Dogs in Love (Rom Com)
DOGS IN LOVE
GENRE: Feature Film, PG13 - Romantic Comedy & Buddy Movie
TONE: Wedding Crashers meets A Dog’s Purpose
THEME: Everyone deserves a second chance at love, humans and canines alike. This story takes a new spin on the old cliche, ‘Love can set you free,’ which holds true as long as you set yourself free first. It is essential to become love, in order to find love.
LOGLINE: A lonely, gifted blind man who can hear on a dog’s frequency and speaks fluent canine, Oliver (50+) falls in love with a woman her encounters in an elevator after being single for nearly twenty years since the car accident that took his sight and his fiancé’s life. His canine companion, BO also falls in ‘love at first sniff’ with one of Oliver’s canine therapy patients. Since neither one knows how to locate with their love interest, they embark on a journey to help one another find their true loves.
OPENING SCENE: Bo wrestles with a chew toy, angst-ridden that he’ll get snipped before he has the chance to fall in love and have a family. Oliver’s next patients arrive, and Bo falls in love with a Sheepadoodle named Winnie who’s not interested in him.
INCITING INCIDENT: When Oliver and Bo visit Oliver’s mother, Magda (70+) in the hospital for her last chemotherapy treatment, they encounter, Ms. Lavender (40+) in the elevator. Oliver is instantly smitten with her scent and says something to her, but she doesn’t respond because she’s deaf. His mother then announces that she’s leaving for California and will be out of communication with him so he can learn to function without her. She has decided to be ‘pretend dead’ so he can let someone else get close to him to fall in love. The only other person who is close to him is his driver, Nikki (44) a struggling actress with a dark past, a bright spirit, and a quirky sense of humor.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: As they drop off Oliver’s mother at the airport, her abrupt absence is almost as daunting as his blindness. Nikki drives them to the Mutt Strutt, a dog festival in Chicago’s Lincoln Park so Bo can search for clues to help them find Winnie. On the way, Oliver asks Nikki to describe the day to him. She uses tastes and sounds to illuminate all that he can’t see, but can’t seem to accurately describe the sky with its beauty and expansiveness. It’s the feeling of hope or love or waking up and being happy to be alive, knowing that everything is going to be okay. Oliver is moved.
At the Mutt Strutt, they meet a cast of canine and human characters, most importantly Bubbles, an exuberant Golden Retriever who falls for Bo. They also run into her former, married boyfriend, Martin (50+) who has followed her from Detroit. He tries to win her back and derail her acting dreams and freedom with the lure of financial security. Nikki has no home of her own, but lives from job to job as she dog sits for some of the city’s finest canines and their owners. She is loved and a little homeless.
Bubbles leads them to Winnie who confesses to Bo that she’s gay and romantically interested in Bubbles. Bo is crushed, but proposes a new love quest: to find Ms. Lavender for Oliver. They solicit Nikki’s help and the five of them join forces.
During a trip to the upscale dog spa, Dogphoria they relax, reconnect, and reveal some of their true feelings while discovering enough clues that lead them to Ms. Lavender. Nikki helps Oliver maneuver through their communication options with the use of technology. She helps him connect with Ms. Lavender, even though she loves him.
Meanwhile, Nikki’s life takes a few unexpected turns as she lands her first role as the witch in an outdoor children’s theatre production of Rapunzel. During a moment of weakness and desperation, she spends a night with Martin. Oliver communicates with Ms. Lavender and is freaked out that he’s going to meet her. He calls Nikki, but she doesn’t answer.
Nikki helps him prepare for his date, helps him buy new clothes, groceries, and lets him test drive some new recipes on her. As they’re cooking, she tries to teach him to dance. He surprises her with some expert moves to a Stevie Wonder song and confesses that he hasn’t always been blind. (Nikki: So you do know what the sky looks like! Oliver: And now I know what the sky looks like to you.)
His first and only date with Ms. Lavender is a disaster. He learns that she’s separated from her husband and desperate to get pregnant before it’s too late. When he finally asks her to dance, she freaks out and leaves immediately. Asking a deaf woman to dance wasn’t the best dating advice. He calls Nikki to report the bad news and laments that he misses his mom. Nikki reassures him that Magda is well, knows all about his dating adventures, and isn’t ‘pretend’ dead to her.
