Synopsis: Patrick Dooley is your average American teenager, well on his way to becoming either a great guy or a deranged killer. His chances for a bright future are jeopardized by his drug-addled mother and her affair with his sister's 17 year old prom date, by his knack for finding trouble at school, and by the unique company he keeps: Glenda the Good Witch, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man. The script opens with Patrick onstage wielding an ax during a disastrous high school performance of The Wizard of Oz. The story cuts away from the scene before Patrick can bring the ax down on another student, only to circle back round to the completion of the scene and an answer to the question: is Patrick Dooley a killer? An earlier draft of this script was semifinalist at the 2003 Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition. WGA# 1596144
Synopsis: 13-year-old Dave Levy, a talented young trumpet player, lives in suburban Chicago with his mildly dysfunctional family during the turbulent late '60s. As the story begins, Dave is entering eighth grade, though this year is destined to be unlike any other. We meet his close friends, Andy and Robert, and are amused by their witty commentaries on teachers, classmates, sex, and life, in general. But, adolescence is also a time of transformation: family life becomes more complicated, the need for independence assumes ever-greater significance, and commitment to an idea may prove as important as loyalty to a friend. And, sometimes without warning, life-altering events can shake even the most cherished beliefs about the existence of order in the universe. It is against this backdrop that Dave must confront the greatest challenge of his life: his mother's gradual descent into psychotic depression, the family upheaval that follows, and his efforts to find meaning through music and friendships.
Synopsis: Two American teenagers on holiday with their father in England investigate a local myth surrounding a mysterious castle. They become embroiled in a battle with a wicked, cruel army captain after being transported back to 1648 and the English Civil War. After making friends with the castle owner, eccentric Sir Humphrey, they vow to help him overthrow the captain and his troop of men. A fierce battle ensues with some thrilling sword fighting, and a helping hand from a flock of geese.
Synopsis: Terri Taylor, the best female basketball player in Washington State history has just helped Seattle's AAA Stealth Warriors win the state championship. Terri's life changes when her family is transferred to tiny Apple Valley. Her dream of a Duke scholarship fades with her new school of just 63 students and only 7 on the girl's team. Terri meets Jennifer Jones. Jennifer wants only one thing, a winning season. Terri wants only one thing, to go back to Stealth. Terri & Jennifer become close and share the pain of Jennifer's little sister Betsy, being killed by a drunk driver. Terri is then cleared to go back to Stealth as she had wanted. Tragedy and now bitter disappointment face the Cougars. Terri relents & comes back from Stealth and helps Apple Valley win its first State B Championship. After the championship game, Terri receives a surprise visit from Duke's recruiter who flew in to see the game and offers Terri a scholarship. WWWC is inspired by two true stories.
Synopsis: A group of seventeen year olds drive around their town on a Friday night looking for beer so that they can go to the party of the year. Each unsuccessful attempt turns into a mini adventure for them with consequences they never expected. Meanwhile a terrorist is active in the area and the FBI is hunting him down in a chase that will change life in the town forever.
Synopsis: "Nothing bad can ever happen to you in Faculty Barred" is the view held by 15yr old Alison, dutiful member of the Anti-Clique. "It's the one place in the school teachers aren't allowed." An alluring ideal & the main factor influencing Coffman Highs newest detainee's alliance - the mercurial, Newport cigarette smoking Harper. Harper wise-cracks, rolls & smokes his way to a choice; the Anti-Clique & shy Alison or their antithesis, The Phonies - a punchy, Parliament Light smoking rabble ruled by impious Penny. Faculty Barred proves too much of a draw for Harper, despite peppery Penny's tricks. Penny becomes insufferably jealous. She turns on Harper, baffled & infuriated by his leanings for Alison. Alison's life goes from the mundane to the downright dangerous. But as Harper reassures her, "What's life for? It's not just to go plodding in the same places everyday, it's an adventure." Will Harper end up as most adventure characters do or will Alison save him from his pre-Sinai destiny?
Synopsis: Corey Parker, a teen violin virtuoso with a popular blog, is abducted and held hostage by sophisticated eco-terrorists dead-set on saving the earth. But by the time she is found, she has become one of them. The struggle to rescue Corey from her self will involve mad science, lunar bases, extinct creatures, alternative fuel sources and the end of the world as we know it.
Synopsis: After retreating with his family to a small town from a big city, Gary notices a shift in how those around him think in such a high flatulent manner; that gets him to question where he believes he should stand on the popular scale. With the help of his zany friend, Cody, at a local mall, Gary uncovers a time in where he with the assistance of Cody and J.C. (another of his friends) picked on a red haired boy in elementary school while waiting for the bus. This gets Gary down in the gutter and he has a half-baked, on the fly remedy for it...Find the kid and apologize no matter what the challenges may lay in the process. Gary easily convinces J.C. to go on the ride and with a reluctant Cody at their side, they embark on the open road to find someone they don't know (or hardly know for that matter) and apologize to that individual. Along the way all three teenagers dig up a personal question that the trip needs to help them out with. Gary TOLERANCE; JC ROMANCE; and Cody INTELLIGENCE.
Synopsis: MISSY BERG is an overweight, awkward high school girl who's spent her whole life not fitting in. Being a teen-ager sucks. Though when an exchange student, LAETITIA, arrives, she proves to be an unexpected ally. While she is everything Missy is not: thin, pretty, desired by the boys and envied by the girls. She takes an interest in Missy and the two quickly become like sisters. Then Laetitia reveals that she's a witch and here for a specific, nefarious reason. Missy has no one or anything but the knowledge that she helped start something evil. Oddly though, it's Laetitia's own motto that Missy starts to take to heart: You create your own power, that saves the day.
Synopsis: To strike a blow against lookism, an ugly teen convinces the cheerleading coach to let him and two other ugly kids become cheerleaders. The pretty people, led by last year's gorgeous, brilliant, and ruthless star cheerleader, don't like that one bit. Lew Hunter, famed chair of UCLA's screenwriting dept wrote about The Ugly Club: "I have had the uniquely pleasurable experience of reading the latest of Marty Nemko's scripts. It will make a $$$derful teen or crossover feature film. It has characters you care about, a novel premise, high stakes, funny yet smart writing, rising drama, twists, and an audience-rooting 3rd act. Most important, we can all relate to its theme: feeling unattractive. I vigorously encourage you to give serious consideration to The Ugly Club and to Marty Nemko as a client." I have other scripts in inventory, my 5 books have sold 240,000 copies, I'm Contrib. Editor at U.S. News & World Report, and producer/host on NPR in San Fran.