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Dawson

LOGLINE: Against the backdrop of the Montana Rockies, a young man must solve a cold case murder and avenge his father’s death.
SYNOPSIS:
The American West has always accommodated big egos, big men. Few are bigger than Don who concocts a scheme to garner enough mineral rights to bring fracking to the valley. He has never let anyone, or anything stand in his way when he wants something—not even his best friend.
Bo is the son of Don and Veronica, still beautiful in her fifties but deathly ill. Mean, overbearing, Bo has set his cap for Cammi, who works at the local bar. She’s beautiful and sexy, but she has no eyes for Bo. Every man who woos Cammi is chased off by Bo, with violence if necessary.
Into this small town and this situation come Dawson and Conner, capable, strong, and willing to work. Dawson works for Cammi’s mother, Dot; Conner is hired by Lincoln, an old man who needs the help. While Cammi an Dawson fall in love, Conner makes friends with the local newspaper editor. It is Conner who prods the editor to highlight a cold case, a thirty-year-old murder. Bringing the case to the present almost kills Conner and the editor when the newspaper warehouse goes up in flames.
Don’s plan to control the valley is stifled by two holdouts—Dot and Lincoln. Bo is recruited to shoot Lincoln’s cattle in an effort to drive out the old man. That effort is stymied by Conner who once was an Army sniper.
When Conner is blown away by a shotgun blast, the town is aghast—until Bo rapes Cammi. He flees to the mountains. Dawson hunts down Bo, and his death is almost an accident. During the grieving, Veronica learns that a bone marrow transplant might save her life. But Bo, her only blood relative is dead. Her chance is dead…until the local doctor reveals that another baby, a baby believed stillborn, might be available.
And the saga of Don and Veronica’s first born sees the light of day. Don paid the doctor to kill the baby, but the doctor, instead, placed the baby with a woman whose baby was stillborn. The doctor needed money, and he thought he had found a viable solution. That baby?
Dawson.
Don’s dream is kaput, especially when he admits to killing Dawson’s father, Veronica’s first husband. Don did it because he could. The West is like that, tamed by those willing to do what is necessary. Don also killed Conner, but when he tries to kill Dawson, the tables are turned. Don dies.
A bone marrow transplant, a wedding, the mountains greet new leaders, men, and women whose grasp sometimes exceeds their reach.

  • Pamela Beach
    Writer
    SEEING, TANGLED FEAR, TERROR ON THE LAKE, BEYOND THE REDWOODS
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Drama, Crime, Thriller, Moderndaywestern, #mystery, #murder, suspense
  • Number of Pages:
    113
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography - Pamela Beach

Pamela Beach studied Creative Writing at Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College. Passionate about writing, she self-published several short stories and a few books on juicing. She has written several screenplays and pilot scripts and continues to write daily. While Pamela has written in various genres, she most at home writing Thriller/ Suspense, Thriller/Horror, and Crime Thrillers.

Pamela currently has three scripts under option, two films in pre-prod, and two others in development stages.

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Writer Statement

Dawson is a face-paced, suspenseful drama...a crime, murder, mystery with a tase of a modern-day western vibe that will keep the audience engaged until the end.