Award featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland, Issue # 289, p. 197:
Forry Ackerman Imagi-Movie Award
"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..."
Logline: A former physician, remorseful over his wife's assisted suicide, buries himself in library work where he meets a vanishing Woman in White. An ingenious teen helps him to find her and, hopefully, to survive the encounter.
Burning Love Screenplay Contest 2017 (Richmond)
Winter Bird is a Gothic thriller about a former physician who is remorseful over his beloved wife’s assisted suicide. Rather than accept his grievous loss, Peter Seacliff buries himself in work as a Rare Book Room Librarian in Anchorage, Alaska.
Peter becomes intrigued by Thiera, an amber-eyed woman who is searching for a rare set of herbals. An antihero based on Alaskan Native legend, she has reason enough to haunt the desolate woods, sometimes as a snowy owl, these past 100 years. Thiera vanishes abruptly.
Sean Boyle, an ingenious teen, encourages Peter to pursue this mysterious Woman in White. The disparate grotesque tragedies of Peter and Thiera slowly but irretrievably entwine with Gothic and humorous twists, leading to a dangerous attempt at mutual redemption.
"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."
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
"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."
Message from UK Film Festival - London
"...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."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland:
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic, by the by. Amazing Dialogue."