Award winning festival director seeking writers with experience in the psychological thriller genre. This film will ideally rest at the intersection of 'indie-arthouse' and 'psychological thriller'- ie Memento, Pi, Black Swan, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tom at the Farm, Queen of Earth, Take Shelter. If the names Patricia Highsmith, Polanski, Hitchcock, Fincher and Fritz Lang mean something to you, all the better.
I'm seeking a writer with a working, in-depth knowledge of the genre to help evolve an existing crime thriller script.The story is about a prison escapee who flees into the forest to survive but is confronted with his former self.
Think 'The Shining' but set in the forest. Think 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' but about a murderer repressing his own memory. Think 'Nightcrawler', begging the question 'who do I have to become to survive?'.
Lots of big ideas, but I need some help developing some of the characters and especially with setting up the first half of the script more specifically within the psychological thriller tropes.
I'd like to see some examples of writing in the genre, I'll take short story, short script, feature, whatever. I don't care about formatting, I need a strong, collaborative storyteller.
About me: I'm a director based in New York City. In 2017 I had 2 films play throughout the festival circuit including Cinequest Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Maui Film Festival & Lighthouse Film Festival. I have been developing this script for the past 1.5 years. I have a day job at HBO as a writer/producer with plenty of internal supporters. Looking to make this script my directorial debut.
Please submit a cover letter introducing yourself and be sure to address these following questions in your letter:
- What's your favorite Psychological Thriller of the past 25 years?
- What's your favorite Psychological Thriller Pre- 1980?
- What's your favorite foreign 'Psychological Thriller'