The Casting Couch Test and the History of Rape

The practice and consent of rape impregnates the history of Humanity. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, for example, Judges 21:10-24 NLT,  states that “This is what you are to do,” says this verse, “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.”  Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan

Ghenhis Kham,  the great Mongolian Emperor, when asked what made him happy is known to have said “to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.”  An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry y-chromosomes that are nearly identical. That translates to 0.5 percent of the male population in the world, or roughly 16 million descendants living today.   Rape being a war method.

To the Shiite and the Jihad warriors of Muhammad, Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess,” and, Qur’an 70:22-30,  states that “those who hold to the truth of the Day Of Judgement; and those who fear the displeasure of their Lord—for their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility—and those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess—for (then) they are not to be blamed.

We may think we’re eons away from this type of behavior as a society, we are civilized people here in America, much evolved from the barbarian practice of rape.   But according to RAINN:

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

The Casting Couch refers to the trading of sexual favors by an aspirant or subordinate in return for career advancement within an organization.  In the 1930s, Joseph Goebbels was said to run a casting couch operation.  There have been several cases in recent modern history in which rape and the casting couch has been a perpetuated practice by people of power for decades before being exposed.  And Harvey Weinstein is not the only case.

An article in the New York Time says that “Mr. O’Reilly and his employers came under intense pressure when after April 1 this year, 2017, it was revealed that Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, had “repeatedly stood by him” and that the company had reached settlements with five women who had made complaints of sexual harassment by him.  Said agreements may have totaled about $13 million.”

 

There are many women and men in the world who must face the casting couch test, not only behind Hollywood doors but in many other ‘casting’ places pressured by potentates with the power to make their careers successful.  In such cases, casting can be interpreted as hired, selected to do business with, promoted, or any other circumstance in which another person has the power to make somebody’s dream come true and/or see their hard work finally pay off.

Many victims don’t have the valor or integrity to stop seductive advances and are easy prey.  This may cause emotional disturbances in many victims who have ‘failed’ the test and may result in mental illness, whether they may have succumbed to sexual advances or bribery of another sort causing them to suffer financial loss and career black balling in those who ‘passed’ the test.

Isabel, the protagonist of this screenplay, a vivacious go getter, knew the stakes were high when she set set her life compass on Iconic Actress.  Putting everything behind her and looking forward to making her dream come true, the sensual and dynamic Isabel settled in L.A. with enough financial standing to jump-start her membership in the high-profile, celebrity games played by industry moguls and their sidekicks.

First, she signed on with a reputable Hollywood agent.  Rob always looked like he had just stepped out of a Guess commercial.  Together, they devised a plan to make Isabel  stand out, and she auditioned for many mainstream roles turning down those that stereotyped her.  Being a karate black belt meant a lot of stunt roles. Her agility was remarkable and her histrionic skills weren’t bad.  She had flair and passion.  The next part of the plan for Isabel was to mingle and network, but it was agreed that she wouldn’t take on any lovers.  Rob would frequently accompany his new ‘possession’  to the many red carpet events and industry cocktails and her circle of insider friends expanded in no time at all.

While vying for the protagonist role of a mega blockbuster that would brand her as one of Hollywood’s favorites, and encouraged by Rob to consent to the casting couch requirement,  Isabel met Leroy, her lover from another life, and this inciting incident would cause her to experience flashbacks, lucid dreams, and delusional states of mind in which she was another Isabel living in the 1820s.  Her new found lover, Leroy, was Seminole Black Indian who took her captive.

Flown in last-minute as the festival’s tycoon guest, Dan Goldberg was seated next to his victim and would ask her if she cared for a night cap.  Rob, a Hollywood insider, as her agent,  knew exactly how things were done in town and had pulled all the strings beforehand.

Destiny had other plans.  Leroy was there on the stage singing to her heart and for one night she gave in and forgot about ‘the plan.’ The country singer at the Grand Ole Opryland had been the festival’s closing act.   After retrieving her Award, the rendezvous lovers escaped to the dance floor and from there to Leroy’s room, leaving poor old Dan out in the cold. That was the beginning of the casting couch saga.

Dan didn’t give up, though. The cold-shoulder reception only spiked his ego.  Many dining invitations and quality time spent with Dan practicing lines for the casting, later, Isabel was still in the game.  Isabel’s talent struck the casting execs favorably on audition day. But she didn’t get the part. What then?

