Title: Stray Bullet [107 pages / minutes present run time]
Genre: Biography, Romance, Tragedy, Drama, Martial Arts Action
Abandoned as a toddler, a young man grows up in an orphanage and later struggles to survive prison and overcome impossible odds to find God, redemption, and forgiveness for a tragic mistake.
Noah, age eight, lives with his mother in the East Tampa housing projects when his absentee father comes to visit after being gone for two years. After an argument and a slap in the face from his mother, he leaves her to go to Swainsboro, Georgia with his father, and after about five months, his father abandons him by the side of the road. He is picked up on a deserted country road by a random greyhound bus driver who tries to take Noah back to his mother’s home in East Tampa, but she rejects Noah by slamming the door in his face and, not knowing what else to do , he wanders the clock, ending up in Ybor City.
For six months, Noah lived on the rough streets of this East Tampa Cuban neighborhood, sleeping in a dumpster, eating out of trash cans behind restaurants, and begging strangers for money. One day, a social worker finds him and offers him a home in an orphanage, where Noah spends the next nine years of his life until he graduates from high school and goes to college. While in college, he goes through a painful breakup with his high school sweetheart and seeks help from an elderly retired psychiatrist who only gives him mind-altering drugs.
He contemplates suicide, but instead accidentally shoots and nearly kills his high school girlfriend and her father. Sentenced to fifteen years in prison, he is recruited to be a dog boy in the prison’s dog squad to hunt down escaped prisoners, risking his life by shooting. After several years of tracking and capturing fugitives, he was released back to graduate college, where he continued his education and graduated. He then earned a master’s and doctorate in psychology to help others find God for many years in his own private practice, eventually receiving a full pardon from the governor (Lawton Chiles) of Florida in 1993.
Screenwriter: Howard Henderson
Executive Producer: TBD
“The gun changes everything…the bullet is forever.” – Bob Lee Swagger
In these times of gun violence and mental illness, this film is needed more than ever.
You didn’t ask for my materials, but I’m just sharing my “amazing, compelling and engaging” story that could win someone associated with it an Oscar nomination if it’s well organized and marketed properly. So I know you’ll want more… everyone wants more of this story.
“A Stray Bullet” is an “amazing, touching and compelling” story of faith and hope, as well as a tragic story of redemption and forgiveness… (according to my critics)
We believe everyone will want to see this movie…
Here are similar movies:
Cider House Rules (1999) meets The Shawshank Redemption (1994) meets Good Will Hunting (1997). Like Nights In Rodanthe (2008), except Howard Henderson isn’t Nicholas Sparks, so no one dies and there’s a triumphant, happy ending, much more like Rudy (1993), given its triumphant, happy ending.
AN INCREDIBLE STORY OF FAITH, COURAGE, HOPE, REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS
“By the way Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”
I am a retired psychologist living on Merritt Island off the east coast of Florida.
(Read what critics and two  Hollywood producers said below about my life)
Here is the article from the Indianapolis Journal:
“Noah escaped the storm to prosper”
by Tim Swerns
Courtesy of The Indianapolis Star (Friday, November 27, 1998)
Noah was eight years old when his father dropped him off on the side of a highway in Georgia. The child was just waiting for a Greyhound bus driver to find him. Brings him back to Florida, to his home and his mother. But Noah’s mother was living with a new boyfriend. Little boys were no longer welcome. Noah was left to survive on the streets of Tampa. Eventually taken in and sent to an orphanage, he never saw his mother or father again. One might expect an abandoned boy to grow up to be a bitter man. But Noah often exceeded expectations. During the time of year when we give thanks for the good in life, Noah also gives thanks for the bad. “God watched over me, protected me, and gave me opportunities that I would never have had if I had stayed with my parents,” Noah says.
