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The Ghost's Writers' Workshop

The ghost of a screenwriter murdered in a historic Arizona hotel resurrects hope for the afterlife when a group of wannabe screenwriters arrive for a workshop coinciding with Dia de Los Muertos.

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While attending a movie premiere in the border town of Douglas, Arizona, we very much enjoyed the hospitality of the historic Gadsden Hotel. That's the infamously haunted hotel in which Pancho Villa allegedly rode his horse up the marble staircase in the lobby, chipping the marble.

Standing on that staircase and talking the hotel's owner, I promised that I would write a screenplay that could be filmed 95% in the hotel.

After returning home and thinking about the great adventure (and private tour of the haunted floor), it occurred to me that the hotel would be a great place for a screenwriting retreat. Now we're cooking... how about a movie about screenwriting that is a ghost story where the ghost is a screenwriter?

When the awards took place during the Burbank Film Festival in 2020, the script was one of handful of finalists... and had its title read by Shane Black... not that such a thing makes the script special... but it is a special script. Could easily be done under $2M in one of the most beautiful old hotels in the American southwest.

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Finalist, Burbank International Film Festival, 2020
Finalist, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2020

Submitted: July 15, 2021
Last Updated: July 15, 2021

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The Writer: Philip Sedgwick

Philip wrote his first script at the prompting of a writer friend. He entered his second script, Neon Cactus, into the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship, which placed as a Quarter-Finalist in the prestigious competition. Since that time, more than thirty of his screenplays & films have received acclaim from film festivals, fellowships and competitions. Philip served as a juror for the Prescott Film Festival for the past several years, where he also presents screenwriting workshops. His produced short films have screened and won at many film festivals. A handful of feature scripts can be read on ScriptHop (links provided). It is my practice not to post short screenplays online. However, any... Go to bio

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