Logline: A British speedskating frog does everything in his power to save the waters of the world, and stop the ice from melting, after he realizes his lifelong dream to skate in a famous Dutch race may never happen because of climate change and pollution.
Video of the real race down the frozen canals in Netherlands: Elfstedentocht
Articles about the story theme:
Speed-skating in Holland: Elfstedentocht threatened by climate change
Friesland gripped by ice-skating fever
LEEUWARDEN JOURNAL; At Dutch National Pastime's Top Event, Mother Nature Wields the Starting Gun
Dutch Skating Marathon Fading?
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Tagline: TITANIC on Wall Street, 1929.
Logline: A penniless New York Stock Exchange sweeper meets the richest, and most infamous, woman in New York a week before the stock market crash of 1929. He must teach her that one "rich in love" is rich in the world.
-Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships (top 250 out of 5,500)
-Semi-finalist in Produce Me Screenwriting Contest (top 100 out of 3,400)
-Winner of the Raindance Pitch Festival Screenwriting Contest (at Manchester FF)
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"All 36 judges said they enjoyed reading BLIND FOLLY and we congratulate you on an entertaining and original screenplay." - Paige Neuman, Moderating Director, Produce Me
"Ambitious period piece"
"Great NYC Piece"
"Excellent overall. Good visuals. Good characters"
"Excellent read. Would make a great book, too"
BLIND FOLLY is the story of one writer’s blind leap into the freewheeling, high rolling society of 1920’s America to gain monetary freedom from a father and a job that disheartens and restricts his creative expression.
Jonathan “Jenks” McCaffrey has long believed that money can buy freedom, freedom to create, to write, but his paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle and conservative father’s negativity could never afford him the liberty to waste time on such lofty pursuits. Instead he spent his time learning the stock market as a sweeper at the New York Stock Exchange. But with the booming stock market at a permanently high plateau, he no longer has any excuse to let the good times pass him by.
Initially resistant to the prosperity promised him, Jenks gets first hand experience of the gluttonous lifestyle at an illegal speakeasy, from Charlotte “Charlie” Piper, New York City’s Darling of the Night, and all his doubts subside. She teaches him the freedoms of expression, art, love and passion, a far cry from working legitimately for pennies, silently supporting his father’s contempt for the spendthrifts who blindly borrow undeserved money, to buy overvalued stock, to falsely get ahead in the thriving, but fake, consumer culture he believes he lives in.
With his leap into the world of rumrunners, lounge lizards and sexy entertaining girls in classic flapper low-waisted dresses, he must risk the stability and security of his previous lifestyle. He must live in Charlie’s world -- full of greed and deceit, money and manipulations -- if he ever wants to make something of himself.
In a series of romantic reversals and misadventures the speakeasy quickly becomes a web of tangled ideals and confused identities involving Jenks, Charlie, Charlie’s bodyguard, the local Mob boss, and the massive man who bankrolls the joint.
Just as Jenks’ leap into the unknown seems to be supporting his desires to be free, he’s late to a chaotic and crashing stock market on Black Thursday, 1929. America has hit an unforeseen iceberg. The depreciating stocks on Wall Street fall like the flow over Niagara Falls in one of the worst market days in history.
Growing up Jenks' father always told him, “The world is a great paradox. Life is a numbers game and you can’t make something from nothing.” So growing up Jenks learned numbers. He learned the stock market inside and out. He learned every trick and trade even the Wall Street boys failed to learn. But despite all his efforts to abort ship from his father’s beliefs, to spite him with lofty ideas of creative expression, despite all the constant resistance to learn numbers, in the end, it’s funny how things turn out…
ACROSS THE BORDER (FILM TREATMENT ONLY)
An Existential Comedy
Logline: After getting gunned down trying to cross the border into the United States, Moses, a Mexican immigrant, finds out through various initiations that it's even harder to get into heaven.
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