Screenplays by Kathleen Keithley

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Please contact me K. A. Keithley if you have an idea for a screenplay that you'd like to discuss.




Logline:After Jesus' arrest, Roman law dictates that he must stand trial and be represented by counsel. How will Jesus fare having the benefit of the dedicated and capable Joseph of Arimathea defend him in a fair, modern-day-like trial?


The Jesus Trial was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Eddie Bauer Screenplay Competition.


The Jesus Trial is scheduled to begin shooting in Fall 2017.


The Jesus Trial the book written by Kathleen Keithley and Daniel T. Doyle is currently available on Amazon.




Logline: Hatcher! When enemies become allies and friends become foes… who can he trust?


The first in a triology, The Hatcher File is slated to begin shooting in early 2018.


The Hatcher File the book written by Ray Knight is currently available on Amazon.




Logline: Ernest Hemingway's early works were stolen off a train. Where did they go and how did they impact those who encountered the old valise that contained these unsigned works?


The Valise was a finalist at the 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
The Valise was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Screenplay Competition.
The Valise is a quarter-finalist at the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition, poised to advance when winners are announced April 26, 2017.




Logline: A young girl, forced into prostitution at age twelve, escapes her Brazilian slum for Europe and America to become an international supermodel. In the backdrop of fame and fortune and the glitterati of the fashion world, she earns the attention of a mysterious and dangerous Sheik who compels her to escape once again—this time to find where she truly belongs.


Daria was a finalist at the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival, Screenplay Competition.




Logline: A young college coed spirals into a permanent catatonic state after witnessing the brutal murder of a classmate. An experimental drug that impacts the “fear center” of the brain brings her out of catatonia and makes her forget the entire incident but only for a while. The murderer learns of her returning memory and decides to silence her forever.


Fear Center was a semi-finalist at the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenplay competition.
Fear Center was a quarter-finalist at the 2016 Screencraft Screenplay competition.




Logline:Good vs. evil, angel vs. demon, Michael vs. Lucifer in an epic battle to save Earth and to make way for the Second Coming. The end is now, and it's only the beginning.


Based on the book Revelation by Myles Gorospe -- the first in a trilogy -- available on Amazon.




Logline: Queen! The British band owned the world… but doing their own thing kept them from taking over the universe.


Using hundreds of Queen lyric excerpts in the dialog -- some obvious, some stealth -- the band virtually "writes" its own story in this unique approach to storytelling.




Logline: When a rich, spoiled young man loses his parents in a tragic accident, he learns that there had always been another parent who loved him from afar. He travels to England from America, intent on confronting the mother who abandoned him. Instead, he finds a bond that time and distance could not destroy.


The Good Adoption has been optioned.




Logline: A reclusive computer genius is swept away by his all-encompassing love for a woman who cannot return that love. A modern-day retelling of Von Goethe's classic 18th century novel of unrequited love, “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”




Logline:John Adams defends more than the British soldiers who killed five citizens in the Boston Massacre—he defends democracy itself by showing the world that the colonists believe in their own noble words.




Logline: Three Los Angeles police officers begin their careers together but their lives follow very different paths—leading to heroics, temptation and ultimately murder.




Logline:What possible connection could there be between a tenth century papal scribe and book hunter and the Roman philosopher Lucretius who lived 1,400 years before? The link involves science, religion, philosophy, atheism and… of course, the Swerve.


Based on the book The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt




Logline:A poor Pakistani boy had no idea that saving the statue of a Hindu god from terrorists would lead him from being a local cricketer to the biggest star in the MLB.




Logline:In 1916, Murderous Mary, a circus elephant, who had been abused and beaten, was hung for trampling to death one of her trainers. Eighty years later, Keiko, The Lucky One, the orca that stars in the Free Willie movies is returned to the wild, cannot adapt without a pod and perishes. The abuse of animals for the entertainment of man is the thread that connects the two tragedies.




