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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through AJ Michalka’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 AJ Michalka 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 AJ Michalka 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 AJ Michalka’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, AJ Michalka 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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Most of us have a group of friends, relatives or co-workers we discuss films with. By the way, during these conversations I dont tell them its just an idea. I simply hit them with it, usually when were talking about recent movies weve seen. I once had a friend call me back wanting to know the title of the film I told him about. Well, it isnt a film – – yet! My friends are in habit of asking me, Is that something youre working on or can we go see it today? If you tell them up front its your idea theyll like it automatically (friends dont want to hurt your feelings), so hit them with the idea and watch for their initial reaction.
#2 Dont wait until you complete a script or it becomes a movie to see if people like it or not.
AJ Michalka – #1 The screenwriter must be passionate about the idea or the story will fall flat. Passion shows in material – – only use ideas you are passionate about. Passion is defined as a story that keeps you up late and gets you up early to work on it. You simply cant let it go!
But how does a screenwriter know right up front if an idea is commercially viable?
Once you start looking at the games that genres play, you will also start to understand the games that you most love, and that you want to play with your readers and audience.
AJ Michalka – So if youre writing a story like Its A Wonderful Life, its not going to help you much to study Apocalypse Now. A story that ends with a fallen hero/ine is not going to have the same story shape as one that ends with a transcended hero/ine. (Although if both kinds of films end up on your list of favorite stories, you might find one is the other in reverse. Thats why you need to make your own lists!)
But with a romantic comedy or classic romance, theres no mystery involved. 99.99% of the time the hero and heroine are going to end up together. The game in that genre is often to show, through the hero and heroine, how we are almost always our own worst enemies in love, and how we throw up all kinds of obstacles in our own paths to keep ourselves from getting what we want.
For example, with a mystery, the game is Whodunit? You are going to toy with a reader or audiences expectations and lead them down all kinds of false paths with red herrings so that they are constantly in the shoes of the hero/ine, trying to figure the puzzle out.
by: AJ Michalka – Actress | Soundtrack | Producer, Super 8 (2011) | Steven Universe (2015-2019) | Grace Unplugged (2013)