Petition asks Cinematic Pictures Inc to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Cinematic Pictures Inc (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
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Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.
Cinematic Pictures Inc & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
In Texas, more than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler and Cinematic Pictures Inc calling on Hollywood to take “movie action” to tackle injustice against men and women in the wake of revelations that Texas has more prisoners incarcerated than the Soviet Union’s gulag system had. Texas currently has over 290,000 inmates housed at 580 facilities.
The signatories, including state senators, professors of criminal justice, social workers, family, and inmates, call for a “firm commitment” to tackle the unjust prisons in Texas. The petition has also been signed by Beto O’Rourke, and Matthew McConaughey. These two signatories might face each other in the 2022 Texas governors election. Both have expressed interest in the job. The petitions arrived for Cinematic Pictures Inc in Los Angeles last week.
In the open letter to Cinematic Pictures Inc, the 2080 women write that they are “heartbroken for first-time drug offenders many times addicts who have received extremely harsh sentences in Texas when rehabilitation has proven a cheaper and more effective solution.” The petition goes on to say their family and friends are often heartbroken for and looking for redemption and rehabilitation for the victimless drug crimes.”
The signatories, including attorneys, professors, politicians, family members, and inmates, call on Cinematic Pictures Inc for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.
Inside prisons, the women are faced with such horrendous conditions… the petition demands that “filmmakers begin to take the issue seriously.” Also, the petition reminds that “even here in the USA in the 21st century citizens are not safe from government oppression.”
The petition came to light when women discovered the screenplay, a copy which was dontated to all 580 of the state’s prison and jail libraries. The existence of the petition surfaced on International Women’s Day. Women in Texas face extreme prejudice in Texas and often receive extremely harsh penalties for even a small amount of drugs, including marijuana. Marijuana is legal now in 21 states.
Cinematic Pictures Inc, Clint Smith or Amin Joseph have not responded to the petition. Nor has Jana Sandler responded with a comment.
The screenplay “DUMBASS” was penned by writer and retired professor of political science Alan Nafzger.
The premise of the story is that, “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.”
The film would be set in 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 sentences for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has tripled in the last ten years, as mass incarcerations have proven profitable to not only the state but also profitable for an array of business interests.
Writer Alan Nafzger has called on Governor Greg Abbott to, “end the prison industry.”
Recently, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke out against the Texas system and put a good word in for mercy and forgiveness out on social media. “How nice for those who have lived such exemplary lives that they can express glee when others have their lives ruined by a mistake, real or perceived,” Sajak tweeted last month.
The petition states, “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.”
Cinematic Pictures Inc has not commented on the script, thusfar. A statement is expected soon.
Professor Nafzger has made a short treatment of the project available online.
He has made the finished script available at for select filmmakers.
Jessica Kovacevic of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.
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Concept: Last but by no means leastin fact, first in most casesyour story concept is the first thing that producers and agents are going to respond to. Development executives have said on record that when they buy a script from a new screenwriter, ninety percent of the time they are not buying the writing but the story concept. As you learn craft, you should write the stories that you have to tell. But later, as you venture into the marketplace, you will be taking a different tact regarding concept and will try to conceive of stories that are highly marketable, which is a skill all in itself that has nothing to do with writing. And yet this skillthe ability to create marketable story ideaswill probably determine your screenwriting future more than any other.
Collaboration: Here is a skill unique to screenwriting in its importance. No narrative form is more collaborative and unfortunately in ways in which the writer is not in power. Except when writing the early pre-marketplace drafts, the screenwriter always works for someone and skill in collaboration helps the screenwriter keep his or her job. Screenwriting success depends on the ability to collaborate well.
Format: The screenplay is written in a special format. This format is much easier to learn than you may think. Learning format requires no knowledge of camera angles or the technical aspects of film (this was not always so). Just learn the rules and follow them.
Economy: Two kinds of economy are important in screenwriting, structural economy to ensure the efficiency of scene design in this tightest of all narrative forms, and rhetorical economy to make the script a quick, easy read. Remember, a screenplay is not written primarily to be read. In fact, the publication of screenplays is a fairly recent development addressing the boom in screenwriting students. Screenplays are blueprints for a movie, and the screenwriter is really more like an architect than a writer in the sense that a novelist or a poet is a writer.
Thats about how much time a reader in the industry is going to give you once you start marketing your script. After that, if you havent hooked your reader, that huge pile of scripts on the readers desk begins to look very inviting.
You only have about five or ten pages to engage the readers interest in your story.
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