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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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?

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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.

 

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The new Beauty and Beast-library scene.

 

 

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. 

 

 

Focus on Focusing

Have you ever felt like you were on the short end of the stick,  travelling in the opposite way in which you wished to go and wondered why? Well, if it’s all in our mind, then focusing on what you want should get you more of it, if you take out the stigma of not having it. That’s what Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, and Napoleon Hill, the Secret, and many other Law of Attraction paracletes abrogate. But to no consolation since the lack of whatever it is you want and don’t have is the constant mediator between you and yourself.

After much sen seing on your part to yourself, over and over, again and again, you may feel to be in an illumined state of ‘let it be; let it go,’ don’t push in either direction, stay put, relax. Where there is neither pain nor gain, neither joy nor sorrow, nothingness brings you to the start.  Fresh and out of Compton into the Vortex where all your dreams are real, there is nothing lacking, and life, reality, your bank account, the hits on your YouTube channel and your place on Google are all indicators of your right alignment that makes ‘it is as it is’ the dream of dreams.

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Hybrid – TV Show Pilot enters Audience Awards Film Fest

The Audience Awards is giving Women in Film a chance to shine.  After watching just the first few movies by women in film from all over the world, it was clear that Hybrid, TV Show,  has a lot of strong competition.  But how many of the Audience Awards films submitted by hundreds of  women filmmakers, are series like Hybrid the TV Show?

Watch HYBRID here

Underlying this tale of a superheroine, is a spiritual message of enlightenment for humanity. How well does this pilot show that? Not well, since those scenes haven’t been shot yet. Hybrid is a pilot that leaves a lot unsaid, hopefully it wets the appetite enough to draw viewers back for more. After watching, would you want to find out more about this venomous hybrid?  For example, where did she come from? Why is she here? What does she want? How many of these questions does the pilot hint at? In this nonlinear structure, viewers cloze in on the plot. Go watch and Enjoy the films at the Audience Awards, look for Hybrid TV Show and give us your vote.

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Quantum Leaping

My decision to quit my job as a teacher didn’t just come about over the course of this very eye-opening school year. It’s a dream come true, an answered prayer and a leap of faith.

The teaching profession as the Antagonist.  Not only do teachers receive the same pay they were receiving 20 years ago, if you think of the increase in the cost of living, but they have fewer medical benefits and less job security than only a few years ago. The health hazards of the profession include tinnitus, a dropped bladder, depression, and obesity.  The ringing in my ears started several years ago and gets worse with noise and stress.  Restroom breaks whenever my body needs them is a privilege only for other professionals, I must rush and feel guilty when I do.  Obesity may be a sign of depression. Yoga, meditation and self-help books help, but it’s not enough. Depression comes from frustration and lack of motivation.  Lack of motivation comes from being frustrated.  It’s a vicious cycle.  The feeling of not having enough is another cause of depression. The positive financial gain of the modest state retirement plan program for the future when all is done and said, is offset by the lower wages received throughout the career years. It just comes to be reality that you can never amount to much more than making ends meet at a mediocre level. In order to keep your status you pay exorbitant amounts to live in a ‘nice’ neighborhood, and then have to burn gas to get around and risk foreclosure.  That’s all your salary is good for and we must be grateful for that!  During lunch I discovered there were two other teachers in the building who had had a foreclosure.  And to top it off, students, parents, administrators, the whole world feel disdain towards teachers.  After all, “those who can’t do teach.” If teachers want respect, well, they need to just get it.

No one really wants to help. The Union has a book of rules. It says that if a teacher has a complaint and wants to make a grievance about the working conditions, he/she has 30 days to file the grievance after being aware of the condition.  So you really can’t wait until it affects you, you must do all this within the first 30 days of school when all hell is loose and teachers have a million things to do. Nice rule. I wonder who it helps.  So I have 6 classes instead of 5 and get no planning period, as I should according to the Union rules; but the other rule says I cannot file a grievance after 30 days.  So if I was hoping there would be more students coming in up to the head count month in October, so that another teacher could be hired and it didn’t happen, I just have to take it or leave it.  So I did what was right. Someone has to. My advice, hire the right amount of teachers.  That’s who research says makes the greatest impact on students’ performance. Don’t overload your greatest asset, it will stop being great and the consequence is lower student performance. Student-teacher contact hours shouldbe limited as it is detrimental to teacher’s mental and emotional health. After a few hours without a break it gets unbearable. But who is listening?

