Logline: A mentally unstable painter must overcome his tumultuous relationship with his narcissist lover, who uses and exploits him to advance his career.
Synopsis: Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood is a biographical drama. Historians and biographers agree or have hinted that Vincent van Gogh’s adulthood included periods of homosexuality. This screenplay delves into the tumultuous relationship between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
Did Vincent cut off his ear, or did Paul sever Vincent’s ear in a fit of rage? Did Vincent commit suicide, or was he shot accidentally? These questions and more are answered in Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, the untold story.
Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood Awards
- Award Winner – Grand Jury Prize (Silver) Best Drama Screenplay – Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, December 2020
- Award Winner – Grand Jury Prize (Bronze) Best Feature Screenplay – Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, December 2020
- Award Winner – Best LGBT Screenplay Feature – Best Script Award, November 2020
- Award Winner – Best Screenplay – Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, Paris, France, September – October 2020
- Award Winner – Honorable Mention – Queen Palm International Film Festival, Palm Springs, Ca. January, 2021
- Award Winner – Honorable Mention – Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes, French Riviera, November 2020
- Award Winner – Honorable Mention: Drama Screenplay – Prague International Film Festival
- Finalist – QueerWrites, Australia, 2020
- Finalist – European Cinematography Awards, September 2020
- Finalist – TMFF – The Monthly Film Festival, August, September 2020
- Finalist – New York Cinematography AWARDS (NYCA), November 2020
- Semifinalist – Changing Face International Film Festival, September 2020
- Semifinalist – Madras Independent Film Festival, September 2020
- Semifinalist – Wiki Screenplay Contest, October 2020
- Quarterfinalist – Chicago Screenplay Awards, February 2021
- Quarterfinalist – Fresh-Voices, Hollywood, CA
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Logline: A gay Italian immigrant goes into hiding after being accused of impersonating a United States citizen by a Homeland Security officer. He finds work, falling for a divorced man with children.
Synopsis: When life becomes unfair, sometimes there is no other way but to flee from what troubles us. Some of us run away from the law, and some of us from ourselves. Yet, the truth finds a way to catch up with us and finds a way to break through our walls of pretentiousness. LA FAMIGLIA is a screenplay that deals with the act of fleeing from danger, revealing the consequences of lying to ourselves and others.
The screenplay presents two different men that are escaping from their troubles. ANTONIO CAMERINO is a gay man wrongly accused of impersonating a United States citizen. He goes on the run, hiding from the law, finding a job caring for DAVIDE CALABRIA and his sons.
Davide Calabria is an up-and-coming New York fashion designer. A divorced man who continues to hide his sexuality through heterosexual relationships. He has two boys, ROBERTO and FRANCESCO CALABRIA.
The two men connect through a need. One needs to hide from police officers, and the other needs a motherly figure to look after his children. The common denominator these characters have is that they both lie, which brings unrest to their loved ones.
Davide keeps his sexuality a secret from his boys and his fashionista fiancé, DOROTHEA PHILLIPS, even though she senses the truth. In no time at all, Davide falls in love with Antonio bringing forth his true identity. They become lovers, sharing one intimate night together. Dorothea figures out the bond they share and becomes determined to separate them after overhearing a personal conversation Antonio has with his mother. She takes the newfound information, reporting Antonio as an illegal alien on the run. Dorothea’s plan backs fire as HOMELAND SECURITY arrives at the house.
Davide discovers Dorothea’s hatred towards Antonio and her intentions of sending the boys away to boarding school. She begs for forgiveness after losing her grasp on Davide. Davide sides with Antonio, banishing Dorothea from the household and into ROCCO DE LUCA’s arms, her muscled, uneducated secret boyfriend.
Davide fights for Antonio’s release from prison and confronts his homosexuality by telling the boys, only to find out they have accepted his sexuality all along. Antonio is found innocent and released due to a computer error registering him to vote as a citizen.
From the start of its plot, La Famiglia shows the unrest of its characters, building up their efforts to hide until the characters cannot hide anymore, thus spilling their hearts out and embracing honesty. Yet, out of continuous pain and lies, a paradoxical love is born, snatching away the masks of the two men who have no other option but to embrace this undeniable feeling that consumes them. Once the lies are over, the two characters manage to find happiness, and the environment around them supports their romance, leaving no more room for prejudice or shame.
La Famiglia (The Family) Awards
- Award Winner – (2nd place) – TMFF, October – November 2020
- Finalist – The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Los Angeles, Ca., 2019
- Finalist – The Golden Script Competition, 2020
- Finalist – Seattle Film Festival, December 2020
- Finalist – Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, Paris, France, November 2020
- Semifinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, Los Angeles, Ca., (Winter) 2020
- Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft Drama Competition, 2020
Logline: After a lioness and her cub are abducted by crooked carnival workers, a band of circus animals embark on a dangerous journey to rescue them.
Synopsis: In a circus, animals are used for entertainment and monetary benefits for their owners. Yet, like any business, the circus isn’t exempt from mistreatment and injustice. Where humans lack empathy and use each other unjustly, “Circus Animals” creates an animated world in which animals have their own voice and must save each other from their human owners’ faults. The screenplay kicks off, presenting one old dog leading a new one into the circus. The new dog quickly accepts her environment and meets other animals with their own unique personality. Indeed, all the circus animals seem to be living in harmony, happy to entertain people until humans go wrong. A cunning mistreatment of the circus carneys causes them to kidnap the circus’ lioness along with her cub. This situation unites all the animals together to seek and free their fellow animals.
Circus Animals Awards
- Award Winner – (Silver) – Best Unproduced Screenplay, Los Angeles Animation Festival, December 2020
- Semifinalist – Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition 2020
- Quarterfinalist – Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards (Winter) 2020
- Quarterfinalist – The Golden Script Competition 2020
Logline: After moving into a historic mansion, a loving father must protect his sons after an encounter with an evil spirit.
Synopsis: ANTHONY CAPRIO, a recovering alcoholic, enjoys life as a best-selling occult writer with his beautiful Italian wife, MARIA CAPRIO, and his two sons, LUCA and FRANCO CAPRIO. After writing his novel, The Warlock’s Son, Anthony Caprio receives his first royalty check. He calls his wife to celebrate, only to find her in the arms of another man. He separates from Maria, fleeing to a small town with his sons.
Anthony buys a historic mansion where in 1933, MARY REID, a sorceress, and her young lover, JOE WILLIAMS, are killed in a fit of rage by her husband, PATSY REID, a successful businessman. Patsy buries the dead bodies in the basement, sidestepping the authorities.
Anthony moves into the mansion, longing for a new life with his sons.
The mansion’s original owner, Mary Reid, now a spirit, immediately presents herself to Anthony. The best-selling writer finds the spirit amusing at first until one night he wakes from a dream seeing her as a horned, serpentine-tailed creature at the foot of his bed. He becomes fearful for his two boys and THOMAS CLARK, his newly hired assistant. Anthony begins drinking as Mary possesses him, turning him against his sons.
Now remorseful for having an affair, Maria travels to the boys in hopes of rescuing them. Once there, she confronts the horrific, unexpected nightmare. Anthony and Maria unite in battle as a portal to hell opens in the basement. The incubus, LILU, rises and joins Mary’s forces to defeat Anthony and his loved ones. Anthony saves his sons as Catholic Maria performs an exorcism, banishing the demons back into hell. The portal closes. Their ordeal at an end. The Caprio family moves forward. All is at rest…
Until the portal opens, and Mary returns.
Logline: An episodic series that explores the lives of a group of gay friends. It’s a cross between Tales of the City and Queer as Folk.