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Status – Pre Development, 94 Pages

Written by – Mike Palmisciano

Genre: Contained Psychological Thriller


Sequestered at a remote old family estate, a desperate female anthropologist recruits the aid of an odd “Past Lives” psychiatrist to battle a dark force she suspects has stalked her soul through time.

High Concept /Hook:

EIDOLON is a moody, character based psychological thriller in the vein of Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones”, with limited characters and locations employing a unique hook that has never been done. Over 90% of the US and global population believe in some form of “past life” however we’ve never seen a character based thriller that explores the darker ramifications. Suppose the souls of the people we know actually do follow us through time? Suppose one of those is malevolent?




Claire Reed was a glamorous, world renowned anthropologist, who has traveled the globe in an almost obsessive pursuit of the past.  Three years ago, after marrying top plastic surgeon David Reed, her career, life and mental health take a turn for the worse. Plagued by horrific nightmares she makes a determined suicide play. At the end of her rope, urged by friends, she seeks out an odd Indian psychiatrist who informs her that her demons may not be… “just in her head”.  At her breaking point Claire receives an invitation to weekend at Eidolon, an isolated family Estate, for a much needed break.

Claire arrives to find Eidolon is haunting but beautiful. She is surprised by Orin Rasmussen, an unsettling estate broker, and shocked with news that the entire property is hers by way of a long dead Aunt she’s never met.  Touring the premises she meets  Mr and Mrs Beans, the earthy, married housekeepers and decides to accept ownership. That night a sudden storm forces her to stay Claire’s nightmares become increasingly real as she finds that the housekeepers and Rasmussen may not be whom they seem. It’s clear they want something from her… but is this all just in her head?

After Rasmussen brutally attacks Claire. The shock shatters Claire’s reality into parallel threads neither of which she is sure is real. To her horror she suspects some of her current friends want her dead and that she protects some long forgotten secret. Rasmussen will kill her to get it. Juxtaposed is her “real life” where her friends believe she is dangerously unbalanced. With her life on the line and only herself to rely on, Claire forms a desperate plan to counter a threat no one else is convinced is real. In a unique twist Claire forms a pact with her own “past life” self,  turning the tables on Rasmussen in a thrilling and spectacular manner. Rasmussen is destroyed liberating Claire from the terror of Eidolon. In the light of day, she must confront the possibility that all of it and perhaps none of it was ever real.

Poster Tag:  “The woman she used to be… is her only ally!”

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Review: LOOPER – Joe Gordon Lovett, Bruce Willis

Took a shot at "Looper" the new time travel action movie staring Joe Gordon Lovett and Bruce "Yippi Yo Ki Ay" Willis. Opens well! Gritty, dark, noir and stylized, just what you’d expect from a crime flick. Then transforms into a dual threaded action flick. THEN morphs once again into a moralistic redemption saga. On the edge of "really good" but too many H-wood executives had a hand in the final cut. Like jambalaya. All in all a good flick for "guys night out" but leave the girls at home.

Mike Palma

President, Head Scribbler

ScreenPens, Ltd.


ScreenPens Awarded Nicholl 1/4 Finalist! http://wp.me/PF2Ip-gn

News Flash! “ONCE MORE EDEN” the multi award winning script co written by Mike Palmisciano and Vanessa King,  based on true story of  “A humanitarian Army nurse, conscripted against her will into the top secret Manhattan Project, who risks her life to prevent the nuclear holocaust at Hiroshima” has just been awarded Quarter Finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscar agency) prestigious Nicholl film and writing annual event.  “ONCE MORE EDEN” was in the top 5% of over 6,000 entries this year.  Go Vanessa! See you in Hollywood!

Interview: Indie Rockers LOVE CRUSHED VELVET

ScreenPens Interview with the hot Indie music band “LOVE CRUSHED VELVET.

SP: What drove you to get into music; Hate 9-5 gigs, an artist, a dark obsession?

LCV: I studied piano as a pre-teen and foolishly gave it up when facial hair started appearing. Then when I was 17, I heard some punk music blasting out of my radio one night and I got hooked, bought a guitar a week later and basically taught myself to sing and play. I never thought of making music in the context of a career, per se. It’s something that I wanted to do, one way or another.

LCV: (9-5?)I am less against 9-5 than I am about living a rigid corporate life. That would be a slow, bleeding death. Structure in and of itself is not a terrible thing, although most of us bohemians play homage to railing against it.

LCV: (An Artist?) There’s always a particular artist involved.

LCV: (Dark Obsession?) There are certain elements of our personalities and lives that can only be expressed and touched musically. Sometimes those can be bright and happy elements. LOVE CRUSHED VELVET is not about bright and happy. LOVE CRUSHED VELVET comes from a seductive yet slightly dangerous place. We are not on the dark side, but love to flirt with it.

SP: Your song “Love Crush” has a driving retro 80’s back beat. A lot like Billy Idol. Is this intentional?


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Event: NYC Producer’s Cert Course by Raindance Fest

To find out more info and registrations click here!

Course 1: A Case Study: Single Picture Financing

Wednesday, October 27th – John Hadity

This workshop will give an industry overview of how to finance a motion picture, including the health of the industry, trends in financing, advantages and disadvantages of studio financing, financing partners, production loans, foreign pre-sales, negative pick-ups, acquisitions, gap and mezzanine financing, and private equity.

