A young man becomes an emergency medical technician in Harlem as a temporary stop before he enters medical school. There, he experiences a range of crises and stressful misadventures, including a mentor who has been numbed to the point that he makes a wrong decision in a life-and-death situation. Based on the novel Black Flies written by Shannon Burke and based on his own life experiences. Shannon is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency.
PREMISE: In Genesis 2, we are told that there were two named trees in the Garden of Eden–the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. So, what happened to these two trees–and the Garden itself for that matter? Did these trees eventually die? Some feel that the two trees didn’t die, but have been hidden among us and in a quite well-publicized location. Doubters feel that evidence of the Garden of Eden at Chernobyl is simply wishful thinking. WARNING: This screenplay contains elements of magical realism which may confuse or flabbergast readers.
PREMISE: An outlaw just out of prison partners up with a pill doctor, a corrupt judge, and several petty criminals in a plot to steal the typewriters Larry McMurtry used to write Lonesome Dove. It’s a cold dark thriller in the bright hot summer sun.
GENRE: Crime Drama
SETTING: Wichita Falls, TX
WRITER: Alan Nafzger
COPYRIGHT: 2019, novel, McMurtry’s Typewriter, by Alan Nafzger
OTHER INFORMATION: This is an adaptation of the novel, McMurtry’s Typewriter.
An inexperienced Coast Guard Captain is put to the test after she unknowingly intercepts one of the world’s most dangerous drug lords. With a hurricane bearing down on them, the captain and her crew must defend the ship against a series of unrelenting attacks. Based on “Drug War On the High Seas: Onboard the Coast Guards Billion-Dollar Busts” by Hunter Atkins.
PREMISE: The true story of Australian diving champion Rodney Fox, who after surviving one of the most horrific great white shark attacks in history overcame his debilitating fear of the ocean (while enduring more terrifying shark encounters) to emerge as the leading expert on great whites and creator of the shark cage.
PREMISE: Vampires attack the 24th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during the Battle of Mosul in 2004. Units from the 24th known as “Deuce Four” fight vampire insurgents in the vicinity of the Yarmuk traffic circle, in the heart of western Mosul.
PREMISE: Writers and screenwriters have encountered this roadblock of a phrase many times before: “no unsolicited material” but when a wily and eccentric old African American screenwriter discovers a new Hispanic talent he is no longer willing to tolerate Hollywood’s closed doors. An improbable team maneuver to pitch a movie to a Hollywood heavy.
GENRE: Drama, Hollywood drama
MARKET: USA, International
WRITER: Alan Nafzger
OTHER INFORMATION: This is a compete and ready to shot screenplay.
A character driven “Hollywood” story.
Logline: An improbable writing team, an eccentric African American man and a teen Hispanic male, get a chance to pitch a movie to a Hollywood heavy.
Characters: Joseph de la Cosa (81) holds a grudge against the Hollywood establishment. Juan Rodriguez (19) is a tire repair specialist who listens to everything Joseph says.
Joseph Jefferson · Internal Conflict – disgruntled and jaded writer fights to conceal this from his young mentee. · External Conflict – failed screenwriter vs. the big studios.
Juan Rodriguez · Internal Conflict – debates use of the emulation method vs. produce unique scenes. · External Conflict – young nearly illiterate teen vs. the film industry.
Macro Conflict: East Los Angeles vs. Century City
Micro Conflict: Minority screenwriters vs. Film Industry Executives
Morgan Freeman? Playing the role of Joseph Jefferson can make an actor legendary. He is a very jaded screenwriter. However, he is fighting an internal struggle to keep his young friend from this same fate. Primarily the character of Juan Rodriguez is that of an impressionable young man.
Film Goals: Layers of fun and inside jokes about screenwriting make this story great fun for writers. But it also has a serious side, a story about trying to make a movie true to life turning into a life that mirrors movies, a kind of philosophical joke. My goal in writing this film is to make it more complex than a single viewing reveals.