Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: Arminius

Logline: "ARMINIUS" is the true story of the defeat of the Roman Empire by German peasants. Detmold Germany and New Ulm Minnesota have statues of Arminius. New Ulm,Mn remembers the 2000 year ann. of victory.

Synopsis: Arminius and his brother were Roman soldiers who may have been in Bethlehem during the birth of Jesus. After serving in the Army Arminius got out because of the cruelty he saw. He went back to his home and organized a revolt against Rome. He found and married his wife whose father was a traitor to Rome. She was kidnapped by her father and taken to Rome. Arminius confronted his brother who stayed in the Roman Army. His forces fought and destroyed 15,000 Romans in 9 AD. The Roman leader was beheaded. The head was sent to the German King. After other battles, the Romans withdrew from Germania for centuries. In my story, Arminius goes to Rome and rescues his wife and child. When they get back home they realize They have beaten Rome.

Title: Darker Than a Thousand Midnights

Logline: The struggles and trials of life of a young Alabama mother of nine and the hardships after moving to New York City.

Synopsis: My (Addie Harris) experiences as a child working in the cotton fields, pregnancy at twelve years of age, married at age 16, and many 'no good' men in my life. While in my late twenties, I made the decision to move away from home and begin new job opportunities as a housekeeper on Long Island. One good man (Sergeant Gayle) in my life helped me to get an education to become a beautician and set up my own shop. We never married and he died of a heart attack a few years after we met. My children grew up in the Bronx, some became involved with drugs and crime. The story reaches a crisis when my daughter (Bessie) at age 18 came down with HIV. This is about my struggles to find a better life and what I experienced as a mother of nine along the way.

Title: The Mirror Maze

Logline: A Norwegian man serves time in Mexican prisons where he witnesses and suffers inhumane treatment and torture. www.TheMirrorMazeStory.com

Synopsis: Tom Brungar, a Norwegian businessman, has an increasing drug addiction which ultimately pulls him into an international, cocaine, trafficking operation. Smuggling drugs through a Mexican airport, he and his partner are arrested. He then serves five years in a series of Mexican prisons were he quickly learns that drug use and corruption are just as rampant in prison among the guards and officials as in the outside world. In order to survive, he must walk a fine line. He falls in love with Adriana, the prison psychologist, who with the help of the Norwegian embassy obtains his release. Tom Brungar, my mother's cousin, was born and raised in Oslo, Norway. After returning to Norway from his five-year incarceration in Mexico, he worked in the Norwegian government to assist immigrant refugees. The screenplay is ready for review in final format and we have also just published the book. I look forward to talking wtih you soon.

Title: Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Logline: True story of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, crusader for freedom from religion. She suffers from ignorant hatred of thousands, fights up to the Supreme Court, wins, only to be horrifically murdered.

Synopsis: Madalyn Murray O'Hair, a psychiatric social worker, lawyer, and former military officer, decides to send her son to a local Baltimore public school and discovers that daily mandatory prayers are part of the program. In trying to get her son excused from prayer, she runs into tremendous resistance from the school and community. Her son is reviled and beaten, her home and parents are threatened, and her life becomes a war zone. Despite her lack of funds and failing health, she fights the challenges, gets an attorney willing to represent her, and ends up winning her case in the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the resistance to her beliefs continues, and she ends up horrifically murdered along with two members of her family. Her legacy is part of our American understanding of the separation of church and state today.

Title: Rwanda 1994

Logline:  An ex UN Army Officer  returns to Rwanda and relives the violent days spent with the UN peacekeeping forces during the bloodiest civil wars that took the loves of 1 million people in 100 day.

Synopsis:   Act I:  Summary: Introduction to the events leading to the massacre.     It's 2011. A middle aged man arrives in RWANDA troubled by an inexorable wave of gory thoughts from his past. The scenes cut to the year 1994, and a plane carrying the President of Rwanda, is downed. A vicious blame game begins between the two main races, HUTUS and TUTSIS. Each one wants to use this opportunity to suppress the other.    ACT II:  Summary: Protagonists' relives the gruesome acts committed by the HUTUS and TUTSIS.    Following the attack, the nation tumbles into darkness as the TUTSIS and moderate HUTUS are slaughtered in the name of retribution.  Our young protagonist wades h

Title: Dear Zora

Logline: Adventures of Zora Neale Hurston, African-American author, anthropologists, and playwright; who traveled in the south and abroad during the Harlem Renaissance.