Nikki and Oliver find a new friendship that has room to grow into a romance. The day of her first performance, Martin visits her and begs her to leave the country with him. He has a lot of money stashed abroad, but must leave immediately. At the same time, Bo succumbs to a salami overdose and collapses, terrifying Oliver because now he feels completely alone. At the emergency animal hospital while Bo is getting his stomach pumped, Bubbles shows up with her owners and confesses to Oliver her deep and undeniable love for Bo. She references Nikki’s love for him. Oliver changes.
During the performance, Nikki rewrites the fairytale of Raunzel and encourages the audience to ‘free themselves’ from whatever prison they have been locked in. At that moment, she forever frees herself from Martin. Oliver arrives with Bo and Bubbles in time to experience this unconventional performance. They tell him that his mom is in the audience, which is the gift that Nikki alluded to earlier.
After the performance, Oliver has an emotional moment with Nikki and explains that he can’t set himself free from his blindness, but he can let the sunshine in. Nikki, you’re my sky, my hope, my love. You give me that feeling of waking up happy to be alive, knowing that everything’s going to be okay. They kiss..
Six months later, Nikki and Oliver get married in the park. He walks down the aisle with Bo and his mom. Just before Nikki walks down the aisle with Bubbles, her flower girls prance around rambunctiously. They’re the adorable puppies from the union of Bubbles and Bo.
Pearls (Family Drama)
GENRE: Feature Film, PG13 - Family Drama with a young, female heroine
TONE: Dreamer meets The Florida Project
THEME: Your imagination can save you from despair and help you face any challenges throughout your lifetime. This is a somewhat magical story about relationships and how essential they are to the human spirit. Pearl creates life-affirming relationships with her father, her best childhood friend, and her future selves.
LOGLINE: Nine-year-old Pearl discovers that she can see fifteen minutes into her future soon after her father is taken into custody to testify at a mobster’s trial. She invents and literally sees Future Self who helps her win enough money at the racetrack so she can pay off her father’s debt and reunite her family. Future Self also helps her live a deeper, richer life.
OPENING SEQUENCE: While riding in a car on the highway, images blur by PEARL (9, adorable and fierce) through half-opened eyes in a dream-like sequence, intercut with quick images of a life unraveling both forward and backward from ages nine to ninety-nine. Pearl narrates the ‘bigger picture’ of her life, beginning with the words, I am.
She continues narrating in the next scene as she visits Chicago’s Lincoln Park zoo with her father THEO (40+ unemployed and charismatic) one spring day, and then waiting anxiously for him to pick her up after schoo. She describes his unexpected disappearance when he forgot to pick her up after school one day.
The previous month unfolds with her father’s decline to the point of his disappearance. Theo and Pearl take the train to the opening day at the racetrack. They win a little from her twenty dollars, then lose it all. They meet the owner, MYRON (60+, a polished gangster) who invites Theo to an exclusive poker game. Theo sneaks out that night and wins big. They need the money, but he promises his wife, SADIE (38, pragmatic and pretty) that he’ll stop gambling. He doesn’t. His winning streak doesn’t last and he loses big. Financially beholden to Myron, he’s forced to launder money for the mob to pay back his debt. The Feds take him into custody to become a witness against the mob. He says nothing at all in order to protect his family.
INCITING INCIDENT: Pearl is devastated when Theo goes ‘missing’ and can’t sleep. She snuggles up in his clothes in his closet, which triggers a recurring dream of an old, dying woman surrounded by women of all ages who calls out for her. Pearl runs through her apartment searching frantically for her father. She sees the back of Theo on a balcony framed by a blue sky, just out of her reach behind heavy, sliding glass doors. She wakes up before she can finish the dream and is nudged awake by FUTURE SELF, a reverberating apparition of herself in the future.
At first, Pearl is confused and stunned by Future Self, but soon utilizes her in various ways, such as, getting the answers to a math quiz or helping her cross a busy intersection. All she wants is for Future Self to tell her when she’s going to see her dad again. Her teacher/mentor, MS. STELLA teaches her to meditate and helps her stretch her imagination into new realms.
Pearl goes home after school with her best friend, MARTA (Latina, artistic, loyal) who is extremely poor and remarkably industrious. They empty garbage for taco trucks in exchange for food. Marta takes Pearl on adventures in the city with her mother’s subway pass. They go to the Humane Society to play with the puppies, which was her favorite thing to do with her dad. Pearl’s mother tracks her on her cell phone’s GPS. Pearl has to go to the after school program instead of Marta’s house and must deal with the class bully, BUZZ who taunts her.
