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Mysteries of the Desert

On August 6, 2024 Elicia received a distorted voicemail from her sister. Only four words were audible: “Bombay Beach,” and “help me.” Despite the warning of an oncoming sandstorm, Elicia travels to Bombay Beach in search of her missing sister.
In the deserted trailer park, engulfed by a sandstorm, Elicia and Alice must confront their inner demons.

  • Whitney Crowder
  • Adam Hardman
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    Horror, sc-fi, super uncanny horror
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    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • FilmQuest Film Festival Screenplay Competition 2023

  • PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition 2023

  • Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2023

  • ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2023

Writer Biography - Whitney Crowder, Adam Hardman

Whitney and Adam first worked together as producer and director on a project in late 2019, but when the film was shut down due to Covid, they took the year-long hiatus as an opportunity to team up and co-create something even better--Mysteries of the Desert.

Whitney Crowder: First-time screenwriter. Previously produced and starred in proof of concept shorts “The Loop: Undeniable” and “Mysteries of the Desert.” Other acting credits include the lead in Noise (Cannes Film Festival SFC Selection), and recurring roles on Fox’s 911 Lonestar, HBO’s The Deuce, and Hulu’s The Path.

Adam Hardman: Most recently written, directed, and co-produced short tech-noir, thriller "The Loop: Undeniable" and upcoming horror short "Mysteries of the Desert." Principal cast member in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (Cannes Film Festival Official Selection). Writer and Director of 3 feature films: Blood Money, The Lower Angels (NYC Horror Film Festival Official Selection), and YouChoose.

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Writer Statement

In the last couple years, I’ve gained true confidence in what I have to offer as a creator and a woman in the predominantly male-voiced world of horror. Paired with Adam’s same determination to showcase women characters with real grit and complexity, we wrote Mysteries of the Desert as a story of, not damsels, but fighters. Not victims, but survivors.
-Whitney Crowder