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The Parables of Jesus was originally conceived to be a half hour, 5-episode TV production.  At the behest of The Studio, the concept has been modified to accommodate the potential for one-hour episodes or feature length films.  The project was conceived by the show's Creator and Executive Producer, Bobby Cunningham, owner of Venture Communications;  it will be  Produced by Anthony Herron.  Anthony is in the process of vetting Directors and has narrowed the selection down to two.  The project's Director will be named within eight weeks of the beginning of principal photography.

 The links below are the original spec scripts that were not completed.  For various reasons,  they have been re-hashed, revised and re-written, in particular, The Good Samaritan,  and  The Mustard Seed script was completed discarded.  These specs are presented here to proffer an idea of the concept of The Parables project.  All five scripts are completed, awaiting final approval by the show's Creator,  Executive Producer and The Studio.

                                             These are sample scripts of the Parables Project.

This is the spec script (only 7 pages completed) for The Good Samaritan.  We totally scrapped this version.
 
This is the spec script (only 11 pages completed) for The Good Samaritan.  Parts of this version were retained in the completed script.
 
Spec script (only 9 pages) for The Mustard Seed: http://www.plotbot.com/screenplays/joe_calvin/screenplay  This version and this entire parable were totally scrapped.  The Parable may be written and produced at a future time but this is not the version that will be used.


The story below is the treatment for a documentary that is currently in pre-production.  You may view the trailer on the PROJECTS page.


A MODERN DAY LYNCHING

This is the story of a Judge who was charged with 160 counts of varying charges; he was acquitted on all counts.  Because he had been accused of having sex with inmates on his docket, even though he was acquitted of all counts and had been investigated by various agencies (including the FBI), his character, reputation and career has been destroyed -- even to having his law licenses suspended by two states.

This nightmare of the story of this former Judge is tragically true.  What started out as a very stellar career turned into an epically, tragic injustice. In 1990 at the tender age of 29, this Judge s was appointed as a District Court Judge and at that time was the youngest serving District Court Judge in the state.  He was elected and re-elected to that position in 1990 and 1996. His election in 1990 was the first time in the history of this particular County that a black had won an election in which a black candidate was running against a white candidate.

In 1999, he was appointed to the Circuit Court bench and in 2000 and 2006 he was elected and re-elected to that position. In 2006 he was the second Judge in tenure in the Circuit Court and senior in time on the bench of any of the other Circuit Court Judges. After the death of a presiding Judge, this Judge made an attempt to become the next Presiding Judge, which is when most of his problems began with three other judges. They were also able to convince the County D.A. to side with them.

First, the three judges and the D.A. started a rumor that this Judge was selling drugs and using defendants, young black males, on his docket to further his drug activities, which then launched a criminal investigation. They told the local paper that he had a fleet of 17 luxury cars and claimed that he used these cars to pay the defendants for working for him in his falsely-claimed illicit drug activity. This was thoroughly investigated by 1) the Attorney General’s Office, 2) investigators for the Judicial Inquiry Commission and 3) the District Attorney’s office and proven to be false.  [Along with those investigations, because this Judge had been nominated to become the U. S. Attorney and nominated for a federal judgeship, in 1996 & 1999, respectively, the Special Agent in charge of the city in question’s FBI office stated to media that this Judge had passed the FBI background checks.]  These investigations revealed that the allegations against the Judge were totally false, were without any merit and had been totally concocted. 

One example of  how the local media and the D.A.’s office worked together to present this Judge’s court, his rulings, and him, personally, in a negative light before the public is when an adult defendant was charged with enticing a minor. An FBI agent with the state in question pretended to be a minor on the internet and the defendant solicited the agent (posing as a minor) for a sexual favor; hence, the defendant was arrested. His attorney filed a motion to dismiss because this state’s law at the time required the victim to actually be a minor; therefore, according to this state’s law, the defendant had to be released (by this Judge).  The local media reported the story as this Judge dismissing the case against a child predator, portraying this Judge  in a very negative light. The state Federal agent filed the same charges in federal court but the federal district judge refused to dismiss the charges; therefore, the defendant was re-arrested.  The federal statute did not require the victim to be a minor; it only required that the defendant “believed” or thought the victim to be a minor.  The local media portrayed this Judge, negatively, printing that this Judge released a child predator but that now the defendant was re-arrested, not pointing out that this state’s law and the federal law (in this matter) were different.  This Judge had requested that the D.A. contact the local legislative delegation to change the state’s law, but the D.A. refused. The local media printed another negative article of this Judge when the federal judge refused to dismiss the case, failing to mention that the state statute and federal statute were different.

