2018 True Story Screenplay Competition (renamed True Story Showcase)
COLORBLIND (The Legacy of Alvin Bell)
by Pamela Peak
Based on the life and PBS documentary of teacher Alvin Bell
Genre: Drama | Biopic
Logline: It’s the 60s. An unusual group of white grade school kids, put their lives on the line to defend their beloved black teacher against racism, then willingly do it again when they reunite some thirty-five years later to honor the man who profoundly impacted their lives
Bio: Pamela Peak is a highly skilled screenwriter with a Michigan Emmy-nomination for her on PBS nationally and throughout Canada. Pamela’s screenplay Colorblind (The Legacy of Alvin Bell) just won first place in the 2018 Garden State Film festival screenplay competition and The DiVinci Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA. Colorblind also made semi-finals in the Napa Valley and Los Angeles Cinefest film festivals. Pamela specializes in female leads and films for both black and white audiences. Her genre is Drama/Historical – stories that touch the human heart.
Colorblind (The Legacy of Alvin Bell) is based on a powerful, heartfelt true story from Pamela’s childhood during the Civil Rights Era. It became an award-winning documentary in 2005 that appeared to an estimated 56 million PBS viewers. The documentary was featured on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. It was also selected for twenty film festivals and won first place in five of them. Pamela also wrote, produced and directed the documentary “Voices of a Never-Ending Dawn” which also aired on PBS nationally. It was shot in Northern Michigan blizzards and tells the dramatic story of a forgotten group of US soldiers, abandoned in Northern Russia, who fought the Bolsheviks (the very first Communists) in sixty-degree-below-zero weather, long after WWI had ended.
Pamela has trained for her Master’s Screenwriting Certificate with Hal Croasmun at ScreenwritingU and studied screenwriting with Tony Savant at Playhouse West.
2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS