Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter

Screenplays

A Noble Truth

Tim Pastoria, a twenty-seven year old once-rising songwriter, mysteriously disappears from the public spotlight and is now working as a repairman for ice machines in dive Buffalo, NY bars. When his estranged best friend, Tracey Morretti, returns to Buffalo after supposedly graduating from Columbia’s School of Journalism, he struggles to persuade Tim to take a road trip with him across America. Tracey wants to document the misery that pervades the country and the truths that he aims to find that unite people—information he’d like to use to write a book that, he hopes, would inspire people to make positive changes in

Awards & Honors

  • London Film Awards, 2016, Grand Prize: Feature Screenplay category
  • Awareness Film Festival, 2014, 1st Place
  • West Field Screenwriting Awards, 2014, 1st Place–“The New York Award”
  • Rated SR – Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014, Top Four Scripts
  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2013, Honorable Mention
  • Mountain Film Festival, 2015, Honorable Mention
  • Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2016, Finalist 
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2014, Finalist
  • Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, 2015, Finalist
  • Twister Alley International Film Festival, 2015, Finalist
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Courier Awards, 2015, Semifinalist
  • EyeCatcher International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Wayfarer Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Glendale International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • Sacramento International Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection
  • Oaxaca Film Festival, 2013, Official Selection
  • BLOW UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest, 2015, Official Selection
  • WriteMovies, 2013, Quarterfinalist
  • Filmmakers International, 2013, Second-Round Qualifier
  • Ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,700 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com
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Diplomatic Ammunity!

A struggling Hollywood screenwriter recruits his former best friends to help him write a script about a series of pranks they pulled in high school, and they discover why their friendship fell apart (ADAPTATION meets IDIOCRACY). Request Script Awards/Honors:

  • The Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2017, 3rd Place: Comedy
  • The Monthly Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2017, Semifinalist

Awards & Honors

  • The Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2017, 3rd Place: Comedy
  • The Monthly Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2017, Semifinalist
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Dellwood

James Caverela is a financially successful, but unhappy, novelist living in Madrid. When he hears that his best friend has been murdered in Buffalo, NY, the town where they grew up together, he reluctantly returns for the funeral. Driving through his old working-class neighborhood, James sees several sites that draw him into memory. An eleven-year old James and his older brother, Dan, play basketball to escape the religious indoctrination and abuse that they are subjected to at home and at Catholic school. Through their athletic skills and determination, they impress the punks who run the local basketball court, Dellwood, and are accepted as

Awards & Honors

  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2013, Honorable Mention
  • California Film Awards, 2015, Finalist, Diamond Award
  • Aura Screenwriter Awards, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Oaxaca Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection
  • Finow International Film & Script Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • San Francisco Global Movie Fest, 2015, Official Selection
  • WriteMovies, 2013, Quarterfinalist
  • Filmmakers International, 2013, Quarterfinalist 
  • Ranked 7th in both the Urban and Sports categories of MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”
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La Tierra Que Yo Amo (Land That I Love)

Thirty-year-old Zyanya “Zoe” Hall is a half-Mexican, half-American dual citizen who returns to her hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico after living in New York for the past seven years and trying, unsuccessfully, to make it as a dancer. Zoe sees herself as a New Yorker—progressive and socially/politically conscious—and dislikes the idea of having to return to a city where political corruption reigns, and where women and the Indigenous are second-class citizens. A few weeks before Zoe returns to Oaxaca, a young Indigenous girl was raped and killed in broad daylight, and the town is alive with protest. The mayor, nearing

