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LOGLINE: A former physician is slowly drawn into the paranormal world of a bloodthirsty owl-woman where he eventually relives his wife's assisted suicide.
The story contrasts a sense of loss ("Voice From The Stone": Eric D. Howell), Gothic adventure ("The Fearless Vampire Killers": Roman Polanski), with an eleventh hour twist ("The Sixth Sense": M. Night Shyamalan).
We envision a low-budget ($1-5MM) major studio movie or an ambitious indie with filming in Washington State or Alaska under a SAG-AFTRA contract.
Opportunities for smaller investors/non-profit donors to be posted here.
"We will do our best to continue to promote your success in the industry."
(Cannes Screenplay Contest 2019)
"Wishing you nothing but the best with your project. jd" (J.D. Barker)
First big screenplay award (2017) "Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic" (Holly Interlandi, Exec. Editor, "Famous Monsters of Filmland")
BEST HORROR SCREENPLAY (Oct 2018) "Our jury loved your work on Winter Bird. It is highly engaging! Great writing."
"In recognition of excellence in screenwriting at the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest"
THRILLER/SUSPENSE COMPETITION 2019
"Congratulations on your truly outstanding work."
BEST HORROR SCREENPLAY (Aug 2019)
Super award for a project set in Alaska
"We all loved your script. We hope it gets made."
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Ackerman Imagi-Movies Screenplay Award 2017
As featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland # 289, p. 197:
"WINTER BIRD began as a stage play drafted for the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. I hesitate to argue with my wife, who claims she commanded me to write a play about a vampire, deriving from all those long winter nights our family of four was experiencing in Anchorage. The play is 100% recognizable to anyone who ever lived in Alaska -- Anchorage library, fur-trapper's cabin, sled dogs, northern lights, an Eskimo legend..."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland:
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic"
Winter Bird hinges on a subconscious connection between two Alaskans. One a former physician, now a self-effacing Rare Book Room Librarian, who helped his beloved wife commit suicide a few years ago. The other, a fur-trapper's wife who was brutally murdered while pregnant 100 years before. The librarian is drawn to the amber-eyed blonde who is hell-bent on obtaining a rare set of herb books for healing her foundling infant. Based on indigenous legend of a subarctic shape-shifter, she still haunts the desolate woods near Anchorage, sometimes as a snowy owl, in an effort to share the full horror of her origin. Seemingly intrigued by the librarian, she vanishes abruptly.
A science student with Attention Deficit Disorder emboldens his increasingly delusional mentor to track down the mysterious Woman in White. The unique tragedies of former physician and bloodthirsty blonde irretrievably entwine with Gothic and humorous twists, leading up to her mountain-top aerie and a dangerous attempt at mutual redemption.
Other characters are a sanctimonious Head Librarian, an ancient birdwatcher, a Native American Policewoman, and a mute janitor.
Stephen Delos Treacy, Irish-American, (NW Screenwriters Guild & SAG-AFTRA) adapted the screenplay from his stage play at The Film School, Seattle
WINNER: "Ackerman Imagi-Movies Screenplay Award", Silver Scream Film Festival (TX) (featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland # 289, p 197).
WINNER: "Best Horror Screenplay", Los Angeles Film Awards (CA);
AWARD WINNER: Hollywood Screenplay Contest (CA);
Finalist Award: 13Horror.com (CA)
Finalist Award: Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival (SC).
AWARD WINNER: "Thriller/Suspense genre", Cannes Screenplay Contest (FR);
WINNER: "Best Horror Screenplay" London Independent Film Awards (UK);
AWARD WINNER: "Feature Script" Hollywood Horrorfest (CA);
AWARD WINNER: Alaska International Film Festival (AK) __________________________
"Oh, Peter, Peter, Peter! Look! Look at this sky! These colors. Vivid far from the city. Come. Watch the green ribbons move, dance, expand. Inhale them. Breathe the green. The ribbons display themselves for us to see, to smell, to taste!"
"Shhhhh! Your body is tensing now. Like a caged bird."
"Almost like it never died."
Development Executive, Tailored Films - Dublin 2018
"I particularly enjoyed the Beckettesque dialogue. The surrealist nature of the characters conversations were very sharp and engaging."
The Golden Script Competition - Glasgow 2019
"The story is curious and enthralling, mostly by virtue of not being similar to anything else made before and because of its vivid imagery and dark realism that maintains a perfect balance with the fantastic elements. Yes, women turn into owl beasts and magic hats glow red, but there is also the gritty realism of the environment to make it all seem real and even possible. Dirt, grime, blood and other mundane elements combine to make the story feel grounded."
Academy Nichols Feedback 2018
"Fantasy imagery in this script is strongly cinematic. On page 44, especially, when a fog pours into a library and transforms into a woman with wings, imagery is especially powerful. I believe fantasy imagery is one of this script's strongest elements."
Slamdance Screenplay Competition 2017, Short Feedback
"This is an intriguing and compelling adaptation of the play by the same name... as the author sets up the world, characters and the events that unfold, it becomes clear that things are not what they seem in this quaint Alaskan town. What is additionally refreshing is the subtle weaving of moments of magical realism that pushes the narrative further into what is fantasy, dreams and legends. Overall this is a unique refashioning of typical vampiric lore while remaining contained and grounded in the rules and mythos originally established in the first several pages."
Seattle International Film Festival Feedback 2017
"The writer succeeds at creating a clear sense of setting and time. Descriptions and details of the physical world (i.e. exemplifying the tundra of Alaska through different animals) were cinematic and instilled a very intense image of Alaska's natural beauty. The story was propelled, almost exclusively by dialogue without being overly expository -- this was a major strength of the script. The dialogue was original and engaging. The characters, and their interpersonal relationships, felt realistic and impactful; their relationships with one another were genuine. Each character had their own distinct voice. Also, the use of a diverse set of characters is refreshing and automatically makes the story-world more intriguing."
Los Angeles Film Awards (2018)
"Congratulations on winning Best Horror Screenplay. Our jury loved your work on Winter Bird. It is highly engaging and we hope you take pride in it! Great writing. Thank you for being a part of LAFA18! ❤Best Regards, Nami, Roy and the LAFA team"
Message from UK Film Festival - London 2018
"...the committee enjoyed reading Winter Bird and it made it past the final cut... This is no mean feat and we want you to know that we appreciate your creativity and professionalism."
Message from Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2018
"Our industry professional judges have carefully read and considered over 2500 submissions... you should feel proud of the fact that your script--after being closely reviewed by multiple judges--was ranked as among the Top 15% of all entries received."
Judge's Feedback, 13Horror.com 2018
"You write to an extremely impressive standard and Winter Bird represents a very original idea delivered in glorious Gothic style, even boasting its very own Woman in White. There’s a nice blend of tension and humor throughout and they are well balanced against each other. Alfred stood out for me – very amusing and likeable."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland 2017
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic, by the by. Amazing Dialogue."