Submission Samples from the Family Genre

Title: Last Night Stand

Logline: An anguishing, middle class husband and father, puts his passionless marriage on the line for just one night- a night which will turn his and his family's ordinary life upside down!

Synopsis: In Last Night Stand, middle class husband and father, Rick Millwood, who desperately longs for attention from his harried, professional wife Kim, anguishes over the temptations of greener pastures. While he and his wife finally get away to a couples only resort for a weekend, Rick is offered the rewards of a discreet, one-night stand by a vacationing counterpart- risk free! The title takes its name from the end result- which finds Rick with no way out after his "one- night-only" mistress dies in his arms! Last Night Stand, which is so relevant to today's marital/relational society, is my first completed screenplay. Though I have written small circulation type items over the years, it was mostly for leisure. This screenplay is registered with the Writer's Guild West (Reg.#1118021-3/10/06). I thank you for your time and consideration.

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: 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: 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: 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: LET ME PLAY

Logline: Eight year old Kathern has the mind of a genius and the heart of a little girl. She is forced to study all the time but wants to play outside and make friends before her childhood runs out.

Synopsis: When Kathern's parents drop her off at summer prep school, she sees the opportunity to escape with a doll and a map to her estranged aunt's home. Kathern's anti-social aunt never had contact with her niece before this. She understands the girl's need to play, but has no idea what it takes to find friends and playmates. With the help from a roommate, the house becomes filled with kids who don't know how to interact because they have spent their lives hidden behind electronics. In the process, the kids come with meddling parents, social events, and nosy neighbors. The kids learn to dream and play while the adults remember what it is like to be a kid again. True friendships are made that will change the course of many lives.

Title: Alabama Memories

Logline: J.D., now in his mid-fifties, returns to the small farm in rural Alabama where he grew up and recalls the events of 1965-66 - his senior year of high school.

Synopsis: Quite, strong, and reserved, 17 year old J.D. plays football and becomes president of the senior class. J.D. spends his spare time watching drag races with Wilson and Big John, two friends from a neighboring town. J.D. makes an appearance at the junior-senior prom - but he goes alone because Rebecca, his girl friend, accepted a blind date arranged by Joseph, his best friend. He leaves the prom early, but in separate incidences that same night he is shot at and attempts to elude the Alabama Highway Patrol in his 55 Chevy. J.D later endures his most embarrassing moment when a lighted candle burns his speakers' notes as he stands before a large group of peers. And as graduation approaches, J.D. and Joseph face possible expulsion for a stunt they pull during play rehearsal. Alabama Memories echoes the music, cars and theme of American Graffiti in a different setting. This script, set against a backdrop of hard work on a small farm and the Viet Nam War, was inspired by actual events.

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: 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: 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.