Ghostapus

Wiccans, stewardesses and a handsome, single lighthouse-keeper must battle a crooked gas company intent on fracking their land, which has already stirred the ire of a mysterious sea monster, Ghostapus – a ghost octopus! The mother octopus and her babies were killed by toxic dumping and now the town must act fast before the corporate monster and grieving sea monster cause any further carnage!

  • Lisa Hammer
    Writer
    Maybe Sunshine, Sweetheart Roland, The Willows, The Bitch, The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch
  • Script Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Number of Pages:
    100
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Script Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Albequerque, New Mexico
    Winner: Best Screenplay
  • Hollywood Hills Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    Winner: Best Screenplay
  • European International Film Festival
    St. Petersberg, Russia
    Winner: Best Screenwriter
  • LA Live Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nominated Best Screenplay
  • Shutter Speed Film Festival

    Semi Finalist Best Screenplay
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    Semi FInalist Best Screenplay
  • Reel Time International Online FIlm Festival
    The Interwebs
    Finalist Best Screenplay
Writer Biography - Lisa Hammer

Lisa Hammer is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, editor and musician. Hammer began her career as an art-house darling, creating cult films, like Pus$bucket, which screened all over the world, causing near riots and landing on Blockbuster and Tower video’s Top Midnight Movie lists. In 2016 her feature film The Sisters Plotz was screened at prestigious venues: the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and The Anthology Film Archives in NY, and has since been acquired by FandangoNow, Roku TV and Amazon Prime with great reviews. Her surrealist film Empire of Ache was acquired by The Getty Museum, in the feminist filmmakers archive curated by Miranda July. She co-directed the hitman mockumentary feature The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch with James Merendino (SLC Punk) which went on to win best feature film at the CMJ Music and Film Festival. Her original comedy series Maybe Sunshine has won numerous awards and gained thousands of fans, but she is perhaps best known internationally as the character Triana Orpheus on the Cartoon Network show The Venture Bros. Lisa has honed her filmmaking craft by directing some of the world’s greatest and most notorious talents: H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz), Arden Myrin (Orange Is the New Black), Clayne Crawford (Lethal Weapon), Jimmy Duval (Donnie Darko), Aarti Mann (Big Bang Theory), Russell Sams (The Rules of Attraction), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch), Allen Lewis Rickman (Boardwalk Empire), Yelena Shmulenson (A Serious Man) and Christiane Seidel (Fosse-Verdon). and celebrity personalities such as director Jeff Lieberman (Squirm), performance artist Selene Luna (Coco), and musicians Courtney Love (Hole) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Hammer's films have screened in hundreds of film festivals, one-woman shows, galleries, museums, schools, art-house theaters, rock and multi-media events all over the world. Lisa is currently editing a new horror-comedy feature film starring Molly Ringwald.

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Writer Statement

Ghostapus is a sarcastic dark comedy, monster-movie spoof with a climate change message. It's "Jaws" with a ghost-octopus, "Airplane!" with an airplane, with a dash of "Silent Spring". I wrote it while recovering from cancer, supporting the protectors at Standing Rock . My anger grew, watching the injustices served to the people who are protesting for the good of ALL of us. It doesn't stop at Standing Rock. Even as you read this, illegal and unwanted fracking is happening all over the globe. I am happy to deliver laughs in this fun comedy, including VERY sarcastic misogyny and Austin Powers style sensuality, but I am serious about addressing climate change and the destruction of wildlife, while being inclusive of diverse voices: Aboriginal, women, LGBTQ, the disabled and many other minorities. Ghostapus represents all the destroyed and displaced creatures of the earth. I chose to present my message through absurd comedy. It’s time for the underdogs to become overdogs!