1st Scene Festival Short Script: TRUE DESTINY, by Joseph Leone

3487f82ab8 posterLogline: Aided by a mysterious shadow organization, a dynamic woman, predestined to make an impact on the world, is mere days away from an upset victory in the 2024 US Presidential General Election. However, all is not well, as this same organization is conspiring with the VP candidate to take her out, and overthrow the country.

Summary: This is the remarkable tale of Isabel Flores Ramirez, who overcomes tremendous tragedy, early in life, but ultimately achieves business and political success with the aid of a mystery group, known as the Phantom Council. The Council introduces Isabel to Sebastian Neuhauser, an “Up and Comer” within the ranks of the Pentagon. Sebastian specializes in the field of Battlefield Robotics and Aerial Surveillance. See screenplay for more.

Writer Biography

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I am an American Screenwriter with nearly 6 years of experience as a Marketing Coordinator for Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Marketing Administration and another year as a Story Analyst for Prelude Pictures and Kamin & Howell Entertainment. Additionally, I produced an award-winning student film while attending Chapman University, Orange, CA. The film was later purchased and distributed by Pyramid Films (Santa Monica, CA).

TRUE DESTINY – selected in a total of (47) Film Festival / Screenplay Competitions in (5) Countries over the past 12 months. The script has been an Award Winner in (10) of the (47) Competitions to date.

Female Festival Feature Script: Flowers Don’t Grow In England, by Tanecia Britt

6b63ac727a posterAbandoned by each of their parents, they were raised by their elderly aunt. Chloe, Vera, and Autumn, At a young age lose their Aunt tragically. That fateful night sets the three ladies down a path of no return.

Project Summary: For Chloe, Vera, and Autumn – life has not always dealt them a decent hand, but the one constant that has remained with them since childhood is the impenetrable bond that they share. Abandoned by each of their parents, they’ve been raised by their elderly aunt. At a young age, when a late night visit by Autumn’s junkie father results in a tragic death, the girls must look to each other for strength and become, in many ways, a mother, a cousin, sister, and father to each other. A tragic night that leaves each of them with the only family that they have.

Parallel to the three women, is a retired school teacher, Rose. She has dedicated her life to her only child and son, Rich. At 23 years old, he’s dipped in and out of trouble but has always managed to stay on the better path of life. A humble and simple woman, she has a high tolerance for many but little when it comes.

To her half-brother, Gram. Though she loves Gram, she doesn’t like his street influences on Rich. However, as the only father-figure that a 23-year old Rich has had, she tolerates Gram and loves her brother for the void he has filled with her son.

A rave. A dirty bathroom stall. An ominous man. Three cousins. And, a fight to the death.

When one of the cousins is attacked, Chloe, Autumn, and Vera discover how viciously they fight when someone attempts to break their bond. Killing a man with their bare hands becomes a new found talent. A talent that does not go unnoticed by one of East London’s most notorious gangsters. Recruited to murder, they become a ruthless trio. They’re good at what they do and enjoy it. But when a routine hit goes wrong, one loss will intertwine the world of Chloe, Vera, and Autumn with Rose. The impermeable bond that holds Chloe, Vera, and Autumn together will now be tested. Everything that Rose has stood for and once believed will now be questioned. Four women – challenging the depths of love, the loyalty of family, and the boundaries of trust – but only one will survive while the others fall victim to the frightening truth.

The creative process for me will never be complete until this project is completed. I am thankful at this point to be in the development stages of the process. Due to this film being based in another country, there are a few global resources that I will be utilizing to help the production of this project. Being accepted into this program would create networking opportunities that spearhead potential lifetime connections.

Director Statement: My adrenaline was through the roof after completing my first feature film in London, so much that I needed a creative release. With all my accomplishments, including graduating with a Masters, life was still painful – amusing and deeply inspiring. I channeled that energy into creating “Flowers Don’t Grow in England.” This story drives my passion for filmmaking and creating visuals for narratives abroad. I want the audience to feel inspired to discover their moral premise at the end of this film. It is this conflict of values that describe what the movie is about. “Flowers Don’t Grow in England” has so many different layers that it will allow the audience to come to their emotional conclusion.

