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. There was confrontation, anger and tears, and a frustration that things would never change. But the power of communication and understanding brought nearly everyone together. 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.

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TS Pictures presents

A Screenplay by
Scott Forslund and Tim Ryerse

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Synopsis

When gang leader Marco Ramirez is given a second chance, he's sent to a Job Corps center and allowed to attend a summer camp. Arriving at the idyllic, lakeside camp, he plays along, knowing he'll skip and return to the hood when the time is right. But Alex Shepherd, the camp's black director, has a different plan at his leadership retreat in the Oregon Cascades. Along with other teens from vastly different racial and cultural backgrounds, Marco is soon challenged to confront the misconceptions they all have about each other in this unlikely gathering of young people. Some resist what they call a foolish effort to fix the world. But wariness soon gives way to curiosity. 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. And when tragedy strikes in Marco's life, it becomes a milestone when he must choose the path he will take.

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IN DEVELOPMENT

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TS Pictures presents

A Screenplay by
Scott Forslund and
Tim Ryerse

Contact Us for a download
link to the screenplay

Synopsis

When gang leader Marco Ramirez is given a second chance, he's sent to a Job Corps center and allowed to attend a summer camp. Arriving at the idyllic, lakeside camp, he plays along, knowing he'll skip and return to the hood when the time is right. But Alex Shepherd, the camp's black director, has a different plan at his leadership retreat in the Oregon Cascades. Along with other teens from vastly different racial and cultural backgrounds, Marco is soon challenged to confront the misconceptions they all have about each other in this unlikely gathering of young people. Some resist what they call a foolish effort to fix the world. But wariness soon gives way to curiosity. 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. And when tragedy strikes in Marco's life, it becomes a milestone when he must choose the path he will take.

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. There was confrontation, anger and tears, and a frustration that things would never change. But the power of communication and understanding brought nearly everyone together. 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.