Semifinalist (top 3%) in Scriptapalooza.
Finalist (top 10%) in Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Screenwriter with two feature specs and a short completed, working on writing/attaining film rights for a book adaptation. I live in Manhattan and my mind constantly scribes story. When I'm not writing, I'm navigating the filmmaking gauntlet best I can. This includes reading tons of screenplays, daydreaming of getting a 10 on a Blcklst script evaluation, applying to film fests, pitching Stage32 via Happy Writers, and networking.
If you want to read any of my completed scripts, just ask. Note that while some scripts are in feature format, they can be adapted to a TV limited series. With development help they can become an episodic series.
Denominations follows the journey of Sebastian, who as a child witnesses his father’s sacrifices at the hands of a Colombian money counterfeiter boss- Bruto. Sebastian is later forced to launder fake money via an arranged bank internship in Texas, and caught by the US Secret Service. Their ongoing operation forces him to covertly infiltrate the counterfeiter network via a decoy bank.
My story deep dives into education and it’s relation to social class structure, the Catholic church, father-son relationships, and the art and business of money counterfeiting. The tone and pacing is comparable to The Departed and American Gangster, the ‘same but different’ hook is that Denominations, while based in 1980 and 90s Colombia is not another drug cartel story, and the hero is Colombian.
My 4+ years of research on global money counterfeiting has recently been augmented via interviews with a former US Secret Service agent and a NY Times crime correspondent for the South America bureau.
HERSONA (short/TV pilot)
When a developer’s personal shopping app mistakenly places canceled orders, the team scrambles to prevent hundreds of gifts being sent to ex-girlfriends.
Hersona is my "Silicon Valley on the East Coast" but funnier and just better overall, IMO.
A mischievous teenager’s lifestyle blows up when he watches the new neighbor's cats for two weeks, in the summer of 1996. Their empty house becomes his domain.
"Based on actual events in suburban NYC" is the official rider to my logline. More specifically, I was the mischievous teen, and this took place in Rye, NY, my hometown. I've officially dubbed its comps "Dazed and Confused meets Can't Hardly Wait in the 90s and definitely in suburban New York can't be anywhere else."
-Official Selection (top 10%) of the Beverly Hills Film Fest in 2013
-Semifinalist (top 3%) in Scriptapalooza 2016
TO THE END OF TIME (pending)
I'm hoping to attain the film rights to is a story about the Time Inc./Warner Communications merger:
"To the End of Time: The Seduction and Conquest of a Media Empire." by Richard M. Clurman.
It's an incredible non-fiction work written by an insider of Time Inc. in the 70s and 80s. Steve Ross, the architect of the deal, was a true titan of media, a rags to really really RICH life story. It's a bit like Devil's Candy but more corporate merger than filmmaking.
Por último, hablo español mucho mejor que la mayoría de los Americanos.
Name: Joe Esposito
Lives in: New York City, New York
Unique traits: My imagination, hopefully.
Semifinalist (top 3%), Scriptapalooza
Official Selection (top 10%), Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition
SUNY College at Oswego (Oswego, NY)