"Out of The Blue" - Recipient of Monaco International Film Festival's 2008 Angel Film Screenplay Award

Best Feature Screenplay
Best Peace Promoting Screenplay

 

"Out of The Blue" - Recipient of Moondance International Film Festival's 2008 Calypso Award for Feature Screenplay

"Out of The Blue" - Finalist in the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's Screenplay Competition

Screenplay co-authored by Mark McQuade-Crawford

Synopsis

" Out of the Blue" is a fantasy with a very real environmental message, a story of redemption and love... love of the planet, a father's love for his daughter, and a love between two young people that began over ten thousand years ago.

On the continent of Atlantis.

Once beautiful, Atlantis is now dying from neglect and pollution. As volcanoes erupt and earthquakes destroy it, three people try in vain to make their way to safety: a TEACHER, a young BOY and GIRL (the EMISSARIES). After pledging undying love and the promise of reuniting, the Emissaries jump into an oncoming tsunami...

And are reborn as dolphins.

We come to present day New England, where two teenagers from different backgrounds meet. NIKOLE lost her mother at childbirth and suffers from her loving but over-protective father. LUKE is a James Dean-type, handsome and troubled, and a state swimming champion.

Despite their differences, Nikole and Luke fall in love. This touches off a chain of miraculous events, which reveal them to be the reincarnated EMISSARIES from Atlantis.

Overwhelmed and yet strengthened by this knowledge (and by the guiding hand of their reincarnated TEACHER, a local artist), Nikole and Luke struggle to determine their purpose on earth. Meanwhile, at the coastal recycling factory owned by Nikole's father JOHN, his employee, LOREN, takes money to secretly dump toxic waste into the ocean, using John's factory as a legitimate cover. The waste is so foul that the surrounding waters are now poisoned, and the dolphin population is dying (much like the circumstances -- seen through flashbacks -- that brought about Atlantis's destruction).

The young lovers' true power as emissaries comes into play as their mission becomes clear: stop the illegal dumping and save the dolphins. But to do that means exposing Nikole's father to prosecution for the crime. Luke is injured fighting Loren from dumping anymore waste, and his future as a competitive swimmer is put in jeopardy. Despite John's denial about knowing of Loren's deeds, Nikole blames John for what has happened.
In order to repair their relationship, John takes the drastic step of taking full responsibility for his employee's actions -- including going to jail.

As Nikole and Luke try to put their lives back together, their bond grows deeper as they realize their work as emissaries is not over, and that their work to heal the planet will go on forever.

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