The Handstand Heard 'Round the World

Leland Thomas Faegre ontopofacloud@aol.com 5169315610778

MELODRAMA CHILDREN'S POLITICAL FAMILY DRAMA BIOGRAPHICAL

Contemporary

Leland Thomas Faegre

Logline

The True Story of an aspiring 11-year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth is inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus and becomes a media sensation with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, covered by...

Genre

Melodrama,Children's,Political,Family,Drama,Biographical

Short Summary

The True Story of an aspiring 11-year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth is inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus and becomes a media sensation with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, covered by...


Upon her return to San Jose Edison Academy following the Veterans’ Day Weekend, Deirdre is received by a throng of media, parents, students and Dr. Patton, who has been instructed by Edison Schools’ CEO, Chris Whittle to, ‘find a place for her to do her cartwheels,’ who celebrate the success of...

Setting

Los Angeles

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Deirdre Leah Faegre

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Patriotic,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Engaging,Empathetic,Heroic,Honorable,Educated,Leader,Underdog,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Visionary,Adventurous,Faithful,Skillful,Gracious,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Leland Thomas Faegre

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Underdog,Masculine,Patriotic,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Modest,Blunt,Faithful,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Denise Patton

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Power Hungry,Desperate,Insecure,Manipulative,Naive

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

To Whom It May Concern The story you are about to read is not based on a true story--it is an historical accounting of six days in November, 2004; the Veteran's Day Weekend. I know because I was there. I am the father of Deirdre Faegre, an aspiring 11 year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth who risked her future attendance at school and her athletic career as she was inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus. The names have not been changed to protect the participants. In a very public response to her suspension [Media appearances including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest], Deirdre's suspension becomes an international story as seen in the London Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and translated into foreign language publications around the world. 校方曾多次告诉狄卓儿(Deirdre Faegre),不要在午餐时间练习体操,狄卓儿未听规劝,竟然遭到了停学一周的处分。“我们的首要考量是全体学生的安全,”校长派顿(Denise Patton)对当地媒体表示。派顿说,狄卓儿可能不小心撞到其他学生,或者伤到了自己而其他学生在尝试模仿这位体操小将时,也可能受伤。狄卓儿练习体操已经有五年的时间了。 Upon her return to San Jose Edison Academy following the Veterans’ Day Weekend, Deirdre is received by a throng of media, parents, students and Dr. Patton, who has been instructed by Edison Schools’ CEO, Chris Whittle to, ‘find a place for her to do her cartwheels,’ who celebrate the success of her civil disobedience, valor, virtue and her 'Handstand Heard 'Round the World.' Lastly, it would not surprise me at all that Messrs Kimmel, Leno, Seacrest...

