Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

Title: Invisible Girl

Logline: Seventeen year old girl faces several obstacles that will challenge her decision to go away to college.

Synopsis: Laura is facing her last year of high school deciding whether she should stay or go away to college. Laura's mother faces problems with her marriage and her undiagnosed schizophrenic brother. Laura's schizophrenic uncle kills his wife before committing suicide and Laura's mom wants Laura and her sisters to comfort their cousin, Sandra. Laura's mom only concern is that Sandra is staying with her mom's side of the family which can project resentment towards the girls. This fear stems from Laura's mom's guilt of avoiding her sisters-in-law's cry for help days before the tragedy. Laura does not think that Sandra's family is any harm until she enters a relationship with one of Sandra's cousins, who ends up being abusive. Laura gets pregnant and must decide whether she will keep the baby. Her uncle's murder and suicide makes her realize that she can control her own life and that she must make a decision that will change or start her life.

Title: Further Down The Trail

Logline: A musical journey through the heart of America.

Synopsis: Morgan Coe, a 21 year old musician who decides to walk from Virginia to California. During his trip he encounters a wide variety of characters and musicians. Each encounter leads to an oppurtunity for Morgan to rise above his fears and embrace his past. All the while putting aside his own goals to help others regain their hope. This script covers some of the questions that surround today's social climate. There are some musical numbers, each are contemporary and fitting to the setting. I feel that this script can speak to a wide range of audiences. Through self discovery and the passion music evokes in us.

Title: CELEBRATION DAY

Logline: "Dazed and Confused" meets "American Beauty." Teenage mayhem and delusion ensue when four best friends organize (or disorganize) their first big blowout. Based on actual events.

Synopsis: What happens when a group of close teenage friends get together, during their height of experimentation in the early 90's, to throw a Spring Break blowout? Braden Larkin's parents have gone skiing, the house is all theirs, and the boys have to figure out how to avoid getting arrested, social humiliation, a blood-thirsty alligator, and bad acid trips, in order to reach the elite social status they desire. Juxtaposed with overly concerned parents, and overly conservative neighbors set to early 90's grunge and classic rock, Celebration Day sheds light on parent-teen, and authority-teen relationships in a hilarious and strangely poignant way.

Title: Framers

Logline: A teen, sick of his mayor, decides he needs to remove him from office. He attempts to do this by doing crimes and framing the mayor for it. He is aided by his sarcastic friends.

Synopsis: Craig has it out for the mayor of his moderately-sized suburban city. Craig is sick and tired of his mayor's political double speak. With the help of his smart-ass friends who have plans of their own, he plans to frame his mayor of a crime. He hopes that this will make him resign. They must contend with the mayor's protection who would give their lives to save him. I have submitted this screenplay to the Scriptapalooza Feature Screenplay Competition. At the writing of this query, it was not selected for the quarterfinals. As this is one of my first screenplays I have not had much experience with competitions. I have registered it with the Writer's Guild of America West. The registration number is 1293843.

Title: The Rings of Misfortune

Logline: Is he homosexual or not? Back home, it seemed that way. Even heroic action with the Marines in World War ll may not clear his name.

Synopsis: Eighteen year old Jack Scott, the most outstanding young man in a small town, has to confront problems with his sexual orientation. At the end of the war, he suffers from severe Battle Fatigue ( a story not previously filmed in any detail). A friendly psychiatrist and a corpsman are confused by his inability to recover in the usual manner until a sinister comrade appears. The story conveys sociological and psychological opinions that apply to military men in similar situations, even, today. Eroticism is at a minimum, but much of the the story is filled with action scenes of flying, white-water canoeing, military training, combat, and much more.

Title: The GoalTender

Logline: A young hockey goalie struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a dysfunctional family life, unearths a horror far worse when he discovers a subterranean paradise to call his own.

Synopsis: 14-year-old Matthew Skalicky is a goaltender in the late '70s...a magical time of music, girls, and hockey...who struggles with teen life, an alcoholic father at home, and anxiety disorder. Obsessed with perfection, Matthew can't stand to lose, whether it's on the ice or in the confines of his own mind. Troubling thoughts plague him, compelling him to repeat things over and over; but like any good goalie, he tries to shut them out any way he can... One day while out wandering, he discovers a system of caves which lead him to an idyllic underground world, where he meets the girl of his dreams and her loving family. The marvels he finds there give Matthew renewed vigor, allowing him to excel in net and take his team to the league championship. But the tunnels conceal a horrible menace, waiting to explode from the earth and destroy his entire world. The GoalTender is a coming-of-age tale told with humor and fantasy and steeped in both the hockey and pop culture of the 1970s.

