Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Christmas at Harvest Moon

Logline: A gated, over-ruled, no children allowed, over 55 retirement village comes to life when residents try to hide two small children for the Christmas holiday.

Synopsis: Everything in Jim and Patty Reilly's retired life was mundanely ritualistic until they found themselves sitting at a lawyers office just weeks before Christmas. They knew Jim's father was happy at the "Happy Moments" nursing home until his passing a few years earlier at age 80. No one really knew how happy until they were handed an ipad to watch two small children. It took a moment for Jim to understand he had a 5 year old half brother Jimmy, and a 4 year old half sister Gracy. The children had been living in foster homes since their mother passed away. Jim and Patty decide they have no choice but to take the children home with them for the holidays. Home to an over 55 only retirement community. If they take the kids they will have to move out of their home. They need to decide if they want to be brother/daddy and sister-in-law/mommy. While deciding, community rules are broken by residents who want to be around the kids for Christmas without the Board finding out.

Title: Apps

Logline: A dysfunctional family trapped in the Apps store learns to love again.

Synopsis: James has a crappy life. He's bullied in school, rejected by the girl of his dreams and to make his life really complete, has to take care of his younger sister. His parents should never have had kids and do their best to prove the point by never being around. James finds he can escape into the App store on his phone and have fantastic fun and adventures. The perfect escape especially because Ella, the beautiful girl he meets in the App store, has the hots for him. He decides to stay in the App store. Why not? The why not becomes apparent when Ella reveals her evil side, trapping James and his family in apps that will certainly kill them. Will James save himself and his family or die in the App world? Who is Ella and why does she need to kill them? Wouldn't you like to know?

Title: Shipwreck

Logline: Led onto an un-seaworthy boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain, five young boys find out what it takes to survive the elements and hopelessness of a deserted island.

Synopsis: One decision can make all the difference. That's what five young boys found out when they chose not to stand up to the self-proclaimed alpha male of the group, John Howard. John had gotten away with his bullying for the entire two-week camp expedition, and mild-mannered Miguel Landon had had enough. But when Miguel found himself standing on the dock with his friends, all of them prepared to reunite with their families, he chose to steer clear of confrontation. That decision prompted the group to follow John onto an un-seaworthy cargo boat driven by a severe-weather-crazed captain with no regard for staying on course...a decision that would change their lives forever. Near-death experiences and the hopelessness of an empty horizon would force the boys to work together to survive the elements as a group, while simultaneously dealing with their own private secrets and past wounds.

Title: PARADISE

Logline: A heartwarming family drama with rich characters about a man overcoming himself and his environment, transforming his selfish, commercialized view of Hawaii and helping to create prosperity for all.

Synopsis: The hero's new real estate development proposal is defeated. His son has a fight with a Hawaiian kid at school. And we find that his own reputation within the community blocks all further progress. Inspired by a local Hawaiian woman, he sees a different possible path to success. Repackaging his ideas with the buzzwords of our day--wellness, sustainability, eco-tourism--he presents them anew to the community. And he suffers another crushing defeat of his proposal. He has missed the lesson. There is much more to the Hawaiian healing culture than he can see from the surface. Only his son's "miraculous" cure from juvenile diabetes opens his eyes to the genuine power of the island and its people. With eyes newly open, the protagonist at last begins making his genuine connection. And he discovers that he can truly empower his community in a whole new way...if only they will accept it! Packed with roles for native Hawaiians, other minorities, women, children and the elderly.

Title: Going For Home

Logline: A major league pitching prospect and his spirited wife separate after years of marriage. Their young boy, determined to get them back together, enlists the help of a magical old man from their past.

Synopsis: Ben Douglas has spent the past 12 years scratching and clawing his way up the minor leagues. Rachel, his childhood sweetheart, has had it up to here with professional baseball and all its trappings so one day she gives Ben an ultimatum. "It's either the game or us." After a heated discussion, Ben chooses the game, much to the dismay of their young son, Cal. That very same day Ben is sent up to the Major Leagues. Young Cal is heartbroken and prays to the heavens above for help. His prayers are answered when Ben's recently deceased father, with issues of his own to be resolved, returns to earth to help repair this splintered family. Major league temptations present big time problems for this unlikely duo but love will prevail when, magically, on a warm summers day, in a small dilapidated baseball park, the family is given one last chance at reconciliation.

Title: His Mine

Logline: A fantastic emerald inspires struggle, relationships and social breakthroughs among a handsome gemologist, a ravishing female mine owner, oppressed workers and others during Carnaval in Bahia, Brazil.

Synopsis: NY gemologist NIELSON goes to Bahia for the opening of his brother LEANDRO's photography exhibit & to survey local mines for a new gem to revive his career. He and ruthless mine owner ROBERTO discover a huge, dazzling emerald right before a mine tunnel collapses around it, killing Roberto. During the ensuing chaos, rebellious mine foreman GABRIEL runs off with the stone. He hides at Padre PAULO's church, claiming that the miners deserve it, to make up for their awful working conditions. Roberto's ambitious widow, RITA, gets the brothers to help find Gabriel & the stone. Nielson soon spots it in the church's gem-encrusted ceiling. In between Carnaval parties, Leandro & friends help Nielson extract it, but it turns out to be a decoy and Gabriel gets away with the real one. Finally, Paulo appeals to Rita's conscience and she yields, allowing Nielson's museum to buy the stone from Gabriel, who uses the proceeds to build a soccer stadium/safe haven for the miners' children.

Title: Mia

Logline: A young bride exploring sex for the first time is haunted by visions of intergalactic war and the desire to conceive a child that she believes holds the key to the survival of the human race.

Synopsis: The story is about Mia, a young girl who has haunting dreams of a secret inter-dimensional life. When she marries her true love, Ryan, and begins exploring sex for the first time, she discovers that her orgasms have the mystical power to open portals to an anti-matter universe ruled by the tyrant Zayra. When Mia becomes pregnant, the visions increase, warning that the child she’s carrying has the power to defeat Zayra’s evil plans. Mia questions her sanity, but vows to battle Zayra to prevent her from conquering Earth. But unbeknownst to Mia, Zayra has learned of the mortal threat from Mia’s unborn child and plans to breach a cosmic portal and kill Mia and her baby.

Title: Running in Place

Logline: In the "Rocky Meets the Golden Girls" story, a 65-year old grandma runs a marathon for the first time.

Synopsis: JODY(65), moves to Cape Cod to live with her daughter, a D.J. at a local radio station, and finds herself swept up in WCCD's marathon fund raiser. With the help of a neglected mutt named Brewster, Jody inadvertently inspires a community-wide "Grandmas Do It Longer" contingency and finds herself training with the handsome, younger radio news guys and a group of 80-something marathoners.

Title: Healing Butte

Logline: A boy uses his stuffed animal yak to broaden his conservative mother's perception of God.

Synopsis: In early 80's Vermont, second-grader TOMMY FARRINGTON and his stuffed yak BUTTE are inseparable. Tommy's religiously conservative mother, SARAH, considers his attachment babyish and wants to ween him from Butte. When Tommy's disturbed older brother brings tragedy to the family, Tommy uses his imagination, with Butte, to enlighten his mother and bring the family back together. "Healing Butte" was a finalist in Screenplay Festival 2005 sponsored by Inktip. (WGAw registered)

Title: A Girl's Order

Logline: A 17 year old female, who experience life at a group home/high school.

Synopsis: After the death of Carry Shaw's mother, Shaw was adopted by the superiors of Central High Group Home, an all girl's school. There, Shaw meets friends & foes as she patiently waits for the day when shes old enough to live on her own.