The Death Artist script
Synopsis: Ten Years have passed since Kate McKinnon traded her NYPD badge for a lucrative career in the arts. But when a string of exquisitely ritualistic murders begins plaguing the New York art scene, Kate ...

WALTER:

I liked it very much Mr. Brock.

I liked it very much.

MAXWELL:

(condescending)

Well I'm overjoyed.

WALTER:

"Let them die, and by their miserable

death become the clay in his hands,

that he might form an ashtray or an

ark -"

Carla looks at Walter -

CARLA:

That's word for word.

MAXWELL:

Is it? I've forgotten.

MAYOLIA:

You mean you don't remember your

own poem?

MAXWELL:

I refuse to say anything twice -

repetition is death!

CHARLIE:

What do you mean?

MAXWELL:

When you repeat something, you

are reliving a moment, wasting

it, looking at a shed skin - I

only want new impression, new

sensations -

WALTER:

I thought you believed that life

is a homeless traveler riding on

the RTD of -

MAXWELL:

(interrupting)

I know that - I know that! I also

believe in burning the creative

candle, you understand, down to

the end - to be uncreative you

might as well be dead...a walking

machine, toiling in a factory!

WALTER:

I worked in one of them. Back in

Alaska.

(smiles meekly)

The people at the table look at Walter, then laugh

cynically -

In the background, Leonard glares at Walter -

CARLA:

Walter, Leonard's looking at you

again.

Walter grabs up a cup and saucer off the table, almost spilling the

contents before heading off -

CHARLIE:

That guy's a class-A cracker.

MAXWELL:

Walter's got a clear mind. Probably

something will enter it, feel lonely,

and leave again...

Everyone at the table laughs weakly -

At another table two eccentrically dressed ARTISTS, CUFF and LINK,

talk to an upscale older couple - Cuff has a series of MATTED

PHOTOGRAPHS in his hand -

OLDER MAN:

I've heard you can find some

cutting edge pieces here if you

keep an eye out -

OLDER WOMAN:

I'd like to find something for

our den, something unusual -

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Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. He has published five novels, including the bestselling “The Death Artist,” numerous short stories, edited several anthologies and is the Director of the Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy. He is also a painter who has exhibited worldwide. Santlofer lives and works in New York. He is currently finishing a new a novel. more…

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