Submission Synopsis

Rocking Jerusalem
by Christopher Harmon

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Script Length:
Full

Genre:
Biblical
Musical


Screenwriter Harmon with
Lakota Woman star, Irene
Bedard

Author's Representative:
Faye M. Swetky
The Swetky Agency
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Blurb/Logline:
The life of The Little Drummer Boy is explored in this controversial Biblical screenplay. In this all-Black version, the young master-drummer not only befriends Jesus as a baby, but remains as a Big Brother to him throughout his life.


Synopsis:

Music plays a very important part in this film. Hard driving, African based music is played by the main character and his traveling family in many scenes. When young, he is like a youthful Michael Jackson or a Little Stevie Wonder. Later in life, his followers treat him more like Jerry Garcia or even Bob Marley.

 

Imagine this storyline, in addition to the soul stirring music, the powerful & positive message, you get the colorful outfits of the drummerís troupe, the acrobatic dancers and exotic surroundings. Itís a sure-fire winner, and not only financially. This film will mean A LOT to people around the world, especially to the downtrodden and victims of racism.

 

Although centering on the life of the Drummer, we also get to look into the life of Jesus, through an eyewitness. The two link up at crucial moments in the Nazareneís short life.

 

The Kicker: The Little Drummer Boy is actually the non-fictional character, SIMON OF CYRENE.  In the Gospel, as Jesus is being lead away to be executed, a Roman soldier gets an African man named Simon of Cyrene to help him carry the cross.

 

How much more unique and powerful will this story be when Jesusís Big Brother hoists the cross upon his back, voluntarily?  It is Simonís fate, to say that he saw Jesus, both enter this world ... and also leave it.


Complete Script:
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Author's Bio:
Often using the penname, DarkMark Twain, Christopher Harmon--much like the original Twain--uses a mix of action and humor to address matters of social importance.  Born in Buffalo NY, and being snowed in often, the author's diversity of reading material included Alex Haley, Stephen King, Dick Gregory, MAD Magazine, The Gospel, and Playboy

While in New York, Harmon received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Buffalo, after which he escaped the extreme snow for the extreme heat of Phoenix, AZ.  His writing has blossomed there, where he is now aided by a wife and two children.

Harmon's screenplays include Rebuilding the Soul, The REAL Monsters, Mary Shelley's American Nightmare, Red Thunder, The Ghost of the Dragon, Rocking Jerusalem, Blitz of the Black Wolf, and Deliver the Word (in progress).  He has also written a teleplay, The Simpsons: The Predator vs. Shaft, and published several articles and short stories.  In addition, he is winner of the Diversity Award (Scripts Division), and he placed in the quarterfinals in the Chesterfields; semifinals in Maui, and finals in the Asian-American Media Dev. Award.  He also wrote and directed a training video for the State Employees of Arizona.

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