Petition asks Tessa Ferrer to read prison screenplay

More than 2000 women sign petition demanding a firm commitment from  Tessa Ferrer (film producer) to read screenplay addressing Texas judicial system

Tessa Ferrer asked to read prison screenplay

Tessa Ferrer – Talent Agents
– Actress, Producer – Insidious: The Last Key (2018), Excision (2008), The Passing Parade (2018), Extant (2014) – Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Jessica DiBiase – Lasher Group, Estelle Lasher


Tessa Ferrer & Adam Sandler’s film company targeted by Texas petition

Will Hollywood just rollover and let prisoner’s suffer?


Tessa Ferrer

More than 2000 women have signed an open letter to Adam Sandler calling on Tessa Ferrer 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 Tessa Ferrer at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Jessica DiBiase last week.

In the open letter to Tessa Ferrer, 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 Tessa Ferrer 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.”

Actress, Producer, Tessa Ferrer, has not responded to the petition. Nor has Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Jessica DiBiase responded with a comment.

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The screenplayDumbass” was penned by writer and retired professor of political science Alan Nafzger.

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.”

Tessa Ferrer 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.

Adam Sandler of Happy Madison Productions has expressed interest in the screenplay.

Tessa Ferrer is a Actress, Producer known for Insidious: The Last Key (2018), Excision (2008), The Passing Parade (2018), Extant (2014) and is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Jessica DiBiase.

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There’s only one major problem with this. The reason all those books explore the internal and external conflicts is because you need BOTH in your script to sell it! Especially for a first sale!

Every screenwriter is familiar with the internal and external conflicts – – or are they? They’re covered in dozens of books. I’ve never seen a screenwriting book that didn’t cover the internal and external conflicts. Then why do I continue to receive scripts with all internal conflict or all external conflict? I believe it’s because some writers are better at plot-driven (external) scripts, while others are better at character-driven (internal) scripts.

The writer has learned how to commercialize a plot-driven or character-driven script. All of this knowledge is mute if the writer doesn’t understand how internal and external conflicts work in a commercial script and how to use them to greatly increase the potential for a sale.


But beyond that, I’d like to suggest that you can develop a great protagonist — or any other character you create — through the same process that I’ve been advocating for creating the structure of your story.

I do think there are things that are teachable about creating character. My best general advice is always — take an acting class. Take a lot of them. Read books on acting and creating character: Michael Shurtleff’s excellent Audition, which is about so much more than auditioning; Stanislavski’s acting series; Michael Chekhov’s books. Watch The Actor’s Studio. Learn how to develop and play characters yourself, even on a basic level, and it will translate to your writing.

But besides being a person who may already be more real to you than most of the people you know, a protagonist, or hero/ine, or main character, is also a function in a story. And knowing the classic components of a protagonist can help you focus your story and also broaden and deepen the qualities you already know about your character.

The fact is, if you’ve gotten so far as to actually be writing a book or script, chances are you have a main character already, either in mind or very developed. So whatever that is and however you got there, I don’t want to interfere with that!