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Dakota Caves - 2 Miles

TITLE: Dakota Caves - 2 Miles (Short version)

AUTHOR: A Robert J. Rogers Screenplay

LOGLINE: Scrambled eggs aren't what they're cracked up to be, especially when they stop in for a visit.

GENRE: Horror/Thriller/Science Fiction


SYNOPSIS: Elmwood, a sleepy town in rural Nebraska, is the epicenter of an alien invasion. A spaceship drops trillions of egg-shaped objects into the atmosphere that float down and hover on the ground. While the planet attempts to understand what they are, inside is a growing, vicious, creature that ultimately cuts it's way out of the shell, and attacks humanity with blood-thirsty intentions. As three couples navigate through the apocalyptic massacre, they learn the devastating truth about why they're here. Kill all men! Feed on children! Capture women to use as next-gen breeders! And find their queen who happens to live in ... Elmwood, Nebraska.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The War of the Worlds. Alien.

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Writer Biography - Robert J. Rogers

Biography - Mr. Robert J. Rogers

Robert J. Rogers was born on November 21st, 1953 in Toledo, Ohio. With his two older brothers, he grew up in a small farm town in northwestern Ohio. In 1963, Bob, his brothers, and his parents; mom was a fourth grade teacher, dad was an accountant, moved to Sandusky, Ohio. While at Sandusky High School, Bob sang in the choir, and played trombone in the marching, dance, and concert band. He also threw discus on the track team.

Each summer Bob played Dixieland trombone at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in the world-famous Hobo Band. The bands fame culminated by appearing as one of the dance teams on the Miss Teenage America Pageant in Fort Worth, Texas. But when Bob was a senior, his life completely changed. He had an extraordinary English teacher who taught him how to write. And write he did.

After Bob's freshman year at Ohio State University, he traveled to Europe -- ten countries in twenty-eight days -- with a national orchestra and choir out of Pittsburgh. One of the more memorable venues was singing in an eight hundred year old church north of Amsterdam. The music just exploded off the earthen walls. And for the finale, the choir surrounded the audience and sang a cappella -- "I'd like to teach the world to sing" -- bringing everyone to tears. What a moment! What a memory!

While at Ohio State, Bob was an active member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also tried out for, and made, the prestigious Ohio State University Marching Band. And during his four years, he marched in three Rose Bowl parades in Pasadena. Bob also threw discus on the track team at many NCAA track meets including the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. And on the side, Bob wrote term papers for other students. Fifty bucks. A thousand words. Any subject except the sciences. And he could do it in under an hour. It paid for a lot of beer, and a lot of dates. One of his papers won an award, and another helped a student graduate.

After college Bob took a catering job with a hotel company outside of Chicago. Several years later as Vice-President of Marketing he wrote, and taught from, a manual on hotel sales and marketing. His meteoric rise was well deserved. But there was a price to pay for climbing the ladder so quickly. And that price, was his life.

In November 1990, Bob received a kidney/pancreas transplant at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. The surgery saved his life. Another life-saving moment came when they rolled him out of intensive care onto the transplant floor. A nurse walked into his room, and into his life, and Bob and Virginia have been together ever since. In May 1999, they were married on the shores of Lake Keowee.

As if destiny knew what was needed, Bob discovered the Duke surgeons had made a catastrophic mistake that killed his transplanted kidney. And had it not been for Virginia’s skills to counter the mistakes, Bob would have died.

While enduring over fifteen years of corrective surgery, blood transfusions, hemodialysis, and a second kidney transplant at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Bob bought a book at Barnes & Noble on screenwriting. When his research was complete, he finished his first play titled, 'Patient Friendly'. Turns out Bob's suffering occurred for all the wrong reasons.

