The Gardener by Alyssa Jefferson | Script Revolution

The Gardener

In the 1950s, a small town florist’s strict routine is derailed after stumbling upon a murder victim adorned with flowers, and he's thrust into a conspiracy.



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Charles Dempsey is only just settling into his routine after his mother and business partner at the Dempsey Flower Shop recently fell ill, when he stumbles across a corpse dumped in a flower bed on his way to work. On a tight schedule, and now with twice the workload, Charles flees the scene, but not before being captured on film by aspiring journalist, Alice Calloway.
Suddenly the prime suspect in the case, Charles is overworked and continuously harassed by a pair of unbridled Homicide Detectives as more corpses turn up around town, each with exotic flowers delicately woven into their hair. Charles struggles to maintain his routine, and his sense of normalcy as his world crumbles all around him.

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Was a quarter-finalist (Top 5%) in the Academy Nichol Fellowship in 2014, and took the 2nd slot of Kailey Marsh's Bloodlist the same year.

Submitted: May 1, 2018
Last Updated: November 11, 2021

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The Writer: Alyssa Jefferson

The product of a pair of CA police/detectives, I'm convinced my obsession with justice and criminology is in my blood. As a child, while my mom cleaned her service weapon at the coffee table in front of the news, I would sneak into her case files. I pored over gruesome crime scene photos, and her investigation notes played out as horror films in my mind. It was thrilling, and horrifying, and eventually, routine. Now, I write to understand the monsters. I dissect them, I become them, I fall in love with them, and I destroy them, one story at a time. Screenwriting for going on 16 years now, and I continue to hone my craft, long accepting that I'll never master this medium. I'm open to project... Go to bio

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