The Board Meeting

The Morning Commute

The Morning Commute

A documentary inspired by two old guys.  Don & Ross,  two retired execs meet three times a week to surf at their local break.  And they plan to keep holding these board meetings with one thing on the agenda:  keep surfing until the kids take the car keys away.

Is it any wonder why these board meetings are never boring?

  OFFICIAL SELECTION... AOF Film Festival - Guerilla Award Best Shorts - Award of Excellence - Women Filmmakers Big Bear Film Festival Blue Ocean Film Festival California Surf Museum Film Festival Del Mar Beach Series First Glance Hollywood Holly Shorts Film Festival Hong Kong Ocean Film Festival Honolulu Film Festival - Golden Kahuna Award Laguna Beach Film Society Maverick Film Festival - Nomination - Best Music Score North Shore Surf Film Festival Onecloud Film Fest - Audience Favorite Award San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Credits: Writer & Director - Maggie Franks.  Cinematographer - Chris Steblay. Editor - Matt Gahan. Music by Dustin Franks
The Board Meeting

The Impostor

You can't judge a look by its cover.
A reality TV show that merges celebrities with reality. And why should we care?  Because maybe it's time we start caring about each other again.      
The Impostor

Fear Less

  Hayden Falk drops out of grad school to drop into the world's biggest waves.  Waves that could cost him his life. Problem is?   For the first time in his life, he finally feels alive. As Hayden embarks on a big wave hunt, his mentor, Dr. Larson of Scripps Institute of Oceanography,  reminds him - 'You're not afraid of dying - you're afraid of living.' Big waves meet big drama with surfing at its best...and its worst.  A fictional account  inspired by world class athletes that have brought big wave surfing  and surfers to a new level; and inviting a global audience along for the ride. Above:  Rusty Long in the twilight zone.     Photo courtesty of Jason Murray - www.photomurray.com Other links: www.bigwaveworldtour.com www.billabongxxl.com www.maverickssurf.com    
Fear Less

Stagemom

What happens when  a naïve divorcee lands on the set of the world's biggest box office star when her son wins the coveted 'Martian Makeover' contest?  Stagmom happens. Joanne Peterson is overworked and underpaid with two sons going in too many directions.  Life gets more complicated when her ambitious son, Michael wins the coveted "Martian Makeover" contest and lands on the set of the world's biggest box office star.  As she studies to get her real estate license, she can't help but study Logan Taylor's assets.    When she finally gets her license,  he asks her to show him some property.  But ends up seeing a whole lot more.

Stagemom delves into the mindset of those very scary parents:  Moms and Dads who use their children to live out their own faded dreams.

  • Honolulu Film Awards - Winner
  • Filmakers International - Winner
  • Writemovies - Winner
  • Screenplay Festival - Winner
  • Hollywood Film Award - Finalist
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival - Finalist
  • Page International - Finalist
  • Nicholl Fellowship - Top 10%
  • Scriptwriters Network - Recommend
  • Scriptapalooza
  • Cynosure
  • Writers Network - Honorable Mention
Stagemom

The Exchange

A family gets together for the annual Christmas gift exchange but gifts aren't the only things exchanged with this brood. Hide the booze and the grudges or  they'll be decking each other out in the halls. A short script about a long list of pet peeves. Credits:  Award winning script written by Maggie Franks & Mary Dobon  
The Exchange

My Pod

Humans are fascinated with dolphin intelligence.  But what are they trying to tell us?  As a father himself, Ray Hollowell, documents a male dolphin, the head of his pod, trying to spare his 'kids' the garbage that humans leave in his 'hood.' Maybe Papa Dolphin is trying to tell us to clean up our act. Official Selection
  • North Shore Surf Film Festival
  • Blue Ocean Film Festival - Best Short  Documentary Nomination
  Written & Directed by Maggie Franks.  Cinematography by the incomparable Ray Hollowell
My Pod

The Other Box

How many times have you been working away,  trying to meet the latest deadline, thinking: "I just want to hop on a boat and sail away to a remote island."

Be careful what your wish for.

That's what happened to a very fortunate San Diego couple who met their unfortunate demise. Beautiful people who abandoned a yacht club lifestyle and the  'yachties' - opting for the open seas aboard their yacht, the Sea Wind.   Mac and Muff Graham sailed around the world several times until they set foot on the idyllic island of Palmyra, leading to their untimely deaths.

It was a murder mystery that captured an international audience and best selling novel,  And the Sea Will Tell, penned by world renowned Los Angeles District Attorney and author, Vincent Bugliosi.

A woman strolling along the beach discovered Muff's bones, stuffed in a burned-out metal box.  But Mac's remains have never been found. Neither has the other box.

A compelling murder mystery that begs the question:  Where's the other box?

Fast forward to  already-jaded newspaper journalist, Mark Taylor, as he stumbles upon archives of the murders that horrified daydreamers everywhere.  The murders become an obsession for this rookie cold case journalist in his gripping series,  The Other Box, attracting a national audience.

Suddenly, he doesn't detest his day job.

Destined to reunite the couple in death, he must find the other box.  Only then can they rest in peace. Together.

Mark's loyal fan base only hopes he doesn't die trying to reunited them.   Or do they?

A fictional feature story  inspired by real events of  unspeakable crime: two murders that took place on an island in the South Pacific. Sheer evil that spread fear from the South Pacific to Hawaii and San Diego.   
The Other Box

Last Minute

A holiday story that anyone can relate to.  A family man waits til the last minute to do his Christmas shopping.  Hard to believe, huh?

Ryan's always getting sidetracked.  He's late to work, late to dinner, late for a round of golf.    It doesn't matter.   And yes, Ryan will be late to his own funeral.  A funeral that will happen sooner than later if he doesn't change his ways.  His  wife, Sara, will see to it.

This Christmas is even more important to Sara and Ryan.  The kids are getting older; and it will probably be the last year that the kids even fake that they still  believe in Santa Claus.  Ryan is determined to make this the best Christmas ever.  And to prove it to Sara, he sets out on Christmas Eve to go shopping at the mall ...before noon.

The stores are packed so he tucks into the sports bar  to grab an early lunch... and catch the latest scores.

But Ryan ends up with a big timeout.

Last Minute

Randy R

His legal name was Randy R

No middle name.  No period after the letter.

Just the letter R

But it came to define the man, his life and his spirit: Racy. Resourceful. Radical. Romantic.  Rebellious. And of course, randy. A motorcycle accident at age 17 left him in a wheelchair for life.  But he built an amazing life all around that damn chair. A biography about a man who could rise above  it all to help others who needed hope in their darkest hour.  
Randy R
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