Books That Should Be Movies from E.B. GO Vision Media Clients
In the course of PR campaigns a few different books were noticed as being terrific material for movies; The Carny Kid: Survival of a Young Thief by Kenneth Kahn, Without Remorse: The Story of the Woman Who Kept Los Angeles’ Serial Killers Alive by Vonda Pelto, Ph.D. and Sammy Davis, Jr.: Me and My Shadow by Arthur Silber, Jr. were the most prominent among the many different books E.B. GO has promoted over the years. E.B. GO Vision Media did manage to find an independent production company that pitched the book to every major studio in Hollywood, but to no avail.
Then, years later, a British director, script writer and independent producer, Mark Todd, was approached by E.B. GO Vision Media about the project and he signed on to write the script and find funding. However, in the middle of writing the script, in cooperation with Kahn, everything fell apart after the author tragically passed away after falling off a cliff at Machu Picu in Peru. The script was finished and is available for anyone interested in pursuing the project.
Hope Springs Eternal
In The Carny Kid: Survival of a Young Thief Kenny Kahn tells the spellbinding story of being the oldest child of two small-time carnival thieves who make their living as traveling gypsies and then graduate to dealing heroin from their apartment in the housing projects of Los Angeles. It’s an inside view of carnival life, of living in a cocaine-selling shooting gallery apartment and of surviving a gang-dominated existence in one of LA’s worst neighborhoods.
It’s also a story of the grit and determination of one small child who saw education and hard work as the golden path and the only sure way to escape his tortured environment. How public school teachers mentored and inspired this streetwise kid is a story in itself and one that directly impacted Kahn’s educational achievements…Read More…
Taken to the Dark Side Thru Personal Contact with Serial Killers
Get up close and personal with serial killers and criminals with Vonda Pelto, Ph.D., author of Without Remorse: The Story of the Woman Who Kept Los Angeles’ Serial Killers Alive, as she talks and interacts every day with some of the most notoriously vicious predators in history. The three-year ordeal, 1979-82, is a sure fire story for a movie as Vonda starts to fall apart psychologically and this effects her physically and morally while her behavior turns bizarre and self-destructive.
Story of a Woman Gaining Thru Adversity
Based on previous movies and the work of her production company, Reese Witherspoon would be perfect for the role of Vonda; she is about the right age, likes to take on roles where the main character in a difficult environment and has to fight for survival and self-respect.
None of us can imagine sitting down day after day talking with men you know have raped, tortured and murdered young boys or women, that is part of this chilling tale as their crimes and the smell of fear and evil is ever-present in the cell block where Vonda worked for three years. When Vonda was talking with Freeway Killer William Bonin, he confessed that he felt nothing for his victims, all young boys who were tortured and raped, and for it was a way to release tension that he built up during the day as imagined the night’s activities. This would stick with anyone for a long time…Read More…
The Unmade Sammy Davis Bio-Pic
Arthur Silber, Jr.’s autobiographical book, Sammy Davis, Jr.: Me and My Shadow, is the story of Sammy and Arthur’s exceptionally close relationship from the late 1940s till the mid-1970s. While their bond was never completely severed, those 25 years when Arthur and Sammy forged their brotherhood like friendship Sammy went from a part of the Will Mastin Trio to international superstar beloved by millions who a tremendous impact braking down color barriers well before the famed 1960 Civil Rights Movement.
It is not an exaggeration to say that no one knew Sammy Davis, Jr. better than Arthur; it was bond of brotherhood based on a genuine friendship; a bond of brotherhood forged in the those years when Sammy was in transition and finding his own show biz and public personality; it was a bond of brotherhood in the shared struggle of equal rights and fair treatment; it was a bond of brotherhood that would find strength in the massive societal changes of the 1960s and beyond.
Sammy the Civil Rights Pioneer in 1950s
Sammy grew up on the boards of vaudeville all over the country, never settling down to attend school formally and experiencing racism in various parts of the country as a child and young man. Then a stint in the U.S. after the war did little to ease the tension he felt. After Arthur and Sammy became close, in the early 1950s, and Sammy began to get attention as a top-notch talent, he had to fight for his opportunities as a black man with doors closing in his face. The owner of the famous Copacabana Club in New York was a notorious racist and Sammy would go and stand in the back to watch Frank Sinatra perform, something which didn’t sit well with the owner and he expressed those feelings to Sinatra…Read More…