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Gabriel Avilés

Lingua Franca

Feature Screenplay

By Gabriel A. Avilés


Sarah beats her academic rivals to secure funding for an expedition to the Amazon in South America. Travelling to study the Kichwa and Huaorani peoples in the Ecuadorian rainforest, she instead crash lands into an uncontacted tribe’s feud with an unrelenting oil company determined to extract all of the crude oil from a protected national park. She meets and falls in love with Walla, a tribal leader with extraordinary linguistic gifts. Together, they fight against the nefarious, government-sanctioned oil conglomerate to protect the culture of a sovereign indigenous people.

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Andy oversees his family’s expansive real estate business in the South Bronx when his father begins to lose his faculties and grip over the family. A five-alarm fire leaves his father dead along with 20 Malian immigrants – incognito tenants packed into an adjacent property belonging to Andy’s dad. Andy finds solace in renovating this home with the help of his new wife and his ailing mother. Strange, supernatural occurrences escalate quickly, leaving Andy to question his sanity as well as the motives of those closest to him. With the help of his outcast cousin, Andy devises a plan to exorcise his home of the demons of his family’s past.