THE SALT BOX

by Robert J. Rogers

Military | Romance | True

Logline: Deep in the heart of dixie, a southern belle shoots, shackles, and enslaves a Union soldier. After months of bitter anger toward each other, their hatred slowly turns into true unadulterated love. And just as they realize their affection, Confederate horse soldiers arrive and take him to Andersonville. What happens next, only true love could recognize.

Robert J. Rogers was born on November 21st, 1953 in Toledo, Ohio. With his two older brothers, he grew up in a small farm town in northwestern Ohio. In 1963, Bob and his family; his mother was a fourth grade teacher, his father was an accountant, moved to Sandusky, Ohio. While at Sandusky High School, Bob sang in the choir, and played in the marching, dance, and concert band. He also threw discus on the track team.

Each summer he played Dixieland trombone at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in the world-famous Hobo Band. The bands fame culminated by appearing as one of the dance teams on the Miss Teenage America Pageant in Fort Worth, Texas. But when Bob was a senior, his life completely changed. He had an extraordinary English teacher who taught him how to write. And write he did.

After Bob’s freshman year at Ohio State University, he traveled to Europe — ten countries in twenty-eight days — with a national orchestra and choir out of Pittsburgh. One of the more memorable venues was singing in an eight hundred year old church north of Amsterdam. The music just exploded off the earthen walls. And for the finale, the choir surrounded the audience and sang a cappella — “I’d Like to teach the world to sing” — bringing everyone to tears. What a moment! What a memory!

While at Ohio State, Bob was an active member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also tried out for, and made, the prestigious Ohio State University Marching Band. And during those four years, he marched in three Rose Bowl Parades in Pasadena. Bob also threw discus on the track team competing at many NCAA meets including the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. And on the side, Bob wrote term papers for other students. Fifty bucks. A thousand words. Any subject except the sciences. And he could do it in under an hour. It paid for a lot of beer, and a lot of dates. One of his papers won an award, and another helped a student graduate.

After college Bob took a catering job with a hotel company outside of Chicago. Several years later as Vice President of Marketing, he wrote and taught from a manual on hotel sales and marketing. His meteoric rise was well deserved. But there was a price to pay for climbing the ladder so quickly. And that price, was his life!

In November 1990, Bob received a double kidney/ pancreas transplant at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. That surgery saved his life. Another life-saving moment came when they rolled him out of intensive care onto the transplant floor. A nurse walked into his room, and into his life, and Bob and Virginia have been together ever since. In May 1999, Bob and Virginia were married on the shores of Lake Keowee.

As if destiny knew what was needed, Bob discovered the Duke surgeons had made a catastrophic mistake that killed his transplanted kidney. And had it not been for Virginia’s skills to counter the mistakes, Bob would have died.

This single, solitary, event had a profound impact on Bob. It changed him. It put him at an unfamiliar crossroad. Choose the sword and get revenge on those that would harm him? Or eviscerate their names with the pen! He chose the latter, but it wasn’t his first choice! While enduring years of corrective surgery, blood transfusions, hemodialysis, and a second kidney transplant at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Bob bought a book at Barnes & Noble on screenwriting. When his research was complete concerning the error, he finished his first play titled, ‘Patient Friendly’. It turns out Bob’s suffering occurred for all the wrong reasons.

Since then he’s written five more plays! “The Salt Box” – an unlikely romance between a Union soldier and a southern belle during the Civil War; “Hell on Neptune”- a teen builds a ray gun forcing the family to flee from everyone; “Neptune’s Horizon”- the sequel to “Hell on Neptune” – bringing the Conner family back to the United States with a weapon that’ll rock your socks off; “Dakota Caves – 2 Miles” – a short horror screenplay involving a horrible alien invader with three things on their mind, and they’re all deadly. And as of August 8, 2016, the feature version of “Dakota Caves – 2 Miles”. It’s framed similar to “War of the Worlds”, but without the divorce thread!

Currently Bob and Virginia reside in Simpsonville, South Carolina with their four-legged son, Duncan. And yes, he watches TV!

(And the moral of the story is, no matter what you’ve endured in the past, you’re one keystroke away from changing your future.)

