Alta California

an historical action-adventure drama set in California’s mission period

During the turbulent and violent California mission era, an Indigenous young man is forced into Christianity and service as a mission guard.  He must now choose between allegiance to his tribe or to Spain and the Christian Church.  His decision will cost either his identity or his life.

Multiple national and  international award winner.

Although this could be regarded as a "period" piece, it deals with the contemporary issue of revisionist history, particularly that of a 'forgotten' people, the California Indians.

During the turbulent and violent California mission era, an Indigenous young man is forced into Christianity and service as a mission guard.  He must now choose between allegiance to his tribe or to Spain and the Christian Church.  His decision will cost either his identity or his life.

Multiple national and international award winner

ALTA CALIFORNIA deals with questions of identity, dispossession, dehumanization and the tools used by the conquerors to achieve their goals.

 


Selected for All Genre Screenplay Contest
Finalist in Filmmatic “Pitch Now” screenplay competition
Finalist in Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest
Finalist in Pitch Now Screenplay Competition
Finalist in Finish Line Script Competition
Finalist in both the Best Action/Adventure and Global Script Challenge of the 2018 Oaxaca FilmFest
Winner of Partner in Industry Award at 2018 Oaxaca Film Festival

Award Winner, Depth of Field International Film Festival, Nassau, DE.  2020
Finalist -  2020: Toronto's Film Festival of Time: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror & History

Best Writer, Prix Royal, 2020

Finalist, Australasia's Film Festival of time, 2020

Semi-finalist, Page Turner International Film Festival

Semi-finalist, Sirota Finish Line Social Impact, 2020

Finalist, Film Lot, 2020

Award Winner of the 1st Edition of Global Monthly Online Film Competition

Award Winner and Best Feature for Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

Selected for Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2020

Award Winner for kalakari film fest, 2020

Awardd Winner, Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

Award Winner, Madras International Film Festival, 2020

Award Winner.  Wonderland International Film Festival, 2020.

--OFFICIAL SELECTON,.  Paris Arts and Movie Awards PAMA, 2020

--SEMI-FINALIST.  TIROTA_FINISH LINE SOCIAL IMPACT SCRIPT COMPETION, 2020

--FINALIST.  BEYOND THE CURVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2020Lone

-- FINALIST LONELY SEAL INTERNATIONAL FILM, SCREENPLAY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, 2020.  CANNES AWARD, 2020

-AWARD WINNER.  Summer Edition of Point of View Indie Film Awards, 2020.

AWARD WINNER.  Lonely Wolf (London) International Film Festival, 2020

AWARD WINNER, Global Film Festival (LA), 2020.  Best feature.

BEST DRAMA FEATURE SCREENPLAY/AWARD WINNER,  Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

AWARD/SCRIPT WINNER.  The Film Club/Lot of Australia, 2020.

OFFICIAL SELECTION.  U.K.. Film Festival (London), 2020)

 

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Mediterranean Film Festival, 2020)

--AWARD WINNER, Andaman and Nocobar International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER. Indo French International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER. Kateye International Film Festival, 2020

--SEMI FINALIST.  Fade In Awards-True Story/Biopic. 2020

--AWARD WINNER, Five Continents International Film Festival, 2021

--QUARTER FINALIST, Miami Film Festival, 2021.

--SELECTED.   North Europe International Film Festival: London Edition 2021.

--FINALIST.  Golden Fox Award, 2021

--AWARD WINNER NS BEST FEATURE SCRIPT, Goldstar Movie Awards, 2021.

--QUARTER-FINALIST in Your Script Produced, 2021

--OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE,  Beverley Hills Film Festival, 2021

--AWARD WINNER, Gold Star Movie Awards, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER, Crown Wood International Film Festival, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER.  Mokkho International Film Festival, 2021

--FINALIST, The Wiki Screenplay Contest, 2021

--AWARD WINNER.  WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, 2021

--AWARD WINNER, Depth of Film Field International.  2020

--AWARD WINNER,  Vegas Movie Awards, 2021

“Exquisite”.  Lonely Wolf International Film Festival.

 


SERRA
I won’t be here in the morning.  Do you think I wait for authorization from Captain de Neve while this—
PALIDO
Say it!  This heathen whose mother was a savage, a whore unbaptized at her death.  Say it!  Her soul burns in the everlasting flames of hell.  Eternal damnation.  Say it!
CRESPI
Palido, the Padre didn’t . . .
PALIDO
Remind me that no matter how much I study the scriptures, how much I fall on my knees and pray, how many ‘Hail Marys,’ I say, how many times I confess and beg forgiveness, for you the heathen is here, inside me, always!


