Another Win for Sci-Fi World War II Hardboiled Detective Thriller, Richter's War
Los Angeles CineFest has named Richter's War winner of the February 2016 Best Short Screenplay. The World War II sci-fi hardboiled detective story has previously won or placed in multiple contests during 2015 and 2016.
Richter's War is a 22-page script that embodies the essence of an old “Twilight Zone” episode. The screenplay holds feature film development potential and tells the story of hard-boiled Los Angeles detective of German heritage, Karol Eugen Richter, aka Geno Richter.
Richter is used to taking down Nazis for the War Department, but during one late night in February 1942, circumstances sweep him into unexpected wartime action involving something much more than the typical Nazi conspirators. Richter's War draws on the mystique of hard-boiled detectives and the strangeness of the rumored enemy attack and anti-aircraft artillery barrage known as “The Great Los Angeles Air Raid." The story integrates elements of themes related to racism, government, war, society, and human nature amidst a presentation that includes action, suspense, humor, Nazis, and an alien named Haruki.
Geno Richter’s a tough hero—He must be tough in order to take on Nazi spies and an apparent alien invasion of Los Angeles. But he’s also tough enough to take a stand against the U.S. Government’s internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. This dreadful episode is a key ingredient of Richter's War, and Geno rises to the occasion in his own special way...
The Richter's War short script is adapted from one of my short stories. This story will be available on Amazon in the soon-to-be-released eBook, Richter's War: Case of the Japanese Alien.