Approximately a year and a half later, the same type of case was brought in another county in this state. The state judge issued the same ruling as this Judge and also requested the local D.A. for this [other] County to contact their local state delegation to change the law. The [other] county’s D.A. did and this particular city’s delegation changed the state law to mirror the federal statute.   Even though the law was changed due to the diligence of this other city’s District Attorney, this law change was originally suggested by the [now accused] Judge (to the County D.A.in his jurisdiction), the local media did not report this and this Judge continued to be portrayed and perceived as the Judge that released a sexual predator.

Fifteen criminal defendants have been listed as victims in nine indictments with a total of 162 counts against this Judge. He has been exonerated of all charges. The majority of the inmates have given multiple, conflicting, contradictory accounts of what they alleged to have happened. This is an effort by three judges and a D.A. to make sure that a judge (of color) was removed from the bench and incarcerated for life. This Judge’s only crime is being a judge (of color) who  was running against a white judge for one of the highest judge’s benches in Alabama.

The story below is the treatment for a documentary that is currently in pre-production.  You may view the trailer on the PROJECTS page.

THE TODD ROAD INCIDENT

On a late February night in 1983, Willie James Taylor, a hard-working, 47-year-old General Motors assembly worker joins his four brothers and other family members in beating two white plainclothes Montgomery, Ala., police officers.  Their uncharacteristic actions comes only after detective Leslie Brown shoots and chases Willie Taylor’s 21-year-old son Christopher Columbus Taylor into a rural home in Montgomery where they are mourning the passing of Willie Taylor’s mother.  Young Christopher is walking back to the home across a muddy front yard after pulling a car onto the yard when he is approached by the detectives. 

Thinking the house might be a dope house, the aggressive detectives approach the young college student and criminal justice major to question him about Vickie Rice, an alleged dope user who has not been seen by her mother in two days. They do not identify themselves, yell racial slurs at Taylor and try to push him into the back seat of their unmarked green Chevy Malibu. A frighten Taylor kicks free but is shot in the hand by one of the officers as he runs screaming for help and through the front door of the house. Detectives kick open the front door and both are immediately hit with a fire poker. Their guns are taken and they are beaten by several men and women when they can not be identified as police officers.  Willie Taylor calls the police department twice for help, telling the dispatcher they have captured white intruders who shot their son. After police supervisors realize the intruders were in fact, Detectives Brown and Spivey, officers from various departments are immediately dispatched to the scene.  Police surround the house and upon seeing a uniformed officer through a front window, Brown runs across the living room and from the house through the front door and is shot once in the chest by a fellow officer. 

By morning, some 23 mourners, including 83 year-old Annie Bell Taylor, are jailed for trying to kill the detectives.  The gun used in the shooting of Brown and taped recordings of Taylor’s calls to the police department for help are destroyed.  None of those arrested had a police record that amounted to more than traffic tickets and were described as pillars of their communities  The story hit front pages of newspapers, magazines and is broadcasted on major news networks. During the arrest and preliminary examination, blacks and whites across America disputed the charges against the family and held fund raising rallies in support of them.

