Eg & the Elephants (Drama)
GENRE: Family Drama and Adventure, PG 13
TONE: Free Willy meets The Green Book
THEME: Reuniting an interracial family and reuniting (or uniting) a racially divided country is the only way to move forward — for this boy’s life and for everyone.
Eg and the Elephants revolves around two stories of reunification between two sister elephants who were unjustly separated and between the eleven-year-old protagonist’s biological grandparents, an unmarried, interracial couple who were unjustly separated in the seventies when his father was a young child.
Similar to a story like The Green Book, which celebrates overcoming this behemoth racial divide in our country, Eg focuses on a younger audience while still speaking to the older generations. Lasting change happens when more than one generation is inspired.
Logline: Awkward and adventurous Eg (11) uses his gift as an 'elephant whisperer' to rescue and reunite two sister elephants after they are separated on their way to the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee from their former home at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. He's the only one who 'hears' the impending doom of one of the elephants who has been kidnapped and earmarked for death at an evil billionaire's birthday safari near the sanctuary. With his uncanny connection to the elephants, he's her only hope for survival.
The subplot revolves around reuniting another family, his own as he uncovers a family secret about his grandparents interracial romance that was unjustly torn about when his father was only five.
Eg masterminds a trip to Tennessee with his father to allegedly visit the elephant sanctuary, but is really on a quest to free the captive elephant and to meet his estranged, African American grandfather.
The story takes place in the present day, in the past (1970s) when his grandparents first met on the commune and his father was born, and in the distant past from many generations ago in Africa where his gift as an elephant whisperer first began and is revealed to him through his dreams.
With the help of his grandfather, they rescue the elephant and reunite her with her sister, overcoming great peril and with a lot of ingenious twists and turns.
To express his love and gratitude, he orchestrates a reunion between his grandfather with his grandmother, a great love that was senselessly torn apart decades ago due to racial injustice.