June 19, 2021

Sicily Pictures asked to read prison screenplay

Petition asks Sicily Pictures to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Sicily Pictures (film production company) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

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The petition also names Mike Starr & Shaquille O’Neal to participate in the film.

Dumbass screenplay could sway Texas 2022 election.

Sicily Pictures & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


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In Texas, more than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler and Sicily Pictures 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 Sicily Pictures in Sherman Oaks last week.

In the open letter to Sicily Pictures, 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 Sicily Pictures  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.

Sicily Pictures, Shaquille O’Neal or Mike Starr have not responded to the petition. Nor has Jana Sandler responded with a comment.

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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.”

Sicily Pictures 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.

Sicily Pictures is a well known production company known for Truly Madly Guilty and a number of other cool movies and is represented by Doug Lucterhand.

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From Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, a sword fight. Notice how different the rhetoric is here from what a novelist might write:

Here are some examples of action writing in contemporary screenplays.

Students are understandably confused about how much detail they should or should not write in action scenes. In fact, the answer to this question helps determine a writer’s screenwriting style. The principle to hold onto is this: you are not a novelist, so under no circumstances do you write with the detail of a fiction writer. You also are a collaborator, so it really is not your business to direct the actors or choreograph the scene in great detail. Within these restrictions, you still must write a gripping scene.

Examples of Action Scenes

There are two annual contests with a proven track record: the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and the Austin Heart of Film Competition. Additionally, there is the Columbus Discovery Awards, which is an ongoing competition with monthly winners and an annual grand winner. There also are a number of competitions for internships or workshops, such as the Disney Fellowship and Sundance Lab. And there also are some reputable smaller contests, such as that run by the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.

Now in the beginning, it may be worth it to enter any contest, just to get your feet wet. But I recommend a more deliberate strategy.

How much is the entry fee? What does the winner get? Who are the contest readers? Who decides the prize? What is the track record of the contest? How many scripts will be entered in the competition?

Not just any contest, however. There are many things to consider before entering a contest, among which are:

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