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    XI edition

    Double Drop

    A prosperous underground electronic music DJ Mark performs for thousands of people worldwide every week until becoming addicted to drugs believing he controls the situation. When the media from one interview goes wild quoting out of the context a simple sentence stating Mark against the gay people, he experiences a rapid drop from being the TOP DJ to nobody. He is forced to return to his homeland, even his manager gives up on Mark leaving him with empty pockets. There is only one supportive person – old friend, musician Ro, but Mark pushes away even him feeling misunderstood and underestimated.

    After some vandals burn Mark’s studio/home, his world collapses even physically. Mark is forced to understand that his previous life has ended and he should re-invent or destroy himself unconditionally.

    Nearby Mark finds a shelter in local theatre warehouses. Being still irrational Mark finds a recently dead man laying between the construction stuff. There is an unsent letter in his pockets and after Mark buries the man, he puts the letter in the mailbox.

    Every week stage workers arrives to the warehouse and Mark lends a hand. Chief-worker Kostas offers Mark a regular job in the theatre and starts caring of Mark like his own son. The routined ordinary job and Kostas’ support helps Mark to start living a pure life.

    A young woman Stella, after getting a letter from her father, appears in the theatre. She is looking for answers and wants to find somebody who has been the last one seeing him. It’s the Mark who offers help and soon their relations becomes friendly until he has to decide whether to tell the truth about her father or not.

    In a while Mark discovers himself in a theatre sound studio. During the nights he tries to write. There – alone with his own music, Mark acknowledges the true meaning of music in his life and fatuity of the fame. When the local homophonic society finds out that Ro, Mark’s best friend, is a gay, Mark supports and stands up for him, simultaneously re-evaluating Ro’s offered help deciding the next steps in the world of music.

    LATVIA

    Maris Martinsons

    An internationally awarded film director, screenwriter, editor and producer. He has graduated the Latvia State Conservatory, the study programme Drama theatre director. During his studies and afterwards for almost a decade he worked in the theatre as a stagehand. Later Martinsons became independent director/producer and made a great number of music videos for Latvian and Lithuanian musicians as well as produced various audio-visual projects.

    Martinsons has written and published six novels in Latvian and Lithuanian.

    Martinson’s first feature film “Loss” (2008) has won Best Director and Best Music awards in the Shanghai International Film Festival . “Loss” and his next feature film “Amaya” (2010) have been submitted for Academy Awards for Best Foreign language film consideration. Currently Martinsons is in post-production phase of the “Magic kimono”, the first Latvian – Japanese coproduction. At the same time, he is working on a new feature film with working title “Double drop”, that encompasses his passion for film, music and theatre.

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

    Scott Alexander

    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA