In 1781, a slave, the first mate, and an unscrupulous passenger with ulterior motives find themselves in deadly and historically-altering circumstances on a slave ship voyage.

Second Rounder at the 2016 Austin Film Festival!

An early draft of Cargo advanced to the Second Round in the Drama category at the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, a distinction achieved by only about 15% of the 9,100 entries!

Industry Reader Feedback...

"Our readers commend the vivid detail you used to tell a difficult story. Keep writing!"
- Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director - Austin Film Festival (AFF)
"The narrative...has a very compelling nature in the vivid picture of the horrors described"
"...is able to show very graphically the trials of the slaves on the ship"
"Good choice on historical piece and time."
- First Round Reader (AFF)
"The characters feel real to the world that is created."
"It has structural builds and arcs fitting a script of this genre."
- Second Round Reader (AFF)
"vivid, distinct characters"
- Blacklist Evaluation #1
"the type of project that really needs to be put together with an A-list producer and creative team to really have a shot given the scale and inherently challenging topic"
- Blacklist Evaluation #2
"It has an unpredictable and exciting third act with a strong conclusion that will leave audiences very satisfied"
"an enjoyable read with a unique and high concept"
- Blacklist Evaluation #3
"focuses on...an aspect of slavery that--though often discussed and eluded to--is rarely seen on film"
- Blacklist Evaluation #4
"a strong...ability to bring the world to life and craft believable period dialogue"
- Blacklist Evaluation #5

About the Screenplay...

Cargo is based on the Zong Massacre, an atrocity involving the murder of 132 slaves during the ship's voyage across the Atlantic in the winter of 1781. These events altered the moral perceptions of slavery and the value of human life.

The screenplay for Cargo was written by Joseph Craig & Jason Rein of Atypical Tales and is currently on a quest to find the means to get it realized into a feature film.

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