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An uptight lawyer is forced to team up with a crooked cop to search for her missing father in the Dominican Republicʼs illicit underworld. Faced with revelations about his secret life and her own past, she must decide if he is truly worth saving.
A psychic teenager discovers that the tarot deck is a treasure map to Gypsy relics imbued with dark powers - and she is the only one who can decode the cards and destroy the dangerous artifacts. Based on the Rider-Waite tarot deck.
A Nostradamus origin story. Grieving the loss of his wife and son, Nostradamus battles a centuries-old clan of warrior priestesses to discover the Delphi Oracle, an object that will allow him to reconnect with his deceased family.
In Central Parkʼs Turtle Pond, two young turtles and a feisty mouse are accidentally left behind for winter and must fight off scheming pigeons trying to take over their home.
A pacifist family of fruit bats mistakenly adopts a wild-child vampire bat who turns out to be their only hope against encroaching loggers.
Winner, HSF McNamara Grant
Growing up in Miami with a superstitious Dominican mother, SILKA LUISAʼS upbringing was filled with strong women and a few too many psychics. Her writing
reflects both - women who wonʼt take no for an answer and the hope that thereʼs some magic waiting for everyone. She has received such accolades as the IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellowship, the HSF McNamara Grant, and Columbia Universityʼs prestigious Arthur Krim Award. Her scripts have also placed in numerous screenplay competitions, including the Nicholl Fellowship. Silka recently graduated from Columbia Universityʼs MFA Film Division and is living in Los Angeles to complete Film Independentʼs Project Involve Fellowship. Fueled by the works of occultists, Tolkien, and conspiracy theorists, she spends her days writing stories that turn the mundane into the fantastic.
A naïve biologist lands her dream job, developing a revolutionary plant-based energy, only to uncover that she is working for Russian oligarchs. Trapped in a Swiss mountain village, she must escape with her discovery and her own life.