Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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?

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: 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.

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.