Willie Payne, an Investigative Police Reporter, learns of the story when he stops at a restaurant for a  cup of coffee. A tall, slim man tosses a newspaper on the table that carried an Associated Press brief of the Alabama shooting and arrests. After reading the quote made by a high ranking Alabama official who said, “A Black religious family acted like wild animals preying over raw meat when they attacked the officers,” he rushes back to the newsroom.   His gut feeling tells him something is not right about the story and convinces his editor to let him do a follow-up story. The Associated Press then carried his version of the story which contradicted earlier police versions of what led to the shooting and arrests. The case sparks demonstrations in Pontiac, MI, Montgomery and Warren, OH, and the firing of a black Montgomery radio announcer who discusses the case on the air. It also results in a shake-up in the Montgomery Police Department. Two officers leave the department after telling black leaders the defendants were beaten and threaten to be killed by police during questioning and two officers are fired after they refuse to give testimony in the case.  Twenty-three Montgomery residents, including white millionaire, Morris Dees, who heads the Southern Poverty Law Center, pledge homes and property to raise the $400,000 bond to free Taylor and his family.  The case causes a shake-up in the Montgomery Police Department, fuels a controversy over police conduct toward blacks in Alabama’s capitol and  intensifies  racial tensions to the highest levels recalled since the racial strife of the 1960s. Even though Willie James Taylor contends his family did nothing wrong, he and those arrested plead guilty to third-degree assault charges so they could have their freedom.  They are placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay fines totaling $11,000.  In a press conference after their release, Willie Taylor said the long awaited nights in jail, the beatings and death threats happened because “God wanted to use us to show the world that injustice is still alive in America.”  Their fines have long since been paid and their probations served…but the whole story was never told.  For years the now graying Taylor kept silent, pretending not to be hurt by it all but the ordeal continued to haunt him as he steadily puts his life back together. To do this he needed to tell his side of the story.

Nine years later, Willie James Taylor Sr., and the others arrested in the ordeal have fulfilled the terms of their probation, paid their fines and have put the events  behind them, including his wife,  Katie Mae, who was  able to discontinue taking medication for a nervous condition suffered from the ordeal.  Her daughter Denise, 19, underwent hours of psychiatric treatment because she dreamed about the frightening shootings and beating continuously.  Ten years later, Taylor confides in Payne to write a book about the ordeal so he could tell his side of the story. The events of that night almost cost the two police officers their lives and the Taylor family members their lives and freedom.

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AFI’S TOP 25 MOVIE QUOTES

25. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Rod Tidwell: Show me the money!


24. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Norma Desmond: I am big! It's the pictures that got small.


23. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale: There's no place like home.


22. Dr. No (1962)
James Bond: Bond. James Bond.


21. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.


20. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine:
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


19. Network (1976)
Howard Beale: I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!


18. White Heat (1949)
Arthur "Cody" Jarrett: Made it, Ma! Top of the world!


17. Citizen Kane (1941)
Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud.


16. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Virgil Tibbs: They call me Mister Tibbs!


15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T.: E.T. phone home.


14. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sam Spade: The stuff that dreams are made of.


13. Love Story (1970)
Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett: Love means never having to say you're sorry.


12. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.


11. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Captain: What we've got here is failure to communicate.


10. Taxi Driver (1976)
Travis Bickle: You talking to me?


9. All About Eve (1950)
Margo Channing: Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.


8. Star Wars (1977)
Han Solo: May the Force be with you.


7. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Norma Desmond: All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup.


6. Sudden Impact (1983)
Harry Callahan: Go ahead, make my day.


5. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine: Here's looking at you, kid.


4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale: Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.


3. On the Waterfront (1954)
Terry Malloy: You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.


2. The Godfather (1972)
Don Vito Corleone: I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.


1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

 

Things you learn from the movies...

 A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty from a screaming police chief.

A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

The bad guy always tells the person he is about to kill the whole story of his devious actions; thus, when the person gets away -- and he WILL get away, he now knows all of the bad guy’s evil deeds.

A person's confidential secret file folder can be alphabetically accessed by posing as a night janitor or telephone repair person.

A violent armed robbery will occur while you are shopping in the back aisles of a convenience store.

A single match or lighter will be sufficient to light up a room of any size.  

Action heroes never face charges for manslaughter or criminal damage despite laying entire cities to waste.

