Neema and Sid is a collection of five teleplays that begins with the greatest of all catfish stories, about two Generation Z girls who discover they’ve been communicating from different planets. They meet up, become best friends, and ultimately resolve to lead the next generation into space.
The new book includes adaptations of Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid, the 2015 Back in the Box winner for Best Original Screenplay; its sequel Neema and Sid Remember to Be Awesome, a semifinalist in the 2016 New York Film and TV Festival; and “The Cosmos Club,” finalist for Best Teleplay in the 2016 L.A. Cinefest.
Note to Neema and Sid: I was hoping by now that you two might have your own TV series, whether live action or animated, but I think you will be pleased with this book. You are not only the main characters, but the dedicatees. That might sound odd to others, but it made perfect sense to me.
Nema’s Reply: Thank you, sir, for the dedication! Do not be discouraged by the lack of a TV series: although I have only lived on Earth one year, it is my understanding that there are many unproduced scripts that are good, and many produced scripts that aren’t good. You strike me as one of those authors who would care more for modest critical acclaim than for commercial success, and I feel certain that any reader wishing to know more about teleplay format could learn a lot from your book.
Sid, is there anything you wish to add? “Dittoes?” I am afraid that Sid is busy practicing to defend her Global Championship in PERSEID at the moment, but she says to say hi.
Selah Selam is a nominee for Best Screenplay at the Firenze Film Festival in Italy, to be held this year on August 31 at the historic Odeon theater. From the festival description on Film Freeway:
“At Firenze Film Festival we are looking for the stories that stay with the audience after leaving the cinema, that challenge the way we think and feel about the world around us.”
Note to Selah: This may be your last stop on the festival tour, so I’m glad it’s in Florence, one of the great cities of the world. One thing that’s a little worrying: there is only one script category at the festival, so for the first time your story will be up against feature-length works for Best Screenplay.
Selah’s Reply: Your lilies and worries have brought Matthew 6:28-34 to my mind: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
— Carl Jung
The Chaos Makers sci-fi trilogy (The Chaos Makers, All Living Things, and The Invisible Kingdom) is now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Makers-Screenplay-Trilogy/dp/1720440395
“Don-John’s Disappointed Mam,” a short play, will be part of the Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Fest in Jersey City on August 3-5. It tells the story of a wealthy, once-powerful eldercare patient who is visited by the ghost of his Scottish immigrant mother. Disclaimer: “Don-John’s Disappointed Mam” is a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual presidents, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
The poem “Lectures,” a chain of sonnets, appears in the July issue of The American Journal of Poetry: http://www.theamericanjournalofpoetry.com/v5-montgomery.html
“The American Journal of Poetry is a biannual online review devoted exclusively to poetry and the occasional essay. A strong voice and risk-taking is highly prized. Each issue will feature the work of a myriad of poets from beginning artists to many of the world’s most acclaimed.”
The 2018 Barcelona International Film Festival has just come to a close, and the judges have chosen “Selah Selam” as the overall winner in the Short Screenplay category. See the announcement at: https://barcelonafilmfestival.com/awards-and-prizes-barcelona-film-festival/2018-winners