This script was developed with the belief that I could use my experiences while living and traveling abroad to create universal narratives that will make it more powerful and more emotional for a broad audience. The detailed specs of my experiences and struggles give the film an authenticity that I hope will help this project to be considered. The pivotal background laid in the script connect these characters to the more massive story arch. There are two narratives in the writing that run parallel. The impermeable bond that holds characters, Chloe, Vera, and Autumn together will be tested when their worlds intertwine with Rose, a retired school teacher. Everything that Rose has stood for and once believed will be questioned. These four women challenge the depths of love, the loyalty of family, and the boundaries of trust. The inspiration for this film came from living in East London. Though I do not have a taste for killing like my main characters, I did develop a sense of family while living abroad, and my friends became my family. For example, a dear friend hired me as a “shampoo girl” in her East London salon. I had no experience, and she didn’t care. She knew I had bills, a dream, and that’s all that mattered to her. I am looking for a mixture of raw untapped talent and seasoned talent willing to believe in the project.

Just as the story, the sound design will run a parallel narrative. It is essential that the sound design compliments the storyline by laying the groundwork for the visuals. The project will work with different independent UK artists to compile a structured yet enjoyable soundtrack.

While this film has graphic violence, it’s about beginnings, family, change, and how fragile the human connection is. This film will deal realistically with love, family, violence, and other aspects of the human condition, broken parts, and all.

Writer Biography – Tanecia Britt

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“Your thoughts write the script to your history.” – Tanecia Britt

Screen gems begin to fill their treasure chests with tools to help them express the pictures that reel through their brain at various points in their life. It’s the ‘how’ and ‘why’ that makes each visionary different. For director Tanecia Britt, pictures are a constant flow of concepts through her hands and eyes, depicted with more emotion than what can be seen in real life. Born in Washington, DC, Britt grew up in nearby Hyattsville, MD watching films and instilling imagined life into inanimate objects. Once it became apparent that producing images were innately within her design, pursuing film was the desired goal for college. After graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, reality became the foundation for her movies. Britt’s drive placed her in various locations post-undergrad.

Living strictly off of her determination to become a full-time director, the self-forming entrepreneur hit the country. Working as a marketing and campaign administrator for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago then freelancing in Atlanta, Britt soon found herself networking among some of the sharpest eyes in the South. Celebrity photographer Donna Pernell shared insight about the inner workings of the industry which motivated Britt to declare herself as an assistant director and production assistant. Continuously networking and building her name, she found herself under the direction of Eyal Sivan and Haim Bresheeth, professors, and mentors at the University of East London. Under them, she learned to shoot with a purpose and to take her time with film-making. Her creativity and a relentless drive to succeed opened a niche for Internet films in which she began to market herself on the web.

Though free-spirited, Britt’s reality stood like walls around her in which she could only battle, and battle alone. Her loyalty to her family brought her back to the United States, where she has emerged as one of the most rouge, yet promising film-makers in the area. To date, Tanecia Britt has been a never-ending machine, cranking out films including her feature “School Without Walls” along with a multitude of shorts and music videos. Currently, she is working hard to bring forth “Flowers Don’t Grow in England,” a ruthless caricature telling the lives of three East London women. Seeing the elements of life which could quickly destroy a woman was only clay for Britt, permitting her to mold these experiences into cinema while influencing others to see life with more than just the natural eye. Lifestyle it has become, Tanecia Britt is a portal for all things film can reveal by way of life, cycling images through the lenses of her crafted mental.

“Life isn’t about just seeing. It is directing what is unseen.” – Tanecia Britt

Writer Statement

My adrenaline was through the roof after completing my first feature film in London, so much that I needed a creative release. With all my accomplishments, including graduating with a Masters, life was still painful – amusing and deeply inspiring. I channeled that energy into creating “Flowers Don’t Grow in England.” This story drives my passion for filmmaking and creating visuals for narratives abroad. I want the audience to feel inspired to discover their moral premise at the end of this film. It is this conflict of values that describe what the movie is about. “Flowers Don’t Grow in England” has so many different layers that it will allow the audience to come to their emotional conclusion.

