Category: Short
Genre: Science Fiction
Logline: A young husband finds the cure for his wife’s incurable disease sitting in an old tanker inside a junkyard, but the owner of the yard is not about to let him leave with it or let his secret get out to the rest of the world.

Matt and Shana Reed are a young newlywed couple who moved away from a small town to the big city and who were forced to return to their roots when the Grand Conjunction occurred – the alignments of the nine planets in our solar system.

The various radioactive particles emanating s from the combination of the planets in the sky, mixed with the sun’s rays, produced a radioactive skin disease called the Shimmers. It was thought at first that sunscreen would protect the population, but little did anyone realize—until it was too late—the chemicals in the sunscreen acted as a catalyst to making the disease full-blown. A vaccine called EBO was created to counter the radiations’ effect, but people fought and killed each other over it. Soon, EBO became almost nonexistent as people hoarded it for themselves and their families.

Because aluminum salts like aluminum hydroxide and aluminum phosphate are common adjunctive properties to help stabilize the other chemicals in the vaccine, people took it upon themselves to melt down any aluminum they could find and inject it into themselves to build up their body’s immunity to the disease.

Shana has contracted the Shimmers. As a last-ditch effort, she and Matt break into a junkyard to find aluminum scraps to treat Shana. Matt is cornered at gunpoint by the yard’s owner, Creek Butler, an old redneck who’s seen more than his share of thieves, but Shana gets the drop on Creek. The couple force Creek to take them to his home behind the junkyard to use a common contraption called a COOKER to melt down the aluminum to inject into Shana’s veins, heroine style.

When the couple removes their face masks and skull caps inside Creek’s home, Creek recognizes them because he was friends with Matt’s deceased parents. Creek gets on them for his mistreatment and agrees to help them. He brings them his cooker, and Matt melts down a piece of an aluminum side-view mirror to inject into a weak Shana, who’s almost at death’s door.

Creek, knowing that the metal is toxic and killing more people than it is helping, knocks the aluminum out of Matt’s hands. He tells him there’s a better way. He takes them back out into the yard and rolls back a tarp covering a sludge-covered, rusted-out tanker marked EBO, which he hijacked a while back. Only a couple of sips of the EBO are all it takes to heal Shana, and she does a black-flip in the yard to show her power and energy. The acid rains, a common occurrence since the alignment, begin to fall, and the three head back to Creek house for shelter.

While the couple sleeps, Creek comes back out into the yard in the morning to gets some more of the EBO for the couple to take with them. Creek never shows the couple the stolen truck shipping order that he keeps hidden in a desk drawer. The tanker’s true content is only a PLACEBO trial vaccine.

  • Larry E Coleman
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  • Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards (Season 6)

    July 20, 2021
    Semifinalist in Short Category
  • Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition (2021)

    October 3, 2021
    Semifinalist Short Category
  • PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition (2021)

    October 15, 2021
    Quarterfinalist in Short Category
  • TSL Free Screenplay Contest (2021)

    October 29, 2021
    Quarterfinalist in Short Category
  • SWN TV Pilot Screenplay Competition (Goldman Award)

    April 3, 2021
    Semifinalist in Short Category
  • WeScreenplay Shorts Contest (2021)

    October 15, 2021
  • Shoot Your Short Screenplay Competition (2021)

    February 23, 2021
    Top 100 is Short Category
  • Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards (Fall 2020)

    February 18, 2021
    Semifinalist in Short Category
  • International Horror and Sci-Fi Short Screenplay contest

    April 17, 2021
    Finalist is the Short Category
  • 2021 Imaginarium Independent Film Festival

    July 11, 2021
    2nd Place in the Short Category
  • International World Film Awards

    August 31, 2022
    Best Short Script
  • Sunday Shorts Film Festival

    October 31, 2022
    Winner Best Short Script
  • Festival Angaelica"

    March 31, 2023
    Official Selection
  • IndieX Film Fest

    July 16, 2023
  • PopCon International Film Festival
    August 27, 2023
    Best Short Screenplay
Writer Biography - Larry E Coleman

Larry E. Coleman is a screenwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana. He loves writing sci-fi and character-driven dramas that shine a spotlight on the human condition and many of the social ills that plague our society. He was a Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Recipient in 2018 and was accepted into the International Screenwriters Association Development Slate in 2020. The ISA recently selected him as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021. He has placed in many screenplay competitions to date, including a first place win in the 2021 Script Summit Screenplay Competition for his animated comedy, The Magnificent Harry Fly. He has other placements in The Austin Film Festival, The Final Draft Big Break Contest, The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Contest, and The PAGE. His drama, Little Boys, a story dealing with male sexual abuse, placed in the top 15% of the 2019 Nicholl Fellowship.

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Writer Statement

Before beginning a screenwriting career, I held various positions with the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration, The Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. From my experiences working with diverse populations attempting to overcome tremendous barriers, I co-founded Crowner-Coleman Publishing, a small press dedicated to writing self-help material dealing with relationships, child custody, and co-dependency. Nonfiction writing led me to write fictional stories with purpose, leading me into the world of screenwriting.
My background allows me to write from a panoramic view about the many social ills I see in society. Thus, many of my scripts deal with sensitive topics such as race relations, the judicial system, and sexual abuse. However, everything is not doom and gloom, and, as one good book says, “A cheerful heart doeth good like a medicine.” No writer is one-dimensional, and I love writing stories that generate laughter, and the more insane, the better. I sometimes take a gut-wrenching drama and mix it with a bit of comedy. Sometimes it’s better to laugh than cry or cry and laugh simultaneously.