Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: DAVID

Logline: Young David, being anointed the new King over Israel, defeats the Giant, Goliath, wins countless battles, falls in love with the king's daughter, and runs for his life because of the king's jealousy

Synopsis: The shepherd boy David is anointed the new King over Israel. King Saul brings him into his palace where he falls in love with his daughter. David defeats the Philistine army and destroys the giant, Goliath. David is offered the king's daughter in exchange for the enemy's blood, which he delivers. King Saul becomes jealous and tries to kill David. Jonathan, Saul's son, befriends David and helps him survive in the wilderness. Saul's relentless pursuit for David forces him to defect to the Philistine King and serve him until his time to reign when Saul faces the Philistines in battle without David.

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 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: Enter Story

Logline: Simple boy, Remi, (20 years old) arrives live to UK. Eperience in UK, new lifestyle, new people, his English Teddy Bear

Synopsis: My name is Mr. Remigijus Miciulis ( English people use to call me just Remi ). I am foreigner from Lithuania. Since 2004, then Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland joined EU, UK has got many foreigners from these countries. As I heard, many people arrived to UK for money, some because in UK better lifestyle and some ... because it was a dream. Then I just arrived, UK was for me like absolutely different world. Different language, traditions, people, nature and so on. After 2.5 year I wrote screenplay about me self. How I feel, what I was thinking before I left Lithuania and what I got after I arrived to UK. Beginning of film a lot of facts, then 'adventures' in UK. I imagine it as a 2,5 good comedy with real facts.

Title: Them

Logline: A true story of the most horrific and somtimes beautiful history between competing tribes of extraterrestrials and their association with hominids and eventually humans on Earth.

Synopsis: The Logline is enough. If interested contact me. DO NOT bother me with the horseshit logic you've adhered to all your life.

Title: Our Time

Logline: The improbable story of the 2006 West Essex Knights High School baseball season.

Synopsis: Coach Scott Illiano has given his all for ten years, but has never won a championship. Sportswriter Al Williams, aligned with disgruntled parents, is intent on getting him fired. A wave of untimely adversities forces an overhaul of the team's lineup, and creates a greater sense of hopelesness. With their season on the brink, the Knights embark on a magic carpet ride winning 4 games in New Jersey's prestigious Greater Newark Tournament. To complete their Cinderella story they must now overcome future major league pitcher Rick Porcello, and the best team in the country, the Seton Hall Prep Pirates. Seton Hall has eight Division 1 scholarship players. West Essex has none. Can a team unranked in New Jersey really compete against this national powerhouse? Together, they make new discoveries, embrace adversity, and question whether their struggles are really with their opponents, or rather within themselves. No, they didn't have it altogether, but together they just may have it all!

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: One Chance at Life

Logline: The true story of a young mans transition into the harsh reality of being a patrol deputy in the New Orleans area, while struggling to find another chance at love.

Synopsis: The story of Chance Domino, who graduates from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Police Academy ready to save the world. After nine months on the street, he becomes a target of an attempted murder, as his dream of saving the world crumbles into a reality of survival. After being rejected by the love of his life, Chance enters the crazy world of dating. Doubting his career decision and convinced he miss his opportunity at true love, Chance transfers to the night shift in an attempt to revive his dream and hide from his personal life. With the support of "The Blue Brotherhood" Chance continues on the rollercoaster of life, which test his abilities as a police officer, a father and a man. Will he find the true meaning of "serve and protect" and get another chance at love to become a well balanced member of society?

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.