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Bones On Black Spruce Mountain

Seth and Daniel have ventured into the woods and swamps on their hikes and camping trips, but they’ve never climbed Black Spruce Mountain. Perhaps the legend of the abused foster child who ran away to hide there has stopped them - according to the story, his bones still lie in a cave on the mountaintop. Now, as summer ends, the boys feel ready for the lonely mountain’s challenge. But neither realizes what special significance the fate of the legendary boy has for Daniel, until their simple camping trip becomes a journey into a painful past that must be confronted.

  • David Budbill
  • Jackson Ellis
  • Nate Pollard
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    Screenplay, Treatment
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    United States
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Writer Biography - David Budbill, Jackson Ellis, Nate Pollard

SCREENWRITER: Jackson Ellis is a writer and editor from Vermont. With longtime creative partner Nate Pollard, he co-published the independent arts and music periodical, Verbicide Magazine, for nearly two decades. He has served as producer and creative consultant for numerous film projects by Shahab Zargari, and wrote the story for his dramatic short, OH, THE GUILT.

SCREENWRITER: Nate Pollard is a Brooklyn-based writer and multidisciplinary artist. He has worked for the past two decades in the New York City area as an art director and brand strategist, presently co-managing Lore PR with partner Kiri Jewell.

AUTHOR: David Budbill (June 13, 1940 – September 25, 2016) was an American poet and playwright. He was the author of eight books of poems, eight plays, two novels, a collection of short stories, a children's picture book, and dozens of essays. BONES ON BLACK SPRUCE MOUNTAIN was originally published in 1978 and gained massive popularity in the 1980s as a Bantam-Skylark mass market paperback, and maintained continued success in the ‘90s with mass market publication by Puffin Books.

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