Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Chasing DaVinci

Logline: Based on the true story of Nikola Tesla, the man that dreamed at the speed of light.

Synopsis: A mysterious traveler boards an ocean liner in Marseille, France at the height of World War II, carrying a travel bag and a journal written by Nikola Tesla. The journal contains the triumphant account of the conflicts and adversities from peers and within Tesla himself-and includes his epic confrontations with Thomas Edison. Tesla credited these conflicts with what birthed in him the resilience and determination to become focused on a dream rather than to achieve fame. His dream would forever secure his work throughout history. He longed to love and be loved but was faithfully married to his work until death did he part. It is this work that continues to live today. What more could our traveling friend share with us?