True Story Narrative Feature Film: Norma Jean's Sun, Memoir
A Family History of Choices, Imposing Consequences and the People who Survive with Grace & Unparalleled Ability!
Never in our silent moments of illusion do we sense the dark parallel that lives beside us. Nor do we suspect the carrier.
• Full-length feature film that takes the audience from 1928 to present day
• Emotional Movie that challenges the viewer to examine themselves and their own personal values
• The script is finished, production research is in place and location scouting complete
Hello, My name is Kris Courtney - ( Facebook, BLOG, Twitter ) I have lived many years with what you are about to read and learn through the links provided. I'm an Artist, Author and person with physical disabilities that I choose to use as an 'Ability. An ability to share my life struggles, family secrets, taboo and forbidden as a path to help or identify that we are all alike more than we are different. My writing is being received with many levels of emotional interaction.
The idea to make this movie a first novel in the form of a memoir for artist/writer Kris Courtney and as a first attempt the flaws of style and experience are to be expected: once on paper, in the public's hands, the compositional decisions can not be painted over as they can in the author/artist's paintings. The story is a bizarre one and had Courtney not elected to start from history and escort us to the present it would seem just another dysfunctional family epic. A "must-read" for all who ponder their roots and family life. This is an intense , compelling story of a baby who was born defective in body but not in spirit. The reader must be prepared for a journey like no other that visits incest between cousins and the heartbreak that follows.
Editorial Book Review:
Norma Jean's Sun Memoir ( Based on a True Story ) "A Wonderful commentary on the very things that make us all human" "Brave honesty of confession, makes the book unique" "Touching story, full of hope" The story is not only convincingly true, but will rivet the reader with its genuine and unassuming pathos. It is this kind of brave honesty of confession and growing philosophy that makes the book unique !!!
Family history resulted in the bearing of a child with double the indemnity of passing on a flawed gene pool magnified in subsequent generations. And so Norma Jean gives birth to Kris, a child with multiple profound skeletal deformities and webbing of digits that required full body cast at birth (separating him from the succor of a mother's hands and causing a sense of shame to the father), a condition so severe that it took in excess of twenty surgeries in an attempt to correct the deformities.
This is not just a memoir, it’s a tale of courage, family failings and devotion & discovery. One man’s detached observation of his family, himself, and life ‘s twist turns and fate! It will leave you with much more of a willingness to accept life's insecure patterns with a zest for self discovery and adventure!Over the 4 years published, I have received comments from people who were very moved by the book. The question most often asked was, “Are you going to make it into a movie?". I have always known that this would be a Film! As a young child captured by device and cast, I authored the first page of this book at age 12.
I am going to make this movie within the next 18 months and with your help it can happen. Participate POST Coverage & Be Seen!
Our Goal is to Debute and participate in the 2016 Film Festival Season! Prior to the screenplay being completed, a previous Kickstarter attempt was made to fund the initial effort which all of those original goals and tasks have been either completed or prepared to move forward! We have also reached out to secondary film talent to Document and capture all the behind scenes during production!
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Soundtrack that will grab your Heart and Squeeze every ounce of emotion with an insightful ending that will touch your core!
In the recent year past, I have finished composing the working Screenplay using the Professional Film Industry Standard “Final Draft” Software. This was an entirely new adventure for me and presented many obstacles to overcome. In years past while living in Santa Fe, NM I have had the honor & privilege to associate with many of the most talented people in the industry and have reached a point of production! Through consultation with gifted artists, I embarked upon transforming the memory of my life and those contained into a descriptive, graphic emotional journey that will take the audience from hope and tragedy and carry them into a conclusion that will leave you asking yourself questions and searching for answers to follow...
Captured by circumstance of events rather than virtue of birth rights, a family is set upon a direction that will alter course to yield penalty.
As a Registered Script, this Book & Film are now protected by the US Copyrights Office and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) both East & West! WGA Registration number - I267790
The morning opens and a mist of innocence appears across the countryside, telling us the day is new. The feeling of hope and love and the humble awareness of duty is clear, if only for a moment. It is that inspiration that follows us into a small town, where we are awakened by a cool frost to the laughter of children playing on this Sunday morning.
The broken glass that cloaks the upstairs window tells the story of an empty future, or a past that need not be spoken. Though the fence around the side yard still stands strong, it needs a painting, and the swing set is rusted with neglect. It speaks in the wind, claiming its independence and its loneliness.
This journey begins a tale from this same old house resting on the hill. It offers a view of the carnival that comes every year to this small town and sets up just across the tracks. The pallet is dry now; the colors are gone. The saga told only drawn darker as the years have passed, bitter days into bitter cold nights. All that comes now are glimpses of the faces that have graced my soul.
There was nothing that explained the attraction between them, whether by silence or sin by omission, each who willingly goes this way will pass the corpses of those whom he hurts. I believe that each sin carries a value and that its cost holds a judgment in purgatory.
To court a man’s daughter, one’s intent and implementation was critical. In this case, one daughter experienced only a modicum of oversight; the other was under lock and key. Nobody got close to Norma without J. P.’s knowledge and approval. But it didn’t take long before Johnny and Norma were falling in love. Norma was the prettiest girl in school and Johnny, the leatherneck, wielded an image to defend.
Soon Norma, fifteen, and Johnny, twenty, could regularly be found in the malt shop after class. Admiration or fascination, who could say, but their eyes and hearts connected. Norma was the envy of all as she rode in Johnny’s car, a rat rod that could win a race without spilling a drop of gas. Johnny resembled that little-known Cutter from Fairmont, James Dean. Life was easy.