After the lovers’ rendezvous, Isabel had been possessed by the visions and lucid dreams of her life among the Seminoles where she was taken captive from Fort Mose during the times of Florida’s US takeover in 1821.  Isabel had been the wife of a lieutenant captain with the Spanish Armada, one of few Spanish women in the new world wanting expansion.  While lending a helping hand to several runaways arrived from the southern plantations in search of freedom, she had been taken hostage by Leroy during his recruitment operation.

After the sale of Florida to the US in 1819, everything would change at Fort Mose, where runaways became Spaniard soldiers in exchange for freedom.  However, the Armada would soon evacuate St. Augustine to a post in Columbia’s Cartagena de Indias.  The group of natives and runaways fighting in the western lands of the Florida peninsula knew about the sale and had been recruiting among the Fort Mose warriors convincing them that they would soon become enslaved again once they were not needed to protect the Fort.   Leroy and his men took the fort by surprise and set out but the Armada guards from St. Augustine arrived and escape was only possible taking a hostage, Isabel.

After nursing the injured and feeding the hungry African travelers, Isabel sat by the brook writing in her diary.  Everything happened so fast, the black Indian picked her up like a leaf and carried her inside the thicket where they disappeared from sight along with the seventeen men and 4 women who had joined the Seminole plight.  Years passed and Isabel became an integral part of the Seminole life next to Leroy with whom she had a child.

Between the world of Hollywood conniving and the Seminole’s saga,  Isabel fought for her sanity.  It didn’t help that she mixed her meds with alcohol, and she soon became manic depressed.   Finding vestiges of the diary she saw in her visions would prove reincarnation true and satisfy her obsession. So she reached out to the Seminoles in the Everglades where she met Dt. Otter, an archaeologist overseeing a dig.

Months later, when all seemed lost, they came to visit her at the rehab center in Santa Monica. The two Seminole women, one a child, the other her grandmother, brought an heirloom box containing the remnants of  diary.  Thanking them, Isabel sat under a tree and read the last entry in the diary made by her past life’s surviving son with Leroy, Jose Leonardo.  He had made it to Oklahoma with others and was a proud Seminole.

At that moment, a very old Isabel, who had taken refuge in convent life after being forced by her Spanish husband to return, dies smiling atop the turret of the old Cathedral of Cartagenas, knowing the fate of her long-lost son.

 

 

 

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Crowdfunding New Age

Unless you have a following in the high thousands you will not be successful on a Kickstarter Project.  It can also be costly to get the list of backers and an expert who will send the info to the selected backers after analyzing which ones are likely to go for your type of movie genre and cultural viewpoint. So why start crowdfunding campaign?  Lots of work and very big odds against you.  Out of 365,000 projects launched, an estimated 129,000 have been successfully funded.  So 35% of projects have met their goals but the top have exceeded expectations.  I was not surprised to find crowdfunding projects launched by well known artists who logically use their leverage for gain and their projects have succeeded above the rest. Check out this article and you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Top 12 Successfully Funded Kickstarter Films 

Hybrid is going through an expansion phase in which I am looking to produce a comic book, a video game and a free book web campaign in both English and Spanish.  I would also like to show the on-demand production fashion and arts merchandise and the action figure dolls.  The comic book will be titled “Legends from Utopia: Ta-ha-rai of the Jungle and the new book Utopia, which is already out, will get a new cover and ISBN title, Legends from Utopia: Taharai, an Amazon Hybrid.  In order to get these formats developed I will need to pay contributing artists and crowdfunding is the only way I know to try other than out-of-pocket.  Despite the odds and knowing it will cost me to launch a good campaign but I will have no guarantees, I am willing to try either Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings seem to be the new rave in crowdfunding.  Braid is the first feature film to be funded through an Etherean Crowdsale in the US. An ICO which is a like an IPO but with coins or crypto, which basically means equity.  There is a return on the investment with an ICO, but I thought there was also an ROI on a Kickstarter or Indiegogo pledge.  Why would just a fan invest $30,000 or more on a film if not for the equity? But my research proves me wrong.  It’s a revolutionary new way to get funded and everyone wants it.

