Welcome to my script-teases!

This site has first-pages samples from a few of my produced and un-produced screenplays. Questions? Contact me at jlbarkey at hotmail dot com (put "scripts" in the subject line).

These scripts are formatted to fit a computer screen. If they're wonky on your phone... sorry.

MARLENE THE DIVINE

Logline: A grieving widower's plans for revenge are thwarted by the 150th incarnation of God Almighty: a kidnapping, bank-robbing black woman named Marlene.

M.T.D. is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. 

Click THIS LINK to view a MARLENE THE DIVINE promotional package, which includes character breakdowns and a brief synopsis of the story.

COITUS

Logline: When an invasive entity latches onto a decrepit station in orbit over earth, a homesick botanist and his estranged lover must fight not only for their lives, but for the fate of humanity as well.

COITUS is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. In 2015, it received a Silver Medal in the Page International Screenwriting Contest.

NOTE: The following has sex in it. So don't read it if you hate sex.

THE SUICIDE CODE

Logline: A pregnant teenage redneck must run for her life after hacking into a secret NSA computer program that could trigger global catastrophe.



THE SUICIDE CODE is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. 

Click THIS LINK to view a T.S.G. promotional package, which includes character breakdowns and a synopsis of the story.


GINSENG

Logline: An ex-military alcoholic angers territorial locals when he drags his estranged son on a camping trip into the Appalachians.





GINSENG is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. In 2015, it was a finalist in the Nashville Film Festival screenwriting competition, and a quarter-finalist in the Page and Big Break contests.

Click THIS LINK to view a GINSENG promotional package, which includes character breakdowns and a synopsis of the story.

NOTE: The following excerpt contains harsh language. 

ONLY THE GOOD

Logline: A conservative Christian pastor is pushed into a relationship with his gay neighbors, and learns a lesson about love that could save his relationship with his son.

ONLY THE GOOD is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. A super-early draft of it was a 2nd Rounder in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition.

*NOTE: The following excerpt contains harsh language, and a (discreet) description of people having the sexy time. 

TWO FOR TEA

Logline: Things take a turn for the worst when the law shows up to take a retired schoolteacher's grandson into custody.

TWO FOR TEA is a short film that was produced in the summer of 2014 by director Ben Joyner

It has played a number of venues, including the Cucalorus, RiverRun, Nashville, Cincinnati, San Jose, Asheville, and Marion Film Festivals. 

Here's the film (view script-sample after the jump)...



Two for Tea from Benjamin Joyner on Vimeo.


PINK

Logline: A tormented artist under house arrest has just three days left in his tracking anklet when a friend stashes a toddler's backpack full of stolen drugs in his home.


PINK is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. It is currently in post production with Director Austin Herring in the summer of 2015. Contribute to the film HERE for your very own pre-release copy, and a bucket of unicorn-glitter.

*Note: The following excerpt contains harsh language. 


FOUNDER

Logline: Teenage genius Jayce Loman hijacks an untested time machine into a post-technological future where his is the most hated name in history.

FOUNDER is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. It is adapted from the novel JAYCE (Also by Josh Barkey, and available on Amazon HERE). In 2014, it was a quarterfinalist in the Page and Big Break screenwriting contests.


POUNDERS

Logline: When two brothers enter the harsh, highly competitive world of Canadian industrial treeplanting, the older brother's talent threatens to tear their relationship apart.

POUNDERS is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. 

It was a quarterfinalist for the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship, a finalist in the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, a semifinalist in the 2014 Big Break Contest, and a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Bluecat Screenplay Competition.

LOCKER 212

LOCKER 212 is a short film that tells the story of a high school bully who gets his wallflower-victim caught up in a pot-smoking "sting." 

It's an exploration of how making real, human connections with our most lost and hurting kids can help us alleviate the bullying and violence that have plagued our schools. 

LOCKER 212 was produced in the summer of 2013 by director Matt Nunn. It stars Nick Searcy, Jacob Leinbach, and Matt Mitchell.


LOCKER 212 from Matt Nunn on Vimeo.

KILLING HARPER

KILLING HARPER was the second feature-length screenplay I ever wrote, and was a 2013 Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist.

It also kind of sucked.

So I took what was good about it - the kernel of a story that was probably what drew the Nicholl judges' attention - and rewrote it as a stand-alone, 28-page short film.

This short film could, I think, be fairly easily expanded into a feature that would be much better than the original. Right now I've got other projects on the go and don't feel like putting in the time... but who knows?