Write of Passage Winning Scripts

This page lists the winning scripts and finalists for the Write of Passage Competition. To read a script, click the name.

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2016 Write of Passage Winners

Theme: The Love of the Father

VERSE: Proverbs 3:12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. (NKJV) 
Few are blessed with a childhood that resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, yet our view of Almighty God is indelibly colored by our experiences with dear old dad.

THE 2016 WINNER IS: Bear Clifton, Azusa CA; DE: Katarzyna Kochany
Turbo Jam Boosters
A jealous young boy sabotages his older brother's academic future.
Read the revealing Interiew with the Winner Here

2ND and AUDIENCE AWARD:
Shervin Youssefian, Glendale CA; DE: Allen Wolf

The Good Father
After a family tragedy, a protective father interferes in his son's school life.

3RD: Rickie Ramos, Stockton CA; DE: David Hyde
The Catch
A caring beat cop befriends an inner-city boy who lost his father.

4TH: Kenneth Solberg, Seattle WA; DE: Derrick Warfel
Gone Astray
A boy disobeys his dad, putting his prized horse in grave danger.

5TH: Cindy O’Halloran, Richland Center WI; DE: Claire Hutchinson
Dad Calls Me His
An adopted boy battles his guilty conscience and his manipulative younger sister. 

FINALISTS

The Littlest Bunny
A young bunny ignores her father's warnings about danger in the forest.
Hahnah Jackson, Los Angeles, CA; DE:Claire Hutchinson

Losing Pride
Lives intertwine as one father loses his son in a police shooting.
Malaika Lue-Hing, Los Angeles, CA; DE: Alicia Schechter

Orders for a Doctor
An elderly patient is bent on finding a wife for his doctor.
Naida Joanides & Gina Brulato, Sarasota FL; DE: William G Jones

The Paper Cut
A middle-aged legal secretary's meltdown at work is unappealing to the boss.
Denise Thurman, Reseda, CA; DE: Katarzyna Kochany

Sight
A man in the dark slowly learns from an enlightened person.
Peter Lundell, Walnut CA; DE: Victor Carrera

WRITE OF PASSAGE JURY 2016:

Sonja Piper Dosti: Script Consultant & former SrVP & Producer, Imagine Television
Leilani Downer:  Director and Television Writer, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Growing Pains
Amanda Llewellyn: Producer, The Moment After I &II. Two-time winner of Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 168 Film Festival.
Key Payton: Multi-produced and top-ranked screenwriter and script consultant.
Dr. Stan Williams: Award-winning filmmaker and author of The Moral Premise

Read Complete Jury Bios here.

Semi-Final Jury: Camille Godwin-Austen, Mikie DeLong-Pyle, Theodore Cox, Loyce Kareri, Rowena Kuo, Rebekah Score, Simon Kennedy

We are grateful to our 2015 Faculty of Development Executives:
Dianne Butts, Víctor Carrera, James M. De Vince, Claire Hutchinson, David Hyde, William G. Jones, Katarzyna Kochany, Troy Latto, Alicia Schechter, Derrick Warfel, Allen Wolf

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2015 Write of Passage Winners

The theme for 2015-2016 is "Work."

The foundational verse for all scripts is: Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. NIV

FIRST PLACE and ONLINE AUDIENCE FAVORITE:
The Lawn Boy (Produced in 2016)
After the death of their parents, siblings must care for their dependent brother.
Writer: Penny Gibben, Canoga Park, CA; DE: Owen Kingston

SECOND PLACE:
The Mark
An at-risk teen may learn from his aging mentor if he doesn't kill him first.
Writer: Camille Godwin-Austen, Tujunga, CA; DE: Doug Hughes

THIRD PLACE:
The Chauffeur
A frustrated soccer mom daydreams of a different life.
Writer: Stephanie Wang, Canoga Park, CA; DE: Alicia Schehter

FOURTH PLACE
The First Day
An ex-missionary discovers that his purpose and the mission field are not always thousands of miles away. ACE
Writer: Rickie C. Ramos, Stockton CA; DE: Mikie DeLong Pyle

FIFTH PLACE
Toil
A fantastic office of the future gives new meaning to toil.
Writer: Jason Marsh, Sunland, CA; DE: William G. Jones

