Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: Application Denied

Logline: Immigration Police pounded on our door on March 18th of this year, arrested my wife pulling her away from her 3 American Citizen children and US Citizen husband without even showing us paperwork.

Synopsis: Immigration lied to us to gain access to our home saying they were looking for a woman that was registering cars illegally to our address then after having us identify a picture, they saw my wife, then ICE Officers said they were not there for the woman in the picture but they were there to arrest my wife. At the ICE holding facility they had her sign a legal form saying everything was explained in Spanish when nothing was. I felt like my life was being torn apart. I immediately called the ICE office and they said there was no bail and she would be deported in a week. This story begins in Guatemala 1993 where Lizeth was kidnapped by a political subversive group, she escapes and flees to the US. She applies for Political Asylum receives a social security # and permission to work, has 3 children, her political asylum is denied and she is asked to leave the country. WGA WEST REGISTRY #1371110 I would like to submit this screenplay for your consideration.

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: The U.S. 65th Regiment Infantry

Logline: Based on the true story of Puerto Rico's renown 65th Borinqueneer Regiment, and its leader Lieutenant Carlos Palmieri who is falsely accused by the U.S. military of treason at the front in Korea 1950.

Synopsis: Colonel Peanuts Madison is hell bent on destroying Lieutenant Palmieri and his company in Korea, because he (Madison) faced a humiliating defeat in the Portrex Military Manuevers at Vieques Island 1950 at the hands of Lieutenant Palmieri's leadership role. Col. Madison developes enmity and revenge toward Lt. Palmieri. He sends them on missions to fail. As the film begins, Lt. Palmieri and his (95 surviving soldiers) men face defeat at Outpost Kelly at the Chorwan Valley, Korea in November of 1952. Colonel Peanuts Madison humiliates the ninety-five surviving soldiers by having them shaved their mustaches. They are quickly court-martialed and sent to a hard labor brig in California. Governor Marin of Puerto Rico begins a fight to exonerate these men. After a highly publicized and emotional trial (with many twists and turns) in Washington, Attorney Davila shines as a brilliant lawyer rising to the occasion with a great victory over the powerful forces of the US.

Title: Becoming Quanah Parker

Logline: He is the last Comanche on the Great Plains and he must choose whether to live as a white man or die as a Comanche.

Synopsis: The son of a captured white woman and a Comanche chief, Quanah Parker terrorized the white settlers on the Texas plains in the late 1800s until Colonel Ranald Mackenzie of the U.S. Army arrived and began his pursuit of the wily Comanche chief. Determined to make a name for himself and to gain a promotion, Mackenzie chases Quanah and his warriors throughout a terrible winter and is finally able to force Quanah's starving little band onto the Oklahoma reservation. Mackenzie intends to hang Quanah for his depredations against whites, but Quanah escapes and leads his little band off the reservation and back onto the Plains in violation of Mackenzie's orders. Mackenzie has had enough, and he pursues with a vengeance. What Mackenzie finds out on the plains, however, so shocks him that he decides rather than to hang Quanah, he must change the stubborn Indian into a white man in order to save the Comanche Nation.

Title: THE WORLD ON A STRING

Logline: On the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean strung between The U.S. and Europe lies one small wire. This is the remarkable true story of a man who spent a decade to put it there and why it changed the world.

Synopsis: In a time of the Pony Express, and painfully slow communication between nations by steamship, Cyrus Field, a visionary man from New York had the audacious idea to make communication across the Atlantic instantaneous with his TransAtlantic-Telegraph. Framed around the 1860's Civil War, this true historical/adventure chronicles the enormous obstacles Cyrus Field had to overcome. During his decade long attempt, he was dogged by intrigue, sabotage and deaths. His family and NYC home were attacked by angry mobs of the draft riots and his personal bankruptcy loomed over him. There was lack of funding, derision from peers, and the threat of a competing project. His biggest obstacle was the might of the Atlantic herself. He would need to utilize the largest ship in the world and technology that did not yet exist if he were to ever realize his dream to lay the cable. First and foremost we discover the truth behind the deep emotional suffering that drove Field to complete his project.

Title: The Sons of Sheba

Logline: The first complete story of how we landed in the War on Terror comes to life in the long friendship of a maverick CIA operative with two Yemeni brothers. Former comrades-in-arms, 9-11 changes all.

Synopsis: No film or other media has presented a coherent picture of how we came to be in the War on Terror, the most important development of our time. There is not one film dealing with Middle Eastern Muslim terrorists directly. Why? Many reasons. First, pressure from Muslim-American groups. Also, who would be the hero, our government? Ha! But films like "United 93," "Syriana," and others, show that the climate has changed. And our hero here is a maverick operative who usually opposes government policy. The time has come. Based on actual events in the public record, THE SONS OF SHEBA brings to life the chain of events that brought the world to this precarious state. In 1972 a Special Forces/CIA operative goes from Vietnam to Yemen as an advisor and develops a close friendship with two young Yemeni Arab brothers that spans three decades. After fighting together in the Yemen and Afghan wars, they find themselves mortal enemies after 9-11, the USA vs. Al-Qaeda. The Iraq war in not involved.

Title: SEX and the CANYON

Logline: Love the ones you're with.

Synopsis: In the late 1960s, with the opening of Elysium Fields and Sandstone Retreat, the epicenter of the Sexual Revolution moved to Topanga Canyon, CA. "SEX and the CANYON" is based on the true polyamorous love story of Sandstone's John and Barbara and Paul and Judith as they and 4,000 of their intimate friends battle church, state, and snooping neighbors for their right to love, and love, and love.

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: The Last Man

Logline: Two men travelling west with the Donner Party, James Reed and Lewis Keseberg, face life's most extreme challenges. One rises to greatness; the other begins his descent into madness.

Synopsis: In the spring of 1846, 2700 people travelled by wagon across North America to the West. The Donner-Reed Party was the last. The bitter story of their entrapment in the Sierra brought westward migration to a standstill until the discovery of gold two years later. But weeks before the entrapment, the interactions between two men - James Reed and Lewis Keseberg - created the conditions that made survival unlikely. Similar in character - intelligent, well-educated, and proud - the two men share the same aspiration: a chance to establish themselves in a new world. But moments of great trial bring Keseberg to violence and Reed to murder. Each man struggles at great personal cost to redeem himself. One succeeds.

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.