Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

Title: Strongbow

Logline: Dispossesed of his land and title, a 12th century Norman knight, promised the hand in marriage of an Irish princess, defies king Henry II of England by leading a deadly invasion of Ireland.

Synopsis: 1169. The Irish king Dermot of Leinster has many enemies, and a beautiful daughter, the princess Eva. Dermot obtains permission from Henry II to raise troops to help restore his kingdom, and Henry points him towards Richard de Clare, a Norman knight known as 'Strongbow', who agrees to lead an invasion on the promise of Eva's hand in marriage. Fearing the establishment of a rival kingdom on his flank, Henry reverses himself and prohibits it, but Strongbow defies him, and arrives to claim his prize. Everything is not as it seems in this strange land, and Strongbow must cast aside his own ambitions to help his new bride Eva. He and his knights lay seige to Dublin castle, fighting off Celts and Vikings, restoring Dermot to the throne of Leinster. When Dermot dies, Eva becomes Queen of Leinster, with Strongbow as her protector. They could have changed the course of history, were it not for a betrayal. WGA #L219832

Title: M.I.G.

Logline: The true story of a Jewish servant to a rich Iraqi family who masterminded the heist of the century by helping the Israelis steal the Soviet's most coveted weapon--its M.I.G. 21 jet fighter.

Synopsis: In 1963, the Soviet Union tipped the scales of the cold war by unveiling its most formidable conventional weapon: the M.I.G. 21 jet fighter--faster, more versative and more heavily armed than anything possessed by the west. With the NATO powers on red alert, the threat was most real, however, to the Israelis who were now surrounded by hostile nations--namely Egypt, Syria and Iraq--who were given M.I.G.s by the Soviets. With its Arab neighbors preparing for imminent war, things seemed bleak for the tiny nation when, in 1965, a man appeared at the Israeli embassy in Paris and with a phone number. "If the Israelis want a M.I.G.," he explained "call this number" after which he turned and disappeared. The Israelis dispatched a young officer to Iraq who traced the number to an elderly butler--a Jew--to a rich Christian Maronite family living in Bagdad. Thus began the unlikely events that led to what could be called the most successful espionage mission of the 20th century.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.