It's the summer of 1982. Following their parents' bitter divorce, 13-year old Mickey and his older brother Wade stay in the country with their farm-hand father, Acre.
This season of unexpected self-discovery for Mickey coincides with some mysterious and violent changes to the world at large.
Austin Film Festival: "There are interesting ideas throughout Boys. The script works best when it focuses on what is unique about the characters and world of the story. The early beats of the women collapsing and one foaming at the mouth, and the farmer behaving strangely going after the cow introduce an interesting tension and mystery into the narrativee. The third act of the script brings the events together and creates a strong tone that helps the script stand out."
Artist Vanessa Puopolo: “'Boys' is an absolute wonder. It is simultaneously horrifying and heartbreaking. Positively riveting."
Filmmaker Monte Light: "The scene between Acre and Mickey, after Acre's head is injured and Mickey is caught sipping a beer, is goddamn poetry. It's beautiful, poignant, the kind of stuff you win awards for."
90 second (+) video pitch for BOYS.
The chilling insanity of George A. Romero's The Crazies
The character self-discovery of Call Me By Your Name
The unwholesome manipulation of 1985's Smooth Talk
In what has become a tradition in most of my scripts,
I have a character named "Shannon" within the story.
In BOYS, "Shannon" is Mickey's beloved childhood doll.
"There is a fantastic sense of danger lurking underneath the entire script. It is impossible to tell who we can trust; nothing and no one feels safe."
2021 TOP FIVE Finalist: Screamfest
2021 Top 20%: Academy Nicholl Fellowship
2021 Feature Screenplay Finalist: FilmQuest
2021 Top 25 Finalist: NOLA Horror Film Festival
2021 Official Selection: Indie Susp./Horror/SciFi FF
2021 Official Selection: LA Int'l Horror Film Festival
2021 Horror Semi-Finalist: Table Read / Screenplay
2021 Official Selection: Austin After Dark FF
2020 Finalist: ISA Virtual Pitch Challenge
2020 Official Selection: Screamwriting Festival
2020 Official Selection: Vegas Cinefest Int'l FF
[ A virtual reading was held in September 2020 ]
The Cast: Ryan Newton Harris, Katherine LaVictoire,
Joel Liestman, Monte Light, Motown Maurice,
Matt Mercer, Steve Newman, Whit Spurgeon
and Suzanne Voss.