Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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: Pride Of A Nation

Logline: A true story about Manny Pacquiao, starting with his early struggles with poverty. A combination of his boxing accomplishments mixed with the fascinating relationship with his country and people.

Synopsis: While struggling from poverty, a young teenager Manny Pacquiao decides to move to Manila to pursue a boxing career to help his family. Some years later, he is a rising star in the boxing world and looked at as a national hero by the Philippines. A few of his fights are included but what is even more amazing than his boxing accomplishments is the impact that he has on his country and the people. Shown during his fights is basically how the entire nation comes to a halt to watch him fight, the crime rate drops drastically and even the rebels and the Philippine Military call for a cease-fire so they can watch his fights. During training for the Miguel Cotto fight, Manila is hit by a devastating typhoon. Manny leaves his training one day to travel to Manila so he can help some of the people that were affected by the massive storm. With his recent victory he became the only boxer in history to win seven titles in seven weight classes. WGA # 1395216

Title: What Really Happened To Me

Logline: A young woman's family secrets and ill-fated events are aversely revisited during her therapy sessions that speak of abuse, rape, murder/suicide, and triumph.

Synopsis: Mea has recurring nightmares of suffering horrific physical abuse as a child by the hands of her mother; and sexually abused by an uncle. After confiding in a close friend about the dreams and now being called by the Prosecutor as a character witness against her uncle; whom allegedly rapes a mentally challenged woman, Mea decides to seek therapy. During the therapy sessions she relives the dramatic events of her family's generational curses that have plagued her life. She becomes distraught by the painful memories of being beaten, and losing a loved one to a murder/suicide. At the end of it all, justice is served in more ways than one.