With the advent of blockchain technology, a new crowdfunding model has emerged that allows fans and investors alike to contribute to a film’s funding in exchange for equity participation. This type of crowdfunding is called an ICO or Initial Coin Offering. Ben Arnon of The Huffington Post describes the ICO funding model as “the next frontier of film finance via crowdfunding.”

Every ICO is a little bit different, but typically there’s a time limit for the sale, and a set number of maximum tokens that will be sold. Once those limits are reached, the sale is done, and the owners can use their tokens as they please.

What is Ethereum?

Ethereum is a platform for creation of decentralized applications running on blockchain, through the use of smart contracts.Since its launch on June 30, 2015, it has been steadily gaining popularity. Starting from late January 2016, it has experienced a surge. In its first year it had $1B market capitalization. It is similar to Bitcoin

These new ways of funding and money across the web are new and strange to me but worth the try.  At least I will learn more

about it.

REMAKES OF NOT JUST PLOTS

library scene beautyDo remakes stifle creativity or do they provide an opportunity to get more creative with the same story plot? What’s your opinion? Leave a comment and I’ll publish the survey results.

To me, remakes mean that the Hollywood machinery spends less time looking for new ideas and promoting them.  It is cheaper, after all, to market a public domain story than SELECT a new one from the stacks and make it into a blockbuster. How many authors are there with amazing stories that can and will become classics if given the marketing packages that these remakes receive?  Classics like Cinderella have been redone so many times that when a new Cinderella version comes out I cringe to just think how little girls’ minds are being programmed to believe that if they have a good heart and work hard, the valiant prince will show up with a slipper their size. I cringe, too, when I think of the writer whose job it is to retell the story in a different angle. And they succeed.  Every Cinderella story brings out a new, more sophisticated viewpoint than the previous, and so it is with Beauty and the Beast. Sure, Emma Watson is a beauty, but she is also homely, and the beast, well, he is surely furry all over and his feet are those of a goat.  But his heart, well, his heart is as pure as gold.  Even so, how could a young tender girl even imagine being in love with such?

Enough about that. What brings me to write about the new remake of Beauty and Beast is one of its cinematic scenes -the library scene.  As I was watching it, I remembered an Audrey Hepburn movie in a library scene just like it. I’m sure they planned it on purpose, the only thing that was different was the dialogue but not much. In Audrey Hepburn’s movie, Funny Face, she owns or works at the bookstore and an older (much older) protagonist, kisses her out of the blue. Did they go through the list of movies with library scenes and pick out Funny Face? Or did they do it inadvertently? Surely, that’s a question for the director. But if you are an Audrey Hepburn fan and IF it spikes your interest, watch Funny Face on YouTube and then look for the library scene in Beauty and the Beast. Compare the shots and the scenes.  See how much they are alike.  The two scenes show the beauty on a ladder looking at books during a dialogue with the ugly protagonist.

My point is that not only plots are remade but also shots and locations. If you look closely, how many other similar shots and sets will you find along the history of Hollywood’s remakes? Below you will find a list of movies where bookstores play a vital role. You would think they could be more creative than repetitive. But we, the consumers, love the familiar and are willing to support it with our tickets to the show, every time. As a woman in film, should I follow Hollywood’s example and create shots ad scenes that are already tried and true, or should I follow my instinct and be creative in my own way?  Certainly, I must offer some of the same with a twist.  That is the Hollywood formula that seems to work.  And if my objective is to be like them, then I must follow the leader. But wait, my book, Utopia is about doing just the opposite. Does anyone out there want to follow the “creative instinct” instead of the tried and true?

funny face

http://bookriot.com/2013/01/30/16-movies-starring-bookstores/

Did you know there were that many bookstore movies?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZPpz6vWptg

This is Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn on the ladder.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=beauty+and+the+beast+library+scene+2017&oq=beautry+and+the+beast+library+sc&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.13534j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

The new Beauty and Beast-library scene.

 

 

Chamomile – More than a good night sleep

There are so many kinds of teas to choose from nowadays! It is hard to select one over another unless you know what each of them can do for your health and looks. Yes, looks, chamomile tea can help you look younger, slimmer and aids in digestion and bowel distension.

Chamomile and chamomile tea has been known to have a calming effect on us and help us sleep better.  It is usually found in every American kitchen cabinet.  Rarely, though, do we see it used in more ways than to relax and as a sleep aid.  My mother used to always merit it with hair lightening properties as well. Something I haven’t tried, and won’t.