JURY HONORABLE MENTION:
Beyond Monument Rock
A rancher attempts to save a dying calf.
Writer: Kenny Solberg, Issaquah, WA; DE: Doug Hughes

OTHER FINALISTS:

Because of the Light
A slave finds true freedom in the Word of the Lord.
Writer: Candace Venable, San Bernardino, CA; DE: David Hyde

Supply Chain
A man's work does extraordinary things to move others and changes lives.
Writer: Yvette Sams, Beverly Hills, CA; DE: Troy Latto

Tied to Consistency
In a world that strives for consistency, joy is found in an unexpected place.
Writer: James Abbot, Vienna VA; DE: James M. DeVince

The Happy Guy
One man's happy life is the envy of many, but perhaps his life is not so different after all.
Writer: Eric Holmlund, Loveland, CO; DE: Darlo O. Gemeinhardt

 

 

 

2014 Write of Passage Winners

The theme for 2014-2015 is "Freedom." The foundational verse for all scripts is Galatians 5:13

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." NIV


FIRST PLACE
THE TALL GRASS

A man obsessed with his neighbor's grass, finally does something about it.
Writer: Greg Gearlds, Greenfield, IN; DE: Allen Wolf

SECOND PLACE
TO LIVE FREE
In 1863, a slave shows both North and South what it means to be free.
Writer: David Hyde, Rio Linda CA; DE: Susan St. Peters
       
THIRD PLACE
HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS 
A self-centered scientist races to stop a spreading plague.
Writer: Noah Capshaw, Weatherford TX; DE: Rusty Rhodes         

FOURTH PLACE
UNCHAINED REACTION

A reformed gang member must adjust to his newfound freedom.
Writer: Christina Barclay, Redding CA; DE:James De Vince        

FIFTH PLACE
THE GARDEN

A grandfather teaches his grandson a lesson from a Buchenwald death camp.
Writer Ian Lahlum, Denver CO; DE: Randall Hahn

FINALISTS (also potential scripts for Write of Passage Spotlight Films)

FREE
When her son gets in a car crash, a mother is left with a difficult decision.
Writer: Barnabas Prontnicki, Los Angeles, CA; DE: Leilani Downer

FREE TO SERVE
A young, Christian Iraqi woman narrowly escapes ISIS troops.
Writer: Dennis Cravens, Cloudcroft, NM; DE: Owen Kingston    

A SWIFT DIVORCE
A falling superhero learns a sense of balance.
Writer: Josh Sheridan, Canyon Country, CA; DE: Dianne E. Butts

UNDERGROUND FREEDOM
In the Confederate deep south, a white woman risks it all to free a slave.
Writer: Danielle Wheeler, Arlington, TX; DE: Dianne E. Butts

THE ROAD TO MELVILLE
Defying her brothers, Susan takes her wealthy father on his final road trip.
Writer: Mark Lang, Underwood, Australia; DE: Simon Kennedy

2012 Write of Passage Finalists

2012 Theme: Atonement: Winning the Other Side
All scripts are based on Proverbs 14:9 -  Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. (NIV)


1st Place 
ABIDE

A husband's love for his Alzheimer afflicted wife lasts thru thick and thin.
Writer: Derek J. Samms, DE Chloe Anderson

2nd Place 
THE DIVIDE
A father and son's loyalties are divided at the close of the Civil War.
Writer: Jay Sherer, DE Doug Braddock

3rd Place
ATONEMENT
Martin writes to his son's murderer Sammie, expressing his emotions.
Writer: Josh Harris, DE Michael Deschamps

4th Place
1440
A retiring teacher is asked at gunpoint to adopt the son of a former student gangster.
Tony Gapastione, DE's Ted and Karen Eachus

5th Place
UNION DUES
Jesse Chapman; DE Andre van Heerden

Finalists (also potential scripts for a Write of Passage Spotlight Film):