In an attempt to help her father, Pearl and Marta sneak away after school (without the phone) and take the train to the racetrack in search of Myron. Pearl discovers that Future Self can accurately predict the winners of the races. She confronts Myron. He’s intimidating, but also impressed by her courage. He tips her off that her dad truly didn’t know what was in the brief cases. Future Self helps her understand the ramifications of this information, which in turn helps free Theo after he successfully passes a lie detector test.
Future Self instigates a fight between Pearl and the class bully, which gets her expelled. School policy dictates that she must spend three days under parental supervision. To her great surprise and delight, Theo has just been released and waits for her in the principal’s office with Sadie. Their reunion is emotional. Pearl shares her secret with him. They return to the racetrack, so she can prove to Theo that Future Self exists and can predict the future. They win a lot of money and promise not to tell mom.
Sadie discovers the stash of money under Pearl’s bed and accompanies them to the zoo the next day. She confronts them. Theo admits it and apologizes. Sadie is so furious that she asks him to leave. Pearl confesses about Future Self and pleads with her mother to let her prove it (This isn’t my lying face). Sadie finally agrees to go to the racetrack, but for only one race. Pearl panics and can’t find Future Self, until Theo reassures her that both he and Future Self will always be there for her. Future Self returns, they bet, win, and celebrate. Sadie gets swept up in the excitement. They bet until they win back all the money that Theo owes Myron, which Pearl carries in her school backpack.
All that catapulting between the present and future so quickly takes its toll on Pearl and she gets dizzy and sick. Theo makes them stop and tells Pearl that this is all her money, but it’s the only time she’s ever going to use her gift for financial gain. He loves her too much to let her miss her own life. He explains that life is only in the present moment. I want you to have a lifetime of beautiful moments that you can string together like a strand of Pearls.
Future Self pops up one more time before they leave the racetrack and reveals a situation that has her family in danger. Pearl pretends to go to the bathroom (with her backpack) and makes a bee-line for Myron’s private office. She enters uninvited, dumps the money out, and ‘buys’ back her father’s freedom. Amazed at her moxie, Myron wants to know how she did it. She won’t tell him, but promises to never come back to the racetrack again. They shake on it.
Her frantic parents see her running toward them with the empty backpack on her shoulders. She runs into Theo’s arms. Without saying a word, he knows. They both cry, finally free to be together as a family.
Back in the car, Pearl falls asleep on the way home, harkening back to the opening images. The dream finally plays out in its entirety and reveals that the dying old woman is her in the future and that all the women in the room are versions of her future selves. This moment connects Pearl to her entire life in one instant as her nine-year-old self flashes forward and her ninety-nine-year-old self flash backward.
In the dream, the old woman takes her last breath and transforms to energy. All the women transform to energy and infuse the little one with their essence, the power of their life lessons. She runs to the balcony and into Theo’s arms. Both the dream Theo and the present day Theo ask her simultaneously, Are you with me, Pearl? We’re almost home. The dream Pearl and the present day, nine-year-old Pearl respond in unison, I am.
Eg & the Elephants (Family Drama)
Theme: Eg and the Elephants revolves around two stories of reunification between two sister elephants who were unjustly separated and between his biological grandparents, an unmarried, inter-racial couple who were also unjustly separated in the seventies when his father was a young child. Similar to a story like The Green Book that celebrates overcoming this behemoth racial divide in our country, Eg focuses on a younger audience while still speaking to the older generations because I believe that lasting change comes from the next generations.
Genre: Family Drama and Adventure, PG 13
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.
Tone: Free Willy meets Homeward Bound
Chasing Time (Supernatural/Historical)
THEME: Chasing Time explores the nature of artistic passion, what drives us to create art? The answer lies in our consciousness of our mortality - this dance with life will not last forever and as human beings, we’re aware of our own impending death. By truly embracing that fact, we fuel our passion to celebrate life and leave our unique imprint in the form of art. But what if we could live indefinitely? If Michelangelo were offered the chance to extend his life centuries into the future, would the world have 500 more years of his artwork? In this script, Michelangelo makes a cameo and is given the chance to take an immortality potion that was rumored to have been discovered during the Renaissance by a monk named, Basil Valentine. He turns it down because he’s convinced that if he knew his life wasn’t going to end, he’d lose his fuel, his passion to create. We all need to chase time to the end of our lives to give us the fuel to create and love and embrace life with all its precious imperfections. I lived in Florence, Italy for a year when I was much younger and studied at the University of Florence and lived with a family so I learned to speak Italian and felt immersed in their culture. I’ve thought about this for years having spent so much time surrounded by such breathtaking art.
