El Cielo

Creator: LaDon Hall
Age rating: 17 and older
The lives of an aging beauty, a reformed gunslinger, a brood of thrill-seeking outlaws, and an alcoholic sheriff collide in an epic showdown in the corrupt desert town of El Cielo.
Synopsis: Modern day, a bloodied DEACON TROY, 45, white man, drives his Mach 1 Mustang down a desert road, The city of El Cielo stands behind him. Armed with his trusty Desert Eagles, and accompanied by a cloth Indian doll, Deacon fights through a car chase, and an army of El Cielo's finest, only to die a few feet from his destination.

Some time before, Deacon works in his shop with his apprentice WILLIAM, who goes out on the town with his friends JESSE and FRANK E JAMESON and Hollywood Colt. They hang out at Hollywood Colt's club, 23 black male, nephew of Mayor John Colt. Frank E and Hollywood Colt. What was supposed to be a routine drug deal, is ruined by Jesse's "cougar hunt".

Oddly enough it turns out that the drug deal was a failed attempt to bust the Jamesons by SHERIFF DAVID ADAM GRISSOM aka DAGGER. For allowing this to take place, they seek revenge on Hollywood and his uncle, Mayor John Colt, by robbing their Family's bank.

William unsuccessful tries to convince his girlfriend Maria to leave town with him. However, she does come around later. The robbery goes as planned, bet the getaway does not. Only William survives.

Days earlier, Dagger rescues Hollywood and earns the greenlight on the Jamesons. With the help of Hollywood and a deep undercover officer, the Sheriff prepares the failed bust.

Months earlier, Maria, who turns out to both a childhood friend of Deacon's and Dagger's wife, visits Deacon's shop. her car. She meets William for the first time, which leads to a secret love affair.

After months of secrecy, the Jamesons convince William to introduce them to his secret love. He agrees, but unbeknownst to them all, Maria is seen leaving their loft. When Dagger is informed, he vows revenge, and begins his plan on busting them.

With his trusty Deputy PAUL by his side, he kidnaps Hollywood.knowing that only he would be called upon to save him. The Mayor agrees to Dagger's terms, and his plan goes into action.

After the bust goes array, a drunken Dagger goes home and rapes his own wife. He forces her to assist in his ongoing efforts of catching the Jamesons. She does as she is told, allowing The Sheriff to kill both Jameson boys.

William escapes to Maria's where she admits she too assisted The Sheriff in his elaborate scheme. After a gunfight in the streets below, William accidently kills Deacon, thinking he is Dagger.

Deacon buys a cloth Indian doll reminiscent of one he gave to Maria as a child. Before he can deliver it, he runs into Dagger, who has just killed the Jamesons. A provoked Deacon attacks and kills the Sheriff. He races out of town to safety, but of course... he goes back.

Latest Work

  • Script 2 - LaDon's 2nd Draft
    Creative Notes:
    Mainly just cleaned the typos. Really didn't change the story, as I feel it has to be written this way. One review stated that he didn't understand how Deacon could be this bad ass cop slayer when he was really mellow throughout the rest of the story. However, that was exactly what I was going for. Keep in mind that Dagger is both a hero and villian as well. This story is all about perception.

All Work

  • Script 1 - LaDon's Original Draft
    Creative Notes:
    I wrote this film as both an ode to classic westerns, and also a living testament to the everlasting appeal of this genre. Staying true to the genre, while simultaneously redefining it, I have created a truly unique yet familiarly atmosphere. Told in a nonlinear format, El Cielo combines witty dialogue, hard hitting action, and complex characters which create a truly captivating story.