Script File

Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Lower East Side Story)

In early 60’s New York, a shattered young man, recently released from a mental hospital, battles his manipulative sister for the family inheritance, discovering through newfound friends that family is not always blood.

  • Mark Bowes
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  • International Film Awards - Winter Session 2017

    January 15, 2017
    Official Selection
Writer - Mark Bowes
Writer Statement


My name is Mark Bowes and I currently live in Denver, CO. I’ve lived all over the world, from Japan to Berlin. Over the last 20 years, after working odd jobs as a teacher in Japan, a movie theater manager, a college admissions counselor and a graphic designer, I’ve resurrected my interest in filmmaking and screenwriting, while operating a one-man videography business. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 90’s, where I was one of the only students endeavoring in narrative work. My first short film, “Get Happy or The Night Judy Garland Started A Riot”, was shown in festivals in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Chicago and Denver.
Being a gay man, my work has always centered around gay themes. I’m particularly interested in historical or period pieces that illustrate the struggle of the LGBT community. I feel there is a lack of quality films with compelling and realistic gay characters. Granted cable has been pushing the envelope with content, but film has been lagging in that arena. I would like to contribute work that fills this void.
I plan on continuing writing stories that illuminate and explore the diverse and vast LGBT history in the US from the 1950’s forward. The screenplay you are reading is set in a colorful period of US history that particularly intrigues me, from the art and music to the birth of political activism. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for your time!

Mark Bowes