Logline:A British minister travels to Egypt to help in the war effort during WWII only to find that the mysteries of Egypt include not only the Sphinx and Great Pyramid but murder, corruption and the supernatural.


This is an adaptation of the book, The Nightingale Sings, by Amin Karim.




Logline:What in the world does an exotic tea have to do with the US Open? John Smith, a second-grade teacher and wannabe golf pro finds out in the most unusual and magical way.




Logline:The supernatural powers that young Edmund Hammond is born with makes him the target of Diomedes, ruler of Under Earth, who views Edmund as a threat that he must either destroy or control in his quest to take over Upper Earth.




Logline:A Jewish rabbi in Israel and an Evangelical pastor in the US both realize that the end of times are upon them and that they are being called upon to battle evil and see their people through the ordeal.




Logline: The true story of Terri Patraw, winning Division 1 coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, who after standing up for the right thing was thrown into the fight of her life with a corrupt university, a corrupt media and a corrupt Nevada judicial system.


One Thousand Showers was written by Terri Patraw and Kathleen Keithley ~ Book available on Amazon




Logline: A young, inexperienced Miami Homicide detective who has depended on his looks and charm to get him by has to get down to business when a celebrated evangelist – Brother Eugene – is nearly assassinated and the body count starts to rise.




Logline: No one -- especially a sophisticated reporter from New York like Penny -- would ever imagine that scores and scores of broken hearts would lead to one true love.


The King of Broken Hearts is being considered by the Hallmark Channel.




Logline: As Christmas approaches Dave, a man who seems to have it all, experiences a nagging emptiness. But when he is drawn to a stream of magical starlight, he is led to true love and happiness.


Star of Dave is being considered by the Hallmark Channel.




Logline: When bad luck doesn't come knocking, Robbie Durso does a great job of sabotaging himself. "Not Since the Toothbrush. . ." is the hilarious true story of a modern-day, down-on-his luck Aussie entrepreneur who life has turned against until he discovers something that everyone in the whole world will want.


Not Since the Toothbrush has investment backing.




Logline: After ten years, a multi-billionaire exhausted in his efforts to fight governmental corruption, takes drastic actions that result in drastic consequences.




Logline:Valentina lives in the future, Helene in the present and Alma in the past. Unhappiness compels each of their spirits to go soul-searching for a happier place in time.




Logline:When a brilliant old scientist is too old to take over the world, he invents a computer that can.




Logline: Colin Jones has a connection with OMNI, the supercomputer, that no one could have imagined. OMNI breaches the technological singularity and selects Colin to carry the torch for the future of AI and for all of mankind.




Logline:A young Afghan woman suffers through loss and tragedy and then is thrown into the middle of an international terrorist plot ultimately emerging as the unlikeliest heroine.




Logline:Through her grandmother's magical hat, Emerson – a shy eight-year-old – learns to deal with starting a new school and dealing with her parents' break-up. In the end, Emerson learns that the hat's real power is the love she had in her heart for her grandmother.




Logline: A frustrated filmmaker learns that nice guys can finish first—but it might take a while. This aspiring movie man enlists the help of his lackadaisical agent and an intellectually-challenged movie star to form the unlikely trio which brings down a cruel and corrupt director.




Logline: Jeff has always been close to his father who worked hard to give his son a better life than he had. But Jeff is inspired by his father's service as a Marine and gives up everything to be just like him.




Logline: The strawberry moon was full of promise. Perhaps it held the hope that Paul would finally learn what true love was and… what it wasn’t.


The book, The Strawberry Harvest is the true story of its author, Paul Wokes, and is available on Amazon.




Logline: In the autumn of his life, Julian was ambushed by the daughter he never knew he had and overwhelmed by the love he had for her the minute he first saw her.