After a person on the other end of the telephone hangs up you will immediately hear a loud dial tone signifying that they have ended the call at that very moment.

After viewing a flash TV news report in your hotel room about the crime that you just committed it will be necessary to immediately click the TV off.

All beds have special L-shaped top sheets that reach up to armpit level on a woman but only waist level on the man lying beside her.

All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to explode.

All computers will have an audible "beep" when a person is searching for specific data, and of course that computer will find the precise match they are seeking. Basically, all the operator has to do at that particular point is hit "enter" to display everything known about the subject including sensitive FBI files.

All grocery shopping bags are carried above the waist and contain at least one loaf of French bread.

All pistols shoot at least 20 times.

All single women have a cat.

All telephone numbers in America begin with the digits 555.

An electric fence, powerful enough to kill a dinosaur will cause no lasting damage to an eight year old child.

Any lock can be defeated by a credit card or a paper clip in seconds - unless it's the door to a burning building with a child trapped inside.

Any person waking from a nightmare will bolt upright, sit and pant.

Any surveillance footage can be frozen and "zoomed in" to crystal clear perfection.

Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.

Cheap hotel rooms will have a large flashing neon sign just outside the window that illuminate the room in an on-off manner.

Creepy music coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

Dogs always know who's bad and will naturally bark at them.

During a heated gun fight where you are out-numbered, disadvantaged and ducking for cover there will always be a large barrel or container of explosive material near the enemy that can be ignited with a well placed single gun-shot hit.

During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

Everyone has aviation skills.

Every car that goes off any cliff will always explode.

Guns are like disposable razors - if you run out of bullets, just simply throw the gun away. You can always buy a new one.

If a killer is lurking in your house, it's easy to find him. Just relax and run a bath - even if it's the middle of the afternoon.

If a phone line is broken, communication can be restored quickly by frantically beating the cradle and saying, "Hello? Hello?"

If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick's Day parade - at any time of the year.

If hiding in a closet is necessary there will always be plenty of room to stand with convenient open style louver doors that offer easy undetected one way viewing of anyone entering the bedroom.

If being chased in a haunted house, instead of running outside to get away, always run down into the cellar.

If you are asking a bartender for information on someone it will be necessary to slap a $20 bill into his palm after each and every sentence to "refresh" his memory.

If you are checking into a low budget hotel or motel the manager desk clerk will always have a negative attitude and you will be interrupting his favorite TV Show.

If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

It is always possible to park directly outside in front of the building you are visiting.

It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations.

It's easy for anyone to land a plane, providing there is a pilot in the control tower to talk you down.

It does not matter if you are heavily out numbered in a fight involving martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessor.

Kitchens don't have light switches. When entering a kitchen at night, you should open the fridge door and use that light instead.

Make-up can safely be worn to bed without smudging.

Many musical instruments - especially wind instruments and accordions can be played without moving the fingers.

Medieval peasants had perfect teeth and good complexions.

Men in bars will just order a "beer" never a brand name and then without any questions will be served one.

Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communication systems of any invading alien civilization or large corporations.

Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for their family every morning, even though the husband and children are in a rush and never have time to eat them.

No matter how badly a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.

Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving.

One good guy with a pistol can take out 30 to 40 bad guys with machine guns.

One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one.

People on TV never finish their drinks.

People's hands playing a light piano medley will always be hidden from view.

Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch-enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks that will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.

Stolen clothes are always a perfect fit.

Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at that precise moment you turn the television on.

The average hotel pool is always deep enough for you to survive a fall from any floor.

The Chief of Police will always suspend his star detective - or give him 48 hours to finish the job.

The Chief of Police always shouts.

The "driver" can take his eye off the road, talk to the passenger for five minutes straight, and not hit a darn thing.

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.  

The "woman" will always fall down trying to escape.

When a person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they will never suffer a concussion or brain damage.

When paying for a taxi, never look at your wallet as you take out a note - just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.

When visiting any library it is quite easy to observe a person and clearly listen to their conversation in the next aisle by simply moving the books on the shelf to the side.

 

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