2016 True Story Screenplay Competition (renamed True Story Showcase)

The True Story Showcase recognizes scripts, books, short stories & stage plays in any genre that feature a story based on, or inspired by, true events.



by Richard Willett

Based on the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Genre: Drama

Logline: Stricken with polio in his thirties, Franklin Roosevelt resists identifying with the “crippled,” but then finds new life and hope within the community of handicapped people who pilgrimage to his hideaway in Georgia

Writer Bio: Richard Willett was born in Hollywood but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He spent several years as a playwright in New York City before recently returning to Los Angeles. His screenplay THE FLID SHOW was a semifinalist in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowships competition (top 50 out of more than 7,000 scripts) and has been optioned twice, and his screenplay 9/10 was a Nicholl semifinalist in 2011 (top 30 out of almost 7,000 scripts) and an Austin Film Festival semifinalist in 2010. It is currently in development (see www.910movie.com).

He has also been a Nicholl quarterfinalist (2014) and has second-rounded in Austin ten times. His stage plays have been presented off-off-Broadway and at theaters across the country. Other honors include an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship; a Tennessee Williams Scholarship; grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts (among others); designation as a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and showcasing with a featured screenplay in the IFP Market in New York. His plays TRIPTYCH, 2B, and THE FLID SHOW have all been published by United Stages.

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3376811


by Giancarlo Fusi

Episode One “The Legend of Robert Johnson”

Genre: Drama

Logline: During the Depression, a black sharecropper’s burning desire to be a traveling Bluesman leads him to sell his soul to Satan at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist ever.

Writer Bio: Born in Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere, and raised in New Jersey on a steady diet of American sitcoms and horror movies. Double-majored in motion picture production and psychology at the University of Miami. Moved to Los Angeles on the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Scholarship. Previously a volunteer mentor to L.A. 5th graders in the Young Storyteller’s Script-to-Stage program. Worked as a development intern at a literary agency and am pursuing a MFA in Film & TV at Hollywood Center Studios from Mount Saint Mary’s University, L.A. Recently completed the Graduate TV Writing program at the UCLA Film & Television Summer Institute.

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1hjTDpO3Q5qoYKDpa5yRQ


by Atul N. Rao

Episode One: “The Barbarian”

Based on the legendary tales of the Bodhi Dharma

Genre: Action | Drama

Logline: (Episode 1) Giving up on his Buddhist mission in Southern China, the Indian monk, Bodhi Dharma seeks passage to the Himalayas. Unfortunately, the Northern Emperor has plans to use him as apolitical pawn and forces him to stay under the watchful eye of the sadistic Warlord Peng.

Writer Bio: Atul’s expertise has been utilized to develop original and branded properties in the international markets and currently shares his knowledge as a Professor at Mohawk College, while developing projects with Camillion Ent. like “El Tabador” (prime time) and “Baby Faces” (drama)
In 2011-15 Atul has written on 14 TV shows, from NBC Kids, Disney Channel, Marvel, Cartoon Network and Discovery Channel.

For over 29 years, Atul N. Rao has been a writer/producer and performer for theatre, television and feature film in Toronto, Los Angeles, and India.  Starting as a staff writer at Nelvana, he wrote for animated hits such as Babar, Carebears, Beetlejuice and Tintin.  Atul toured with children’s theatre and later joined a successful Toronto comedy troupe, “The Lost Tribe” as head writer/performer.  Next was national television – 4 years as writer, producer and on-air performer for YTV.

Atul moved to Los Angeles when Fox Family Worldwide hired him to be Co-Executive Producer of their Interstitial programming.  Atul co-produced and co-created four live-action hosted shows for Fox.  Atul later co-created and developed concepts and pilots for Nick,  Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network.

In 2002, Atul was recruited to Toonz Animation India in senior management where he helped transform Toonz from a service company to international producer.

Recently Atul developed new stories for “Lego Star Wars” and also developed a series for Marvel, “The Defenders”.  Atul also produced a series for Marvel Animation, “Wolverine & the X-Men”.  Prior to that, Atul produced a series for Disney Channel Asia, “Legends”. For the Indian market, Atul was story editor for Cartoon Network Asia’s, “Tales of Lord Shiva”.  In addition, Atul writes freelance scripts for hit TV shows such as “League of Super Evil” and MARVEL’S “Super Hero Squad”, “Wolverine”.  He also wrote Teletoon’s, “1001 Nights”, “Apollo’s Pad”, Disney’s “Ella the Elephant” Sprout’s “Nina’s World” and “Transformers: Rescue Bots.”



by Craig Clyde

From the Translated Diaries of Berhnard Goldstein by Dr. Sam Goldstein

Genre: War | Drama

Logline: Bernie Goldstein did the impossible, more than once, just to find the woman he loved.

Writer Bio: Craig Clyde is a produced screenwriter.

Contact: screenrtr@gmail.com


by Eric Carlson

Based on the true story of William Ghan

Genre: Drama

Logline: In 1964, a 26 year-old industrial arts teacher, accepts a position in a small rural Missouri high school where he defies the status quo and motivates a group of poor performing students to build a fully functional single seat airplane.

Writer Bio: Eric Carlson is an award winning screenwriter who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. His screenplays have won or placed in many contests, including Nicholls, Austin, Virginia, and Creative World Awards. He also serves as the Director of the Richmond-based Virginia Screenwriters Forum, a group that bring writers together to share their love and knowledge of screenwriting by offering support and constructive feedback to member’s scripts in progress.

Contact: carlsonnew1955@yahoo.com


by Tom Freyer

Based upon the life of Tai Djin

Genre: Action | True Story

Logline: In nineteenth century China, a reclusive kung fu master shunned for his fur-covered face must lead a band of monks into battle against the Imperial army and treacherous general to save his Emperor and country.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomFreyerScreenwriter/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomfreyer


by Ronald Lawson Ecker

Based on a historical event

Genre: Historical Military Drama

Logline: A conflict of wills between U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Mexican dictator Victoriano Huerta leads to a U.S. invasion of Veracruz.

Writer Bio: Retired librarian in Florida. Author of five published books. Screenplay THE TWENTY-ONE GUN SALUTE (historical drama) optioned by Evan M. Pinchuk, New Frontier Films. Screenplay DEAD MAN’S HAND (comedy) won 2nd Place in the 2014 Comedy Screenplay Contest. Screenplay MATANZAS (thriller) was 6th-Place Winner in the 2011 Vail Film Festival Screenplay Contest. Screenplay ALL THE GOLD IN NEVADA (Western) finished in the top 10 percent (out of 7,521 entries) in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowships competition. Screenplay OF KINGS AND CONCUBINES (comedy) was one of five finalists in the 2013 Comedy Screenplay Contest.


A FEARLESS MIND by Zakaria Mir
CRAZY CHARLIE by Ron Chepsiuk
FALLS CITY by Kit Wilson
FOX CO. by Wayne Geschwindt
JOHN WARE by J.P. Hills
LION OF THE SEA by Peter Israelson
ONLY IN AMERICA by Andrew Garrett
PIPPA’S SONG by Diana Mitchell
RUTH by Caroline Slocock
THE PLAINTIFF by Cliff Barnett
WHITE KNIGHT by Susan Feehan
WIDE OPEN by Darla Phillips