Snowblind by Dan Maurer | Script Revolution


A journalist, haunted by repressed memories, investigates a murder that may uncover the truth about his traumatic childhood, but he quickly discovers he shares a decades-old secret with a killer eager to bury the past.



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SNOWBLIND is written in the vein of MYSTIC RIVER. Set in the New Jersey suburbs, it tells the story of journalist William Stone, a man haunted by flashbacks to a repressed trauma that occurred during a snow day off from school when he was twelve. When a long-buried corpse is found that may shed light on his troubled childhood, journalist Will sets out to find the truth. But he quickly discovers he shares a decades-old secret with a mysterious killer who will stop at nothing to bury the past.

SNOWBLIND braids together the past and present, so as Will investigates we also watch unfold the 1975 story of his younger self, his adventures with a gang of friends, his relationship with the creepy neighborhood outcast, and the ill-fated snow day when he discovers the body of a murdered child. As we see his younger self race through the snow to escape the child-killer, in the present Will struggles to collect his returning memories into an expose’ that will reveal the killer’s identity. But when his wife is kidnapped in reprisal, both past and present story lines collide, and a dark truth about Will himself emerges. Now, in order to save his wife, he must confront the killer and his own past in a way he never expected.

Audiences will be fascinated by the way SNOWBLIND weaves together universal themes of trust, betrayal and atonement in a complex human drama. Its fractured structure and unique "slipstream" style of presentation is a fresh and entertaining device that builds mystery, suspense, and explosive thrills as it explores the nature of memory.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Austin Film Festival - Finalist
Nicholl Top 20%
Page International Screenwriting Awards - Semi-Finalist
WeScreenplay Screenwriting Competition - Winner

Submitted: March 20, 2021
Last Updated: February 2, 2022

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The Writer: Dan Maurer

Dan is a screenwriter, author, and theater director who writes grounded, character-driven thrillers. His voice has been called cinematic, authentic, layered. He's a writer who likes to explore the secrets beneath the surface. What's more, his many years of experience working in the publishing industry at both Doubleday and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have proven to be an asset when adapting novels and long-form non-fiction. His screenplay SNOWBLIND was an Austin Film Festival Finalist and a Page Awards Semi-Finalist. WRITING INFLUENCES: (Film) Tony Gilroy, Frank Darabont, Steven Zaillian, Akiva Goldsman, Lawrence Kasdan; (Fiction) Stephen King, Harper Lee, William Golding, Dennis Lehane,... Go to bio
Manager: Chris Coggins, Heroes and Villains Entertainment