Submission Samples from the Coming of Age Genre

Title: The Man Who Threw His Ears

Logline: The things that define you are sometimes the things you must throw away.

Synopsis: Born with a facial deformity and without ears, a young man takes the journey from being a teased and bullied youth to finding himself and finding the love of his life. Ben Nix is tormented from memories of being bullied and teased about his lack of ears in his youth, and due to those memories and anxieties about his looks, undergoes plastic surgery to not only gain prosthetic ears, but also to fix other facial deformities. In the process; however, he feels like he has lost his original self and has difficulty explaining to his new college friends the past that he had thought he never wanted to remember. The man in front of them is not who he really is. Ben finds himself, and in the process, realizes that he never needed his ears in the first place.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.