Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

Title: Prism Through A Rose-Colored Glass

Logline: A 17-year-old Black artist searches for answers to the turbulent times in 1969 by exposing religious hypocrisy through her artwork.

Synopsis: Valerie Williams, a 17-year-old Black artist who attends an all White high school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1969 is confused by the times in which she lives. Her brother is fighting a war in Vietnam while Blacks fight for rights in their own country. And when she turns to religion for answers, she is disappointed by the hypocrisy she finds. When she attempts to expose this in her artwork-- because of a burgeoning relationship with a White boy at school-- she is met with resistance at every turn.

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: Lesson Learned

Logline: Mason thought he learned his lesson when his sweetheart left him. Years later, someone catches his eye and he is stuck in the same situation all over again. Did Mason actually learn his lesson?

Synopsis: Mason had one high school sweetheart who dumped him a few days after the junior prom and swore he would never allow anyone to break his heart again. Damien, on the other hand, fell in love on his first try and has a love life you can only find in romantic films. Lesson Learned chronicles the lives of the two men who seemingly are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to love. Under the suggestion of Mason's friend, he visits a local coffeehouse only to have Damien take his breath away. The two eventually get to talking and Mason falls for Damien. However, like any "Hollywood" film, there's a catch. Damien is already in a successful relationship. Will Mason try to try to break Damien out of his relationship, leave Damien alone, or answer to his friend's unrequited love? Plus, while at opposite ends, what is the one connection between these two men?

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: 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.

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: 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.

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: 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.