A young boy learns that not all presents come in a box with a fancy wrapper. Some of the best presents are not even wrapped at all.
Christmas is a time of joy around the world for little boys and girls.
At least… most of them.
Despite having a not so jolly family life, Joey (5) still has high hopes for a visit from Santa. Breaking out the milk and cookies, Joey waits with baited breath to see what Kris Kringle has left for him. But when the big day arrives, all that’s waiting under that tree is the harsh truth. And a family that’s far from merry.
Holiday dreams crushed, Joey heads outside to greet the day – and runs across Walter (55), a “special emissary” from the North Pole. Taking the boy under his wing, Walter gives Joey words of encouragement… not to mention a very special present.
A life affirming story, Hero’s Gift is a dramatic tale destined to warm your heart – without schmaltzing you to death. Directors take note: whoever unwraps this script first is bound to light up any film festival audience!
About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook is director of the short film “Them That’s Dead“ and writer of produced feature films “Finders Keepers: The Root of All Evil” and “Blackout“. She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written over sixty short screenplays and ten features. (Yeah… that’s not a typo. Six ZERO.) She can be reached at gatortales – “AT” – gmail.
Budget:Low. Interior and exterior of a two bedroom house will do the trick for the entire production.
About the reviewer:Brett Martin is an unrepped writer living in Los Angeles. He sold an action/thriller to Quixotic Entertainment, which is associated with Zack Snyder. He’s working on two new features as he continues his quest to be a professional screenwriter. He can be reached at soleil.rouge13 – “AT” – gmail.
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