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PORCH PIRATE by John Silver (Based on Short Film)

Kenneth Petersen is a company worker who just got laid off from his job and is struggling to make financial ends meet to support his ill-stricken daughter from lung cancer. Returning to his old days as a package thief, Kenneth concocts a plan to steal a package containing valuable jewelry believed to be hiding in an old, ancient hometown in Tampa, Florida.

After stealing the package, Kenneth unknowingly opens a portal that sucks him into an alternate universe where a Witch has kept the souls of the damned. Kenneth discovers he was chosen as a worthy sacrifice for the Witch following his past as a notorious thief and is now put to the test to prove his worth of being redeemed for his past actions while also dealing with spirits from hell who tempt him into returning to his old criminal ways.

MPAA: Rated R for violent content including disturbing images and strong language.

NOTE: This is based on a short film I made earlier this year that has received several nominations including Best Picture; we won Best Editing and Best Original Story (

SECONDARY NOTE: As I now lean into pursuing film-making and writing, I aim to expand on this concept someday in the long run. Inspired by recent movies like Antlers, Malignant, and The Collector, I wanted to create a more human story with a darker twist following the themes of burglary, family, redemption, evil, and desperation.

Other Characters:

The Witch - An immortal, mystical adversary to Kenneth, known for stealing souls and punishing them for their criminal actions going back to several centuries in the past.
Lana Petersen - Kenneth's 15-year-old daughter sick with lung cancer.
Joseph Hauser - Rugged package thief who has been kept in Hell after stealing a package containing a portal to Hell. (Character from short film)
Sheriff Quentin Maguire - Roughneck sheriff who has a history with Kenneth's past criminal life.
Damon Wendell - Former criminal traumatized by the events of “Porch Pirate” who tries to uncover the mystery behind the Witch's universe.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Guillermo Del Toro 100% 

Cast Results

Kenneth Petersen Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Jason Clarke 100% 

The Witch Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Annabelle Wallis 100% 

Lana Petersen Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. McKenna Grace 100% 

Joseph Hauser Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Alfie Allen 100% 

Sheriff Quentin Maguire Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Alfred Molina 100% 

Damon Wendell Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II 100% 


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