Synopsis: Nothing was ever ordinary about Zora Neale Hurston; who was born in 1891, in Eatonville, Florida, the first, all black, incorporated town. Her Godfather was a white man. Her father, John Hurston, a handsome, womanizing, preacher was also mayor of Eatonville and never understood Zora's "Wild and independent ways." John forbade her to listen to those untamed stories woven by the locals on the steps of Joe Clarke's store. Zora's mother, Lucy Hurston, adored her and told her to "Reach for de sun." But, Lucy's untimely death would change Zora's life forever. Sent to boarding school, then later abandoned, Zora would find her niche after winning a writing competition and moving to Harlem, where she would befriend Langston Hughes and the quirky "Godmother." Zora soon would travel and write about her adventures. After two failed marriages and a huge scandal she would die penniless; but with no regrets. Her trailblazing spirit will go on forever. Dear Zora, a true American heroine.

Title: Toy Soldiers

Logline: Logline: A 13-year-old girl's family holiday turns into a freakish nightmare when a rebel group kidnaps her.

Synopsis: 13-year-old Mercy Ocen's family hails from Lira; a picturesque little town in Uganda's semi-arid north where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), carves itself a stronghold. Operating out of southern Sudan, they relentlessly descend on unsuspecting small villages, maiming, raping, taking young girls as sex slaves, and kidnapping young men to further strengthen their numbers. In the early hours of that fateful morning, Mercy's father - Peter, receives a phone call from a stranger who tells him that during a rebel raid, his wife Joanna who was visiting with family was brutally beaten up and his children Mercy and Sammy have been abducted by the LRA. Consumed by sorrow and rage, Peter cancels a business trip to South Africa and heads to Lira on what seems like "a race against time effort" to rescue his family. Through the perilous terrain and mayhem of children murdering children, the unfolding events lead Peter to a darker side of humanity he never imagined existed.

Title: The Usurpers

Logline: Five men are in a struggle to seize power over the Roman Empire. They have grown tired of the foolishness of the reigning Emperor Commodus and look to put end to his madness.

Synopsis: The year is 193, and Rome has had enough of the antics of Commodus. Pertinax, one of Rome's finest generals, has decided to put an end to the insane emperor, and take the throne for himself. The only problem is that he can't afford to pay off the soldiers he promise for their services. That's when Didius Julianus steps in and seizes the throne by auction. Pertinax is silenced and all of Rome is outraged, along with three prominent Romans: Septimius Severus, Clodius Albinus and Pescennius Niger. The three men start a civil war within the Roman Empire. Pescennius believes he is entitled to the throne due to his Italian equestrian background. Clodius and Septimius both disagree. Their friendship is tested and they soon become enemies. The victor of this war will become one of Rome's greatest emperors ever; expanding the empire in regions such as Parthia, Britian and Northern Africa.

Title: The Beast Within

Logline: The authorized biopic of boxing hall-of-famer John "The Beast" Mugabi who rose up from the slums of Uganda to become a world champion and Olympic medallist.... before it was all taken from him.

Synopsis: John was plucked from Uganda and brought to England to start his career, later moving to the USA. But, outside the ring, John was truly fighting for his life; under the wing of Mickey, an unscrupulous manager who warned John that he must win his fights - or lose everything, and get sent back to the slums. Pushed to breaking point by his intense training regime, John fought and fought, accumulating a record-breaking winning streak of 26 fights in a row! Over the years, John made a name for himself in legendary bouts with millions of dollars in prizes, and a dramatic comeback match, winning the WBC world title. Yet, ultimately, Mickey ditched John, leaving him penniless and homeless. But, John turned his life around - his biggest comeback to date.

Title: LARRIKIN

Logline: A New Age Tarzan inspires a generation with his Wildlife Conservation and Vision... Steve Irwin - The WILDLIFE WARRIOR has risen.

Synopsis: This is the story of Steve Irwin. As a child Steve and the Irwin family leave their suburban home in Melbourne for the bush in the State of Queensland. Bob, his wife and their three children rescue injured and endangered wildlife. Steve's passion for the Australian bush grows as he collects snakes for serum and native animals for the family's park with his bare hands. Steve begins to film his adventures in the waterways, outback and rainforests of Queensland. With his signature khakis and mullet, Steve's energy and humour is exciting to watch. Steve's popularity becomes global and takes him all over the world filming special documentaries. Life is wonderful but then tragedy strikes personally and controversy erupts and Steve experiences worldwide condemnation. Steve and Terri work tirelessly despite setbacks until his shocking death. A true wildlife warrior, Steve's passion will be admired for generations to come.