(April 22, 2017) Winner of best Action/Adventure for a screenplay under 20 pages at N.O.V.A, International Film Festival. The screenplay that's based on three Americans that had to become "Mules" for a drug dealer in order to get back home, but were caught by the Mexican authorities for being drug runners and then thrown into prison. They literally dug their way out of the prison with the help of a fellow inmate, but the process was continually plagued by mishaps and misfortune.
Mules is based on a true story about three American surfers that were in search of an adventure which included the pursuit of waves, women and weed, but after their boat sinks in the bay of Mazatlan they decide to become "Mules" for a drug dealer as a way to get back home. After yet another shipwreck and a ton of dope floating onto the shoreline, they are prosecuted and thrown into a Mexican prison where they literally dig their way out to freedom.
Their story highlights the ability of the human spirit to persevere despite truly dire circumstances.
Heart Full Of Blues is a short script based on the life of Blues Legend Memphis Minnie. This script introduces her when she was a young girl growing up in the Mississippi Delta. Her life had one constant theme: Music. Memphis Minnie was a gifted guitar player, singer and charismatic entertainer. He life was never easy, and she often was broke, carried a gun, and periodically had to resort to prostitution in order to make a living.
Her legend and music endures to his day and has influenced bands such as Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and Mazzy Star. She was a real life character and made sacrifices all for the sake of pursuing her music, but was completely driven by her heart, which was full of blues.
"No. 3" will be featured on the Rope and Wire website in their Bullpen section.
In search of a lost gold mine, men wander out into the desert in hopes of striking it rich, but one of them discover that the maps that lead to a lost gold mine aren't exactly what hey appear to be.
No. 3 is the third story in a six part collection titled: New American Western.
New American Western-A Collection of Short Stories. This will be published/printed by the end of 2016. The stories feature and use familiar Old West themes and situations but have a modern feel to them. A few of the stories are available for free on the Smashwords web-site.
Two songs lyrics I wrote were nominated for recognition/award status in the ASA's this year.
"Snow White's Requiem" and "Bits and Pieces". 'Snow White's Requiem was written with a satirical take on modern love, and 'Bits and Pieces" was written for the country music market.
Both songs were chosen and nominated in the lyric category.
"Finding Amelia" has been accepted into the prestigious Colortape competition in Australia. It seems fitting that the script that creates a poetic account of Amelia Earhart's life, and begins with an opening scene on the northern coast of Australia has been chosen to be included in that country's highly regarded festival and competition.
The competition will not release/post results until April 2017.
*Finding Amelia was a Finalist in Las Vegas International screenwriting Competition in July.
The story of a few wealthy Brits that race their cars around the countryside placed second in the drama category in Washington D.C. This is a "short script" and uses colorful dialogue combined with the real life adventures of the men that raced their Bentleys around the English countryside.
The Bentley Boys isn't your typical story because it involves real life characters that were wealthy enough to exploit themselves with care free abandon while speeding around the narrow and twisting roads in the English countryside.
"Soaked" and "The Bentley Boys" have been selected in the Go Independent Film Festival.
"Soaked" gives us an opportunity to see society from an unfortunate man's point of view. We are witness to Steven Muddle's series of bad timing, bad choices and just plain old bad luck. His redemption comes when he needs it the most and proves that no matter how dire someone's life might be, fate is able to slip through the cracks and give us a reward for our hardships.
"The Bentley Boys"is a short script that's based on the real life Bentley Boys that raced, partied, and lived life to the fullest. They would compete against one another in their supped up Bentleys as they raced around the English country side.
Steven Muddle is a middle aged, and very recently divorced man that is soaked in bad luck from the moment he steps outside the courthouse after his divorce. He doesn't seem to catch a break no matter where he goes, or what he does, but manages to remains hopeful despite his dire circumstances. It all comes to a head toward the end of the story when fate finally steps in and gives Steven the lucky break he so desperately needs.