Awards & Honors

  • London Film Awards, 2015, Grand Prize Winner: Feature Screenplay Category
  • Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2014, 1st Place: Drama Category
  • Auckland Film Festival, 2016, 1st Place
  • Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, 2015, 2nd Place: Drama Category
  • Awareness Film Festival, 2015, 3rd Place
  • British Independent Film Festival, 2017, Finalist
  • Southern California Screenplay Competition, 2016, Finalist
  • World Series of Screenwriting, 2016, Finalist
  • New York Screenplay Contest, 2014, Finalist
  • Hollywood Screenplay Contest, 2016, Finalist
  • WriteMovies 37, 2015, Finalist 
  • Extreme Screenplay Contest, 2015, Finalist
  • California Film Awards, 2015, Finalist
  • Anchorage International Film Festival, 2016, Finalist
  • Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition, 2015, Finalist
  • Amsterdam Film Festival, 2015, Finalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Semifinalist
  • FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2016, Semifinalist
  • Courier Awards, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Barcelona International Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention
  • Canada International Film Festival, 2015, Honorable Mention
  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention
  • Pasadena International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • European Independent Film Award, 2016, Official Selection
  • Swedish International Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Finow International Film & Script Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Glendale International Film Festival, 2014, Official Selection
  • Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • Albuquerque Film Festival & Comic Con, 2015, Official Selection
  • Hollywood Sky International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • Malta Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • Austria International Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • Cinema New York City, 2017, Official Selection
  • Eurocinema Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • ScreenCraft Fellowship, 2016, Quarterfinalist
  • Creative World Awards, 2016, Preliminary Finalist
  • Ranked 3rd in the Romance category, 10th in the Drama category, and 4th in the Urban category of MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”
  • Ranked in the top 2% of the more than 2,600 feature-length screenplays listed on MovieBytes.com
  • “Relatable premise, solid execution. Unique characters…Solid story structure, snappy dialogue.”       –Slamdance, 2014, Feedback
  • The story of a man and woman trying to find themselves in the backdrop of a close knit community trying to stop the corruption in their city is a strong premise and is well executed.”          –BlueCat, 2014, Feedback
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Sofi’s Journey

After graduating from a Peruvian university, twenty-one-year-old Sofi Diaz has difficulty finding a job in her native country. She applies at a ski resort in Montana through a work-abroad program and is hired. Though she’s scared to leave Peru, she accepts the position because she feels compelled to financially support her emotionally-abusive alcoholic mother and because she believes the trip could help her find some form of relief from the obsessive-compulsive disorder that has dominated her life since her father left the family the year before. Though she travels thousands of miles from her mother, Sofi finds herself right back in

Awards & Honors

  • River Bend Film Festival, 2015, Top Three Finalist–Independent Screenplay Category
  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention
  • Oaxaca Film Festival, 2017, Finalist
  • Barcelona International Film Festival, 2015, Finalist
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2015, Finalist
  • Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2016, Finalist
  • Sacramento International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • Media Adventures Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • WriteMovies 37, 2015, Quarterfinalist 
  • Ranked 10th in the Romance category in MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”
  • “Relatable premise, solid execution. Unique, recognizable characters that are well developed and have three-dimensional personalities…overall, it’s a great story with a lot of heart.”     Slamdance, 2014, Feedback.

 

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The Way Back Home

Cody Swanson is born deaf into a working-class family in rural Wisconsin. As he grows up, he watches his father continuously beat down his mother, both physically and emotionally, and Cody escapes into a lonely world of silence. But after a touching encounter with a wild husky that wanders in his backyard, Cody is miraculously able to hear. Cody develops a strong love of animals and pledges his life to protecting them—an ill-fated goal, as it is at odds with the tradition of the generations of Swansons who've worked in the town slaughterhouse and the expectation of Cody’s father that

Awards & Honors

  • Hollywood Screenplay Contest, 2014, Grand Jury Prize (Best Overall Screenplay)
  • Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2014, Grand Jury Prize (Best Overall Screenplay)
  • London Film Awards, 2014, Grand Prize Winner: Feature Screenplay Category
  • Chicago Screenplay Contest, 2014, 3rd Place: Drama Category
  • California Film Awards, 2015, 5th Place
  • Oaxaca Film Festival, 2015, Top 12 Finalist (of almost 1,000 submissions)
  • Cannes Screenplay Contest, 2017, Finalist
  • Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, 2015, Finalist
  • Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, 2014, Finalist 
  • New York Screenplay Contest, 2015, Finalist
  • Southern California Screenplay Competition, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Table Read My Screenplay, 2014 Semifinalist
  • Evolution Mallorca Film Festival, 2016, Semifinalist 
  • Reel Writers, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2014, Honorable Mention
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Official Selection
  • BLOW UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest, 2015, Official Selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • WriteMovies, 2014, Quarterfinalist
  • FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards, 2015, Quarterfinalist
  • Creative World Awards, 2016, Preliminary Finalist
  • Ranked in Top 2% of the over 2,500 scripts listed on MovieBytes.com
  • “Compelling premise, dynamic, recognizable characters. Snappy dialogue, solid story structure…Great scene painting, well done!”                     -Slamdance, 2014, Feedback
  • “A story that will stay with you and make you look in the mirror. A boldly honest story, so unbiased it can’t help but be dark.”    -Warren Smith, Summit Talent and Literary Agency
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Sandley (Short Screenplay)

