Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: A Christmas Letter

Logline: A poignant Christmas story about one mother's life-changing decision and her daughter's struggle to forgive her.

Synopsis: Beth pulled out boxes of Christmas decorations and sorted through a variety of things as she hunted for the tree ornaments. She found a box that she didn't recall seeing before. She opened it to find a yellowed, dingy envelope. "I wonder what this is?" she said to the empty room. Immediately, she recognized her mother's looping script. Beth sucked in a deep breath. She hadn't seen her mother for ten years. She'd been angry at her mother for leaving their family to pursue her acting career, and Beth had never forgiven her. Her hands trembled as she pulled out the piece of notepaper and unfolded it. Her mouth went dry as she read the words This is a letter that will change her relationship with her mother drastically.Beth has no idea how much her life will change and the transformation she will experience.

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: 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: 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: She's Mine

Logline: Two best friends turn to rivals when they both fall for the new girl at their middle school.

Synopsis: She's Mine is a coming-of-age film about two friends who learn the hard way that pals always come before gals. Best friends since Kindergarten, TREVOR and DYLAN, both 13, attend the same middle school. Dylan is a popular athlete who hates the obnoxious attention he gets from girls, and Trevor is a science-nerd who envies Dylan's luck with girls. Despite their differences these guys need each other and keep each other out of pre-destined cliques. On the first day of 8th grade they both fall for the amazing new girl, BETH. Initially trying to remain just friends with her, they compete for her attention at the back to school dance resulting in deep-rooted jealousies coming to the surface. The night ends with both boys beginning a quest to make Beth their girlfriend. Things get wildly out of control and the boys find themselves worse off without each other. When neither will back down, their friendship seems doomed unless they learn a lesson or two along the way.

Title: FAMILY MOVES

Logline: Life is a road. Drive it. Caution: Enjoy sudden turns.

Synopsis: A positive-thinking, 30-something couple faces a modern America and a final mortgage payment about to bounce. Out of options, the two decide resolutely over a messy pancake breakfast that they have to move across the country for a job opportunity in a distant Los Angeles. Our parental heroes are convinced this move is right, but the real work comes in wrangling their independent 14-year-old daughter who lives a double life that just keeps getting more bizarre; while, avoiding the aggressiveness of their overgrown 11-year-old son whose sudden menacing presence forces his father to try and bond with the boy in an attempt to survive the weeklong trip; made more difficult by the sprite-hearted roaming grandmother; and getting them All to the other side of the country in 2 two-seater moving vans, leaving the teenage heroin to battle on the floor and hold a tiny obsessive dog, who often "gets away". Families are funny...in a real kinda way.

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: Play Dead

Logline: A butler's servitude is put to the test when the family fortune is given to the family dog.

Synopsis: Butler James James and the James family have always served others and he takes great pride in that. Abigail Hunter is a mean old matriarch who feels that others are out for her loot so she devises a scheme to test loyalties. After she "dies" it is determined that she has willed everything to her dog Shama and has appointed James to be the executor. Her three adult children and others promptly set out to put an end to Shama. James' loyalty is put to the test and he enlists his teen son JJ to help out. James and JJ do their best to keep Shama alive, but fail...or so it seems. All hell brakes loose when Shama is lost at sea and Abigail gets what she was after - evidence that she was surrounded by rats. Shama returns and James and JJ learn that they have been part of a sadistic play...play dead. Abigail informs James that he passed her test and can continue to be his servant, but James decides to stop being the dog. When he stands up to Abigail she strokes and he gets his reward.

Title: Bottom of the ninth

Logline: A bullheaded 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 ghost.

Synopsis: Cal Douglas throws a ball against a barn door as his mother, Rachel, and father, Ben, argue yet again about Ben's fledgling baseball career. Finally, she gives him an ultimatum. "Its either the game or us?" Ben chooses the game and is thrown out of the house. Ben stands, suitcase in hand, in front of Wright Field, home of the beloved Penciltown Ponies, contemplating his dismal future, when the team pours out of the locker room exclaiming that he's being sent up to the Chicago White Sox. Ben is ecstatic but Rachel is less than enthusiastic; after all, her husband just told her he would rather play baseball than continue with their relationship so she refuses to join him in Chicago. Ben becomes an instant sensation and adoring women throw themselves at his feet. Rachel dips her foot in the dating pool and becomes a sensation in Penciltown. Cal prays to the heavens above for help. His prayers are answered when Ben's recently deceased father returns to help repair the splintered family