About The Author

For the most part a bookworm prior to the British Invasion of 1964, by the end of that year he was smitten by the Beatles and had acquired and mastered the drum kit made possible by the determination of his mother, Dorothy. He assembled some schoolmates who could play and his first band was incarnated as 'Phenomenal Phluke'; a name that still makes him smile ear to ear. Faegre acquired quite a neighborhood notoriety for playing a fifteen-minute version of the Surfaris 'Wipeout,' the forerunner to 'Ina Gadda Da Vida,' and until 1968 his accomplishment as a drummer of local repute was sufficiently established. But by the Summer of '68, as the Beatles' Hey Jude was bulleting up the charts, a neighbors' piano and an acoustic guitar purchased with Blue Chip Stamps with strings nearly one half inch off the fret board would thoroughly occupy his waking hours. Remembering the strings that cut through his fingertips, he nonetheless persevered from the love of the sound of the chords, especially G major, and began to develop his skills by emulating the best of that era such as CSNY, Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. Following his acquisition of guitar and piano skills, his reputation for playing became more widely known and respected as he developed and assembled as many various musicians as he could find for fun and profit. Performing for dances and weddings was fun he recalls, but his most passionate interest became his compositional quest that developed in earnest as he left high school. Prior to the discovery that going to college was 'getting in the way of his education,' he attended Mt. San Antonio and Rio Hondo junior colleges. Whereas curricula at both institutions were authored by establishmentarians of the socialist stripe, and teaching music was never his intention, his career choices of International Relations and Music became impossible to attain. He made a constructive nuisance of himself by first challenging, and subsequently embarrassing faculty and administration alike, and was shown the exit. Career: Forced to pursue an independent career path, he benefited enormously from that choice, pursuing music and political science alternately as opportunities availed themselves. In 1982 and ‘83, and after touring with musical ensembles in various roles, Faegre managed two congressional campaigns in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The former resulting in the now famous "Shut Up!" exchange from then President Reagan to Santa Cruz Republican Gary Richard Arnold and seen by as many as 900 million people around the globe. In 1984, Faegre began to devote more attention to his musical compositions and spending more time recording his work. After moving to Europe in June, 1986, Faegre married Theresa Bridget Sweeney in Dublin, Ireland, returning to the U.S. in January 1987. Following his return and anxious to again offer knowledge for the benefit of others, he pursued a career in financial service beginning with what is known now as CitiGroup, Wedbush Morgan and Crowell Weedon. A member of the Libertarian Party since 1976, Faegre was asked to consider public office in five consecutive election cycles beginning in 1998 with bids for the State Assembly and State Senate in California and back-to-back bids for the United States Congress in the district then held by Hilda Solis who went on to serve as Secretary of Labor in the Obama Administration. Faegre relocated his family to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in 2008, establishing Milky Way Incorporated and purchased the Coyote Grill, a popular restaurant in Zephyr Cove. In early 2012 Faegre formally established On Top Of a Cloud, LLC [On Top Of a Cloud is a broadcast partner, talent agency, music publisher, record label and recording facility located in Lake Tahoe] and acquired a 20% equity stake in Lake Tahoe’s independently owned and operated, K-Tahoe: Local Talk and Classic Rock, AM 590 and 96.1 FM. From Wikipedia: [KTHO (590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to South Lake Tahoe, California, USA, it serves the Lake Tahoe Basin-Carson City-Carson Valley-Reno area, and simulcasts on South Lake Tahoe-based FM translator K241BK (96.1 FM).The station is currently owned by International Aerospace Solutions, Inc., a company owned by long-time Southern California broadcaster Darrell Wampler [The Insane Darrell Wayne] and features "Local Talk and Classic Rock" with network news from ABC Radio.] KTHO Broadcast Partner, Composer, Arranger, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Publisher and Statesman, Leland Thomas Faegre, is also a radio talk show host appearing with Jennifer Terhune Green and Brendan Trainor on "Talking Truth To Power," Wednesdays on KCKQ, 1180 AM, Reno; a Lotus Broadcast Station from 11:00-12:00 Noon. With radio, television and film credits including An Ril Deal [a traditional Irish dancing television show on the Irish television channel TG 4 that has been described as "Ireland's answer to 'Strictly Come Dancing" on BBC 1], Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, "Inside the Moon Bear Rescue Centre, China,” by The Animals Asia Foundation, Cisr-I Enbubi'Den Tüp Geçit'E, a documentary for Turkish Television produced by Birbuçuk Film Reklam LTD. ŞTİ of Istanbul, Turkey and others, his composition, arrangement, and production skills have been described as "so vast that supervisors will view each piece as independent islands full of relative possibilities." Part of the Landscape TV family and heard by over 2 million listeners through the internet and a hugely popular satellite station on British Sky channel 0155; a 'BeatPick' registered artist, he is published by Bonanza Music, Platinum Music, Pump Audio, AudioSparx, Down to Hear Productions, ProductiionTrax, Indigi Music, Songtradr, Omny Studios, Mood Media, MediaNet, K-Digital, PlayNetwork, Independent Filmmaker Network, Multiverse Sound and under contract with 'Pinnacles Records' in partnership with 'Pinnacles Entertainment Network' in a multi-CD arrangement. Faegre offers political insight, campaign information and his musical compositions from http://www.ontopofacloud.com, The Intelligent Internet Portal. Theresa is employed by Liberty Utilities; a regulated division of Ontario, Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation. They have one daughter, ASCAP Singer/Songwriter and former Member of the Ice Skating Association of Ireland; Deirdre Leah, renowned for her "Handstand Heard 'Round the World," now an award-winning screenplay.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

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Logline

The True Story of an aspiring 11-year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth is inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus and becomes a media sensation with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, covered by...

