Over 400,000 German prisoners of war have been brought to America during World War II.
Young Edwin Horst is one of them. Captured in France after D-Day, he finds himself in a Michigan POW camp, threatened by a hard-line Nazi sergeant and gets unexpected help from the Grudens, a local German-American family.
Doris Calloway, escaping her past, has come north from Kentucky to work in the nearby bomber factory. She rooms with the Grudens and falls in love with the troubled oldest son, Hans, back home from fighting the Japanese in the Pacific.
Inside the camp Sam Demsky, as part of a secret government program, tries to teach the prisoners about democracy and ends up involved with the headstrong Gruden daughter, Hildy.
Their lives intertwine inside and outside the barbed wire, with friends and lovers betrayed and reconciled.
John has adapted Prisoner Moon to feature-length movie screenplay. The script has won a number of awards including, most recently, the Feature Screenplay competition at the 2016 Paris Independent Film Festival.
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Prisoner Moon Screenplay now on The Black List
The Black List is a service that allows screenwriters to list their screenplays online so industry professionals, including producers, can find and evaluate them. They charge for this and also will provide evaluations for an additional fee. With some misgivings, I decided to give it a try.
I paid to list the Prisoner Moon script and for a single evaluation. Overall, it was a smooth and painless experience — except for the cost, of course.
I received my evaluation about a week after submitting and it seems to be professional. The reviewer seemed to fully understand the story and my goals for the script. Plenty of positive comments plus some useful suggestions for fixing the weaknesses.
The overall score was 7/10. This seems to be good.
Here’s my Blacklist profile: https://www.blcklst.com/profile/john-van-roekel
My favorite quote from the evaluation:
There are strong prospects for this script … The concept is unique for a story that takes place during WWII, and the premise alone should help to turn the heads of some industry readers that are looking for a project within this genre.
Red Carpet Interview at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
I won a very minor award (finalist in one of their monthly contests) for my screenplay, PRISONER MOON. I did not go to the monthly awards ceremony, but I did go to the annual one in early January. It was a real treat. In Hollywood!
Even though this was a very minor award, everyone was incredibly friendly. I was interviewed on the red carpet and went on stage to accept the award in front of a big crowd of filmmakers. Here’s the red carpet interview.
Dani was a real sweetheart and a total professional.