  • Finalist – Science Fiction Feature Screenplay – 2014 Chicago Screenplay Contest – Chicago, Illinois
  • Bronze Prize Winner – Science Fiction Feature Screenplay Competition – 2014 World Series of Screenwriting – Los Angeles, California.
  • Finalist – Science Fiction Feature Screenplay Competition – 2014 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Semi-Finalist – 2015 FilmMakers International ScreenWriting Awards – Hollywood, California
  • Finalist – Best First-Time Feature Screenwriter – 2014 London Film Awards – London, England
  • Silver Awards – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2014 California Film Awards – San Diego, California
  • Official Selection for Best Script – 2014/15 Mongolia International Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Mountain Film Festival – Mammoth, Colorado
  • Best Screenplay Nominee (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – 2015 Northern Virginia International Film Festival – Alexandria, Virginia
  • Honorable Mention – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Honolulu Film Awards – Honolulu, Hawai’i
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Firereel Film Festival – Redding, California
  • WINNER – Best North Coast Screenplay – 2015 Ohio Independent Screenplay Awards – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Silver Award Winner – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 International Independent Film Awards – Encino, California
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Alaska International Film Awards
  • Second Place – Feature Sci-Fi Screenplay Competition – 2015 Indie Gathering International Film Festival
  • WINNER – Best Feature Script – GOLD MEDAL: ‘Hell on Neptune’ – 2015 Global Independent Film Awards Competition
  • Honorable Mention – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Colorado International Film Awards – Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Semi-Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Austin Revolution Film Festival – Austin, Texas
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Cinerockom International Film Festival – Malibu, California
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Catalina Film Festival – Catalina Island, California
  • Semi-Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Charleston International Film Festival – Charleston, South Carolina
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay – 2015 Shriekfest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition – Hollywood, California
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 South Carolina Underground Film Festival – Charleston, South Carolina
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Terror Film Festival – Malvern, Pennsylvania
  • WINNER – Best Screenplay – Sci-Fi Feature Film – Orlando Urban Film Festival – Orlando, Florida
  • 2nd Place – Feature Script Competition – 2015 Yosemite International Film Festival
  • WINNER – Best Horror/ Sci-Fi Screenplay Competition – 2015 European International Film Festival – Moscow, Russia
  • Finalist Nominee – Best Feature Script – October – 2015 Independent Horror Movie Awards
  • GRAND PRIZE WINNER – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Oregon International Film Awards
  • Finalist Nominee – Best Story Award – 2015 BLOW-UP – Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest – Chicago, Illinois
  • Finalist – Science Fiction Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest – Los Angeles, California
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – EYECATCHER International Film Festival – McAlester, Oklahoma
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 ZED FEST Film Festival – Burbank, California
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Fantastic Planet Film Festival – Sydney, Australia
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Back in the Box Competition – Toluca Lake, California
  • Semi-Finalist – Sci-Fi Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 REEL Author’s Screenplay Contest
  • WINNER – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2015 Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival – Hollywood, California
  • WINNER – Best Feature Script – December 2015 TOP Indie Film Awards
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Pasadena International Film Festival – Pasadena, California
  • Semi-Finalist – Screenplay Competition – 2016 Short Stop International Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Finalist – Science Fiction Feature Screenplay – 2015 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest – Beverly Hills, California
  • WINNER – Best Feature Script – 2016 Global Independent Film Awards
  • WINNER – Best Feature Screenplay – 2016 Genre Celebration Film Festival – Los Angeles, California
  • GOLD AWARD WINNER – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 LA Neo Noir, Novel, Film, and Script Festival – Los Angeles, California
  • Semi-Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Roswell Movie Studios Script Contest – Roswell, New Mexico
  • WINNER – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Mexico International Film Festival – Mexico
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Jefferson State FLIXX FEST – Afterglow Studios – Ft. Jones, California
  • Semi-Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Sunset Blvd. International Film Awards – Hollywood, California
  • Finalist – MERIT AWARD – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Chautauqua International Film Festival – Jamestown, New York.
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 FilmMatic Screenplay Awards Competition – Los Angeles, California.
  • WINNER – Best Screenplay Competition – July 2016 Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival. Hollywood, California
  • Finalist – Best Screenplay Competition – 2016 Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Award Nomination – Best Screenplay Competition – 2016 Northeast Film Festival – Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • Finalist Nominee – Best Feature or Short Screenplay – 2016 World Music & Independent Film Festival – Jeffersonton, Virginia.
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival – Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Imaginarium Film Festival, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Semi-Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 SoCal Screenplay Competition, Huntington Beach, California.
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest Film Festival – Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Finalist – Feature Screenplay Competition – 2016 Terror Film Festival – Malvern, Pennsylvania

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