More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from Geno Segers (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system
Geno Segers – Talent Agents
– Actor, Soundtrack, Producer – Perfect Harmony (2019), Yellowstone (2018), Banshee (2013), Teen Wolf (2011) – Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron – LA Management, Anthony Topman
Geno Segers & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition
Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?
More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler calling on Geno Segers and Hollywood to take “movie action” to tackle injustice against men and women in the wake of revelations that Texas has more prisoners incarcerated than the Soviet Union’s gulag system had. Texas currently has over 290,000 inmates housed at 580 facilities.
The signatories, including state senators, professors of criminal justice, social workers, family, and inmates, call for a “firm commitment” to tackle the unjust prisons in Texas. The petition has also been signed by Beto O’Rourke, and Matthew McConaughey. These two signatories might face each other in the 2022 Texas governors election. Both have expressed interest in the job. The petitions arrived for Geno Segers at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron last week.
In the open letter to Geno Segers, the 2080 women write that they are “heartbroken for first-time drug offenders many times addicts who have received extremely harsh sentences in Texas when rehabilitation has proven a cheaper and more effective solution.” The petition goes on to say their family and friends are often heartbroken for and looking for redemption and rehabilitation for the victimless drug crimes.”
The signatories, including attorneys, professors, politicians, family members, and inmates, call on Geno Segers for a ‘firm film commitment’ to tackle the issue of operating the Texas prison system for profit.
The petition came to light when women discovered the screenplay, a copy which was dontated to all 580 of the state’s prison and jail libraries. The existence of the petition surfaced on International Women’s Day. Women in Texas face extreme prejudice in Texas and often receive extremely harsh penalties for even a small amount of drugs, including marijuana. Marijuana is legal now in 21 states.
Inside prisons, the women are faced with such horrendous conditions… the petition demands that “filmmakers begin to take the issue seriously.” Also, the petition reminds that “even here in the USA in the 21st century citizens are not safe from government oppression.”
Actor, Soundtrack, Producer, Geno Segers, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron responded with a comment.
The premise of the story is that, “Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.”
The film would be set in contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long sentences for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has tripled in the last ten years, as mass incarcerations have proven profitable to not only the state but also profitable for an array of business interests.
Writer Alan Nafzger has called on Governor Greg Abbott to, “end the prison industry.”
Recently, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak spoke out against the Texas system and put a good word in for mercy and forgiveness out on social media. “How nice for those who have lived such exemplary lives that they can express glee when others have their lives ruined by a mistake, real or perceived,” Sajak tweeted last month.
During the winter’s deep freeze, the The Marshall Project, exposed the horrible prison conditions, “Inside Frigid Texas Prisons: Broken Toilets, Disgusting Food, Few Blankets.”
The petition states, “Why don’t we have the ‘Adam Sandler’ character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.”
Geno Segers has not commented on the script, thus far. A statement is expected soon.
Professor Nafzger has made a short treatment of the project available online.
He has made the finished script available at for select filmmakers.
Geno Segers is a Actor, Soundtrack, Producer known for Perfect Harmony (2019), Yellowstone (2018), Banshee (2013), Teen Wolf (2011) and is represented by Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), Dan Baron.
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· ASSIGNMENT: Start being on the lookout for great curtains or cliffhangers theatrical, filmic, and novelistic. In a film you will be looking at your watch at about 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes to find the act breaks and Midpoint climax; in a 400-page novel the climaxes will be around p. 100, page 200, and page 300. Make a page specifically for this in your notebook and add to it, so youll have those examples right at your fingertips whenever you need them.
As I tell my classes, this dramatic structure has been around so long its in our DNA. There is no fighting 2000+ years of the Act Climax. And we have experienced this act climax rhythm in so many movies and television shows over the course of our lifetimes that we expect those climaxes on a regular basis (I know I do!). We know subconsciously when these big scenes are supposed to come. If a book or film is not delivering on those climaxes, we as readers or audience start to get uneasy and bored, and may well give up on the book or movie. Ignore history at your own peril.
Now, when youre reading a book, you can take your intermission any time, and you do. But as an author, you still have to lure your reader back to your book. My point here is: why not understand the concept of the curtain scene and possibly use the tricks that have kept audiences coming back into the theater, and back from commercial breaks, for thousands of years?
In network television, you do have an obvious curtain and an intermission, called a commercial, and woe betide you if you want to work for television and dont understand the concept of a cliffhanger before the act break, or act out.