Since then he's written five more plays: ‘The Salt Box’- an unlikely romance between a Union soldier and a southern belle; ‘Hell on Neptune’- a teen builds a ray gun forcing the family to flee from everyone; "Dakota Caves - 2 Miles" - a short horror screenplay involving a horrible alien invader with three things on their mind, and they're all deadly. The feature version of "Dakota Caves - 2 Miles". It's framed similar to "War of the Worlds", but without the divorce crap. And finally "Strappado". Millennial's awaken souls that were accused, tortured, and hung for witchcraft centuries ago. What happens next makes blood running down the gutter seem docile.

Currently Bob and Virginia reside in Simpsonville, South Carolina with their four-legged son, Duncan. And yes, he watches and barks at the TV!

[And the moral of the story is, no matter what you've endured in the past, you’re one keystroke away from changing your future.]


1. Finalist - Best Short Script - 2015 Independent Horror Movie Awards -

2. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2015 London Film Awards - London, England

3. Finalist - Short Script Competition - 2015 California Film Awards - San Diego, California

4. Semi-Finalist - Short Script Competition - 2015 Short Script to Screen Contest - Los Angeles, California

5. 2nd Place - Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 Mountain Film Festival - Pennsylvania

6. WINNER - Screenplay Competition - 2016 Madhouse Movies Film Festival -

7. Nominee - Best Short Screenplay - 2016 Genre Celebration Film Festival - Los Angeles, California

8. Nominee - Short Script Competition - 2016 The Brightside Tavern Film Festival - Jersey City, New Jersey

9. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival - Charleston, South Carolina

10. Finalist - 2016 Twister Alley Film Festival - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

11. 2nd Place - Short Sci/Fi Screenplay Competition - 2016 International Horror Hotel - Hudson, Ohio

12. WINNER - Best Screenplay - 2016 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival - Milford, Michigan

13. Finalist - Short Screenplay - 2016 Genre Blast Short Script Film Festival - Midlothian, Virginia

14. WINNER - Best Screenplay Short - June - 2016 Chandler international Film Festival - Chandler, Arizona

15. Nominee - Writers Block for Best Short Screenplay - 2016 Snake Alley Festival of Film - Burlington, Iowa

16. Semi-Finalist - Best Short Screenplay - 2016 - 'The Film Awards'

17. Semi-Finalist - Best Short Screenplay - 2016 Sunset Blvd. International Film Awards

18. WINNER - Best Short Screenplay Competition - 2015 Vermont Film School Film Festival and Screenwriting Competition - West Burke, Vermont

19. Finalist - Best Short Screenplay - 2016 Horror in the Hills - Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

20. Nomination - Best Short Screenplay - 2016 Oregon Short Film Festival, Wilsonville, Oregon.

21. Semi-Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 SoCal Screenplay Festival, Huntington Beach, California.

22. Finalist - Best Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 Northeast Film Festival - Teaneck, New Jersey.

23. WINNER - Best Short Sci-Fi Fantasy Script - 2016 American Grindhouse Film Festival, Miami, Florida.

24. WINNER - Short Script Silver Award - 2016 Summer International Independent Film Awards, Encino, California.

25. Finalist - Short Screenplay Contest - 2016 Twisted Horror Picture Show - Woodward, Oklahoma.

26. WINNER - Short Screenplay Contest - 2016 Haunted Horror International Film Festival.

27. Finalist - Best Script Competition - 2016 Wexford Film Festival - Wexford Town, Ireland.

28. Finalist - Short Screenplay Contest - 2016 Orlando Film Festival, Orlando, Florida.

29. Finalist - Best Screenplay Competition - 2016 Golden Gate International Film Festival - Cupertino, California

30. Finalist - Best Screenplay Competition - 2016 Dazed 4 Horror Film Festival.

31. WINNER - Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 Oregon International Film Awards

32. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2016 Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival - Sydney, Australia.

33. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

34. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 Irvine International Film Festival, Irvine, California.

35. Semi-Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 Boomtown Film and Music Festival - Beaumont, Texas.

36. WINNER - CLAW AWARD WINNER - Best Short Length Sreenplay - 2016 Terror Film Festival - Malvern, Pennsylvania.

37. WINNER - Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 Steam House Entertainment Film Awards - Modesto, California.

