Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: The Christmas Tree War

Logline: Two childhood best-friends-turned-arch-enemies compete to have this year's White House Christmas Tree chosen from one of their farms. The war is on. Merry Christmas.

Synopsis: When Ben White took over his father's Christmas tree farm, he had only one drea,...to one day have a tree in the White House. With the White House about to announce him a winner, Ben's life is turned upside-down when his childhood best-friend-turned-arch-enemy, charismatic, hometown hero, Vince McClausky, returns home to the tree farm next door. Using his connections, Vince convinces the White House that choosing a tree from between the two farms would make a great Presidential photo opp, setting the stage for a monster competition between the two farms. Ben and Vince duke it out with outrageous tactics and absurd gimmicks including rampaging reindeer, full scale musical numbers and a no-holds-barred tree man competition that nearly destroys the town. Consumed by the competition, they alienate everyone they care about. Together, they must learn that the love of their families is all that really matter if they are to realize their dreams and rescue the spirit of Christmas.

Title: PEPE and the TENDERFOOT

Logline: A tender touching & passionate story that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages w/a possible rating of (G or PG). A respectful caring tale of relationships between animals & a loving sincere family.

Synopsis: A race winning thoroughbred stalion named Pepe is stolen, beaten, tortured and sold as a wild bronco to a rodeo, until he almost kills a cowboy. Resold, he continues being mistreated, he finally is rescued by a New York Gentleman, a Tenderfoot who restores Pepe's faith in mankind. Two young twin loving, adorable boys, get into one mischievous adventure after another. Leading to a disastrous situation with the danger of one of them perishing over a waterfall. A mouse that sleeps in a match box, performes tricks for the boys entertainment. A rattle snake that invades the chicken's coup and a rooster that protects the hens with the prices of sacrificing his own life. A dog that gives his animal friends rides on his back. It also features a fourth of July shoot off. A ten mile race which Pepe wins. And of course there is a treacherous pompous villain creating mayhem to steal the tenderfoots ranch. This all takes place in the Oklahoma hills in the early 1900's.

Title: Birds of a Feather

Logline: Having a passion for the environment, a bodybuilder who thinks his marriage is perfect has to make a choice between loyalty to his wife or loyalty to their two children.

Synopsis: Leonard Henderson thinks that he has the perfect marriage. After marrying somebody with an undiagnosed mental illness, he is unprepared to deal with the realities that the person that he made a vow to for life has a personality disorder that makes her self-centered, egotistical, abusive, and exploitive of Leonard and their two children. Using the children as a pawn to get what she wants both monetarily and emotionally, it would appear that the wife in this story would get full custody of their two children on the basis that she is a stay at home mom with the father in this story working full time. However, she makes a stupid decision and crosses the line by putting the welfare of the two children in danger. The father ends up with full custody of his two children and the father and the two children move on to much better times.

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: The Man Maker

Logline: A mysterious woman moves into an apartment building and changes the lives of two men and a young boys life forever.

Synopsis: Angela, arrives in the ghetto of Chicago. Mysteriously and unknown by any one in the neighborhood, she moves into an apartment building that brings her across the path of a newlywed couple, a grandmother and her granson, and a married man with five kids. As though on a mission from God she begins to impact the lives of these three men in a subtle way. She helps put these men on the right path to fulfill their purpose and reach their destiny in life. There is much opposition in carrying out her assignment, but Angela lets nothing keep her from completing her mission. Her only reward is to see these men succeed in life. The Man Maker recived an honorable mentioning award at the 75th Writers Digest Writing Competition. wga#I36388

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: Shades of Bliss

Logline: When Santa loses his sunglasses, a jaded, narcissistic New York City divorced businessman finds them on Christmas. He sees the world through Santa's eyes and tries to reconcile with his kids.

Synopsis: After Santa delivers the wrong presents for some kids due to near-sightedness caused by manmade pollution, his elves create a pair of sunglasses for him. When his sleigh narrowly avoids a jetliner, Santa loses them. The sunglasses are found by a jaded, narcissistic New York City divorced businessman Owen Castor who has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Estranged from his family and friends and going through the motions again this holiday, Owen finds the glasses and sees charity and love all around him. He vows to repair all of his broken relationships, especially with his 13-year-old son Billy and 16-year-old daughter Delfina. But Owen's kids doubt his sincerity and his initial attempts at reconciliation fall flat. Meanwhile, Santa's elves track down the sunglasses and want them returned to Santa, but Owen refuses unless they agree to use their magic to help him regain the love and trust of his kids.

Title: Last Chance

Logline: After a high dchool coach's secret, that he drafted an ineligible quarterback, is discovered, can that player help coach his team all the way against a team that plays by its own rules?

Synopsis: James Madison High School football Coach Romero will try anything when his team, the Tigers, continues to hold the record for the longest losing streak of any team in state history, even going so far as to give his players rabbits foots to carry around for good luck. The team's misfortune, however, finally turns around when he drafts Johnny Knight, a quarterback with a great arm - who happens to have already graduated from a high school in another state. When Johnny's secret is discovered and Coach Romero is unceremoniously fired, can Johnny take the Tigers all the way against a team that plays by its own rules? Using some unusual tactics of their own, they might just have shot at the championship.

Title: Peanut Butter Christmas

Logline: No one will ever forget the Christmas it was all about the peanut butter.

Synopsis: Friday Dec 24. Employees of Parthie's Peanut Butter factory await their usual yearly bonus. Retiring founder, William Parthie, feels his employees have lost their spirit. VP, E. Finch, pushed a merger on Parthie with the help of his lackeys, Frank, Judith and Tiddwell. Parthie informs the workers that their bonus is a jar of Parthie's Peanut Butter. Workers aren't happy. Many throw or give their jars away and some accept it in the spirit with which it is given. Finch gives his and his minion's peanut butter to a destitute man intentionally mocking him with this insincere gesture. On the 26th Parthie announces that the bonuses were in the peanut butter in the form of certificates that can be redeemed at the bank no questions asked. Those who threw their jars away search in vain. Finch, Judith, Frank and Tiddwell search the city for the bum with their jars. Whether by fate or by design, everyone gets what they deserve.

Title: Cher Saved My Wedding

Logline: A young man gets in over his head when he marries into a traditional Armenian family.

Synopsis: Brian Culverson agrees to a traditional Armenian wedding only if it is a small, private, family affair. All the wedding plans quickly snowball out of control when the entire Armenian community of Southern California invites itself to the wedding of the girl who was once the Queen of the Tournament of Roses ...including Cher who wants to sing at the wedding.