Live the Dream

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Writer's Statement
by Scott Forslund

I attended a leadership camp much like the one portrayed in our screenplay. I witnessed the walls of separation come tumbling down and an otherwise disconnected group of teens change their ideas about each other virtually overnight. It wasn't easy for them, however. Nor for me. There was confrontation, anger and tears, and a frustration that things would never change.

Though just an observer doing research, I was swept right along with those young people. And I was amazed by the power of communication and understanding that brought nearly everyone together. I have since shared my belief that our nation would be a completely different place if every high school student in America attended such a camp. In a time of much division and misunderstanding, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. still resonate: "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream."

On the last night of camp there was a celebration with food, music and dancing. But many of us just talked till dawn about the experience we had all shared together. And by morning, as the campers said their goodbyes and boarded the buses for home, I observed a clarity of purpose in those young people, that they would strive to truly live the dream.

IN DEVELOPMENT

TS Pictures presents

A gang leader is sent to summer camp where he struggles to find
common ground with other teens from diverse backgrounds.

Screenplay by Scott Forslund and Tim Ryerse
Executive Producers
Scott Forslund, Tim Ryerse and Kitty Kladstrup
Director of Photography
Shawn Adams
Associate Producer
Troy Belton Director Scott Forslund

The Live the Dream screenplay is available upon request for those interested in this project. Please contact us for a link to it and other information.

Synopsis

A teen gang leader is arrested and given a choice: Job Corps or jail. Marco chooses Job Corps, but learns he must also attend a summer camp. Joined by his best friend Julio, Marco plays along; when things cool down they’ll skip and return to the hood. But Alex Shepherd, the black camp director, has other plans when Marco arrives at his leadership camp in the Oregon Cascades.

Along with other teens from vastly different racial and cultural backgrounds, Marco is soon challenged to confront the misconceptions all have about each other in this unlikely gathering of young people. Some resist what they call a foolish effort to “fix” the world. They confront Alex and heated exchanges follow. But facing their prejudices head on, the campers begin to transcend the same fear that partitioned their schools; the fear of the unknown, of each other.

As wariness transforms into curiosity and summer fun rules the day, Marco builds friendships with Ben, a white snowboarder confined to a wheelchair, and Duane, a black football star. He also falls for Amy, a pretty white girl who is her school’s valedictorian. As the walls that divide them fall, their diversity becomes their bond and many question their place in the world. Marco grapples with leaving his gang, while Julio resists. But this island of isolation must end, and as the campers return home, the real world becomes their ultimate challenge.

Back in LA, Marco chooses to be “outed” from his gang––a deadly decision. He pleads with Julio to follow his lead, but his friend can’t let go of the only family he’s ever known––his gang. And after tragedy strikes, it becomes a milestone in Marco’s life, when he proves to himself he does have a choice.

© 2019 by Scott Forslund & Tim Ryerse. All Rights Reserved.

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IN DEVELOPMENT

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TS Pictures presents

A gang leader is sent to summer camp where he struggles to find common ground with other teens from diverse backgrounds.

Screenplay by
Scott Forslund and Tim Ryerse
Executive Producers
Scott Forslund, Tim Ryerse
and
Kitty Kladstrup
Associate Producer
Troy Belton
Director of Photography
Shawn Adams
Director
Scott Forslund

The Live the Dream screenplay is available upon request for those interested in this project. Please contact us for a link to it and other information.

Synopsis

A teen gang leader is arrested and given a choice: Job Corps or jail. Marco chooses Job Corps, but learns he must also attend a summer camp. Joined by his best friend Julio, Marco plays along; when things cool down they’ll skip and return to the hood. But Alex Shepherd, the black camp director, has other plans when Marco arrives at his leadership camp in the Oregon Cascades.

Along with other teens from vastly different racial and cultural backgrounds, Marco is soon challenged to confront the misconceptions all have about each other in this unlikely gathering of young people. Some resist what they call a foolish effort to “fix” the world. They confront Alex and heated exchanges follow. But facing their prejudices head on, the campers begin to transcend the same fear that partitioned their schools; the fear of the unknown, of each other.

As wariness transforms into curiosity and summer fun rules the day, Marco builds friendships with Ben, a white snowboarder confined to a wheelchair, and Duane, a black football star. He also falls for Amy, a pretty white girl who is her school’s valedictorian. As the walls that divide them fall, their diversity becomes their bond and many question their place in the world. Marco grapples with leaving his gang, while Julio resists. But this island of isolation must end, and as the campers return home, the real world becomes their ultimate challenge.

Back in LA, Marco chooses to be “outed” from his gang––a deadly decision. He pleads with Julio to follow his lead, but his friend can’t let go of the only family he’s ever known––his gang. And after tragedy strikes, it becomes a milestone in Marco’s life, when he proves to himself he does have a choice.

© 2019 by Scott Forslund & Tim Ryerse.
All Rights Reserved.

Writer's Statement

I attended a leadership camp much like the one portrayed in our screenplay. I witnessed the walls of separation come tumbling down and an otherwise disconnected group of teens change their ideas about each other virtually overnight. It wasn't easy for them, however. Nor for me. There was confrontation, anger and tears, and a frustration that things would never change.

Though just an observer doing research, I was swept right along with those young people. And I was amazed by the power of communication and understanding that brought nearly everyone together. I have since shared my belief that our nation would be a completely different place if every high school student in America attended such a camp. In a time of much division and misunderstanding, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. still resonate: "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream."

On the last night of camp there was a celebration with food, music and dancing. But many of us just talked till dawn about the experience we had all shared together. And by morning, as the campers said their goodbyes and boarded the buses for home, I observed a clarity of purpose in those young people, that they would strive to truly live the dream.