This script was developed with the belief that I could use my experiences while living and traveling abroad to create universal narratives that will make it more powerful and more emotional for a broad audience. The detailed specs of my experiences and struggles give the film an authenticity that I hope will help this project to be considered. The pivotal background laid in the script connect these characters to the more massive story arch. There are two narratives in the writing that run parallel. The impermeable bond that holds characters, Chloe, Vera, and Autumn together will be tested when their worlds intertwine with Rose, a retired school teacher. Everything that Rose has stood for and once believed will be questioned. These four women challenge the depths of love, the loyalty of family, and the boundaries of trust. The inspiration for this film came from living in East London. Though I do not have a taste for killing like my main characters, I did develop a sense of family while living abroad, and my friends became my family. For example, a dear friend hired me as a “shampoo girl” in her East London salon. I had no experience, and she didn’t care. She knew I had bills, a dream, and that’s all that mattered to her. I am looking for a mixture of raw untapped talent and seasoned talent willing to believe in the project.

Just as the story, the sound design will run a parallel narrative. It is essential that the sound design compliments the storyline by laying the groundwork for the visuals. The project will work with different independent UK artists to compile a structured yet enjoyable soundtrack.

While this film has graphic violence, it’s about beginnings, family, change, and how fragile the human connection is. This film will deal realistically with love, family, violence, and other aspects of the human condition, broken parts, and all.

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Female Festival Feature Script: FLARES, by Shruti Tewari

0ae2a4b6da posterA Bay Area reunion of school friends from New Delhi devolves into a comic-contentious exploration of their journeys highlighting each one’s silent endurance of gender-based abuse. When the protagonist learns the reason for her best friend’s absence from her life, she is forced to confront those exerting control over her and make some life-altering choices.

Writer Biography – Shruti Tewari

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SHRUTI TEWARI (Writer/Director) has more than two decades of experience in the creative arts with projects ranging from a Bollywood blockbuster to several award-winning independent films. After her stint as a Wall Street banker and Silicon Valley executive, this MBA from Mumbai and MIA from Columbia University changed course to adequately and authentically represent minority voices.

In her tenth year as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she has benefitted from being on the sets of Woody Allen, Danny Boyle, Imtiaz Ali and Boots Riley, among others. She hopes to incorporate the artistic bravery of Boots Riley, the energetic fervor of Danny Boyle and the delicate precision of Imtiaz Ali in her own directorial style.

In 2018 she wrote, directed and starred in a short film – Trail Past Prejudice, which played at several festivals worldwide and won the Silver Remi award at WorldFest Houston. She was also in the virtual reality comedy – UTurn, which won top honors at several prestigious festivals and played at Cannes in 2019. Her feature screenplay, Flares, is a finalist at Oaxaca film festival’s Global Screenplay Challenge and has nominations for “Diversity and Inclusion” and “Culture and Heritage” at another contest still in judging. Her satire Bibijis & Auntyjis, has been performed in San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.

She is proudest of being a mentor in juvenile halls through Each One Reach One for which she was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the city and county of San Francisco for creating positive impact through the arts.

Writer Statement

I was born in Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand in India. In 2019, 216 babies were born over three months in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand and not one of them was a girl.

As a female born in that area, I feel impelled to reflect on the mindset that has made the “no-girl” villages a reality. There is immense fear shrouding the decision to have and raise a girl. What if she is raped, maimed, abused or killed before she turns three, eight, eleven or sixteen? What if she is hacked to pieces and burnt in a tandoor, or beaten with a cricket bat and left crippled, or attacked with acid and left disfigured? The fear leaves no room for hope or for dreams of a happy future and eliminates any scope for rational decision-making with regards to a girl child. It is this mindset of fear and its long-lasting, all-pervading repercussions that I set out to explore and expose in this story. Gender-based abuse is modern day terrorism that stokes the flames of this irrational fear and spares no one. Whether a life is lost on the first day or in the forty-fifth year, the loss of a life that never had a choice is equally tragic and shameful.

I chose to write about this subject after collecting countless news clippings and interviews about the atrocities women had experienced and grown accustomed to that has resulted in a belief system of silent endurance. The title “Flares” is inspired by Fire being regarded as a potent symbol of purity in Indian mythology with numerous examples of women being made to walk through flames to prove their chastity. I have used this motif in a contemporary context to explore the litmus tests that women are subject to in today’s world.

My personal connection to this story is that like my characters I grew up in Delhi, known the world over for numerous brutal crimes against women. I can speak authentically about the misguided mindsets and judgments that a Delhi girl has to push through to muster the courage to speak up, but often does not.

I have set my film in the Bay Area, that boasts of a thriving Indian-American community of educated professionals, to which I, too, belong. With greater awareness of women’s rights and the access to legal recourse in the west, I felt that this was the perfect setting for my protagonists to experience the discovery of their inner voice and regain control of their choices.