GENRE: Supernatural & Historical Drama from Renaissance, Italy, Rated R
LOGLINE: A gifted American artist (30+) joins the Medici Artists colony in Tuscany, Italy where she discovers an immortality potion that the patron has been taking since the Renaissance. As she unravels the mystery and nearly ingests it out of curiosity, she discovers her ancestral connection to him and to some of Italy's greatest artists and scientists.
She falls in love with a man who triggers a distant memory of their previous lifetimes together also during the Renaissance, revealing her role and her responsibility for the fate of the patron, the others who have been taking it, and the potion itself. As the keeper of this distorted 'Fountain of Youth', she has the fate of humankind in her hands and understands that the inspiration to create art comes from a deep acceptance of our mortality and our limited time on earth.
TONE: The Age of Adeline, Benjamin Button, Under the Tuscan Sun
Finalist, Best Unproduced Scripts, Milan Int'll Film Festival 2015
Semi-Finalist, ISA FastTrack, 2015
Imagining Audrey (Drama)
Theme: So many of us have wondered what our lives would have been like if we had taken a different path and made made different choices. Would we have ended up in the same place or been completely in a different place? What part of our lives are a result of our manifestations and what part are our destiny or fate, if there is such a thing. Imagining Audrey explores these questions and melds the two concepts of complete determination of our future and a ‘higher’ influence that surrounds the unfolding of our lives. It’s sort of a fate vs. freewill romp that intertwines the heart and soul of its main character, Audrey.
Genre: A mystical, coming-of-age drama with one actress portraying three versions of her life
An indecisive woman in her mid-twenties unknowingly becomes part of a cosmic experiment, which causes her life to split into three different directions. Twelve years later, her three parallel worlds collide and her three "selves" must figure out which one of them gets the future or all three will perish. In one incarnation, Audrey explores her wild streak and becomes a rock ’n roll photographer and a drug addict. In another incarnation, she speaks out for injustice and becomes an activist attorney who's in love with her best girlfriend. In the third incarnation, she's an extremely wealthy, unhappy socialite married to an unfaithful man.
Even with their very different lives, all three Audreys share some common destiny — all are photographers, all are still in love with her childhood sweetheart, and all have the same son who she didn't give birth to, but is solely dependent on her. Each incarnation of Audrey ultimately confronts her life, her mistakes, and finds her humanity through forgiveness and compassion. Their futures resolve in an unexpected way with a profound sense of unity, personal growth, and inner peace.
AUDREY FRANKEL (25) grew up in love with her childhood friend, HUGH GARLAND. After a brief romance in their twenties, they split up as he leaves for medical school. Instead of following him, Audrey opts to ‘find herself’ instead. At twenty-five, she’s still searching when she learns that he’s marrying someone else.
She seeks counseling from a hypnotherapist, KAREN ROBBINS (54) and goes into a superconscious trance. She has mystical experience and reveals an experiment to discover if more than one version of a single lifetime will evolve the soul faster, which is important to know since the earth is rapidly decaying and time is running out to evolve souls on earth. Soon after, Audrey’s life splits into three different directions. She has no consciousness about it, but Karen witnesses it and works with all three Audreys. AUDI is a lesbian, lawyer and has a baby with her best friend, GABBY. DREY becomes a wealthy socialite with a cheating, older, French husband. FRANKIE is a drug addict, photographer, and free spirit.
Set in Chicago, the three radically different lives have some common elements. Each Audrey has the same inter-racial son who she didn’t give birth to. Each one has a passion for photography. All are still in love with Hugh. Each Audrey has a weekly appointment with Karen at the same time. They learn about the tragic death of her only daughter, JULIET who died at age five.
When Karen dies unexpectedly, the three Audreys to converge at her office and are forced to confront each other and grapple their future. After great debate, forgiveness, and revelation, the three Audreys simultaneously go into another superconscious trance. A new, ‘merged’ version of Audrey (35) appears in their place. This Audrey has the same little boy as her son, is married to Hugh, is also a photographer, but can’t remember anything from the past ten years.