IN HIGH HEELS AND MIRRORS
Joshua Crawford; DE's Ted & Karen Eachus

IN THE DARK
Mary Ashley; DE Chloe Anderson

INFLUENCE

Kathy Wilson; DE: Claire Hutchinson

LITTLE THINGS
T. Stan Dunn; DE: Claire Hutchinson

MILES APART
Keith Wilcox; DE Leilani Downer


2010 Write of Passage Finalists

2010 Theme: "Second Chances"


1st Place A CLIP IN TIME*
Alan Tregoning

2nd Place PREDATORY
JJ Bailey

3rd Place COVERING YOUR TRACTS
Torry Martin/Marshal Younger

A COWBOY'S FAITH
Dianne E. Butts

A NOT SO SIMPLE MISTAKE
Daniel Fazzina

RESCUED*
JD Medlock

UPSIDE DOWN
Rhonda Morgan

LOCKED IN
Alberto Portillo

MEET THE WHITES
Amy Robertson

180 HOURS
Andrew Tuttle

RISK TOLERANCE
Jonathan Vermeer

*Spotlight film in 2011

2013 Write of Passage Finalists

The theme for 2013-2014 is "The Gift." The foundational verse for all scripts is Matthew 5:23-24:

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift."

FIRST PLACE:
STOP BEING A JERK
A self-absorbed yuppie tries to make things right. Comedy.
Writer: William G. Jones. DE: Allen Wolf
Watch Table Read Video of Stop Being a Jerk.

SECOND PLACE
PB&J (Produced in 2015)
A young son prepares a gift of love for his mother.
Writer: Peter Xifo; DE: Jack McClintock

THIRD PLACE
STUCK
Years after a tragedy, Jay must decide whether to hold onto his guilt or accept forgiveness.
Writer: Aaron Kamp; DE: Rowena Kuo

FOURTH PLACE
OCTOBER 23
A teenager learns the horrors of distracted driving.
Writer: Jay Sherer; DE: Alyson McHargue

FIFTH PLACE
SPECIAL DELIVERY
A daughter's emergency surgery brings a tsunami of memories.
Writer: Dana Cowden; DE: Doug Braddock

ONLINE AUDIENCE FAVORITE:
CIRCLE OF BEADS
A man haunted by tragedy must sacrifice his heart to find healing and reconciliation.
Writer: James M. DeVince; DE: James O'Keeffe

FINALISTS (also potential scripts for a Write of Passage Spotlight Film)

THE BULLY GIFT
A kindhearted kid gives the bully an unexpected birthday gift with riotous repercussions. Comedy.
Writer: C. Joshua Crawford; DE: Martha Cotton

The Silver Cross
A bounty hunter must protect a woman whose husband he killed years earlier.
Writer: Jay Sherer; DE: Mike Rinaldi

Son of a Shogun
A prince who seeks his father's approval must firsts reconcile with his brothers.
Writer: Rodney March; DE: Liz Hewes

Veiled Threats
A woman struggles with her impending walk down the aisle and a violent stalker.
Writer Tami Outterbridge; DE: Dianne Butts

2011 Write of Passage Finalists

2011 Theme: "Promises"

1st Place
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION** Jason Walter Vaile, Frisco, TX
Development Exec: Rick Garside

2nd Place
BROKEN Writer: Lisa England, Milwaukee. WI
Development Exec.: Ted and Karen Eachus

3rd Place
REBIRTH* Paul F. Spite, Cookeville, TN
Development Exec: Rowena Kuo 

AFTERSHOCK 
Nancy Liu, San Francisco, CA
Development Exec.: Dominic Iocco

BABYDOLL  
Camille Godwin-Austen, Tujunga, CA
Development Exec.: Leilani Downer

BELLE* 
Christopher Gooch, Torrance, CA
Development Exec.: Allen Wolf

MEN'S GROUP 
Joshua Sheridan, Canyon Country, CA
Development Exec.: Travis Mendel

MIRROR, MIRROR* 
April Manor, San Francisco, CA
Development Exec.: Ian Eyre

ROOSEVELT HEIGHTS
Derek D. Bullard, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Development Exec.: Dominic Iocco 

WHAT LIFE IS LIKE
Writer: Mirachelle Canada, Winnetka, CA 
Development Exec.: Peter Forbes

*Spotlight Film in 2012
**Spotlight Film in 2013


2009 Write of Passage Finalists

2009 Theme: "Hearing God"

1st Place REGULAR CHARLIE CHURCH
Alan Tregoning

2nd Place THE STARS OF AFRICA
Kathy Larson

3rd Place ISA
Owen Kingston

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Belinda Bessant

THE DEVIL AND DONNY GILLESPIE
David Buehrle

MR. DIMAS
Natalie Hope MacMillan

TIGHTS AND TUTUS 
Emman Sodorra

EVER HEARING
Randall Colpean Jr.