THE MAN IN THE WHITE VAN
It’s a blissful time of innocence in the small town of Brooksville, Florida. Fourteen-year-old Annie Williams spends her days riding Rebel, her beloved horse, and coveting her secret crush on Marc, the new boy in town. The orange grove and cheerleading practice highlight her simple days. But her carefree world begins to unravel when an ominous White Van keeps appearing at school, near the barn, next to the woods she runs through. As Annie’s story unfolds, we flashforward through time to the sixth victim, then the fifth… Annie’s parents don’t believe her; Annie’s older sister wants nothing to do with her and accuses Annie of making up stories, as she’s been prone to do. One night while her father is away on one of his many business trips, the intimidating White Van appears even closer to home, outside the barn. Terrified and beside herself, Annie confronts the van. It flashes its brights; a passing car approaches; the White Van speeds away. Annie, trembling in fear, sprints home, but her mother and sister again accuse her of making up stories. She is sent to her room, alone and petrified. Again, we flashforward, the fourth victim, then the third… Annie’s long walk to school and home again, her solitary horseback rides through the woods, her time alone in the barn, even her time in her bedroom, all become chilling, dangerous endeavors. The headlights following her, his steel-toed boots, glimpses of the van, they all haunt and terrify her. And still, no one believes her…. and then we meet the second victim. Determined to experience her first kiss and ignore the nightmare she’s been living, Annie rides Rebel to a friend’s Halloween party, promising her mother she’ll return before dark. But time gets away from her and the White Van is waiting! Annie’s ride home turns into a living hell and she must fight with every fiber of her being to survive. William Mansfield, Jr., the prolific Florida serial killer in the 1970s, has made contact with his very first victim!
Writer & Director
Warren Skeels is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. He attended USC where he earned a BFA in Theatre, studied filmic writing and was awarded the Stanley Musgrove Award as “Most Outstanding Talent.” His films have screened across the world including the prestigious festivals Tribeca and Rotterdam. His critically acclaimed feature film Thespians, celebrating the largest high school theatre competition in the world, won Best Documentary at the Phoenix Film Festival and premiered on Showtime. He produced the feature film Who’s Your Monkey starring Jason London and Scott Grimes. It won the Audience Award at Cinevegas and premiered on Starz. Most recently, Warren created the television series Siesta Key with Creature Films and eOne Entertainment for MTV. He serves as both an Executive Producer and Director on the docu-series. Anchored by its beautiful cinematography, the show has become a worldwide hit and is distributed in over 165 countries.
Terri Lubaroff is Chief Operating Officer/Head of Content for Legion M, where she manages day-to-day operations and leads content strategy and production. Some of her past feature film projects include the Sundance documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien, Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot, Mandy and Archenemy. Prior to Legion M, Terri worked as COO of Meltdown Comics, ran her own entertainment law practice, and was Senior VP of the production company Humble Journey Films with an overall deal at CBS/Paramount where her team created & sold feature films and TV pilots to networks like NBC, CBS, VH1 & BET. Terri earned her JD & BA from the University of Florida and sits on the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the California and Florida Bars, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, The Television Academy and The Producers Guild of America.
Anne Marie Gillen
Anne Marie Gillen started her career at Hemdale, which produced such films as Platoon (Best Picture and Director Oscars) and The Last Emperor (nine Oscars including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay). She was CEO of Electric Shadow Productions, which financed and produced Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, and was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. She was COO of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. They produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount, Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC and Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. She produced Into Temptation (starring Jeremy Sisto and Kristin Chenoweth), animated sci-fi Parallel Man (starring John Cho and Ming-Na Wen) and the limited TV series modern opera Vireo with the Kronos Quartet that was nominated for 2 Emmys. She next will produce sci-fi trilogy Persephone starring Mary-Louise Parker, Brianna Hildebrand and Malcolm McDowell. Ms. Gillen is a member of the Producers Guild of America and is Co-Founder of the Social Impact Entertainment Task Force.
Lawrence has provided representation to numerous national celebrities and professional athletes. Some notable clients have included John Travolta, The New York Yankees and the William Morris Endeavor talent agency. Lawrence finances and produces Independent US film projects. His first feature, the coming-of-age story The Year Of Getting To Know Us starred Jimmy Fallon and Sharon Stone. The quirky drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by eOne Entertainment. The film also featured Tom Arnold, Lucy Liu and Tony Hale. He followed that up with the Tim Allen comedy The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay which premiered at Cannes and was also distributed by eOne Entertainment. In addition to Allen, the film starred Andie MacDowell, Jenna Elfman and Elisha Cuthbert. Most recently, Lawrence packaged the hit television reality series Siesta Key, which is now in its fourth season for the MTV Network and is one of the highest socially rated shows on television.
Sharon Y. Cobb
Sharon Y. Cobb is a member of the Writers Guild of America West. She lived in Los Angeles for eight years and has sold many projects to Hollywood, including Return of the Sweet Birds to Fox Studios with Danny Glover and Babyface Edmonds. Her British comedy Lighthouse Hill premiered at film festivals, was broadcast by SkyTV worldwide and is available through streaming platforms. Her action movie On Hostile Ground was broadcast on TBS and worldwide. Sharon co-wrote horror feature June which was released in October 2015. She also co-wrote Dalton Cyr’s award-winning music film Breathe. She has written dozens of short films for competitions, garnering multiple awards. Sharon is author of the novel False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter, the novelization Touched by an Angel, A Christmas Miracle and contributed a chapter on writing neo noir films to the book Film Noir Reader 2.