Dave Orvis

Dave Orvis

Past president, Mid America Filmmakers
Actor, Author, Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter

South Bend, Indiana

Member Since:
April 2014
Last online:
> 2 weeks ago
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About Dave

Though primarily a screenwriter of comedy and drama features and shorts, I've produced & directed/edited two short films (the first shot in 35mm) to better understand the intricacies of translating story-to-film. Always open to contact with producers, agents, or managers eager to discover entertaining tales of personal triumph.



  • Natural Weekend

    Natural Weekend Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy Dank weather and constant job stresses have thrown Frank Bromley into a deep funk, and he needs a break. He cajoles his reluctant wife into taking a long weekend au natural at a classy nudist resort but finds the mini-cation much more than he bargained for.

  • New Covenant

    New Covenant Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical Drama An alternate history --FLASH!  Jesus died just two days ago in New York City!For the next 40 days, Peter and the other followers of Jesus face increasing threats from the country’s Jewish leadership, the occupying foreign power, and a shrewd newspaper reporter determined to halt the spread of their revolutionary preaching.

  • Stretch

    Stretch Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama The world of a quiet, tarot-reading widow takes a U-turn after she inherits a long limousine and must ditch her fears and stretch her courage to save a gangster’s life.

  • Murder At Meadow Place

    Murder At Meadow Place Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Family Try as he might, Dan Mason can't find a producer willing to read his English drawing room murder mystery, so he decides to adapt it for the stage, film it, and send the DVD to producers. The night of its single performance arrives and his serious drama suddenly turns into a raucous comedy of errors.

  • Chicago P.I.

    Chicago P.I. Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery Drama A washed-up private eye struggles with overdue bills, the death of his wife, and his bout with the bottle until he's hired for one special job that just might restore his honor -- if he survives.(This is the one-hour TV pilot based on the feature screenplay.) 

  • Chicago Dick

    Chicago Dick Drama "Franklin Brewster was forced into early 'retirement' from the detective bureau of the Chicago Police Department for alcohol abuse. Depressed and in debt, he now survives privately investigating spousal infidelity and retail theft. A rich, desperate widow begs Franklin to probe a cold-case murder. The chance to redeem his honor and the promise of big money overpower Franklin's reluctance. But why couldn't the police identify the killer? What's the international connection? Can Franklin and his client survive mysterious death threats? And would his old police buddies dare to help them now?"  

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