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After the murder of her older brother, sixteen-year-old Cha’Relle is determined to keep his memory alive by creating a mural in his honor on a brick wall in her neighborhood, despite the possibility of being caught and charged with a crime. Knowing a white police officer is sitting in a bakery across the street and watching their every move, classmate Jo Lee is determined to convince Cha’Relle not to paint. Fully aware of the consequences, Cha'Relle contemplates facing the challenge head on.

  • David-Matthew Barnes
    Frozen Stars, Boxcar, Baby in the Basement, Threnody, Bracelets
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    Short Script
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  • Hamburg Film Awards
    Hamburg, Germany
    April 3, 2022
    Winner, Short Script
  • Art Film Awards
    Skopje, Macedonia
    March 31, 2022
    Honorable Mention, Short Script
  • Best Script Award
    January 23, 2021
    Best Super Short Script
  • Changing Faces International Film Festival
    Sydney, Australia
    December 15, 2017
    Best Screenplay Short
  • Chicago Indie Film Awards
    Chicago, Illinois
    February 7, 2021
    Official Selection, Best Unproduced Script
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    February 5, 2021
    Finalist, Best Short Script
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    April 3, 2017
    Best Screenplay Short
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York City, New York
    February 5, 2021
    Honorable Mention, Best Short Script
  • Oz Indie Film Festival
    Melbourne, Australia
    March 13, 2021
    Best Short Script
  • Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards
    Paris, France
    February 12, 2021
    Semi-Finalist, Best Short Script
  • Universe Multicultural Film Festival
    Rolling Hills Estates, California
    April 2, 2017
    Best Short Screenplay
Writer Biography - David-Matthew Barnes

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. Five of his stage plays have received off-off Broadway productions. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including the coming-of-age indie drama Frozen Stars and the award-winning Dutch film Wagon. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best 10-Minute Plays, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. With his screenplays, David-Matthew has placed in many screenwriting contests including Final Draft's Big Break, the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) Fast Track Fellowship, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, the ScreenCraft Feature Competition, the Scriptation Showcase, and the WeScreenplay Shorts Contest. He is the winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for playwriting, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards for playwriting from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He was named a finalist for the Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Writer Statement

My constant objective as a screenwriter is to tell the best story I can, specifically a story that can only be told on the screen. I am fascinated with telling stories about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances. With every script I write, my goal is to create as much tension and authentic emotion on the page as possible to provide every audience member with a transformative experience.