Short Summary

The True Story of an aspiring 11-year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth is inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus and becomes a media sensation with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest, covered by...


Upon her return to San Jose Edison Academy following the Veterans’ Day Weekend, Deirdre is received by a throng of media, parents, students and Dr. Patton, who has been instructed by Edison Schools’ CEO, Chris Whittle to, ‘find a place for her to do her cartwheels,’ who celebrate the success of...

FEEDBACK

To Whom It May Concern The story you are about to read is not based on a true story--it is an historical accounting of six days in November, 2004; the Veteran's Day Weekend. I know because I was there. I am the father of Deirdre Faegre, an aspiring 11 year-old gymnast with dreams of an Olympic berth who risked her future attendance at school and her athletic career as she was inexplicably banned from performing simple cartwheels and handstands on her Charter School campus. The names have not been changed to protect the participants. In a very public response to her suspension [Media appearances including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Today Show and Ryan Seacrest], Deirdre's suspension becomes an international story as seen in the London Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and translated into foreign language publications around the world. 校方曾多次告诉狄卓儿(Deirdre Faegre),不要在午餐时间练习体操,狄卓儿未听规劝,竟然遭到了停学一周的处分。“我们的首要考量是全体学生的安全,”校长派顿(Denise Patton)对当地媒体表示。派顿说,狄卓儿可能不小心撞到其他学生,或者伤到了自己而其他学生在尝试模仿这位体操小将时,也可能受伤。狄卓儿练习体操已经有五年的时间了。 Upon her return to San Jose Edison Academy following the Veterans’ Day Weekend, Deirdre is received by a throng of media, parents, students and Dr. Patton, who has been instructed by Edison Schools’ CEO, Chris Whittle to, ‘find a place for her to do her cartwheels,’ who celebrate the success of her civil disobedience, valor, virtue and her 'Handstand Heard 'Round the World.' Lastly, it would not surprise me at all that Messrs Kimmel, Leno, Seacrest...