This new Audrey awakens on the day of her photography show opening at Gabby’s gallery, which celebrates all the photos taken from her previous incarnations. She doesn’t remember taking them, but connects with them as they come to life for an instant, re-inserting themselves in time. Though she’s uneasy that she can’t remember the past ten years, she finds inner peace, knowing that this is her ‘real’ life.
In the final scene, Audrey and Hugh are at Karen’s graveside burial. Audrey looks up at the sky. Though she can’t see Karen’s spirit, she senses her presence. There’s an interchange (voice overs) between Karen’s Soul and Audrey’s Soul that reveals the outcome of the experiment. The energy and the urgency of knowing that you only have one life to live each time you’re on earth is the only way to evolve the soul. In the final moment, Karen’s soul receives the ultimate gift. This ‘being’ who has been imagining Audrey all along was really the soul of her deceased daughter, Juliet. Mother and daughter are reunited in their souls, as are Audrey and Hugh.
TONE: Sliding Doors meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
AWARDS: PAGE Awards - Quarter Finalist, 2015 & Stage 32 - Semi-finalist 2015
Harmony (Coming of Age/Supernatural Adventure)
Genre: Coming of Age Drama & Supernatural Adventure - Potential for Animated Feature | Feature Film, PG13
Personal Inspiration: The first time I wrote this script, my daughter, Maya was a young girl and I was inspired by her love of nature, her generous heart, and her fierce determination. She grew into a strong-willed, intelligent, and kindhearted teenager, and then went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University, poised to change the world. She now lives in LA and is also a performance artist and spins fire, which I find ironic in a life-imitates-art kind of way. For many years, the protagonist of this script was named for her, then was recently changed to Harmony because that’s the goal of the story, to create harmony and balance back to the earth. This script is a tribute to her and to all the fierce young women since it celebrates the strength in our spirits, the power of love, and the beauty of nature.
Maybe with the name change, she’ll stop playing with fire — probably not! (In case you’re wondering… Instagram - Maya_Blaze)
Log Line: A strong and determined, American Indian teenage girl discovers the essence of the earth’s elements (water, air, earth, and fire) in four, egg-shaped phenomenon, which she removes from their sacred place in the mountains to share with her blind grandmother, who’s a shaman woman. When the fire phenomenon is stolen by the evil ruler of the Underworld, she must journey there to take it back and save the planet and mankind from destruction.
Harmony and her grandmother, Spider live together on a remote section of a reservation near the ethereal dreamscapes of White Sands National Park, adjacent to the majestic Guadalupe Mountains, and close to an entrance to the mysterious and miraculous, Carlsbad Caverns. The movie opens as three of the four Sensations (earth, air, and water) are being formed from their elements and condensed into a powerful phenomenon the size of an egg. At the same time, Harmony brings Spider a fresh, white egg, which she holds during her morning meditation and chants.
The Red/Fire egg is formed later while Spider burnishes her “thrown” pots in an outdoor bonfire, which gets out of control. Though she can’t see its height, her Shamanic powers alert her that something profound is happening. Harmony returns home, rides her horse into the mountains, and discovers the four phenomenon, tucked away in a burnished black bowl. She holds each element and feels its power. Blue/Water is healing. Green/Earth has the power to grow and rumbles the ground. Yellow/Air lifts her up with the wind. She cannot even touch Red/Fire. She takes these four elements in their perfect black bowl and rides back down to share them with Spider.
Spider is in awe and explains the American Indian legend about the God of the Sky (Yebitsai) who comes down to rebalance the earth’s essential elements when the planet is in trouble. She implores Harmony to return them to their sacred spot immediately. Before Harmony can get them safely back to the mountain, the Red/Fire is stolen by Hades, the Ruler of the Underworld and the bowl gets damaged. She meets Yebitsai who tells her she must retrieve Fire within the next two days.
Harmony sets off on a harrowing journey accompanied by her admirer, Adam, the high school quarterback with a heart who’s intent on capturing her heart as well.
As they discover new depths of the earth in this stunning and surprising adventure, they learn that Hades is all about greed and power and has a wicked sense of humor. With the Red, he can destroy the world. The future of the planet and of mankind is in her hands.
The entrance to the cave that leads to the Underworld swarms with bats. Once inside, they’re confronted with challenges such as newly dead beings who try to steal their bodies, unexpected explosions, a river of slime, unyielding quicksand, impenetrable sharp rocks, and a variety of other hazards. They managed to navigate the terrain, but barely.