Here in this town the tracks that once haunted the family still brought on a moment of fear, one of doubt and confusion of the kind that flashes across one’s mind. In that flash of clarity, one finds oneself experiencing either a moment of relief—or of confinement. It was no different for these children except that they knew on which side of the tracks they belong, isolated.
The summer sun was bravely harsh in August, 1958, burning the skin, searing the paint of a house, leaving nothing unseen and no place to hide. It seems life has a way of punishing some and this season was no exception. This year the county fair returned as usual, but circumstances were not the same. With graduation came the responsibility for finding work and defining the future. I suppose this challenge comes to everyone and this was the year for Norma. In high school, Norma excelled in accounting and typing. Therefore, it only seemed natural for her to take a job at the local drugstore, helping in the office, keeping records, and caring for the store. A good job for a fine young lady, you might say. The young woman who walked the boardwalk was tired after a day at work, but eager to gaze at the night lights and enjoy the Midway.
The young man at the fair stood away from the crowd for a moment to observe, the one who had stood boldly in the dim light of the railroad tracks and who had found his future defined in that moment, was the same man who now held tightly to the stature of the adult he had become. His father had long since gone, taking the boy’s childhood with him. Flossie was the family matriarch and provided deep roots of stability for an otherwise unstable family unit.
Norma began to weep; Norma’s voice trembled with anxiety. The ladies laughed and soon fears, replaced by the usual pre-wedding nerves, had been all but forgotten. The room filled once again with chatter and laughter. The players were ready to follow the script set before them.
The sounds of the hospital began to ring with an echo of detachment; God All Mighty himself had struck with his wrath and maleness. Faith and pride were being tested to a point of fracture. This family had never claimed freedom from strife and surpassing the point of pain had always been a fact of life. But this time, in their shame and guilt.
Norma turned to me; I heard her words as if we were in a play, rehearsing our lines. “Kris, do you hold anything against me, Son?” A casualty of circumstances once again, disconnected from any purpose or direction, without values, the stage was set … Time was empty; it paused unwittingly.
The Current Film scouting for this production focuses upon primary of Muncie Indiana, Indianapolis, Madison Indiana and will also include various 1/2 day production sites in Ohio & Kentucky. The Secondary landscape of the Southern California and Mohave Desert will be dramatized in coordination with New Mexico Studio and Film resources.
Each Location will solicit local talent and services available!
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The desired talent list for this Featured Film will range in both present and past leading Lady, Dynamic Men and Discovered Unknowns through local casting calls to portray an intimate and emotionally challenged expression of family dynamics and all things that make us human! We have reached out to many on this list through various agencies and by incorporating the IMDb records, have established preliminary contact with most. This Film requires Top Creativity & New Discoveries!
Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow)
(Harvey Keitel, Fred Ward, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn)
(Donald Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Morgan Freeman)
(Emma Watson, Donna Dixon, Kate Mulgrew, Jody Foster)
(James Cromwell, Shia Saide LaBeouf, Kiefer Sutherland)
(Gary Oldman, William H. Macy, Seth Green, Chris Cooper)
(Kathy Bates, Lynda Carter, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep)
(David Morse, Russel Crowe, Jack Nicholson)
(Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Browning)
As with all personal and professional relationships, our goal is to encourage those to bring raw benevolence energy to the table to produce the highest quality of film and entertainment. This film message, aligned with organizations such as March of Dimes, Riley Children's Hospital, Saint Jude’s and The Ruth Lyons Foundation will enable us to extend our resources in alignment with those whom share in this reality of overcoming life’s struggles with inspirational direction! Life is about Ability!
This Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, once successfully funded, will establish the core support for the location and talent necessary to begin production.The Target Date for Release is the Summer of 2016!
It is my dream to make a truly independent movie from start to finish.
I had several talks with individuals & studios that were interested, and it became quickly evident that I would risk creative control if I went with them at a blind level of investigation. In addition, the many requests for changes to the screenplay, restrictions on the choice of locations and lastly the right to decide the final cut. It will be through your support that not Only will Norma’s Divine Guidance and Character become a focus point; She will touch your heart and Soul! The same way she presented to all those who ever came in contact with her. This is a labor of Love and Respect that Will Become a Reality – I need your Support & Involvement!
- This film is a passionate True Story with a Human Connection
- The locations will include Original Individuals, Location and Iconic Image
- This story will impact you at the moment you identify your own struggles
- There has NEVER been a Film of this Genre and Impact Storyline
- Awesome Rewards for every backer as a big thank you. You pick your Own Level of Benevolence
Be part of the project and simply click on the green button above! Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy, and we look for your involvement with Gratitude & Blessings – Thank you!
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Note: I am a Disabled American Gentleman with multiple birth defects and the intent of this film is to Highlight Ability, Hope, Choice and Inspiration!
Risks and challenges
Low budget independent films face the challenge of distribution. However we can make the film exactly as we like and are confident that the making of this film will generate incredible interest and distribution will ensue both from the film industry but also from the Non Profit Charitable Organizations that we are aligned!
The schedule for shooting has been formatted for various weather conditions, ie. Indiana Winters, Mohave Desert
Cast and Crew
Insurance and contingency plans will ensure all employed participants arrive and perform on scheduled dates. The travel and use of Extra's Casting from Public Notice will offer many opportunities for additional local talent!
T-shirts, DVDs, posters and other memorabilia will add to costs. The aforementioned will be handled by a professional fulfillment company and all products will be sent out in an efficient manner before the film's release.
Additional Legal Information
- Rewards to visit set are subject to scheduling and will be confirmed as far in advance as possible. To visit the set you must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one).
- Only US citizens or those with a current US working visa can pledge rewards as Extra or Cast Members
Must be 18 years of age
- Appearing in film, name in credits, mention in production etc. requires a mandatory release form
- all planned shooting locations are subject to change
- (30 days)