LA Festival Script: Along the Way, by Alex Leopardi

Logline: An intelligent, studious teen turns to alcohol to cope with the unexpected obstacles that threaten his path towards the first in his family to attend college.

“Along the Way” is written along the lines of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Edge of Seventeen.” This is the story of Julian, a Latino entering his senior year of high school full of promise. Julian has done well in school, his studious behavior fueled by his mother’s constant reminder that she immigrated to the U.S. to give him and his sister a better life. But the constant pressure put on him by his mother has built to a breaking point for Julian. He takes this final year to branch out and let loose. He chases after girls, but finds repeated failure, and is even strung along by Natalie, a girl he has a hard crush on. At the hotel where he’s employed – thanks to mom – Julian is exposed to a supervisor who tries to shatter his self-esteem, and a few hotel guests who are full of hatred and racism. When Julian accidentally commits a hit and run – spurred by Natalie’s impatience – the other driver catches up to Julian and begins legal proceedings for a lawsuit based not on the accident, but on revenge. This threatens his future, as well as that of his family.

All of these events, these unforeseen obstacles, become catalysts for the consumption and over-reliance on alcohol. Drinking and partying, the things he swore off long ago to focus on school, become his only coping mechanisms for the impediments that stand in his way to being the first in his family to attend university. But in trying to deal with his problems, Julian begins to distance himself from his long-time friends, his family, and even himself. The harsh realities outside of his high school life, on top of all the mounting pressure to succeed, may prove to be more than Julian can handle on his own.

Writer Biography – Alejandro Leopardi

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I’ve sold a feature-length drama/action script that was produced and has won Best Screenplay and Best Canadian Feature, among other awards and nominations. In addition, I have also had female-driven thriller and a romantic comedy optioned. Additionally, this script won Best Narrative at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.

I have worked as producer on six short films, including writing and directing three of those short films.

In addition to screenwriting, I also write short stories and have been a freelance writer and editor for over a decade.

Writer Statement

I strive to write works that resonate with a wide array of audiences.

LA Festival Script: Border Flesh, by Pepe García Gilling

427a3eec88 posterTwo brothers survive the zombie apocalypse through the older brother’s questionable methods, which eventually lead the younger sibling to make a rash decision.

Writer Biography – Pepe García Gilling

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Pepe has directed, written and produced two short films which have been screened at multiple film festivals around the world. He finished his MFA in Screenwriting at the University of Texas RGV and is currently the Chair and Director of Programming for the South Texas IFF. He served for seven years in the Monterrey IFF and has been working in the industry for a little over ten years. His films, his writing, and his academic work focus on the issues and day-to-day of the Latinx community and the issues of representation.

COMEDY Script: Sunset Strip, by Alexander Osman

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A gang of bank robbers are forced to give up more than just their booty when trying to escape the clutches of the law. 

Writer Biography – Alexander Osman

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I’m a UK based writer & director with experience of drama and brand/corporate filmmaking. My films have been shown all over the world from St. Petersburg to San Fransisco. I’ve seen success this year with my dark comedy, thriller: The Knowledge, which premiered at BIFFF in Brussels, Horror Hounds in the USA and Morbido in Mexico. As I work on a feature-length version I’m looking to follow up with another short and am excited to make Sunset Strip.

Past credits as writer/director include the drama ‘Beneath the Surface’, shown at Kinsale, IFF Berlin and Edinburgh’s fringe and the docudrama ‘This Little Place in Gospel Oak’, recognised at The London Independent Film Festival and Open City Doc Fest. I’ve also written and directed films for a range of brands and organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, Visit Britain, Rolls-Royce Motors, Emirates, Monotype, CRH, Channel Four and 1000 Londoners. I have a Masters degree from Saint Martins College of Art and enjoyed previous commercial success as a Music Producer, Designer and Creative Director.

You can discover a little more about me online:

Director’s reel: http://bit.ly/2uPSWOy
Website: http://www.alexosman.com/director
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/alexanderosman
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexanderosman/

Comedy Script: The Assassination of Donald Trump, by D. Sidney Potter

C2cdd55489 posterThe screenplay is creative non-fiction and based on an actual article by D. Sidney Potter that was published in The Huffington Post in 2016, and later removed. The protagonist, D. Sidney Potter is a real person. Well educated and traveled, he has now become disillusioned and ultimately enraged by the presence of a novice political monster that has demonized the black and brown, and poor and white of the United States. With no family and no deep connections to society, he becomes an assassin that plots the assassination of the 45th President, while coming to grips with his legacy and his future place in history.

Writer Biography

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The author had earned his living as a real estate broker before embarking on a writing career. Mr. Potter has been a contributing writer to several of the following periodicals: American Thinker, CounterPunch.com, Inman Real Estate, Enter Stage Right, iReport (CNN), Dissident Voice, Newsvine.com (apart of MSNBC), and The Huffington Post. In addition, Mr. Potter has a BA in Political Science, 2 MBA’s and part of a doctorate degree from Pepperdine.

Comedy Script: FURniversity, by G. Robert Daily, Matthew Newton

2f19002602 posterIn a college of anthropomorphic animals, a pioneering wolf has to prove that he, as a wolf creature, doesn’t pose a threat to the student body of FURniversity.

*Note: This is an adult animated sitcom. It’s not for kids.

Writer Biography – G. Robert Daily, Matthew Newton

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G. Robert Daily was born on April 25, 1984, in Fullerton, California. He is an actor, writer, and producer. Best known for his two award-winning short films: Caregiver Wanted, and There’s No Last Chance.

Matthew Newton was born on July 14, 1984, in Perris, California. He is an actor and writer. He’s best known for working on Star Wars Fan Projects.

TV PILOT: My life is not in a box don’t get it twisted, by Antonia Jackson

Real life story on my journey being raised in a dysfunctional home, having a hard life of witnessing abuse, being near death, and being abused. Moreover, looking for love in the wrong places…..

 

Writer Biography

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I’m Patrice Jackson but always been called Trice. Just a girl that’s from Miami, Fl that has endured and witness in her life that everyone around them would ask how did you survive in paved forward. My answer is easy I kept God in my life. I feel my life challenges I’ve been through can help and heal the world. I believe my journey in life prepared me to help others and to bring healing.

 

Writer Statement

Giving up on anything you dream of having is a misfire….

TV PILOT: The Mobsters Boss, by Dana Olita

A1e99a3d3d posterThe Mobster’s Boss is a gangster comedy set in the 1970’s at the height of the Philadelphia Mob years. The story is narrated by the 16-year-old daughter of South Philly Mobster Angelo “The Fixer” Brunichelli. Angelo is ruthless in his work. He has no tolerance for disobedience in his organization. We quickly see there are two sides to Angelo’s life. The ruthless Mobster who everyone fears and the Family man who is afraid to ever be late for dinner.

Writer Biography – Dana Maree Olita

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Dana is a writer and a stand-up comedian. She writes every genre from Teen Drama to Horror. She especially loves comedy because she has the unique ability to test her jokes on a live audience.

TV PILOT: The Creeper’s Lounge, by Steven Stark

A twenty-something self-proclaimed creeper with low level job prospects comes up with a business idea that could change his life forever: The Creeper’s Lounge! Imagine if Cheers took place in Twin Peaks. . .

  • Script Type:
    Television Script
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, Comedy, Drama
  • Number of Pages:
    26
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Script Language:
    English