2013 Eddie Bauer Jr. Screenwriting Contest winner
2013 Columbia Gorge – Official Selection
2013 LA Movie Awards – Award of Excellence
Screenwriters: Erik H. Bernard & John Hoernschemeyer
Logline: A guilt-ridden, alcoholic detective battles occult forces to catch a cold blooded killer in a bayou town built on secrets.
Paradise Falls – a small town on the bayou – has not reported any murder or violent crime for ten years. It is an idyllic slice of heaven to its residents, but under the surface has some skeletons in its past.
When a young woman named CRETIA is killed in cold blood and the murder covered up by the town Mayor, the case is handballed to MAX DECKER – a washed-up former hotshot private investigator who has become the town drunk.
To Max, solving this case may just constitute redemption for past failures. But if he fails again, it may very well be his last hurrah. To accept the challenge, he’ll have to cast off a decade of drowning in drink and get himself back into working shape.
As Max’s investigation kicks into hear, he dredges up some disturbing secrets behind the history and culture of Paradise Falls. Aided by the neighboring SWAMP PEOPLE, he faces attempted assassinations, unwelcome house calls, a truculent local SHERIFF, and the town’s own peculiar religion – the Winged Serpent.
Soon Max comes to discover that this is no ordinary case as he comes face to face with apparitions that can only be described as supernatural in appearance. It will lead him to question the truths of angels, demons, the occult and belief in general. As he gets closer and closer to uncovering the truth, his own past – and his greatest failure – returns to haunt him.
In the moment of his greatest despair, he comes to the realization that there’s more than just a killer to bring to justice – the souls of the entire town are at stake.
Max must sober up and stay alive if he’s to have any hope of exposing the conspiracy and unraveling the dark secret of Paradise Falls.