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: 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.
TITLE: The Camel Knows The Way WRITER: Matthew Riopelle
PREMISE: The true story of Lorna Kelly, the first Female Auctioneer at Sotheby’s, who at the top of her career throws away a brilliant future in the art world and heads off to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Sisters of Charity. Lorna Kelly was a larger than life Brit with a razor wit sharp and radical red nails. Mother Teresa dubbed her “The Queen of Calcutta.” What happens to her in India — changes everything she knows about herself, the world around her and her sense of purpose in it. It is a story about identity and the gifts that come from losing one’s faith and finding it in the most unexpected places. The New York Times took out this one page obituary on her.
TITLE: The Christmas Three WRITER: Brantley Aufill
PREMISE: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are busier every year, carol-ing hundreds of people who’ve forgotten the spirit of Christmas. But when Past sees himself as a young boy in someone else’s carol, the three Ghosts begin to question who they are and how they got there – even if it means Christmas won’t happen.
PREMISE: A former homicide cop turned small-town sheriff struggles to uncover the truth about an apparent suicide. But as he becomes intrigued by a cagey female witness he’s sure he’s seen somewhere before, he unwittingly puts both their lives in danger from a murderous conspiracy.
PREMISE: When Bavarian teen Karl Beck follows his secret Nazi lover to 1932 Berlin – still the gay capital of the world – he is arrested for crimes of homosexuality and sent to the new Dachau concentration camp, where he must struggle between psychological brainwashing and forbidden romance.
PREMISE: A true 14th century story deeply resonant today. A medieval Countess leads an army, fights in armor, and defeats the forces of France only to be locked away, falsely declared mad by a jealous English King. Opposed by a brutal religious fanatic (a man who lobs the heads of his prisoners over town walls to announce a siege), it is she who is forgotten to history while he ends up canonized.
PREMISE: Cal, a solitary Midwesterner, comes to Los Angeles looking for his aspiring-actress sister, who vanished after moving into a shabby, sinister apartment building. As he pursues conflicting clues from the eccentric tenants, he finds himself trapped in a nightmare: is this building a hallucinatory labyrinth that brings out the hidden darkness in everyone who enters…or is an out-of-place innocent losing his mind?