Meanwhile, Spider has agreed to go to the clinic so she can communicate with the “newly dead” spirits and asks them to watch over Harmony and Adam. Spider trades places with one of the spirits when she learns that they’re stuck in the quicksand. She drops her cane within reach, so Adam can pull them out with it. Before they left for the Underworld, Spider warned them not to leave anything behind or risk getting sucked back down there for eternity.
Harmony and Adam finally meet Hades. It doesn’t go well, though his dark comedy is entertaining. The only way to transport the Red/Fire is in the bowl, surrounded by the other three elements, which he wants in his possession. Instead of killing them, he instructs them to bring those to him.
Harmony gets a powerful crystal of sunlight from Yebitsai, which hangs around her neck. Adam gets a pouch of seeds from Spider. Harmony takes the other three elements in their cracked bowl without Yebitsai’s permission. It’s her only chance to save the world. Before she leaves for the Underworld, she and Spider “throw” a bowl that’s similar to the original one.
Harmony sets off alone with the three elements in their new bowl. Adam follows right behind, unbeknownst to her. They meet up on their next journey to the Underworld and use the powers of the Blue, Yellow, and Green at various times to get them out of a jam. Hades is delighted.
They confront Hades once more. He overpowers them and gets possession of the other elements. He shows her on the monitor the chaos that will become of the planet. The crystal of sunlight blinds him momentarily, and she escapes. She unties Adam from the roasting pit as Hades and his monster, Cerebus are about to kill them. Adam uses the seeds and the Green/Earth element to create a shooting stalk, which transports them out of there.. except, They never retrieved Spider’s cane.
Harmony, Adam, and Spider meet Yebitsai on the mountain before his departure. The new bowl is too big, so Spider adds her white egg to create balance. Yebitsai agrees and takes her in his arms. As he’s about to leave, Hades appears for one last battle. Adam throws the “winning” pass and knocks Hades out, allowing Yebitsai to leave for the Upperworld with the five elements in tact, but Spider’s body falls into the chasm. They saved the planet and mankind, but where is Spider? What happened to her body and her soul?
In the final scene, Yebitsai comes back months later to visit Harmony. He hands her the white egg, which is now an essential element to the earth’s balance and mankind’s survival. She holds the newly vibrant white egg close to her heart and hears Spider’s voice saying goodbye, letting Harmony know that her grandmother’s spirit of compassion is now embodied in the white egg, an essential element to balancing and harmonizing the earth. Harmony examines the egg and see Spider’s image. Her spirit survived.
TONE: Wonder Woman meets Brave
The Lucky Sperm Club (Coming of Age/Rom Com)
Genre: Coming of Age, Romantic Comedy
LOGLINE: A wealthy college kid (22) gets kicked out of his prestigious family by his heartless father and launches the first successful celebrity sperm donor bank. With the help of his compassionate tutor and love interest, Josie (22), he transforms from being a spoiled kid into a man with integrity and humanity.
EDDIE WAINWRIGHT (22) is a rebel. In a family of lawyers and investment bankers, Eddie wants to be a major league pitcher. He has the talent, but his blue-blood father, EDDIE SENIOR (58) refuses to let him go to a state school to play sports. Instead, he’s required by his blue-blood family to attend the prestigious Ivy League school where all of his ancestors attended. He’s furious, but has no choice since he has no real money of his own.
In one of the opening scenes, Eddie’s own conception is played out in an animated “sperm party” romp and reveals that he might not actually be a biological member of this pretentious family. His aggressive “Eddie Sperm” swims like a world class athlete and moves ahead of the others in competition for the egg, while his alleged father’s scrawny, unmotivated sperm lays napping on the couch. Eddie reluctantly attends the family alma mater and acts out his anger and entitlement by partying up a storm, cheating on his girlfriend, and nearly failing all of his classes. This isn’t summer camp with books, he muses.
As a last ditch effort to pass his classes, he hires JOSIE EMERSON (22), a brilliant, African American woman as his tutor. Without her, he wouldn’t graduate or have anyone to haver heart-to-heart conversations with when things start to change for him. Instead paying her for tutoring him, Josie instructs him to donate large sums of his family’s money to her favorite charities.
