Submission Samples from the True Story Genre

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: THE WORLD ON A STRING

Logline: On the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean strung between The U.S. and Europe lies one small wire. This is the remarkable true story of a man who spent a decade to put it there and why it changed the world.

Synopsis: In a time of the Pony Express, and painfully slow communication between nations by steamship, Cyrus Field, a visionary man from New York had the audacious idea to make communication across the Atlantic instantaneous with his TransAtlantic-Telegraph. Framed around the 1860's Civil War, this true historical/adventure chronicles the enormous obstacles Cyrus Field had to overcome. During his decade long attempt, he was dogged by intrigue, sabotage and deaths. His family and NYC home were attacked by angry mobs of the draft riots and his personal bankruptcy loomed over him. There was lack of funding, derision from peers, and the threat of a competing project. His biggest obstacle was the might of the Atlantic herself. He would need to utilize the largest ship in the world and technology that did not yet exist if he were to ever realize his dream to lay the cable. First and foremost we discover the truth behind the deep emotional suffering that drove Field to complete his project.

Title: Our Time

Logline: The improbable story of the 2006 West Essex Knights High School baseball season.

Synopsis: Coach Scott Illiano has given his all for ten years, but has never won a championship. Sportswriter Al Williams, aligned with disgruntled parents, is intent on getting him fired. A wave of untimely adversities forces an overhaul of the team's lineup, and creates a greater sense of hopelesness. With their season on the brink, the Knights embark on a magic carpet ride winning 4 games in New Jersey's prestigious Greater Newark Tournament. To complete their Cinderella story they must now overcome future major league pitcher Rick Porcello, and the best team in the country, the Seton Hall Prep Pirates. Seton Hall has eight Division 1 scholarship players. West Essex has none. Can a team unranked in New Jersey really compete against this national powerhouse? Together, they make new discoveries, embrace adversity, and question whether their struggles are really with their opponents, or rather within themselves. No, they didn't have it altogether, but together they just may have it all!

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.