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Abigail Spencer screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Abigail Spencer’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Abigail Spencer and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Abigail Spencer production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Abigail Spencer’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Abigail Spencer and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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I didnt renew the contract with the agent. Instead, I solicited producers and got several reads for The Yellow Tulip. All passed, except one producer. I was so excited about meeting with her I nearly quit my day job. Thank goodness I didnt.
My second mistake was not remaining in control of my own career. I turned everything over to the agent figuring hed make the calls, the contacts and the sales. Isnt this what an agent is for? I soon learned that even with a good agent a screenwriter still has to be involved in selling their material on one level or another.
Abigail Spencer – This was mistake #1 in a long list of mistakes, miscalculations and what I consider to be some pretty unnecessary mistakes Ive made in my quest to become a professional screenwriter. Had I done my homework, I would have discovered the agent (to remain unnamed) hadnt sold a thing in over 2 years.
Some time ago I wrote a coming of age drama titled The Yellow Tulip. Out of 1,500+ submissions received in the Writers Digest Screenwriting Competition it placed in the Top 10. As a result, a WGA agent contacted me and soon after I signed with his agency.
A novelist who picks up or samples this book will probably be wondering why I spend the bulk of my time analyzing films when this book is slanted toward authors. Good question!
Abigail Spencer – So my workshops, my blog, and this book are my way of making these screenwriting techniques and tricks available to novelists and aspiring novelists who may not live anywhere near Hollywood, but who could be getting the same benefits that I and other author friends have reaped from applying screenwriting techniques to our novel writing. And beyond my professional film experience, Ive also taught story structure to film students on the college level, on the staff of Otis College of Art and Design, so aspiring screenwriters and film students should find the storytelling techniques valuable as well.
But I also think that this stuff is just in the air out here. Without even half trying, just by virtue of living in Los Angeles and working in the business, I was automatically exposed to the techniques that successful filmmakers have used since the beginning of the form, and that have been painstakingly detailed by story and scriptwriting gurus such as Robert McKee, John Truby, Christopher Vogler, Linda Seger, Viki King, Michael Hauge, the late Blake Snyder, and the late Frank Daniel (who taught screenwriting at the USC film school).
Because of my screenwriting and theater background, I was immediately in demand to teach writing workshops at writing conferences in various genres. And I realized very quickly that the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence structure and other storytelling techniques that Hollywood types take for granted are a huge revelation to people outside the glass dome of the film business. Granted, Id had a lot of exposure to this stuff, not only as a working screenwriter, but also before that as a story analyst for various production companies, and on the Board of Directors of the WGA, West (the screenwriters union), and as the founder of WriterAction.com, a private message board of over 2000 WGA screenwriters.
by: Abigail Spencer – Actress | Producer | Writer, Mad Men (2009) | Rectify (2013-2016) | Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)