38. Finalist - 2nd Place - Short Script Competition - 2017 American Gem Literary Festival- Ames, Iowa.

39. WINNER - Best Thriller Screenplay - 2017 Top Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles, California.

40. Finalist - Best Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 WINDY CITY International Film festival, Chicago, Illinois.

41. WINNER - Best Screenwriter - 2017 - The Howling Wolf International Short Film Festival - Glasgow, Scotland.

42. WINNER - Best Thriller Screenplay - 2017 Red Corner Film Festival (The feature version of this play was also selected as a finalist! )

43. WINNER - Best Short Script Competition - 2017 TOP Indie Film Awards.

44. Finalist - Horror Feature Screenplay Competition - 2017 Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition - Las Vegas, Nevada.

45. WINNER - Best Short Screenplay - August - 2017 Los Angeles Film Awards - Los Angeles, California.

46. Finalist - Throw-up Thirty Screenplay Competition - 2017 Creeper Film Festival - San Antonio, Texas.

47. Finalist - Short Horror/ScuFi Screenplay Competition - The 2017 National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards - Bray, Co. Wicklow.

48. Finalist - Best Short Script - 2017 Diabolical Horror Film Festival ~ Los Angeles, California.

49. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 The Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Competition, Austin, Texas.

50. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2017 World Series of Screenwriting - Los Angeles, California.

51. WINNER - Best Short Screenplay - American Filmatic Arts Awards - New York, New York.

52. WINNER - Best Script - Feature Screenplay Competition - 2017 North American Film Awards - Canada

53. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition- 2017 SF IndieFest Film Festival, San Francisco, California.

54. Finalist - Screenplay Competition - 2017 The Golden Skull Film Awards - Glasgow, Scotland.

55. Semi-Finalist - Screenplay Competition - ME Film Festival - Milledgeville, Georgia.

56. WINNER - Best Screenplay Competition - 2018 Short. Sweet Film Festival - Cleveland, Ohio..

57. WINNER - Gold Award - Short Screenplay Competition - 2018 Virgin Spring CineFest - West Bengal, India.

58. Semi-Finalist - Best Short Screenplay Competition - Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, Bucharest, Romania.

59. Semi-Finalist - Best Screenplay Competition - 2018 Chautaugua International Film Festival - Jamestown, New York.

60. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2018 Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film festival - Los Angeles, California.

61. Finalist - Screenplay Competition - 2019 North Europe International Film festival - London, England. (Interview on YouTube)

62. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 Hyperwave Film Awards - Carson, California.

63. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 Olympus Film Festival Los Angeles, Studio City, California.

64. WINNER - Best Horror Script - 2019 Southeast Regional Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida.

65. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 "Horror in the Heat" Film Festival - Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

66. WINNER - Award Winner - Best Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 Golden Hollywood International Film Festival, Hollywood, California.

67. Semi-Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards

68. Finalist - Short Screenplay Competition - 2019 HORRORIGINS Film Festival - Chamblee, Georgia.


Congratulations to you for winning Best Screenplay Short! Our jury loved your writing in "Dakota Caves - 2 Miles"! We hope you take pride in that. Thank you for being a part of LAFA17.

Nami, Roy, and the LAFA team

Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic screenplay with us. Robert, we loved it, and we wish you all the best on your future writing success.

Dale Janke
American GrindHouse Film Festival


Hell on Neptune-
Dakota Caves - 2 Miles (Short) -
Dakota Caves - 2 Miles (Feature)
The Salt Box -
Strappado -
Patient Friendly -
Rogue's Coward -

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Writer Statement

"Dakota Caves - 2 Miles" is based on a short story I wrote in the sixth grade. I started writing this script on September 25, and finished September 30, 2015. And the success this story has enjoyed worldwide borders unbelievable. R.J. Rogers...

(Elmwood, Nebraska is his wife's home town.)C