2015 Other Worlds Austin Screenplay Winners

Teleplay [Grand Prize Winner]

JEN-16 by Craig Berger

Logline: A genetically engineered teenage superweapon must lead a group of misfits through a brave new world when they escape from a secret Russian laboratory.

Synopsis: In a secret laboratory in Yakutsk, Russia, human beings are being “Genetically Reiterated,” broken down into their primal genetic components, and then recreated from scratch.  BLAKE TRUDEAU, CIA Agent, is sent to infiltrate the facility and locate “X-16,” a supposedly perfect human.  16 is the magic number.  Iterations before 16 are enhanced, but not quite perfect.  Iterants beyond 16 can be mentally unstable, physically grotesque, and sometimes not even recognizable as human. Unfortunately, Trudeau is captured before he locates his target.  Six months later, the CIA Agent overhears a conversation in the prison yeard between two Genetic Iterants, or “GI”s, a beautiful teenage girl, and a young, fit man in his early 20s.  They get into an argument, and the altercation leads guards to attempt to break them up.  The man easily dispatches two of the guards, leading Trudeau to believe this man is X-16; but then the girl not only dispatches all of the rest of them just as easily, she manages to calm them down and gets them to resume their duties. The girl is JEN-16. 

Using Jen-16’s own considerable abilities, she and Trudeau break out of the facility.  However, Jen-16 insists they cannot leave without rescuing the other iterants.  Reluctant, but with little choice in the matter, Blake agrees.  They free the other iterants, who include ALEX-17, highly unstable, often believing he is a God and prone to violent urges, BRIAN-12, a super genius who devotes all of his energy to his mental faculties and therefore rarely moves or speaks, KATYA-9, a catlike creature who is streamlined and athletic, but not quite as advanced intellectually as the others, and IVAN-31, a fearsome hairy giant who has been the victim of far more experiments than anyone should dare attempt.

Despite their immediate distrust and dislike of Trudeau, they follow him, and eventually are rescued.  However, they end up detained by the CIA, who wishes them to perform missions for the American Government, and in the end, the team of misfits wonder if they have simply exchanged one prison for another.

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Screenplay Short

ALPHA SON by Jeremy Scroggins

Logline: A young man navigates the complexities of growing up in space as the first human born in space.

Synopsis:  Humans have built the first rotating generational space station in the L5 orbital point. Daniel, a teenage boy and the first person ever born in space, begins to understand the disconnect between himself and the rest of humanity. The space faring colony represents the progress and ingenuity of mankind.  Ironically, the first human born in space doesn't know if he wants to be there.

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Screenplay Feature

DRONES & DRIVERS by Haley Isleib

Logline: A soldier with the enhanced ability to take over robots finds herself the target of mysterious government-related forces when she returns home after a war.

Synopsis: Charlyn Houston, aka, Charm School, is a ‘driver’ -- a soldier with the enhanced ability to take over robots, drones and other tech. When she returns to Earth after a war to liberate Mars from the notorious Haldakar Corporation, she can’t find her family--it’s like they’ve been completely erased, like they never existed at all. Instead, her bank balance is somehow phenomenally high, Haldakar Corporation is back in business as a peacetime ally, and famed General Valis speaks to her as if they know each other personally. Is it a conspiracy or is she suffering a psychotic break with reality? Creating chaos at every turn as she fights for the truth, Charm is soon hunted by both the corporation and the government. In desperation, she tracks down the only person she remembers from her past who still exists -- West Jacobs, a fellow driver, damaged in his own way by the technology in his brain. Why does she remember him, a one-night-stand from her training days? The search for that answer might unravel a web of lies that binds and blinds every person on Earth and on Mars.

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To contact any of the above writers, send us an email at screenplays@otherworldsaustin.com.

 

2015 Finalists

Screenplay Short

TURN ON DESIRE by Lauren Hoekstra

A MANY SPLENDORED THING by Justin McLachlan

ALPHA SON by Jeremy Scroggins

 

Screenplay Feature

LIVE, FROM THE MILKY WAY by Joe Borriello

DRONES & DRIVERS by Haley Isleib                           

SHIFT by Jim Jackson

CROSSED CURRENTS by Frederick Kim

THE SLEEPING DEEP by Jeffrey Blake Palmer

 

Teleplay

JEN-16 by Craig Berger

THE LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Chris DelliCarpini

AUGMENTED by Nandita Seshadri

TAPES "FRIENDSHIP STATION" by Will Zech

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