ANIMATION Feature Script: FREE YOURSELF, by Kelly LaCombe

Eee59581bc posterA drama, based on a true story, about a young woman from a broken foundation who is on a Hero’s Journey to transform herself between 1970-1990; a transformation she was told she would not be able to make.

 

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Writer Biography – Kelly LaCombe

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University of Washington graduate, from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I studied photography, graphic design, acting and film history, after getting a B.A. as an English major. I write lyrics and poetry, script and short stories.

Writer Statement

I like to dive deep…using my Scorpio power to uncover the depths of people. I like to express with multi media…music, poetry, images. Free Yourself based on a true story and a period piece so I have used the actual songs in the script and they are very important to the mood and meaning of the film. My goal is transformation…to uncover something the viewer didn’t know about themselves…or spark desire to express themselves. To inspire someone to love or create…is the greatest honor and my mission.

ANIMATION Short Script: BANANA REPUBLIC, by Emma Lindsay

Banana republic is about how a group of bananas build their society from scratch after they have destroyed it and how they survive the threatening life as a banana against humanity and other animals .

 

Writer Biography – Emmanuel Orleans-lindsay

 

Jay-jay Orleans, also known as E-moll, is a proud ghanaian , a spoken-word artist , a screenplay writer, a visual artist and a freelance writer. His real name from birth is Emmanuel Orleans-lindsay ; he is mostly know by his pseudo name jay-jay Orleans -also spelt J-J Orleans . He is a lover of music, dogs , nature and most importantly reading , with a background in psychology and computer science . With his extensive reading and analysis of these subjects , he informs new heights or perspectives from research in these fields in an artistic manner to empower his readers, entertain them and inspire them . His short story living from October the third was short listed for the afroyoung adult’s anthology. Jay-jay loves public reading of his poems and live performances of his works . Some of pieces that are loved by many include his favourite poems hunt me well, I can’t forget you , God’s done, how dare you love and whose head is this , mostly accompanied by singers ,drummers or other performers.

Writer Statement

 

To be the best visual writer and amongst the best creative writers in the world .

ANIMATION Short Script: The Samaritan, by Ronnie Henry

3bb1b88380 posterA man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating train accident. An office clerk is on his way home from work when the train suddenly derails and crashes. He cauterises the wounds and attempts to get out of the underground whilst leading a young girl who makes him realise his true purpose of living.

 

Writer Biography – Ronnie Henry

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I am a freelancer video producer and photographer who loves film and creating a good story at the same time. My main ambition is to become either a film writer/director/editor because all aspects of media are huge personal passions of mine. This is why I have decided to combine my love for stories and the art medium of film in order to make my own amazing stories. He also runs a in-house production company/service called Fusion Media House productions which specialises in graphics and media.

 

Writer Statement

 

My greatest passion is art as I believe all aspects of the media industry give us the ability to express ourselves in a creative and positive way. The technical and business sides are very appealing as it would enable me to develop a worthwhile career in the entertainment industry. I know the art of filmmaking will demand a lot from me and I believe I can maintain high standards in my work. My aim is to work in the film industry, more specifically directing and editing. I see it as a new media form which is relevant to today’s society and worthy of study.

ANIMATION TV Pilot: Koko and Friends: Born to Play, Destined to Win!, by Clara West

63655a7eff posterKoko and his cousins are a 21st century family of precocious grade-school bugs who confront bullying and the stigmas of being from “the wrong side of the tracks” while pursuing their dreams of becoming all-star basketball players. Koko is an acronym for “Keep On Keeping On!” It’s Arthur meets A Bug’s Life with a semi-Space Jam twist.

Once the boys hatch from their eggs, they are greeted by their grandfather-coach, who reveals to them their destinies to play basketball. Eager to get started, the young bugs set out on a journey through the house seeking other teams to play. Their adventure is riddled with amazement, danger, and excitement as they encounter spiders that want to eat them, ants who try to beat them, ladybugs that are rude, silverfish that think they are crude, and skateboarding flies that pellet them with breadcrumbs! All because, according to the other house bugs, they live in the “least desirable” place in the house–under the water heater in the laundry room. Discouraged, they return home.

Their grandfather helps them deal with their bruised feelings, tells them about their legacy, and reveals the survival skills they were born with. They meet their aunt and basketball playing girl cousins. These young bugs are neither superheroes nor do they possess superpowers. They are underdogs desiring to “fit in”. They learn the value of family, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and perseverance—never, ever give up!

 

Writer Biography – Clara Denise West, Ph.D., Charla Jamille Maclin

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Clara Denise West, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is the creator and owner of the Koko and Friends characters and the Owner, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Koko and Friends Products, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. She also is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Koko and Friends Foundation, Inc. She is a retired systems test engineer and a former school teacher. West holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She earned Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Business and Security Management from Webster University. Moreover, she received Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Memphis.

West is a former engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. When her daughter was 8 years old, she attempted suicide due to bullying. West was unable to find age-appropriate resources to help her deal with her feelings of fear, shame, loneliness, helplessness and hopelessness. In desperation, she began making up stories about a family of young bugs, Koko and his cousins, who were being picked on the “cool” bugs in their house. Because her daughter connected emotionally with the characters, West was able to enter her world, see things through her eyes and create “underdog” stories to equip her with survival skills. Koko, an acronym for “Keep On Keeping On!”, means— Never, ever, give up! Thus, the Koko and Friends project was birthed.

