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BILLIE'S SONG,
An Urban Fairy Tale 

NEXT DOOR,
A Coming-Of-Age  Urban Fairy Tale Thriller 

FYI:  A film producer looking for a project to develop will read the tagline, logline, and synopsis first, and if that whets their curiosity --- only then do they ask to read the script.    Check out my tagline, logline, and synopsis.

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..WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT THE PRODUCER READ THE SCRIPT ? 

NOTE:  Because I'm publicly sharing the synopses,

I withhold the spoiler plot surprises that will be shared with a producer.

BILLIE'S SONG

 BILLIE'S SONG

TAG LINE: 

HER TOTO IS NOT A FRIENDLY LITTLE DOG

           LOG LINE:     

An Angry Self-Proclaimed Outlaw

Ends Up Fighting To Save

The World She Turned Her Back On 

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It’s (1995), supposedly the year the future begins with the establishing of the world wide web, yet the past is what dominates for BILLIE, an unsuccessful and angry 38 year old Black actress, who has returned to New York City but can’t bear to face her mother and the low-income Fort Greene Brooklyn tenement building where she grew up. Instead Billie is living in a roach-infested shoebox room in a Chelsea rental-by-the-week rooming house in Manhattan.

Then at an old money Brooklyn Heights party where Billie is a reluctant server, she enjoys a high-spirited sparring moment with 41 year old wealthy white BENJAMIN.  He's the reluctant guest of
honor, who is full of self-doubt after being recruited to become leader of a powerful organization.  Later Billie and Ben accidently run into each, kindling another sparring round that leaves both of them more alive.   A charged yet comforting relationship starts, as they both sense that, under all their disparities, there’s a sameness to the rawness of what each has buried inside. 

Ben opens a new world of possibility for Billie when he offers her rent-free use of an empty luxury Fort Greene apartment he moved from that still has six months on the lease.     Billie, now living close to her family home,  makes tentative approaches, each time ending up in arguments with MOMA, and  stumbling into confusing, unnerving encounters with three flamboyant local characters: PETEIE, a skinny homeless man who sometimes acts like he's got no brains; DADDY-O who's Black Power political --- but has little heart when it comes to Black women; and Dorothy, an older street performer who's desperate to give Billie a shoebox.

As Billie starts to wants more from Ben --- he wants to reveal less and starts pulling away.   Then a series of small accidental disclosures leads to Billie catching a glimpse of what's hidden behind Ben’s curtain of humbleness. Shock supersedes her depression as Billie realizes Ben is protecting corrupt forces that threaten the very family home that Billie’s not ready to face.   Billie gathers the motley crew of locals she has now bonded with and leads them to an all-out Thanksgiving Day confrontation with Benjamin and his world !  

SYNOPSIS
 



Will A Wrathful Billie Find A Way To Stop The Wrong ?!!

"I alone cannot change the world,

but I can cast a stone across the water

to create many ripples."

—Mother Teresa

   

"The most common way people

give up their power is by thinking

they don’t have any."

—Alice Walker

   

Check Out How The StoryTelling Lessons  Use
Excerpts From BILLIE'S SONG As Sample Content.
 

NEXT DOOR

 NEXT DOOR

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TAG LINE: 

THINK TWICE BEFORE HELLO

           LOG LINE:     

At A Budding Age When Nothing Fits,

You Won't Recognize What's Coming 

THE CREW


SETTING:  RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA (1975), FOUR OLD HOUSES SIT STRANDED AT THE BOTTOM OF A DEAD-END STREET.  THEY ARE BORDERED BY A VAST FIELD WITH LITTERED ROWS AND ROWS OF SMALL WOODEN SKELETON FRAMES, THE GRAVEYARD OF AN ABANDONED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. 

 

The new freedoms and awareness of the 1970s mean nothing to Black 13-year-old CHARLIE,  who is discomforted by puberty and frustrated to be stuck in a mostly abandoned dead-end neighborhood.  With a working mom who is mostly gone, Charlie is left in charge of both the house and her bratty  9-year-old sister MAX.   It doesn’t help that Charlie is often the butt of ridicule by both her mother and her sister, and without any friends.   

 

Then GARNET, a charming collegiate Black man in his 20s,  moves in next door and offers big brother support.  He becomes Charlie’s first crush. Suddenly each day is exciting for the sisters.   For Charlie though to think of herself differently –- as someone who might have dreams -- is confusing.  Then Garnet’s evil side is revealed when Charlie witnesses him commit murder.    Garnet traps the sisters in their house.    A battle of wits begins between Garnet and Charlie with live and death at stake. 

If The Sisters Are To Survive

Charlie Must Transform Into A Different Person:

A Person With A Will And Mind Of Her Own  !   

SYNOPSIS
 

   “Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies,

let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”   

-- C.S. Lewis  

   “If there’s a book that you want to read,

but it hasn’t been written yet,  then you must write it.”
— Toni Morrison

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