Moonlight On The Water

A female Native American living as a Union soldier helps a pregnant woman escape invading troops at the close of the civil war. Wounded and on the run, the women battle the elements while evading a deranged Northern Officer bent on their capture.

  • J.M.R. SERRATO
    Writer
    A Pickle in the Pitkin House or Governor Pitkin Saves the Day (Melodrama for Stage)
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Historical Drama
  • Number of Pages:
    94
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Film Makers International Screenwritiing Awards
    Hollywood, CA
    Honorable Mention
  • The Athena List
    New York City, NY
    February 28, 2019
    Finalist Screenplay
  • Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
    Los Angeles
    November 1, 2018
    Quarterfinalist
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Glasgow United Kingdom
    October 29, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Colorado International Film Festival
    Denver, CO
    August 16, 2018
    Honorable Mention Screenplay
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    Chandler, AZ
    January 17, 2019
    Official Selection Screenplay
  • Chautauqua International Film Festival
    New York
    July 27, 2018
    Best Screenplay
  • The Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Beverly Hills
    April 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
    Hollywood
    February 20, 2019
    Quarterfinalist
  • RIchmond International Film and Music Festival
    Richmond
    April 23, 2019
    Quarterfinalist - Screenplay
  • Wexford Film Festival
    Wexford, Ireland
    August 3, 2019
    Finalist
Writer Biography - J.M.R. SERRATO

J.M.R. Serrato is an actor and writer based in Colorado, with three highly energetic children that love spending time in the outdoors.

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Writer Statement

The idea to write this screenplay came about when I heard a family story regarding a possible Iroquois ancestor. After months of geneology research, I did find an Irish ancestor named "Seneca Vaughn" and so began the story in my mind of how someone might come by that name. This lead to almost a year of research on the Civil War, including visiting Civil War Fort locations in NM and visiting the Seneca Reservation in NY. Writing socially relevant screenplays with an inclusive cast is my ultimate goal as a writer.