Queen of the Okefenokee

by Lorraine Portman

Historical drama - feature film


The colorful life of Lydia Stone, the woman who
tamed the swamp and built an empire in 1800s Georgia



Twelve-year-old  Amy, dragged to a pageant in her Mother’s 

home town, meets the  Grandmother she never knew she 

had and runs off to get to know her.

Amy’s Grandmother tells her the story of their family’s 

relative and local legend Lydia, the Queen of the Okefenokee.  

Lydia,  a pioneering woman living in Georgia in the 

late 1800s, broke social  boundaries, tamed the swamp, 

and married much younger men. She died a  millionaire 

after starting out with only a cow, sow and ten dollars.

Meanwhile,  Amy’s Mother searches frantically for Amy, 

who does not know the tragic  history of her Mother 

and Grandmother and the danger she is in. 

Screenplay Awards and Acknowledgements

Second Runner-Up - Charleston International Film 

Festival Screenplay Competition 2014

Honorable Mention "Hollywood" - Bare Bones International Film 

and Music Festival Screenplay Competition 2014

Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay - Austin Revolution Film Festival 2015
 Best Title - Action on Film International Film Festival 

Written Word Competition 2015


Lorraine Portman

 Writer/Director/Producer Lorraine Portman is an award-winning
Playwright, Screenwriter, and Filmmaker.  She has written and directed
seven short films and a feature.

Lorraine's screenplays have been placed in national and international
competitions.  She has had screenplays that were finalists in the Cayfilm
Screenplay Competition.  Her black comedy eDisharmony was awarded
Outstanding Comedy by the Sacramento International Film Festival and
was awarded Best Black Comedy by the Broad Humor Film Festival.

Portman’s closed space thriller Attic Ashes has placed in 29 competitions,
winning First Prize Thriller in the Film Crash Screenplay Competition,
Best Screenplay in the Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition, and
Best Screenplay in Beaufort International Film Festival’s
Screenplay Competition.  Her Queen of the Okefenokee and
Paradise Pond screenplays have also garnered awards.

Lorraine taught Playwriting and Screenwriting at
Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida for ten years.  
She holds a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and M.F.A. in Film
from Florida State University.  Lorraine also attended the National
Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.