Petition asks Felicia Pearson to read prison screenplay
More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Felicia Pearson (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Felicia Pearson – Talent Agents
– Actress, Producer – The Wire (2002), Guns and Grams (2016), They Die by Dawn (2013), The Wire: The Musical (2012) – – Talent Express, Lorna Rainey
Dumbass, As the Freak Takes You
Felicia Pearson & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Jana Sandler calling on Felicia Pearson and 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 Felicia Pearson at last week.
In the open letter to Felicia Pearson, 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 Felicia Pearson for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.
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.
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.”
Actress, Producer, Felicia Pearson, has not responded to the petition. Nor has 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.”
Felicia Pearson 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.
Jana Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has also expressed interest in the screenplay.
Felicia Pearson is a Actress, Producer known for The Wire (2002), Guns and Grams (2016), They Die by Dawn (2013), The Wire: The Musical (2012) and is represented by .
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FIRST TEN PAGES: MAKE OR BREAK A SCRIPT
Get real, include the rules to establish the world and leave the audience feeling satisfied.
Before I get a nasty email from a delusional screenwriter insisting he or she wants to leave the rules a mystery, let me be frank; producers know that what sells a movie more than anything is word of mouth. If an audience leaves a theater feeling cheated due to lack of proper information and the story wasnt believable to them, they wont recommend it to their friends and family. This means the movie will fail! No need to worry because the likelihood a producer would purchase such a script is zero! Go ahead, leave out the rules and dont properly establish the world; maybe you can use the screenplay as a paperweight or a dust collector.
The rules of the world can be setup early, layered into the story or even postponed for a big twist ending, but the information MUST be there or the screenplay doesnt stand a chance at a sale! I recommend adding the rules to the story based on which way creates the most suspense or provides the biggest shocker. But be very careful as to the placement of this information. If for example, you wait too long to tell us why the vampires can live in the daylight, then you risk audience alienation. Plot out the rules and unique circumstances of the world youve created. By outlining you can see where the information works best to create suspense, yet assures the audience suspends its disbelief. A helpful tip is to consider the genre and how its been done before and use that as a model to disperse your storys information.
– In The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice is not just fighting Buffalo Bill; shes fighting evil in a larger sense.
In a lot of stories, too, the battle is taking place on several different levels. There will be a particular antagonist that the hero/ine is fighting, but the real opponent is bigger.