurture and train is fatal - to them, and he’s fast losing the battle to lock Sam out of his heart. Sam bears an uncanny resemblance to Albert's own dead son.

When the Warrior Executioner arrives, Albert abandons Sam in the forest in order to protect him. While Sam may be a ‘city boy’, he’s become a skilled woodsman and is determined not to lose the father he's always wanted.

He finds Albert. Neither are aware that Sam's ultimate act of bravery and love, is the key to Albert's true salvation and Sam's quest for inner peace. While Sam's love and sacrifice grants Albert the thing he's wanted most, Sam will now lose his beloved mentor forever.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Starring Roles For:
Alex Pettyfer
Graeme Green
Sean Faris
In the Vein Of:
Winter in the Blood
Barking Water
Author Bio:
Diana’s prior work in science remains a driving force in her screenwriting career - insatiable curiosity and a passion to explore - character. Main focus is the Drama genre, exploring the complex relationship between parent and offspring. The sub-genre - Thriller, provides the basis for the narrative arc. Strengths include creative world-building, empathy, and a highly committed work ethic.

Contest Results:
BIFF Montana (Semifinalist, Invited to attend and informally pitch at the Big Fork Film Festival, Oct 2020) [2020]
ScreenCraft SciFi (Quarterfinalist) [2017]
Los Angeles International (Quarterfinalist) [2018]