Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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 Usurpers

Logline: Five men are in a struggle to seize power over the Roman Empire. They have grown tired of the foolishness of the reigning Emperor Commodus and look to put end to his madness.

Synopsis: The year is 193, and Rome has had enough of the antics of Commodus. Pertinax, one of Rome's finest generals, has decided to put an end to the insane emperor, and take the throne for himself. The only problem is that he can't afford to pay off the soldiers he promise for their services. That's when Didius Julianus steps in and seizes the throne by auction. Pertinax is silenced and all of Rome is outraged, along with three prominent Romans: Septimius Severus, Clodius Albinus and Pescennius Niger. The three men start a civil war within the Roman Empire. Pescennius believes he is entitled to the throne due to his Italian equestrian background. Clodius and Septimius both disagree. Their friendship is tested and they soon become enemies. The victor of this war will become one of Rome's greatest emperors ever; expanding the empire in regions such as Parthia, Britian and Northern Africa.

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: 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: AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS

Logline: Four Armed Forces veterans jump on motorcycles and ride around the country searching out veterans, current soldiers, and their families in dire need and offering them help.

Synopsis: AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS is like The EXPENDABLES meet EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITON with a little SONS OF ANARCHY thrown in the mix. Thousands of soldiers and veterans of foreign wars, as well as their families are struggling to make it in civilian life and it's getting increasingly harder for the American government to provide aid to these wonderful people who have served our country and sacrificed so much for our freedoms and rights. AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS is a reality TV series where four recent veterans, called the AMERICAN KNNIGHT RIDERS, are given motorcycles and a simple mission: Travel across the country each week to locate veterans and/or current soldiers and their families in dire need and help them into a better situation where they should never have to worry about their troubles again. At the end of each episode, after the mission is complete, the AMERICAN KNIGHT RIDERS mount their motorcycles and ride off in search of their next assignment.

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: 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: 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 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.