Today, he is a psychologist in Carmel and helps patients overcome their own frustrations. He is also a husband and father, providing his three children with the stability he never knew. For nine years Noah lived in the orphanage. There he learned to drive a car and play the trumpet. He says it’s the first place he feels safe. By the end of their teenage years, the boys from the orphanage were expected to leave. Most joined the army. Noah wanted to go to college. The parents of two friends opened their homes to him, making it possible for him to finish high school. While living with one of his new families, he met the man who would become his mentor. Sherwin Broersma, pastor of a Dutch Reformed church in Tampa, became interested in an orphaned child who needed a father figure. “He became a very strong role model, a guiding force in my life,” says Noah. “I still use a lot of the advice he gave me over the years in therapy with my patients.” After high school, Noah made his way to Florida State University, changing majors four times before settling on psychology. He discovered that he enjoyed helping others deal with their problems. He was also working on himself. “I was washing pots and pans at Red Lobster during summer break. I stood in the back and rubbed myself and said to myself, “I’m a good person and God loves me.”
Overcoming the disaster
Noah was a transcendent, the rare child who could be affected by the worst in life and still thrive. We don’t fully understand why a child, when faced with abuse and neglect, soars while others around him sink. But Noah was blessed with three positives in an otherwise negative childhood. He lived in a well-run institution where the staff cared about him. Find a mentor. And he developed a strong personal faith that gave him hope. “A cornerstone for me was being able to forgive my parents for doing the best they knew how,” he says. In his Carmel practice, Dr. Kersey teaches principles that are common to people who overcome adversity. One is to commit to change. Another is to have faith in the process, to wait patiently for the transformation to occur. He also emphasizes that anger and fear can be used as motivators for success. Still, success hasn’t erased Noah’s memories of a painful childhood. His biggest struggle, he says, is giving his kids the freedom to fail, to not become overprotected because of their own experiences. One of these painful experiences motivated Dr. Kersey to complete his education. As a young man, he visited a woman he knew to ask for help finding a job. The woman who had almost adopted Noah a few years earlier pushed him away coldly. “I walked out of her house and stood in the driveway and said, ‘I’ll show her,'” he says. Years later, after completing his doctorate, he sent the woman a thank you note. “The best revenge is to succeed in spite of the people who let you down,” he says.
Swerns is the editor of the Star. Copyright (c) 2002 The Indianapolis Star – Reprinted with permission from Tim Swarens
If you want I can send it to you [107 page] script written by “Howard Henderson” aka me!
Here’s what critics and producers have said about My Life:
“Noah truly has an incredible story and has overcome incredible odds.” – Jessica Ruskin, Director of Education, Charles M. Schultz Museum.
“I’m very interested in Noah’s amazing life story.” -Gary Puckett, Union Gap musician and lead singer.
“Noah was a rare child who could be hit by the worst in life and still thrive.” – Tim Swerns, “Noah Rode Out Storm To Thrive.” Indianapolis Star News.
“Anyone can make tragic mistakes when they’re blessed with good opportunities and support systems and families. Noah had little or none of those advantages. And then he turned it around. He not only has my acceptance, he has my admiration. .” Roger Guffey
“I am so amazed by Noah’s story of faith in God and perseverance.”. Kerry Odum
“Noah’s life story will make you cry because a child thrown into the world to fend for himself is a tragedy. Ron Barnes, CMA Member.
“If you’ve ever adopted a child, you’ll want to watch this movie.” Gerard Venemen, former CEO. The children’s home.
“A fascinating story with many heart-wrenching moments.” – Susan Sheridan
“A triumphant … compelling story.” – Diane Bell, The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Noah’s story is very compelling…with a great, happy ending. The unfair thing is that he didn’t get to choose his parents.” – Omar Alvarez. The United States Postal Service
“Noah is an amazing person.” – Dr. Johnny Gonso Ph.D. Retired licensed psychologist, Indianapolis, IN.
“Never Give Up” – Mark Castaldo, Destiny Pictures
“Never give up.” – Marty Katz, Marty Katz Productions
Thank you again for taking time out of your incredibly busy schedule to read this. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. This will help millions of young men avoid the same tragic mistake I made.
Mark and Marty both said they liked my story, but Marty says he wants to wait and see the rewrite, and his wife Campbell is sick, so he’s her primary care provider. Mark Castaldo said he does not produce this genre of films.
Thank you for reading this far!
peace of mind
My novel is titled Intent To Kill.
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