A first-year teacher in an at-risk Los Angeles middle school finds the inspiration to confront his bullies through his interactions with a lovable, but equally teased student. Request Script Awards/honors:

  • Aura Screenwriter Awards, 2015, Finalist
  • Courier Awards, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Marquee Lights Competition, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Official Selection
  • Lake Charles Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Hollywood Sky International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Ranked 2nd in the Urban category, 8th in the Drama category, and 9th in the Comedy category of MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”

Awards & Honors

  • Aura Screenwriter Awards, 2015, Finalist
  • Courier Awards, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Marquee Lights Competition, 2015, Semifinalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Official Selection
  • Lake Charles Film Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Hollywood Sky International Film Festival, 2015, Official Selection
  • NewLife Film & Script & Music Festival, 2016, Official Selection
  • Ranked 2nd in the Urban category, 8th in the Drama category, and 9th in the Comedy category of MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”
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A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF THE BLUES (Short Screenplay)

An impressionable young man struggles to make sense of the alternating good and bad advice he receives from a much older friend as they travel through the heart of Mexican drug territory on a cursed trip to a remote Pacific coast beach. *Based on Jonathan LaPoma's short story of the same title that appeared in the November 2014 issue of 34thParallel Magazine. Request Script Awards/honors:

  • Near Nazareth Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival (October/November), 2016, Official Selection
  • Oregon Short Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Semifinalist 

Awards & Honors

  • Near Nazareth Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival (October/November), 2016, Official Selection
  • Oregon Short Film Festival, 2017, Official Selection
  • Los Angeles CineFest, 2016, Semifinalist 
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Harm for the Holidays

A few weeks before Christmas, twenty-two-year-old, Christopher Haskins takes a dry dive off a freeway overpass but lives. His older brother, Jim, an unrepentant asshole with a heart of gold, has just lost his job in Jacksonville and decides to move back to Buffalo to get a new job and get Chris out of their childhood home that he considers to be cursed. Three years earlier, their older sister, Dana, killed herself in that house, and Jim is worried that his younger brother is next. Quarterfinalist - Page International Screenwriting Awards - 2016 (1)Jim, however, quickly loses that new job

Awards & Honors

  • MAC Underground Film Festival, 2016, 1st Place
  • iHolly Next Generation Indie Film Festival, 2017, 1st Place: Drama
  • Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, 2017, 3rd Place: Comedy category
  • Indie Gathering Film Festival, 2016, 4th Place: Comedy category
  • WriteMovies Monthly Contest (December), 2016, Honorable Mention
  • California Film Awards, 2016, Honorable Mention
  • Oaxaca Film Festival, 2016, Finalist: Comedy category
  • Twister Alley Film Festival, 2017, Finalist
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2017, Finalist
  • Los Angeles CineFest (June Edition), 2016, Finalist
  • Table Read My Screenplay Contest, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Sacramento International Film Festival, 2017, Semifinalist
  • Extreme Screenplay Contest, 2016, Semifinalist
  • Austin Film Festival, 2016, Second Round
  • Page International Screenwriting Awards, 2016, Quarterfinalist
  • Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition, 2016, Quarterfinalist
  • WriteMovies Winter Contest, 2016, Quarterfinalist
  • Ranked 1st in the GLBT and 7th in the Drama and Comedy categories of MovieBytes.com’s “Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts”
  • “Our readers felt your script was effectively funny with nuanced and witty dialogue. Jim is a very well-rounded character with an interesting arc.”           –Austin Film Festival, 2016, Feedback
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