About The Author

For the most part a bookworm prior to the British Invasion of 1964, by the end of that year he was smitten by the Beatles and had acquired and mastered the drum kit made possible by the determination of his mother, Dorothy. He assembled some schoolmates who could play and his first band was incarnated as 'Phenomenal Phluke'; a name that still makes him smile ear to ear. Faegre acquired quite a neighborhood notoriety for playing a fifteen-minute version of the Surfaris 'Wipeout,' the forerunner to 'Ina Gadda Da Vida,' and until 1968 his accomplishment as a drummer of local repute was sufficiently established. But by the Summer of '68, as the Beatles' Hey Jude was bulleting up the charts, a neighbors' piano and an acoustic guitar purchased with Blue Chip Stamps with strings nearly one half inch off the fret board would thoroughly occupy his waking hours. Remembering the strings that cut through his fingertips, he nonetheless persevered from the love of the sound of the chords, especially G major, and began to develop his skills by emulating the best of that era such as CSNY, Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. Following his acquisition of guitar and piano skills, his reputation for playing became more widely known and respected as he developed and assembled as many various musicians as he could find for fun and profit. Performing for dances and weddings was fun he recalls, but his most passionate interest became his compositional quest that developed in earnest as he left high school. Prior to the discovery that going to college was 'getting in the way of his education,' he attended Mt. San Antonio and Rio Hondo junior colleges. Whereas curricula at both institutions were authored by establishmentarians of the socialist stripe, and teaching music was never his intention, his career choices of International Relations and Music became impossible to attain. He made a constructive nuisance of himself by first challenging, and subsequently embarrassing faculty and administration alike, and was shown the exit. Career: Forced to pursue an independent career path, he benefited enormously from that choice, pursuing music and political science alternately as opportunities availed themselves. In 1982 and ‘83, and after touring with musical ensembles in various roles, Faegre managed two congressional campaigns in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The former resulting in the now famous "Shut Up!" exchange from then President Reagan to Santa Cruz Republican Gary Richard Arnold and seen by as many as 900 million people around the globe. In 1984, Faegre began to devote more attention to his musical compositions and spending more time recording his work. After moving to Europe in June, 1986, Faegre married Theresa Bridget Sweeney in Dublin, Ireland, returning to the U.S. in January 1987. Following his return and anxious to again offer knowledge for the benefit of others, he pursued a career in financial service beginning with what is known now as CitiGroup, Wedbush Morgan and Crowell Weedon. A member of the Libertarian Party since 1976, Faegre was asked to consider public office in five consecutive election cycles beginning in 1998 with bids for the State Assembly and State Senate in California and back-to-back bids for the United States Congress in the district then held by Hilda Solis who went on to serve as Secretary of Labor in the Obama Administration. Faegre relocated his family to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in 2008, establishing Milky Way Incorporated and purchased the Coyote Grill, a popular restaurant in Zephyr Cove. In early 2012 Faegre formally established On Top Of a Cloud, LLC [On Top Of a Cloud is a broadcast partner, talent agency, music publisher, record label and recording facility located in Lake Tahoe] and acquired a 20% equity stake in Lake Tahoe’s independently owned and operated, K-Tahoe: Local Talk and Classic Rock, AM 590 and 96.1 FM. From Wikipedia: [KTHO (590 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to South Lake Tahoe, California, USA, it serves the Lake Tahoe Basin-Carson City-Carson Valley-Reno area, and simulcasts on South Lake Tahoe-based FM translator K241BK (96.1 FM).The station is currently owned by International Aerospace Solutions, Inc., a company owned by long-time Southern California broadcaster Darrell Wampler [The Insane Darrell Wayne] and features "Local Talk and Classic Rock" with network news from ABC Radio.] KTHO Broadcast Partner, Composer, Arranger, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Publisher and Statesman, Leland Thomas Faegre, is also a radio talk show host appearing with Jennifer Terhune Green and Brendan Trainor on "Talking Truth To Power," Wednesdays on KCKQ, 1180 AM, Reno; a Lotus Broadcast Station from 11:00-12:00 Noon. With radio, television and film credits including An Ril Deal [a traditional Irish dancing television show on the Irish television channel TG 4 that has been described as "Ireland's answer to 'Strictly Come Dancing" on BBC 1], Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, "Inside the Moon Bear Rescue Centre, China,” by The Animals Asia Foundation, Cisr-I Enbubi'Den Tüp Geçit'E, a documentary for Turkish Television produced by Birbuçuk Film Reklam LTD. ŞTİ of Istanbul, Turkey and others, his composition, arrangement, and production skills have been described as "so vast that supervisors will view each piece as independent islands full of relative possibilities." Part of the Landscape TV family and heard by over 2 million listeners through the internet and a hugely popular satellite station on British Sky channel 0155; a 'BeatPick' registered artist, he is published by Bonanza Music, Platinum Music, Pump Audio, AudioSparx, Down to Hear Productions, ProductiionTrax, Indigi Music, Songtradr, Omny Studios, Mood Media, MediaNet, K-Digital, PlayNetwork, Independent Filmmaker Network, Multiverse Sound and under contract with 'Pinnacles Records' in partnership with 'Pinnacles Entertainment Network' in a multi-CD arrangement. Faegre offers political insight, campaign information and his musical compositions from http://www.ontopofacloud.com, The Intelligent Internet Portal. Theresa is employed by Liberty Utilities; a regulated division of Ontario, Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation. They have one daughter, ASCAP Singer/Songwriter and former Member of the Ice Skating Association of Ireland; Deirdre Leah, renowned for her "Handstand Heard 'Round the World," now an award-winning screenplay.

Mature Audience Themes

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Characters

Main Character

Name: Deirdre Leah Faegre

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Patriotic,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Engaging,Empathetic,Heroic,Honorable,Educated,Leader,Underdog,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Visionary,Adventurous,Faithful,Skillful,Gracious,Sophisticated

Character 1

Name: Leland Thomas Faegre

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Underdog,Masculine,Patriotic,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Modest,Blunt,Faithful,Gracious

Character 2

Name: Denise Patton

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Power Hungry,Desperate,Insecure,Manipulative,Naive