Once,  after standing up and refusing to click thousands of times to input a grade on a practice being enforced upon the student body on their own time, I was called to conference and asked to submit complaints in a private way. But I thought I had done it the right away, out loud for all to hear.  Why should I have to click thousands more time to input a grade for something that is not a subject matter that I teach or a program that I implement with my studetns in class?  On top of not having a planning period to call parents, plan for two different types of subject matters and do grading, I have to take on another clicking job.  As if my job description was that of data entry clerk. Not only that, they also wanted me to call the parents of studetns who are not getting on. My reply during tht conference was that we were creating a nation of dummies. You should the lack of personal touch in that program.  We complain about kids on video games and give them a senseless one to learn to and analyze text? Teachers usually meet behind closed doors to criticize the new mandates heaped upon them and nag, but they’re silent like sheep to the slaughterhouse during faculty and departmental meetings.  Protesting and demanding your rights takes courage and self-respect.  “Integrity is choosing courage over comfort, choosing what is right over what is easy or fun, and choosing to practice values, rather than just professing them.” Annonymous.

When outsiders want to make an impression in the world for being the good guys and/or want to get the millenial market, they look towards schools.  But they never send a teacher to help the studetns learn for more than a couple of hours. The docent visitors come and show off how wonderful they are, teach the theory and never come back. The teacher gets stuck with the rest. Hands-on activities where children make a final product take place in many instances but it is at the expense of teachers who make the extra effort.  That was the case with the TV network that donated thousands of assets in equipment to the school but never sent anyone to teach the students how to use it.  They only send professionals who show and tell about their acclaimed successes. Again, they’re left with the teacher to do the day to day of doing something.

Passing the dreadful tests becomes a greater challenge for schools and equires that more time is spent in preparation than in doing meaningful activities.  State tests change to a more difficult version once a high percent of the low socio-economic population is able to pass them. Imposing the reign of terror and the strategy of keeping people behind, in direct opposition to the No child left behind Act in the state of Florida,  is what I have witnessed in these 22 years.  Right when students started passing the FCAT and teachers were teaching more again (a danger to the minds of students), and the children were learning more things (another danger to society), the powers-that-be decided it was time to adopt another test, a much more difficult one, the dreaded FSA,  one that will prevent the masses from passing it.  Therefore, they will not be able to earn a high school diploma or  enter colleges.

The last thing the state wants is to have real good teachers who are not willing to take abuse or compromise for a lousy paycheck any longer or have any kind of imagination. The mindlessness or mindfulness of our future generations will be the final product. We are already witnessing lack of sensitivity towards humanity and an absence of compassion in much of the world around us. Take a look at the messages behind the highest paid forms of entertainment available to all, movies? The state wants teachers who are cookie cut to obey orders without taking into consideration what is best for students and teachers and instead want to serve the State  and local bureaucracy, not the people.  What would you say about a car manufacturer who doesn’t listen to the mechanics on board about what makes the car run better?

The solution is blowing in the wind.  For me, it’s time that I stand on my own two feet. Hopefully, there will be more like me, willing to stand up for their beliefs and travel to the other side where all is possible. In this pasture, we are teaching compassion, it starts with loving yourself by doing what you love to do. So far, I’ve submitted to Film Freeway, to the Audience Awards, and have started research for my next new project. My other projects are moving along spreading their wings.  More original projects are getting a thrust and I’m able to be in silence, exercise more and take restroom breaks as I please. Monetizing my skills and imagination is just a matter of attracting it with thoughts and actions.

The teacher in me loves having a good time with my students and my goal is to entertain them with stories about the past and future in unsuspected places where anything could be possible, there are no judges and people follow their own lead.  I was once apalled when someone said I would always be a teacher.  Horrified, I said, “Oh no, there is no hope for little old me.” But then I spread my wings and flew over the coccoo’s nest only to realize he was right, and I will always be a teacher.  But now I am a better one, for I am teaching self respect, integrity, imagination, hope, faith, and perseverance by all that I do to get to the mind of my students at large with these wondeful stories of enlightenment. Want to read oneimage002? Visit http://amzn.to/2n37oxI and purchase the latest edition of Utopia on Kindle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking the Writing of SoTru, a biopic of social relevance

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Formerly known as “I Am Sojourner Truth” screenplay by Angela Terga and Lateef Calloway.

First the visionary structure. On October of 2016, you saw me fly across the Atlantic to attend Linda Aronson’s non linear script writing master class at Ealing Studios in London. The workshop added confidence to how we, the writers, chose to structure SoTru, the screenplay I’ve been working on since the summer of 2015 with Lateef Calloway, the young independent producer and director whose mission is to bring forth the ultimate icon of feminism and equality through the life and works of Sojourner Truth. The nature and relevance of her teachings are just as pertinent or more today than ever. More than a year later, at the beginning of 2017, Lateef and I plan to meet for several days when we will scrutinize the screenplay, compare it to the Treatment, take notes and then polish the…

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