Fiction Films

Alison McMahan is an optioned author, award winning screenwriter and documentary producer with over a dozen years experience. She writes all of the scripts for the non-fiction films she produces. A sample of  her narrative screenplays are listed below.

She has taught screenwriting courses at the Emerson College Extension Program in the Netherlands and the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center in Pleasantville, NY. She has given one-day workshops in venues as diverse as Kansas University, in Lawrence, Kansas, the Free University of Amsterdam (VUU), and the Dance Lab at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

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Sci-Fi thriller based on short story "Rub-a-Dub" by Daniel Galouye
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South Florida, the near future. Climate change has left many coastal cities, including Miami, flooded and nearly uninhabitable. There are tent cities clustered on the tops of buildings, yachts gathered covered-wagon style with armed gunman patrolling the decks and pointing their weapons at passing helicopters.  

Earth will soon be unlivable. Humanity needs a new home.  

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on a word
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Thriller, Fantasy, Romance

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What if Franz Kafka didn’t die, but poured his life into a doll?

Inspired by the true story of the letters Kafka wrote from a doll to a little girl. Based on the poem The Wanderer King by Theodore Deppe.

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Berlin. 1988. The wall is still up.

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Historical Drama
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Puerto Rico, 1917.

Puerto Rico. She left a Spanish colony and came home to an American territory. 

Juliana Roldan, a Puerto Rican debutante, returns from finishing school in Madrid. Her brother Jose, Puerto Rico's biggest rum distiller, wants her to marry one of his cronies, but Juliana only has eyes for Fernando, the son of one of their Carib servants. While her brother fights Prohibition, she helps Fernando start his white rum business.

Puerto Rico. Spanish or American, doesn't matter; what matters is the land.

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Low budget contained thriller
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Brianna McKinley hates working at the clinic but loves dating the suave Jack Toland. Jack arrives for tonight’s date completely broke. Brianna makes the dumbest mistake of her life when she agrees to be smuggled into a concert in the trunk of the car.

In just a few minutes the car is hit and Brianna is knocked out. She wakes up hours later, injured, dehydrated, alone. She cries out for help. No answer.

Then there are voices. Corporate security agents Henny and Lon search the car. Brianna thinks she is saved. 

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Horror/Thriller
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A successful saleswoman is arrested for hunting down and killing known murderers in her sleep, but soon the law realizes she can help them find the killers before they strike again.
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NYU MFA Graduate Film
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UNION SQUARE, (1986) color, 16mm. 20 mins.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY: Union Square was written and directed by Alison McMahan as her graduate thesis film for her Masters in Film Production at New York University.