Title: Rumrunner Cove

Logline: 3 generations of surfers befriend a gorgeous, rebellious 17-year-old girl at a remote Bamboo Beach Hut, in a pristine private cove - in search of fun, love and treasure. WGA#: 1620136

Synopsis: A edgy, coming-of-age adventure of 3 surfers who befriend a gorgeous and rebellious girl at a private cove when she starts hanging out at their Beach Hut. SEAN, a family man and trader has moved his office to his home to surf more. JOE and CALE, are bachelors. They are all at the Hut for the surf. It's a great escape for beers and fun - with no people, rules, parents or cops. BILLY, a old surfer is the guys idol. He shows that you can be young at heart and age well. He proves age gaps don't exist on this beach and three generations can live as one. The guys are ecstatic when the lovely TASHA, starts showing up in her tiny bikini at the Hut. Tasha is edgy, confidant, flirty and athletic -- but she really just wants to be accepted and she wants to find love. She joins the guys kayaking and diving in the cove and becomes one of the gang. The gang finds treasure clues while kayaking and clash with drug lords. In the end, the gang finds treasure and defeats the drug lords.

Title: I Promise Not To Tell

Logline: It is 1964 and a twenty-six-year old Catholic woman and sixteen year old girl desperately fight to love one another.

Synopsis: This is a story that has never been told. It is a feature length drama about the secretive, complicated, and forbidden love affair between a sixteen year- old girl and her twenty-six year old female lover. Inspiring, passionate, and complex, this 1964 love story is guaranteed to generate controversy and stimulate important questions for both gay and straight audiences. Three versions of this drama are available. More in line with The Reader, the first version tells the story of three pivotal episodes in the life of Reed, a 55 year-old woman, who has never quite recovered from the complications associated with this early relationship. The second version tells the story from the perspective of Reed as a young 20 year old who is struggling with her sexuality and trying to go forward in her life. Each of these versions include in retrospect (flashbacks), the story of Reed and Cara. The last version focuses exclusively on Reed and Cara, their love and all that creates in their lives.

Title: F.O.G.

Logline: A high school runaway from L.A. searches for his estranged father only to find himself in a shoot-out in Zen.

Synopsis: Eddie Huck attends public high school in L.A., haunted by gang-bangers and bad grades. Julie Love, Driver's Ed, and the track team are his only reasons for showing up. His family is dysfunctional: raised by his mom-a self-absorbed, aspiring actress and overweight dancer-and estranged from his survivalist father. A high speed chase in Mom's borrowed car results in a series of events that force Eddie to flee the city-leaving behind the girl he loves-pursued by gang-bangers, cops, and the FBI. From bus depot to hitching rides on his road trip north, the mayhem only worsens when Eddie bears witness to murder and saves a young woman's life, momentarily. But the murderers join the chase. Upon reaching his father's remote home in Zen, Oregon, he finds Dad-crazy as Hamlet-residing in his own paramilitary retreat. When opposing forces meet in a war of gunfire, Eddie's life and family are changed forever. But in the end, F.O.G. is a tale of redemption and hope.

Title: Young Heart

Logline: A wealthy Columbia University student on track to become a doctor questions his future when he falls in love with a mysterious girl living under the city streets.

Synopsis: New York -- fresh-faced Maggie, 17, gets off the bus for her first experience in the big city. She makes her way through the dense throng of commuters, passing a 19-year-old street musician named DYLAN as she goes. Meanwhile, across town, a group of police officers investigate a woman's screams coming from a subway tunnel. Not sure if it's a rape or murder, the cops make their way through the darkness only to find that the noises are those of a pregnant homeless woman giving birth in a storage room amidst a whole community of homeless tunnel dwellers. This particular area of New York's seedy underbelly would seemingly have nothing to do with ADAM NEVILLE, 20, a pre-med major at Columbia university. He comes from money and is on track for a cushy job at a pharmaceutical company with his father's help. But he also loves Shakespeare and art and is searching for true love. He believes he's found it in DOLCINA, 19, a student in his English class. It turns out she may be interested as well.