Darlington Native, William Blackmon, author of "The Feather Keeper" Wins GOLDEN CRESCENT AWARD at Charleston International Film Festival 2011, for best screenplay!
William Blackmon is a native of the Pee Dee
region of South Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army officer and a graduate of Francis Marion University. He currently works as a contractor for government agencies and civilian companies operating in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. After publishing his Novel, The Feather Keeper, the first n a series of SIX books, William wrote a screenplay version and submitted it to the Charleston International Film Festival, May 2011. Much to his delight and suprise his screenplay was picked from over forty finalists as the Best Screenplay and was awarded the Golden Crescent award for his efforts! William is now hoping to see his book come to life in a feature length movie!
Synopsis of Book/Screenplay
John Two-Feather and his two cousins, Samuel and Joseph King, are the grandsons
of Navajo singer and medicine man John King. As boys growing up on the reservation in
New Mexico, they listened to their grandfather’s heroic tales of the heroes of the Navajo
or Diné. Their most favorite story of all was called “The Two Who Come to Their Father,”
the story of the Navajo twin heroes known as the Feather Keepers.
In the myth, the hero twins journeyed out to find their father, the Sun, so that
he will give them the skills and weapons to protect their people. Overcoming many trials
along the way, the twins find their father and convince him to give them the gifts to combat
their enemies. Returning to their village as powerful warriors, the twins undertake the
destruction of the monsters that plague their people. But what John and his cousins did not
know as they listened to the childhood tales was that their grandfather, the existing Feather
Keeper, was preparing them for their hero’s journey.
Now, armed with the “gifts of ages,” the three work as part of a clandestine U.S.
government program known as AGHIA. After a failed U.S. operation to capture terrorist
Hussein Al Rahabi, the three Navajo cousins adventure into the war-torn wilds of Zabul,
Afghanistan, to find Al Rahabi and stop his uncle’s powerful Taliban army from retaking
the province and overrunning the tiny military outpost built there. In the process, the new
Feather Keeper will be made.