West is the creator of the Koko and Friends Anthropomorphic Characters and product line; the PreK-12 Koko and Friends Anti-bullying Program; and the Last Straw “You Can’t Break Me!” Campaign. The Koko and Friends Project has a social message that is universal across all cultures and socio-economic classes. The characters are representative of typical 21st century youth who learn life-lessons through their daily experiences and new adventures. The young bugs learn character-building principles and values as well as develop life-long decision-making skills. West is the author of Koko and Friends: Born to Play – Destined to Win!, Koko and Friends: Friends??? Oh, Really!!!; The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together; and Standing Strong. She is the creator of the Koko and Friends Anti-bullying Program and a co-developer of the Wise Up! Law and Order curriculums. She is also the creative force behind the Check Up!, Check This Out! and Check Point series for elementary school students; the Reality Check for Teens © booklets for middle and high school students – Gangs; Gun Violence; Teen Pregnancy for Guys; Teen Pregnancy for Girls; Dating Violence for Victims; Dating Violence for Abusers; The Race Talk—Racial Profiling; Sexting and Sextortion,; and Risky Sexual Behavior.

 

Writer Statement

 

“Introducing the Koko and Friends characters to young children through an animated TV series is a catalyst for awareness, prevention, and change through positive messages while modeling problem-solving, coping, and self-regulation skills. Ultimately, it’s about saving lives.”

Top NOVELS for August 2019

Novel: 30 Days a Black Man, by Bill Steigerwald
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/novel-30-days-a-black-man-by-bill-steigerwald/

Novel: Journey Forward One Step at a Time, by Laura E. O’Shea
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/24/novel-journey-forward-one-step-at-a-time-by-laura-e-oshea/

Novel: RHINO IN THE ROOM, by Jill Hedgecock
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/24/novel-rhino-in-the-room-by-jill-hedgecock/

Top SHORT Screenplays for August 2019

1st Scene Festival Short Logline: ECÛC, by Bager Kaya
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/1st-scene-festival-short-logline-ecuc-by-bager-kaya/

LA Festival Short Script: HEARTLESS, by Daniele Gangemi
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-short-script-heartless-by-daniele-gangemi/

LA Festival Short Script: Psyché, by Adonis de la Cruz Vásquez
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-short-script-psyche-by-adonis-de-la-cruz-vasquez/

LA Festival Short Script: LITERALLY, by Talia Tucker
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-short-script-literally-by-talia-tucker/

LA Festival Short Script: Work From Home Pvt. Ltd., by Jeet Desai
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-short-script-work-from-home-pvt-ltd-by-jeet-desai/

LA Festival Short Script: ECÛC, by Bager Kaya
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-short-script-ecuc-by-bager-kaya/

Top TV Screenplays for August 2019

TV Show Logline: The Bad Coach, by Sepehr Golmakani
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/tv-show-logline-the-bad-coach-by-sepehr-golmakani/

1st Scene Festival TV Logline: EXPOSED, by Shameka Pointer
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/1st-scene-festival-tv-logline-exposed-by-shameka-pointer/

TV Festival Logline: Parent or Lover? A Game Show for the 21st Century, by Mike Messier
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/tv-festival-logline-parent-or-lover-a-game-show-for-the-21st-century-by-mike-messier/

TV Festival Logline: Nacho Cheese, by Tawan Sanders
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/tv-festival-logline-nacho-cheese-by-tawan-sanders/

TV Festival Logline: Breadcrumbs, by Casara Clark
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/tv-festival-logline-breadcrumbs-by-casara-clark/

TV Festival Logline: The Bad Coach, by Sepehr Golmakani
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/tv-festival-logline-the-bad-coach-by-sepehr-golmakani/

LGBT Festival TV SHOW: Breadcrumbs, by Casara Clark
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/lgbt-festival-tv-show-breadcrumbs-by-casara-clark/

Top Feature Screenplays for August 2019

Feature Script: Terrificman, by Samuel Hendrian
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/feature-script-terrificman-by-samuel-hendrian/

Feature Script: FOREVERLY, by Ray O’Conor
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/feature-script-foreverly-by-ray-oconor/

Feature Script: Stand Tall!, by Vincent J. Paterno
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/feature-script-stand-tall-by-vincent-j-paterno/

1st Scene Festival Feature Logline: The Recapitulation of Gentry, by Dionne Dominique
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/1st-scene-festival-feature-logline-the-recapitulation-of-gentry-by-dionne-dominique/

1st Scene Festival Script Logline: TOWARD THE SIMURGH, by M.J. ZAMANI
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/29/1st-scene-festival-script-logline-toward-the-simurgh-by-m-j-zamani/

LA Festival Feature Script: Pari Leto, by Jason Seelmann
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-feature-script-pari-leto-by-jason-seelmann/

LA Festival Feature Script: WONDERBOY, by John McLoughlin
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/la-festival-feature-script-wonderboy-by-john-mcloughlin/

LGBT Festival Feature Film: Dead Heir, by David Emanuel
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/lgbt-festival-feature-film-dead-heir-by-david-emanuel/

LGBT Festival Feature Script: The Recapitulation of Gentry, by Dionne Dominique
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/lgbt-festival-feature-script-the-recapitulation-of-gentry-by-dionne-dominique/

Feature Script: LIFE NEXT DOOR, by Red Rojo & Elad Gitelmakher
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/feature-script-life-next-door-by-red-rojo-elad-gitelmakher/

Feature Film: LAST SUMMER, by Sahar Itani
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/feature-film-last-summer-by-sahar-itani/

Feature Script: The UnJust, by Scott Cahill
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/25/feature-script-the-unjust-by-scott-cahill/

Feature Script: STANE, by Frank Mancuso
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/24/feature-script-stane-by-frank-mancuso/

Feature Script: BOL RADHA, by Dolar Vasani
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/24/feature-script-bol-radha-by-dolar-vasani/

Feature Script: Lilac and Her Imaginary Best Friend, by Nylah T. Bannister
https://storypitches.com/2019/07/24/feature-script-lilac-and-her-imaginary-best-friend-by-nylah-t-bannister/