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Script Pipeline Contest Winner “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Released 2019

By May 27, 2019 August 21st, 2019 No Comments

Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek released in January 2019, featuring the ensemble cast of James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk produced. Dunham makes his feature directorial debut.

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment. It made its West Coast premiere at Beyond Fest in Hollywood in October 2018.

“Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything.”
– Henry Dunham (writer/director, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek)

Formerly titled Militia, the script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre, and an “unquestionably strong calling card” for the up-and-coming Dunham.

“This film is nothing sort of a bold directorial debut,” said Misetich. “Has cult classic all over it. Meticulously designed scenes and a cast that’s nothing short of award-worthy. A real stunner–and one that we think changed very little from the draft that originally grabbed our attention.”

Henry was interviewed by Creative Screenwriting prior to the film’s debut at TIFF. Standoff has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from Slash Film, Birth.Movies.Death, and other top critics.

Read Henry’s Script Pipeline interview