Dedicated to discovering new LGBT feature screenwriters and fostering their talent and/or promote new LGBT feature screenplays, NewDraft (NewFest’s Screenplay Competition & Reading Series) presents readings of unproduced screenplays throughout the year. This year's selection is Boys in the Trees – winner of Outfest's Best Unproduced Screenplay 2011!
“When you’re a kid, you want to explore and see what’s hiding in the shadows, even if it scares the shit out of you. But when you grow up, you lose that. Scary things aren’t fun anymore. Just scary. So they shut them out.”
On Halloween 1997, teen skater, Corey encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend and now nemesis. He begrudgingly agrees to walk Jonah home after an accident leaves Jonah concussed. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them. As they walk through their memories and ghosts of the past, they are forced to confront a tragic truth about the changing nature of friendships.
Boys in the Trees is a new coming of age/ghost story by Nicholas Verso, produced by Mushroom Pictures.
We will have a one-off rehearsed reading in New York on Monday April 16th to see the script performed by a cast of young actors. We will invite feedback and audience response on the night.
Production is scheduled to commence in late 2012.