Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

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: Firefly Catcher

Logline: World War II. Don is wounded. In the triage at the field hospital, his wounds are judged fatal and he is laid aside to die. While waiting for help that won't be coming, he relives a day of his youth

Synopsis: Belgium, Dec. 1944. Wounded in combat and waiting treatment, Don relives a summer day of his youth. Thirteen and a rascal, Don awakens at his grandmother's farm. Releases a jar of fireflies flashing their light. Off to town. Along the way, flirts with pretty Thelma. Sees the wind blowing around her. Rescues a girl from roughnecks. Gets a kiss and feels her titties as reward. Comes upon two bootleggers wanted for murder. Escapes. In town, fights the River Rats Gang. Helps a Federal lawman catch the murders. In the night walks Thelma home. persuades her to feel his prick. He ejaculates. She calls him a nasty boy. They kiss and laugh for sex is great fun. Stops at the family cemetery and talks to his dead grandfather, saying he likes pretty girls with sweet lips and soft titties. And that he is taking good care of grandmother. Back at the army hospital, the surgeons find Don still alive and treat him. Last. Don walking toward Thelma. Don't we see the wind blowing around her.

Title: The East Side Boys

Logline: Beatle mania has taken over the world, and fourteen year old Mickey wants to play guitar in a rock band.

Synopsis: It's 1965, and Mickey lives on the East Side of a small upstate New York mill town. With the help of a mystical old man who becomes his guitar teacher, Mickey forms The East Side Boys, and they enter a battle of the bands contest. Mickey's English teacher, Mr. Belmont, makes literature come alive, and Mickey begins to write the story of The East Side Boys. It is the beginning of a life's journey that continues thirty-eight years later when Mickey finds his journal in the basement of his childhood home. He begins writing again, trying to resolve the past and where it has taken him.

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: 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: Triage

Logline: Afghanistan, army hospital triage surgeon judges a young soldiers's wounds are fatal and he is laid aside to die. Not knowing this, he relives a day of his youth, of innocence, rascality, of bravery.

Synopsis: Afghanistan. Army hospital triage surgeon judges Don's wounds fatal. Tells him to relive a day of his life second by second and it will seem to last a lifetime. Don, fourteen, awakens at his grandma's farm. Does chores, picks up friend Earl, head off to town. Flirts with pretty Thelma. Says he can see the wind blowing around her. Rescues the young whore Helen from roughnecks. Gets a kiss and to feel her titties as reward. She and the boys hitch a ride to town with a DEA officer. Don fights the River Gang. Discovers smugglers bringing drugs up the Ohio River on the river barges from New Orleans. Helps DEA capture the smuglers. Night walks Thelma home. Tricks her to feel his prick. She calls him a nasty boy. They kiss and laugh for sex is great fun. At family cemetery, tells his grandpa that he is taking care of grandma, that he likes pretty girls with sweet lips and soft titties. At the army hospital, they find Don still alive and treat him. Last Don walking toward Thelma now a woman

Title: Justus

Logline: When the reigning social queen of an affluent suburban high school falls in love with a Harley-riding Bad Boy, a dark secret from his past threatens to tear them apart.

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Tracey Davis has it all. She's beautiful, rich, the reigning social queen of her high school, dating the quarterback -- but she wants none of it. Discontent with her predictably boring, pre-planned future she wants something different. She gets it in the form of a Harley-riding Bad Boy named Justus Holloway. A recent transplant from out of state, his secretive and enigmatic nature intrigues Tracey, drawing her out of her routine life and into his rebellious world. The more she tries to fight it the more his surprising charm and depth of character begins to win her heart. As Tracey's feelings for Justus take her places she's never been, she discovers that Justus has a dark secret -- one that will change both of their lives forever.

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 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: Winter Quarters.

Logline: A sad,traveling carnival show,50 carnies&1 wrestling bear break down in a joyless, north Ga. dot on the map in the Autumn of 1963. Love&luck meet hope&redemption on a hard road home to Winter Quarters

Synopsis: "Count" Carl Carlisimo's 61 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, randomly turns into a north Georgia hayfield, inside the city limits of a small, Baptist mountain town, called Bivens, at 4am, to await the staggered arrival of O'Reilleys & Carlisimo's Continental Show. He knows it'more than a rest stop on a desperate shortcut to Winter Quarters. 50 carnies are angry, impatient and hungry for the Count's promise to get them home. The worldly, weary British showman, whispers to himself, that he's due an angel. The last legs carnival collapses on property owned, by Sue Edna Bivens, beneveloent beneficiary of towns founders, and beautiful, esteemed matriarch to the city. By weeks end,hard luck is spun to gold,two opposite worlds and hearts find hope & faith, but not before it's almost ruined by Rufus The Wrestling Bear, moonshine & Miss Sandy's "den of sin" Cootch Dance. The show gives the town escape, the little town gives redemption. God's grace is intertwined with miracles on the midway of life.