Eddie falls in love with her, but she won’t consider him romantically because he’s too spoiled. She remains his best friend and confidante, though starts to develop feelings for him when he’s disinherited and his ‘real self’ must emerge.
After college, he’s expected to go to law school, so Josie recommends a brainy Indian guy to help tutor him for his LSATS. Eddie panics and hires the guy as his proxy instead. The day of the LSATs, they get busted for cheating. When his father finds out, he disowns him and cuts him off financially. Eddie gets kicked out of his family as he discovers that his family has its share of secrets. He soon learns some harsh truths about the world and the depth of his friendships. He realizes that Josie is his only real friend. A sub plot reveals Eddie’s mother, BIANCA’s infidelity, his father’s sexual disinterest (or confusion), which gives rise to the question of his true paternity.
To avoid jail, Eddie’s father arranges for him to get a hefty “community service” sentence instead. Eddie spends most of his time working (and often staying) at a homeless shelter. He makes friends and hatches an outrageous and ingenious plan to create the first celebrity sperm donor bank.
Utilizing his connections from his previous lifestyle and through some of his new friends’ connections, Eddie secures some sought-after celebrity sperm. However, he’s still having trouble turning this idea into a lucrative business, until Josie comes on board. She adds the necessary ‘heart’ to their efforts and creates a fundraising component. The Lucky Sperm Club launches as a “B corp” and launches into a successful business. But Josie has too much heart to just want to make money.
Eddie and Josie create a global fundraising event called, ‘Sperm-a-Palooza,’ which also has an entertainment component, a real-time webcast with a celebrity sperm auction and streaming music from concerts around the world. It’s a huge success, raises millions, and garners some pretty high-profile sperm for their freezer.
In the end, Eddie finally gets the girl. After they return from the event, she admits that she has already fallen in love with him. He kisses her. They make love… He’s elated; she’s ovulating. She dashes to the freezer and helps herself to some of the ‘samples’ from some of the great celebrity sperm that has been donated.
The final moments harken back to the earlier animation with a wild sperm party going on in Josie’s womb. This time, the Eddie sperm has some heavy-hitter celebrities to compete against as he pushes and shoves the others out of the way (accompanied by voice-overs or impersonations of the celebrities). It all comes down to him and Stevie Wonder in fierce competition for penetration of the egg. May the best man win!
Break Open the Sky (Love Story & Supernatural Adventure)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, and Love Story, Feature Film PG13
Two lovers reunite in the afterlife and have one last day to spend together before one of them is reincarnated. As they journey to the top of a mountain with two other souls who are vying for the same lifetime, they discover deep connections from their past and reveal how their future lives might potentially intertwined. This menagerie of personalities and web of interconnectedness illuminates how love endures and evolves on both sides of life.
JACK ARMSTRONG (50+) has been in love with his college sweetheart, SHELLY CAMPBELL (38) for his entire adult life. They went their separate ways after college and he has always held her in his heart. He gets the chance to reunite with her when he’s in his mid-sixties, seconds before a fatal car accident when she comes to him in spirit form as his Guide to lead him to the other side of life. He makes the “deal” to exit his human form with the hope of a future life with her. Together once again on the spiritual side of life, the two lovers slip back into their previous bodies and have one final day to spend together before they take that final journey to the top of a mountain, where one of them is going to “break open the sky” and be reincarnated. With their separation imminent, they savor their moments together and try to devise ways to stay together.
This soulful tale weaves between the physical and spiritual sides of life. As their stories unfold, so do the stories of the other “hopeful” who accompany them on the spiritual side of life. Jack and Shelly are joined by GOLDIE (50, vibrant and whimsical) and MAX (70, lustful and wry).
The interconnectedness of this soul cluster becomes apparent on the physical side of life. Goldie’s son MATT (30) married Jack’s daughter, ANNIE (30) and they’re expecting a baby. Max is the grandfather to Annie’s previous step-sister, GIGI (30+) who’s also expecting a baby at the same time with her partner, LIZA (26). The expecting moms cross paths before they find themselves in the hospital delivering babies together.
On the spiritual side, the three hopeful souls (Jack, Goldie, and Max) vie for their next lifetimes and must arrive together at the top of a mountain before sunrise in order to be in a position to launch their souls into the physical world. They also mist acclimate to their new bodies, reveal their secrets, confront their previous mistakes, arrive together on the journey, and reignite the pleasures of the flesh. Since Shelly has evolved to the level of a Guide, she can only accompany them. Jack and Shelly have one last day to grow their love to it’s fullest and deepest expression so it will imprint on their souls and stay with them for an eternity, even after they’re separated by lifetimes.
