Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Mocho Girl Journey To A Mission

Logline: An abused young Jamaican girl, facing brutal oppression and insurmountable odds, survives her childhood and fulfills her dream of becoming of registered nurse in the United States.

Synopsis: At age 11, AGATHA, was brutally beaten by her father. With their lives in danger, her mother fled with two of her four children. Her mother found work as a live-in maid, but children were not allowed so Agatha lived with her aunt. There, Agatha was routinely starved and beaten almost to death. Frantically, her mother took the children and hid them in her room where she worked, but one day they were found. At age 12, Agatha was placed in a home as a live-in maid where she learned to support herself. Two years later, she was reunited with her mother and they were a family again. At age 14, however, Agatha was too old to attend public school. At age 18, Agatha moved to England pretending to have a high school diploma and she entered nursing school. After two years, she dropped out of school and moved once more to the United States. In the U.S., Agatha began a new life, received her high school diploma, attended college, and at age 35 achieved her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse.

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: PUT ME IN COACH

Logline: Average Americans compete against each other to win a pro sports contract.

Synopsis: PUT ME IN COACH is like AMERICAN IDOL meets pro sports. Regular Americans are given a chance to win a professional sports contract by first trying out for the show, then competing for a coveted spot on the, "DREAM TEAM," which will ultimately play against a pro team. One competitor is then awarded the pro contract if the "DREAM TEAM" should win the game. This show is designed to work with BASKETBALL, BASEBALL and FOOTBALL - the three most poplular sports in America. I believe this show will appeal to the mass audience of sports fans. How many fans have dreamed of becoming a pro ball player? The intensity of the competition, drama, conflict between competitors, as well as bonding of new friendships, will tap into the emotions of the audience and keep them coming back for more. Please let me know if I can send you the treatment. Thank you for your time and consideration.