Recently, I came across a well-packaged chamomile tea box and conducted a little bit of research to know more about its properties.  Surprisingly, I found so many benefits attributed to chamomile tea that I plan on drinking it regularly and will even follow bits of advice I think can benefit a mature woman or man.

The main constituent of Chamomile is Bisabolol oil. This naturally occurring sesquiterpene alcohol can be extracted from this daisy family flower, native of western Europe and India, now very abundant all over the world, including Africa.  Bisabolol oil is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic and anti-cancerous agent which has been used in cosmetics for ages. Its tea form is ubiquitously known to treat the following conditions:

  • Stomach cramps or colic
  • Teething
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Eczema
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Fever

Surprised? I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this very cost effective, readily available natural healer and will continue to use this gift of nature in more ways than just to calm down and have a good night sleep.  The flavonoids and bisabolol oil it contains have demonstrated antioxidant properties in thwart the free radicals that damage our skin cells and lead to wrinkles. So I plan on using it in compresses over my eyes to reduce swelling and tiredness and to relieve the itch and flakiness of eczema. Keeping a bottle with chamomile tea in the shower to rinse my face and body seems like a handy way to try chamomile tea as a beauty aid.  I’ve already felt its effects on the digestive process since I started drinking it a couple of nights ago.

Next time you come across the tea aisle, make sure to grab a box of this earthly treasure and try some good ole’ natural home remedies with chamomile tea. For a woman in film like me, it is important to know these secrets of nature and pack them into my overnight bag when I’m out and about.  See you at the Film Fest.

 

Ghost Writers must know the hero’s world

A writer must know, really know, the world the hero lives in from many different angles if it’s to recreate a deep character with layers of significance.  This complexity is what I love about a character.

Writers sometimes use poetry to warm up their creative juices for the day. Sometimes I do. I get in touch with my feelings and accept them or do away with them if I don’t want them and get right into the writing.  The vision comes more clearly to me that way when I am in a state of zen. I write what I live and live what I write.image003  The following is an expert from my book Sandcastles which I am reading and revising.

Dream

Make every day a new dream

every hour an ecstasy

never regret your mistakes

but never make the same one twice

face every challenge

strengthen self-esteem

put aside ungratified desires

don’t miss things you don’t have

measure every opportunity

let it o by if it means trouble

treasure memories of bliss

they’ll come around to greet you

on every door to knock

they’re hidden smiles upon hard times

feel alive each minute

look around you and be one with your surroundings

let emotions take you over

and be free this way

never stay on the same track too long

change goals when you can’t reach them

trying is what counts and what we learn from

striving to achieve is the one objective

intensify your senses

omit no details

meditate and concentrate

life is too short for self-pity and contempt

By Angela Terga, written in 1978

Angela’s screenplays

 

angelaterga.comAngela Terga – writer, producer, director

Writing a screenplay takes a lot of time and effort. These are my flowers.
-Hybrid is a story within a story about how the future will judge us and creating an enlightened society.
-TNC is an international conspiracy to possess and manipulate the truth of Virgin’s Mary’s testimony to St. Luke.
-Sotru is non-other than the mother of all equal rights advocates and how truth sets us free.
-Isabel is a determined woman that gets what she wants in a future life.
-Robbie is a rock that holds the wisdom of the universe within accessible only to those with pure hearts.
I have another one coming soon. And there are others without graphics yet.
Stay tuned. 

 

 

2015 Report-2016 Outlook

It has been more than a year since I embarked on this journey. There is the copyright of a first draft but the final draft needs to be finalised with the rewrite and edit. This work is pending the fulfilment of the contract.

AngelaTerga

To describe 2015 using the term ‘challenging’ does not do it justice. But God is good and I am starting 2016 with the knowing that the Universe supports my goals and I am fearless.

As an aspiring writer and filmmaker coming out of a difficult online Creative Writing MFA program in the fall of 2014, with no looming job in the horizon and tucked away in the boondocks, I relied only on Providence to see me through my darkest hour. It was the first time in 20 years that I did not have a teaching job and dared to follow my dreams of becoming an author and filmmaker.

Self-publishing the novel Spiderwoman: an Amazon Legend, along with Sandcastles, a book of poems and Isabel, my thesis screenplay, did nothing else but satisfy the ideal of being an author; at least it filled the space on my new…

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