Course 2 : Legal Aspects of Single Picture Financing

Thursday, October 28th – Innes Smolansky

This seminar will teach you the best ways to get started, and the necessary legal needs to be addressed in the “big picture” from A to Z.

Course 3: Narrative Production

Wednesday, November 3rd – Trevite Willis

Learn how to create a cohesive investor presentation to a group or individual, how to review the elements of a business plan, how to create a compelling powerpoint and get tips on pitching!

Course 4:  Marketing and Distribution for Films

Wednesday, November 10th – Elliot Grove

The essential task for filmmakers is creating a marketing plan for your film. Learn how to utilise the trade press, consumer press and film festivals to turn your film (and yourself) into this year’s cult classic.

Course 5: Social Media for Filmmakers

Wednesday, November 17th – Roman Sierra

As a filmmaker in today’s market place, it’s becoming essential that you understand how to use Social Media. Learn how to build a core audience for your film using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Event: Raindance Filmmaking Doc & John Reiss Classes

ScreenPens premier partner The Raindance Film Festival (largest indie film fest in the UK) has published it’s fall curriculum of it’s much sought after Filmmaking classes. Check out the descriptions and click on the links to find out more and to register.



Documentary Production

September 22nd / 23rd / 29th, October 6th / 13th (5 evenings – 7:00pm > 9:30pm) Cap 21, 18 West 18th Street,  New York, NY 10011
Course Objectives
Learn how to fund, produce and distribute an independent documentary project, short or feature-length.


Week 1: Funding Fundamentals: Intro to raising money for your documentary

Wednesday September 22nd – Reva Goldberg (Cinereach)

Click Here for Registration Sign up Today, Seats are limited

This workshop will provide an overview of the landscape for funding documentaries. Some questions we will address include: Should I wait to find funding or just grab a camera and start following my story? When and how do I approach investors, broadcasters or distributors about getting involved with my project?

Week 2: Basic Legal Contracts for Documentaries

Thursday September 23rd – Innes Smolansky

Camera Rights and clearances issues specific to documentary production as well as legal needs of documentary producers will be covered in this workshop.

Week 3: From Script to Deliverables: The Nuts and Bolts of Documentary Production and Post-Production production

Wednesday, September 29th – Julia Mintz (Documentary Producer)

This seminar will focus on workflow and the creative process involved in putting together a production plan for your documentary project. It will give attendees an opportunity to engage in a dynamic dialogue with documentary industry professionals

Week 4: Documentaries & Film Festivals: What You Should Know

Wednesday, October 6th – Basil Tsiokos (Programming Associate for Sundance)

This workshop will offer practical advice for documentarians from a seasoned film festival programmer about how to get your documentary into festivals and how to maximize your experience when selected.

Week 5: Outreach, marketing and self distribution strategies for documentary film

Wednesday, October 13th – Lila Yomtoob

In this course you will learn tools you will need to run a successful campaign for your film.

Who Should Attend
Filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, producers, documentary lovers of all levels of perspective and who are seeking how to produce, fund and distribute an independent documentary project, short or feature-length.

Real World Survival Skills
for Independent Filmmakers

Sunday, October 3rd 2010 – 6pm-8pm – Central Manhattan
Course ObjectivesA crash course on how to make it as a filmmaker in New York City.

Click Here for Registration to John Reiss’ Course

About This Course
Camera This workshop will be a survey and introduction to a fresh approach at film distribution and marketing. Jon Reiss will walk you through his modern, practical and unique game plan for efficiently connecting you and your film with the audience it deserves.

Following subjects will be covered:
– Goals for your film, career.
– Moving from a project to project model to a career centric model.
– How to identify audiences for your films.
– Redefining film rights from a filmmakers perspective so as to better engage a split rights/hybrid model.
– Integrating distribution and marketing into the filmmaking process.

Who Should Attend
Filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, producers, cinema lovers of all levels of expertise.

About the Tutor
Jon ReissNamed one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is developing a number of new feature film projects while working the long tail of distribution for his latest film. ”’Bomb It’ is a feature documentary covering the explosion of graffiti culture throughout the world and shot on five continents. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at over 20 others including Full Frame Doc Fest.

Jon also teaches in the Film Directing Program where he developed and oversees the Guest Artist Workshop. He also invented and teaches the course “Real World Survival Skills for Independent Filmmakers” which covers the practical/business aspects of filmmaking from fundraising through distribution.

His previous documentary feature film was Better Living Through Circuitry, a startling, humorous and entertaining glimpse into the exploding rave culture featuring such acts as the Crystal Method, Roni Size, and Moby, among others. The film played at such festivals as RESfest, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Copenhagen, Los Angeles Independent, Seattle, Vancouver, and Sheffield International Doc Festival before being released theatrically in the United States. Following its theatrical distribution the film had numerous screenings on Showtime and Sundance Channel as well as a worldwide DVD/VHS release.

As an award-winning music video director, Reiss has directed videos for Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes, Danzig, Slayer, and the Kottonmouth Kings. Reiss’ “Happiness in Slavery” video for Nine Inch Nails won awards at the Chicago and San Francisco film festivals. His shorts screened at festivals throughout the world including Sundance, Berlin, New Directors/New Films, Edinburgh, and Chicago. Reiss received his MFA from the UCLA Film School.