A young, sophisticated woman, suspicious of love, falls for a man with a reputation for breaking hearts, only to confront a shocking personal tragedy for their relationship to survive. Based on Joaanne Schwehm’s novel, Unexpected Chance (2013).
A failed writer’s life turns upside down when he learns his blood cures cancer.
A struggling writer, BRANDON MEEKS can barely piece together enough odd jobs to make ends meet. Even his barmaid girlfriend, JO LYNN, feels more secure than he does and is growing tired of Brandon’s stalled career. To make matters worse, Brandon has some druggies chasing him for unpaid debts—Brandon has been buying marijuana to help ease the chronic pain his sister JANE suffers from her cancer. So when Brandon literally stumbles into a blood bank, he seizes on the opportunity to make additional money by giving blood—repeatedly.
Little does he imagine that “there’s gold in those veins,” as his uncle physician, DR. FRANK MEEKS, tells him when news comes back from the blood bank that Brandon’s blood transfused into several dying cancer patients has completely cured them! Once an eager and ambitious journalist, DANNY (the brother of Brandon’s girl friend, Jo Lynn) learns about Brandon’s “miracle blood” and writes an unauthorized front page newspaper story about it, Brandon becomes headline news everywhere. Which leads to fame and fortune thanks to the enterprising efforts of his uncle and a few associates eager to get rich.
But it also leads to danger: the pharmaceutical industry (which has major cancer drugs now in jeopardy if Brandon’s blood becomes the new hope in the world in the fight against cancer) harasses Brandon relentlessly in order to silence him and put an end to his curative blood. Meanwhile, his drug connections, excited now by Brandon’s newfound wealth and celebrity, begin chasing after him even more intensely, trying now to extract ever greater amounts of money from him over his unpaid debt.
Amid these conflicts, doubts start to creep in from a few places in the medical community about the complete validity of the initial research into Brandon’s blood. Which drives Brandon into his greatest test: with so many people, most especially his own sister Jane who got one of the first transfusions from Brandon’s blood, staking their lives on the HOPE that Brandon ‘gift’ is genuine and transforming, Brandon now must confront the real possibility that all the early excitement and fervor over his ‘miracle blood,’ may be a cruel hoax. In a stirring climax, Brandon must choose between hope and truth.
Co-authored with Elizabeth Anne Martin
A self-centered woman contributes to a car crash killing a mysterious and beautiful young man, and then seeks redemption by becoming involved with the victim's identical twin brother-only to be shocked at where destiny finally takes her.
THE PHOENIX is a dramatic feature film project that explores the remarkable true-life story of Harold Dennis--a young man who pulled himself away from a tragic, transforming moment and revived his life with moving courage and inspiring vigor. We explore Harold's dramatic journey toward wholeness and self-esteem after surviving a 1988 bus crash near Carrolton, KY, in which a drunk driver rammed into a bus full of kids killing 27 out of 67 on board (the worst drunk-driving accident in U.S. History)
Harold, a young teenager at the time, not only had to confront the loss of his lifelong friend (who perished sitting next to him on the bus) but also the powerful fears that he would never find a girl or return to his life as an athlete. Despite his disfiguring scars and survivor guilt, Harold not only finds true love with a beautiful young woman, but a few years later he gets national headlines when he makes the University of Kentucky football team as a walk-on.
As Coach Bill Curry said, "Harold Dennis has a brutal situation, but the brutal situation doesn't have Harold." Harold won the Gene Autry and Arete Courage Awards, the latter presented by Evander Holyfield and Ahmad Rashad. His story was prominently featured on ESPN, CBS This Morning, People Magazine and Sports Illustrated.
At once a powerful coming-of-age sports drama and a moving love story, THE PHOENIX brings vividly to life the fascinating odyssey of how one young man's near-death catastrophe turns into a courageous life-sustaining quest.