On the physical side, their loved one come together in surprising and inspiring ways. The two pregnant women, Annie and Liza take the final journey toward delivering their two babies as the four souls journey up the side of a mountain. The challenging physical journey on both sides of life illuminates some of the emotional and spiritual challenges they must overcome before they can return. Jack and Shelly prepare themselves for their physical a separation and savor their last day together.
The babies are born. The souls arrive. All of their lives are forever changed and enriched because of the journey they’ve taken together.
Electric Laughter (Love Story & Sci Fi Thriller)
A gifted, female cellist (40+) who's suffers Synesthesia (a brain anomaly that fuses her senses of sight and sound ) falls in love with a brilliant neurologist and the inventor of Electric Laughter (a sophisticated, watch-like device that triggers laughter in the brain). They split up due to an unfortunate situation, which involves his public double.
When his public double gets murdered during a televised parade, he goes into hiding believing that his life and hers is in danger. He emerges five years later to see her play with the Symphony, but before they can reunite up close, he’s arrested for the murder of his double, a crime he didn’t commit.
The only other person who knew about the arrangement was his mentor, a man of questionable integrity and immense power and wealth who is trying to get him proven insane and committed to an asylum to save his life. She joins forces with an elderly South American woman with roots as a shaman to enhance her clairvoyance and uncover the truth that will set him free. (Also a novel)
A Brief Affair
Wives Without Borders (Rom Com/Buddy Movie)
Genre: Rom Com/Buddy Movie, Rated R
Theme: Wives Without Borders is an unconventional comedy about friendship and forgiveness.
*Based on my short story of the same name.
Logline: A never-been-married, single woman (39) poses as a psychic medium in order to meet eligible widowers. She successfully fakes her way through conversations with their dead wives, falls in love with a handsome doctor (50) whose younger, newly-deceased wife shows up in her kitchen one night and warns her that he killed her.
Opening Sequence: Maddie (39 - swarthy, voluptuous, quick-witted and self-deprecating) attends at a week-long, silent meditation retreat and unleashes her inner dialogue with her demons (her mother, Gypsy (60), her ex-boyfriend, Stevie (35), and a slew of other inner critics and comedic diatribes that reside inside her psyche. When another woman at the retreat, Sobbing Sofia is visited by a strange apparition of an older woman with a heavy Eastern European accent and Koolaid Red hair, Maddie is the only one who sees her. She instructs Maddie to tell her daughter about the odd locations where she hid her jewelry before she died unexpectedly. At the end of the week, Maddie shares this information with Sobbing Sofia, hoping to disprove her theory that the week of silence stressed her into Schizophrenia. Sofia finds the jewelry and a closeted psychic is born.
As she drives toward her small town in Northern CA, she discovers that her home has been ravaged by wild fires. With no job, no boyfriend, no kids, and now no home, she gives in to her mother’s pleading and agrees to move back to Chicago to start over. Her mother, Gypsy a Femme Fatale (pretty, petite, fair, and enhanced in all the right places) has been married five times and is determined to get Maddie married before she’s forty. Maddie’s laid back temperament is peppered with bouts with neurosis and angst and very different DNA. As close as Maddie and Gypsy are, they’re an odd duo.
Maddie moves back to Chicago with all her physical and personal baggage. Her former boyfriend was having an affair with a man and contracted HIV, which is one of the reasons why he refused to impregnate her. She takes over the job of a therapist who worked at a ‘cosmic’ bookstore without realizing that she has also worked as a psychic medium. Maddie doesn’t really have this skill (or does she?), but runs with it and starts advertising with grief groups. This strategy proves lucrative and yields far better dating prospects than her recent online dating experiences.
She meets Harvey (50) , a sexy ER doctor. They chemistry between them skyrockets. She falls for him instantly. She also meets several others from his Grief Group and fakes her way through the psychic readings, becoming somewhat of a celebrity. Word spreads.
She hears strange noises in her kitchen at night and discovers the ghosts of women eating and drinking her food — Jessie (Harvey dead wife) and Pat (another patient’s dead wife). They truly are Wives Without Borders and are there for a reason… Jessie warns Maddie that Harvey really killed her.