Female Festival Feature Script: THE DO-OVER, by Maria Hernandez

In the year 3000, a lonely young woman, meets a greedy scientist and agrees to undergo an medical procedure where she is re-born into the life she dreamed of, but with her new life, she becomes the target of murder.

LA Festival Feature Script: NATCHEZ, by Rick Fisher

IN 1968 NASHVILLE, TENN.The students of NATCHEZ HIGH SCHOOL, An all African American school, Protest and Utilize the historic STUDENT SIT-IN”S to knock down the Segregated doors of the Nashville Movie Complex. Led by ALL-STAR athlete Butch Sanford and his brother Maze and sister Alantis, they fight against Councilman Dawson who is determind to keep them out and keep the Old Jim Crow way of life.But the students have momentum, with Dr.Martin Luther King scheduled to stop at Natchez on his way back from Memphis, they still enjoy their school life and all the great moments High school has to offer, including a Beautiful night at Cove Lake. With the help of Rev. Gentry and Police Capt.Ron Boyd, the students win the battle,and overcome the tragedy that took place in Memphis.

  • Script Type:
    Screenplay
  • Number of Pages:
    84
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Script Language:
    English

LA Festival Feature Script: INDIGO CHILD, by David Leidy, Greg Paul

When searching for a cure to a hallucinatory disease she’s contracted from her patients at a cognitive research agency, a psychologist stumbles across a mass coverup. Or are these her hallucinations?

 

Writer Biography – David Leidy, Greg Paul

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Award winning director, writer and producer (Best Director Winner at Action on Film MegaFest and Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards) who dives deep into mystical realms to bring forth metamorphosis. He is Eidetic Pictures along with being a Founding Member of cinema society Delta Kappa Alpha (DeKA) where Spielberg, Hitchcock and Lucille Ball were members.

In Los Angeles, he worked as an assistant for Emmy award winning Best Director Justin Lerner (Automatic Hate, Official Selection at SXSW) who would become his mentor. After writing many articles for Washington Square News, Leidy audited a theater acting class taught by playwright Lyle Kessler (Orphans starring Alec Baldwin) where SAG and Actors Studio members would perform scenes from Broadway plays that Kessler would workshop.

His films have been awarded, screened and distributed domestically as well as in Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, India and Belgium. He has won awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editor and his films have been awarded for Best Mystery and Best Cult Classic Film. Aside from these awards, they have been Finalists and Official Selections at such festivals as Gold Movie Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Rome Independent Prisma Awards, ARFF Berlin International Awards and Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition. His short films have screened in such renown theaters as Cinemark 18 & XD, Brenden Theatres at Palms Hotel and Laemmle Noho 7.

His films have received such reviews as a “disturbing and visually powerful short film” that “never wastes a second” by Independent Shorts Awards and Cult Critic Film Magazine and “the greatest experimental film I have ever seen […] such an edge of your seat mystery that keeps you guessing at every turn [which] not many directors could bring to life” by Olympus Film Festival judges.

Greg Paul is a Playwrights Dramatist Unit (PDU) member of the Actors Studio, Austin Film Festival Finalist, Seven Devils Conference Winner and multiple-time National Playwrights Conference Finalist. He is known in the theater world for his award winning play Wetiko performed multiple times at the Actors Studio in New York.

LA Festival Feature Script: Banks & Llamas Cattle Co., by Kristen Butler

C4f31bc7d7 posterCon man Harold Banks needs the help of a retired sheriff to track down his wayward son… but discovers that the old-timer isn’t as naive as he looks. Both must work together to drive a herd of cattle back to their hometown under an impossible deadline if they hope to survive the week and save Banks’s son in this action-packed western.

 

Writer Biography – Kristen Butler

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Kristen Butler (Producer, Writer) began her career in the film industry as an editor, working on projects such as Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure, 77 Chances, and Summertime Christmas. At the same time, she began producing under Mirari Pictures, a film company that she co-founded. Under the Mirari Pictures brand, Kristen produced three award-winning short films, and the feature My House.

Kristen possesses a strong background in marketing, having worked in the internal marketing department at a large non-profit university, as well as dedicating five years to the service of an independent marketing firm.

In 2019, Kristen founded her second film company, Sailfish Features, for the purpose of producing marketable feature films on a broad scale.