Sierra Vista author Weston Ochse has won the inaugural Buffalo Screams Screenplay Competition for his screenplay Desert Dogs, announced last night at the closing ceremonies of the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival in Buffalo, New York. Started by two independent film makers Greg Lamberson and Emil J. Novak to promote the visual arts in upper New York, the four day festival drew industry professionals from Europe, U.K., Asia and the U.S.
Desert Dogs tells the tale of two X-gen soldiers fresh back from the war who spend all their time lost in video games rather than in the real world. “I wanted to write about the dehumanization of war, but in a way that people would readily watch,” says Weston. The soldiers’ world changes when they encounter a pack of were-coyotes that give them the choice to become part of their pack and leave humanity forever, or stay human and deal with the consequences from which they have been running. The screenplay takes places in southern Arizona.
Weston Ochse has also won the International Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short fiction. He can be contacted through his website, www.westonochse.com.
PS: If anyone would like a copy of the screenplay, please feel free to contact me.