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The Hand of God



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A modern extension of Cain and Abel: A murderer, sentenced to life on earth by God, is given a chance at redemption when God reunites him with his brother— the man he killed long ago.

There's only one thing that Levi wants: to die. Only, he can't. Lord knows he's tried.

Long ago, he was sentenced to life on earth and now he's at the end of his rope. The pain of an endless life has worn him thin and his anger at the God he KNOWS exists has overtaken him. How is it that everyone else gets to die, even the worst of us in history, yet, he suffers eternal punishment? It's a question he keeps asking.

And, it's a question he asks when he meets a small-town pastor: "Why does God insist on punishing me?" When the pastor offers another possibility: "God can't let you go, so he's waiting for you to get right with Him"... Levi rejects it outright.

And really, that's the heart of THE HAND OF GOD: Levi's struggle to remain apart from his God, against his own best interest.

The HAND OF GOD is not a Christian movie. But, it leans heavily on religious themes and imagery. And, ultimately, it's a very Christian ending. The ride however, is very rough on religion. Why? Because it's about a man questioning God's motivations. It's written to reflect the inner conflict of a man who absolutely knows God exists, but hates Him.

THE HAND OF GOD is a multi-layered, heavily-themed script. It's a story of jealousy, revenge and redemption. It has multiple action scenes and a twist or two along the way. Best of all, it's written to be an easy shoot, with a small cast and few locations. (The bulk of the script takes place on a small farm.)

If you're looking for a script with artistic visuals, dramatic themes and a bittersweet, yet satisfying ending, THE HAND OF GOD might be for you.

Submitted: September 6, 2019
Last Updated: September 6, 2019

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The Writer: Paul Knauer

I’m an optioned screenwriter working out of the Kansas City area. My main focus is thrillers and slightly absurdist comedy with heart. But, I believe becoming a better writer requires the ability to push personal boundaries, so you’ll notice a thorough mix of genres in my portfolio. Born and raised in St. Louis, I’ve lived in multiple small towns around Missouri, and now Kansas. My projects often center on life in the Midwest -- highlighting the heart of the hard-working Midwest soul. My first script, a sitcom pilot titled OH, BROTHER!, placed second in the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and was subsequently optioned. My thriller, 60 FEET UNDER, recently received a rating of... Go to bio

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