Borderline Justice

action-drama movie screenplay

LOGLINE:  Rita Fuentes, a fiery, attractive Latina social worker introduces Martin Wilkins, a law-and-order judge, to the violent, politically charged world of power, money, illegals, and life for the drug mules--like Demetria Plascentia, and his foolish new son-in-law, Antonio Borja--he condemns daily in his courtroom.

Borderline Justice is a story about two father-in-laws and two ambitious sons whose lives intersect and become entwined with one another at the border of love, greed, treachery and justice.

My script is based on California's Three Strikes sentencing law which was originally enacted in 1994. The essence of the Three Strikes law was to require a defendant convicted of any new felony, having suffered one prior conviction of a serious felony to be sentenced to state prison for twice the term otherwise provided for the crime. If the defendant was convicted of any felony with two or more prior strikes, the law mandated a state prison term of at least 25 years to life.

On November 6, 2012, the voters approved Proposition 36 which substantially amended the law with two primary provisions:

  1. The requirements for sentencing a defendant as a third strike offender were changed to 25 years to life by requiring the new felony to be a serious or violent felony with two or more prior strikes to qualify for the 25 year-to-life sentence as a third strike offender; and
  2. The addition of a means by which designated defendants currently serving a third strike sentence may petition the court for reduction of their term to a second-strike sentence, if they would have been eligible for second strike sentencing under the new law.

Despite this humane change, many poor defendants are still at the mercy of the charges levelled against them.  This is particularly true of farmworkers, many of whom are charged with trumped-up charges far more serious than the original sentence.  


-- FINALIST in the 2017 Finish Line Script Competition.

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Depth of Film Field International .  2020

--SEMI-FINALIST, Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Award, 2020.

--BEST SOCIAL SCRIPT, Gold Star Movie Awards, 2020

--FINALIST, Lonely Wolf (London) International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER, Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, 2021

--BEST SCREENPLAY, Five Continents International Film Festival, 2021

--HONORABLE MENTION, The Wiki Screenplay Contest, 2021

Finalist, Delta International Film Festival, 2021.

Official Selection.  Montreal Independent Film Festival, 10/25/21

Official Selection.  Moody Crab Film Festival, 10/25/21

Official Selection, LA Sun Fest Festival, 10/28/21

AWARD WINNER and OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture Awards, 10/28/21

--HONORABLE MENTION.  Redwood Shorts and Scripts, 2021

--SEMI-FINALIST, Phoenix Shorts, 2021

--OFFICIALLY SELECTED, Santa Barbara International, 11/15/2021

--AWARD WINNER, Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival, 11/16/21

--OFFICIAL FINALIST, Indian Indie, 11/23/2021

--FINALIST Indian Indie, 11/23/202

--SEMI-FINALIST, Niagara Falls International Short Festival, 12/17/2021

--AWARD WINNER.  Turkey Golden Wolf Awards, 2/12/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, Dublin World Film Festival, 2/21/22

--AWARD WINNER.  Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, 4/19/22

--FINALIST.  Arrow International Film Festival (Paris), 8/2/22

--FINALIST.  EdiPlay International Film Festival (LONDON) 10/4/22

--BEST UNPRODUCED SCRIPT/EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.  Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival, 10/26/22

--SEMI-FINALIST, Santa Monica Film Awards, 11/6/22

--AWARD WINNER.  Accolade Global Film Contest, 12/1/22

--AWARD WINNER.  Crown International Film Festival, 12/5/22

--HONORABLE MENTION, Hollywood Gold Award, 12/6/22





He’s a mule who made one stupid mistake.  A fly caught in the spider’s web.  Both images work.  Mules and flies.  Easy to catch.  Not the cartels, the businessmen, the ones at the top.  They know how to avoid your courtroom, Martin.