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"LETTERS TO STEPHANIE"  Concept Video

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LETTERS TO STEPHANIE

GENRE: Drama, Family, Inspirational

LOGLINE: True Story: Society forces a man and woman to release their daughter for adoption. They and a  strong-willed grandmother are permitted to write letters without identifiable information for the adoption file. The grandmother writes clues hoping they'll lead her granddaughter to them.

Jo-Ann "Jody" Bierer Wilhelm

Jo-Ann studied writing for free under the original Brylcreem man, the late Playwright Mark Weston at the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory  in New York City. His advice,  "Write with feelings. If you feel it, your readers will feel it too," has really paid off. Her emotionally charged feature script/screenplay "Letters to Stephanie" and her short script "The Ultimate Gift", which is the first one-third of  her feature script, together have won twenty awards at film festivals, including twelve top wins, plus eight Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Selected awards, of which the outcome of three of them will be determined at the festivals that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus.

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ANNA MEETING BABY STEPHANIE

Tara and her mother invite Anna to hold Stephanie before she is placed for adoption. To Anna, losing Stephanie is like a death without a funeral.

In 1982, Ian, who was engaged to be married, found out his former girlfriend Tara was pregnant with his child. He had to choose between his fiancee and his child. He was denied custody of his daughter Stephanie.

Ian was engaged when he finds out his former girlfriend,Tara, is pregnant with his child. He has to choose between his fiancee and his child. He is denied custody of his daughter Stephanie.

Anna asks Social Services if she can adopt Stephanie. She's told that grandparents have not rights. The only thing she can do is put a letter without any identifiable information in it, no people's names or geographical locations, in Stephanie's file. Not wanting to lose all hope of ever seeing Stephanie again, Anna places clues in her letter, hoping that one day, by some miracle, Stephanie will follow the clues and find her.

Anna asks to adopt Stephanie, but grandparents have no rights. She can put a letter without any identifiable information in it in Stephanie's file. She puts clues in it, hoping Stephanie will follow the clues and find her.

The Ultimate Gift - Claire and Mike, who had tried for ten years to have a baby, adopted a baby girl who that named Sadie. Sadie could not have been adopted in a more loving home.

The Ultimate Gift - Claire and Mike, who wanted a baby for ten years, adopt a baby girl who they name Sadie. Sadie could not have been given a better home.

Anna's flashbacks of being raped as a child, makes her realize that all of her life's decisions were made because of the fear the rapist had instilled in her. She had to muster up all of her courage to stop living as a victim and become a survivor. She had to face her fears and follow the dreams that the rapist had stolen from her.

Anna's flashbacks of being raped as a child make her realize that all of her life's decisions were made because of the fear the rapist had instilled in her.

So Close But Yet So Far Apart - Although Stephanie was adopted by a family one-hundred miles away, their paths often crossed. One year, at a Christmas party Anna watched some children line dancing a few yards away, not realizing that one of them was Stephanie to her. It's as if God always kept them close.

Separated by 100 miles, divine intervention often connects Anna and Sadie. One time, Anna watches  children line dancing, not realizing one was Stephanie

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Anna faces her fears and captures the dreams that the rapist stole from her 37 years earlier. At age fifty she follows her life long dream of being a model.

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As Anna grows older, she writes Social Services to see if there is some way she can leave Stephanie something in her will.