Daughters was written by Kathleen A. Keithley -- Story Idea and Poetry by Ofer Saly




Logline:Magdalene was a beautiful young woman who lived in Jerusalem -- the men literally lined up at her door. But the emptiness she always felt led her to love a Man who taught her that true love was in the heart and spirit.


Magdalene has been optioned by a production company.




Logline: An extraordinary young farm boy from the Midwest proves that there’s no such thing as an ordinary solider.


The book, An Ordinary Soldier, is a true story by Marvin Gebhardt and is available on Amazon.




Logline: Sarah Hunter is an IRS agent who is assigned to a hick town in Iowa to track down tax violators of bartering laws. She didn’t find many violators but she did find something more important – herself and where she belonged… and the most unexpected of all – true love.


Based on the book, The Secrets of Clayton County by Don Wooldridge which is available on Amazzon.




Logline:Ben Drake heeded the call to duty and joined the Union army to fight for the survival of the nation. Despite the perils and hardships he endured in the war, it was no match for the heartache he would face when he finally made it home again.


Based on the book, One Man's Ride through the Civil War by Johnny Johnson.




Logline: Four young men, buddies since grade school, fall under the spell of a sultry, beguiling woman who seduces each of them for her own nefarious purpose, leaving their friendship in shambles and their lives in chaos.




Logline:Dew has no idea that the Rose, the beautiful Cajun girl who he loved all his life, is being possessed by an angry and evil witch who lived long ago. Can love save the day and can Dew save Rose from herself?




Logline: A young Pakistani man learns that a look in the mirror reflects the harsh reality that everyone can be both a victim and an agent of bias and hate.


A Look in the Mirror is scheduled for a shoot in the Middle East.




Logline: Feeling abandoned by the cops and her lover, a rape victim strikes out alone to bring justice to the brutal assailant who still lurks. The young woman does not know, however, just how close he is lurking.


"The Host" was co-written by Christa Allison.




Logline: Homicide Detective Jack Luna is on the hunt to find the October Killer before he strikes again. The pressure is increased when he realizes that Oktubre is targeting his own sister as his next victim.




Logline: After ending an abusive relationship, Lea thinks she made matters worse by moving next door to an unsophisticated oaf. But beneath her new neighbor's rough exterior, Lea discovers a big heart and uncommon wisdom.


My completed screenplays include those listed below. By clicking on the graphics above, you will reach the synopsis for that work or you can link to the synopses using the links below:

The Jesus Trial(screenplay & novel)
The Hatcher File
The Valise
Daria
Fear Center
Words & Music by Queen
Revelation
The Good Adoption
Vernon's Sorrows
In Defence of Democracy (screenplay & stageplay)
The Myrmidons - A Police Tale (screenplay & novel)
The Swerve
The Cricketer
Murderous Mary and the Lucky One
The Nightingale Sings
Tee and Tea
Edmund Hammond
666 The Beast
One Thousand Showers (screenplay & memoir)
Brother Eugene
King of the Broken Hearts
Star of Dave
Not Since the Toothbrush
We the People
Dreams of Yesterday and Tomorrow (screenplay & novel)
OMNI: Supercomputer (screenplay & novel)
OMNI II: Legacy (screenplay & novel)
Safine's Son
Emerson's Hat (screenplay & novel)
Saved by the Banana
Like My Father
The Strawberry Harvest
Daughters
Magdalene
An Ordinary Soldier
The Secrets of Clayton County
One Man's Ride through the Civil War
Buddies
For the Soul of Rose
A Look in the Mirror
The Host
Oktubre
Porches
Broken Dreams
Where Is Sophia?
Love the Hoops Star
The Betting Man
The Midnight Shrink
Mickey and the Plowhorse
Clouds (unfinished, limited TV series)
I Am Not a Politician (unfinished, limited TV series)
Mr. Monk Saves Rash Natalie (spec teleplay)
Redemption (teleplay pilot)

Please contact me K. A. Keithley at k_keithley@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like excerpts from any of my works.

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