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Outlaws of Contrition County

"Sergio Leone meets Robert Rodriguez" in this action-packed homage to Hollywood's Western Golden Age, about a Sheriff's deputy with a mysterious past chasing a hijacked train through hostile territory during the American Indian Wars in 1889.

  • Sam Ball
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    Western, Action
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    United States
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  • Rome Movie Awards
    Rome, Italy
    October 4, 2021
    Official Selection
  • LA Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 29, 2021
    Best First Time Screenwriter - Honorable Mention (Feature)
  • Hollywood On The Tiber
    Rome, Italy
    November 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • New York Film Awards
    New York, New York
    November 10, 2021
    Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)
  • Circus Road Screenplay Contest

    April 2, 2022
Writer Biography - Sam Ball

I'm a writer from Chicago, Illinois, trying to make inroads with my work.

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Writer Statement

"Outlaws of Contrition County" is meant to incorporate modern tools and technology to enhance the storytelling methods of a straightforward homage to golden-age Hollywood Westerns in the vein of "Silverado" and "Tombstone", but with pacing and action setpieces that will appeal to modern audiences. This is the effective way to entice viewership. People already want to see a Western. That's why they show up in the first weekend. The reason they stop coming is that the product they're presented isn't a Western. It's either a highbrow think piece that's short on thrills or something more anachronistic in style, such as the 2016 remake of "The Magnificent Seven" or Netflix's "The Harder They Fall". Such offerings are worthwhile, but there needs to be a baseline. I write movies that will make people money. If you think I'm full of shit, try me.