Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Going For Home

Logline: A career minor league pitching prospect and his fed up wife split after years of marriage. Determined to get them back together, their young boy enlists the help of his grandfather's ghost.

Synopsis: Cal Douglas, eight-years old, throws a ball against a barn door while his parents argue about baseball. Dad is a minor league pitcher who refuses to give up his dream of making it to the bigs and mom is fed-up with his refusal to grow up and get a real job. She tells him to choose baseball or family. He chooses baseball and is thrown out of the house. That very same day he's sent up to the bigs. She pretends to be over him by convincing a friend to help find the perfect man. He becomes an instant sensation and adoring women throw themselves at his feet. She becomes an instant sensation in Penciltown and the locals pine for her affection. Cal prays for help. His recently deceased grandpa returns to earth and performs all sorts of ghostly acts, but to no avail. Cal works hard to sabotage mom's budding relationships but his dastardly deeds fall short when mom meets Mr. Right. Reconciliation seems improbable until magically, on a dilapidated baseball field, the unimaginable happens.

Title: IF I LEAVE TOMORROW

Logline: Heartbroken over the death of his best friend, a 13 year old is determined to join him. Intervention by a wise police officer allows the boy to find hope and a new meaning for his life.

Synopsis: Anguishing over his friend's death, the boy goes on a self destructive crime spree. Brandishing a shotgun at police officers responding to a call, the officer in charge refuses to become the boy's executioner. Instead, he persuades the boy to meet with four terminally ill orphan lads. Their bravery and enthusiasm in the face of their own death inspires the boy, giving him hope and a new purpose for his life. One of three family oriented motivational scripts.

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: 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: 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: 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 Guardian of Secrets

Logline: A gripping historical family saga spanning four generations in, love, murder, betrayal and war.

Synopsis: A historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936-39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto's two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other, following her heart onto to the battlefields. In the shadow of war, an evil figure from the past watches and waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family. In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home... This is a fast paced story in, which the protagonists not only have to survive their own challenges but also a war, where the hand of evil sits not only with bombs and bullets but also with a man whose only mission in life is to take his revenge, no matter the cost.

Title: Brooklyn Science

Logline: When a global warming catastrophe threatens the fate of mankind, Jonas Chalk, a pharmacist and wannabe scientist, must convince world leaders that his miracle cures can save the world.

Synopsis: Jonas Chalk, a pharmacist and wannabe scientist, must convince world leaders that his miracle cures, made from simple, over-the-counter medications, are capable of reversing an extreme global warming disaster that threatens the fate of mankind.

Title: The Kingdom of Shanti: Twin Curse

Logline: The evil Sorcerer bares the same curse as the teenage girls who must defeat him and his mystical creatures while they save the Kingdom by finding their own magic without succumbing to the Twin Curse.

Synopsis: The twins learn that their enemies live when a kidnapping separates them on their 17th birthday. Their identities switched, and the wrong girl taken the secret begins to unravel. Through dreams, the sisters find each other and a rescue takes place. Then the real battle begins as strange powers rise within each and the destiny of the Twin Curse reveals itself. The Kingdom of Shanti has been called "highly imaginative and original work" by Producer Lee Levinson. There is a sequel in the works and a book on this film. Ranelle has completed various children's books, screenplays, freelance poetry and musical lyrics. Ranelle has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions. Her debut screenplay "Saying Goodbye to Joy" or "The Killing of Joy" inspired by a real-life story of a family member was called "heart wrenching" by a Producer. Ranelle truly loves her craft.

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.