Selected for All Genre Screenplay Contest
Finalist in Filmmatic “Pitch Now” screenplay competition
Finalist in Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest
Finalist in Pitch Now Screenplay Competition
Finalist in Finish Line Script Competition
Finalist in both the Best Action/Adventure and Global Script Challenge of the 2018 Oaxaca FilmFest
Winner of Partner in Industry Award at 2018 Oaxaca Film Festival

Award Winner, Depth of Field International Film Festival, Nassau, DE.  2020
Finalist -  2020: Toronto's Film Festival of Time: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror & History

Best Writer, Prix Royal, 2020

Finalist, Australasia's Film Festival of time, 2020

Semi-finalist, Page Turner International Film Festival

Semi-finalist, Sirota Finish Line Social Impact, 2020

Finalist, Film Lot, 2020

Award Winner of the 1st Edition of Global Monthly Online Film Competition

Award Winner and Best Feature for Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

Selected for Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2020

Award Winner for kalakari film fest, 2020

Awardd Winner, Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

Award Winner, Madras International Film Festival, 2020

Award Winner.  Wonderland International Film Festival, 2020.

--OFFICIAL SELECTON,.  Paris Arts and Movie Awards PAMA, 2020

--SEMI-FINALIST.  TIROTA_FINISH LINE SOCIAL IMPACT SCRIPT COMPETION, 2020

--FINALIST.  BEYOND THE CURVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2020Lone

-- FINALIST LONELY SEAL INTERNATIONAL FILM, SCREENPLAY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, 2020.  CANNES AWARD, 2020

-AWARD WINNER.  Summer Edition of Point of View Indie Film Awards, 2020.

AWARD WINNER.  Lonely Wolf (London) International Film Festival, 2020

AWARD WINNER, Global Film Festival (LA), 2020.  Best feature.

BEST DRAMA FEATURE SCREENPLAY/AWARD WINNER,  Los Angeles Film Awards, 2020

AWARD/SCRIPT WINNER.  The Film Club/Lot of Australia, 2020.

OFFICIAL SELECTION.  U.K.. Film Festival (London), 2020)

-OFFICIAL SELECTION, Mediterranean Film Festival, 2020)

 

--AWARD WINNER, Andaman and Nocobar International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER. Indo French International Film Festival, 2020

--SEMI FINALIST.  Fade In Awards-True Story/Biopic. 2020

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Five Continents International Film Festival, 2021

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Mediterranean Film Festival, 2020)

--AWARD WINNER, Andaman and Nocobar International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER. Indo French International Film Festival, 2020

--AWARD WINNER. Kateye International Film Festival, 2020

--SEMI FINALIST.  Fade In Awards-True Story/Biopic. 2020

--OFFICIAL SELECTION, Five Continents International Film Festival, 2021

--QUARTER FINALIST, Miami Film Festival, 2021.

--SELECTED North Europe International Film Festival: London Edition 2021.

--FINALSIT.  Golden Fox Award, 2021

--AWARD WINNER NS BEST FEATURE SCRIPT, Goldstar Movie Awards, 2021.

--QUARTER-FINALIST in Your Script Produced, 2021

--OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE,  Beverley Hills Film Festival, 2021

“Exquisite”.  Lonely Wolf International Film Festival.

 

--AWARD WINNER, Gold Star Movie Awards, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER, Crown Wood International Film Festival, 2021.

--AWARD WINNER.  Mokkho International Film Festival, 2021

--FINALIST, The Wiki Screenplay Contest, 2021

--AWARD WINNER.  WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, 2021

--AWARD WINNER, Depth of Film Field International.  2020

--AWARD WINNER,  Vegas Movie Awards, 2021

"We feel that your script is one draft away and is already one of the best specs out there."

(Diversity Feedback Film Festival and Table Rea). Redrafted since this comment.

 

 

 


SERRA
I won’t be here in the morning.  Do you think I wait for authorization from Captain de Neve while this—
PALIDO
Say it!  This heathen whose mother was a savage, a whore unbaptized at her death.  Say it!  Her soul burns in the everlasting flames of hell.  Eternal damnation.  Say it!
CRESPI
Palido, the Padre didn’t . . .
PALIDO
Remind me that no matter how much I study the scriptures, how much I fall on my knees and pray, how many ‘Hail Marys,’ I say, how many times I confess and beg forgiveness, for you the heathen is here, inside me, always!