Joe Esposito

Joe Esposito

Self
Screenwriter

New York City, New York

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January 2015
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About Joe

Nominated for Best Unproduced Script ('Denominations') by Madrid International Film Festival
Semifinalist (top 3%) in Scriptapalooza.
Finalist (top 10%) in Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Screenwriter with two feature specs and two shorts completed. My project 'Denominations' is the product of my most valuable life learnings, I'm looking for a collaborator of any level. While this is a feature spec script I am open to adapting to a TV series.

DENOMINATIONS (feature)
Denominations follows the journey of Sebastian, who as a child witnesses his father’s sacrifices at the hands of 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 6+ years of research on global money counterfeiting includes exclusive interviews with a former US Secret Service agent who was the Asst. Special Agent in Charge of an anti-counterfeit task force 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.


BLOT (feature)
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." If you're interested in making a 90s movie with a 95% white cast, please let me know.

-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.

Long time Manhattan resident recently relocated to Long Island City, Queens.

Por último, hablo español mucho mejor que la mayoría de los Americanos.

-Joe Espo

Unique traits: My imagination, hopefully.

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Loglines

  • Denominations

    Denominations Budget: $1M - $5M | Crime Thriller Denominations illustrates a Colombian money counterfeiter network infiltrated by a US Secret Service decoy bank, lead by informant Sebastian Juanez - a native Colombian whose father is enslaved by the counterfeiters. It's based in the late 90s/early 2000s, in Colombia and Texas. The coming of age journey that Sebastian takes from South America to the US is the story core. Some dialog and scenes are based on missions lead by my tactical advisor and former Secret Service agent that operated a notorious anti-counterfeit task force in Colombia. 

  • Hersona (short/pilot)

    Hersona (short/pilot) Comedy When a developer’s personal shopping app mistakenly places cancelled orders, the team scrambles to prevent hundreds of gifts being sent to ex-girlfriends.

  • Blot

    Blot Comedy 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.

Awards

  • Nomination - Best Unproduced Script, Madrid Film Festival
    (2018)

  • Semifinalist (top 3%), Scriptapalooza
    (2016)

  • Official Selection (top 10%), Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition
    (2013)

Education

  • University of Barcelona

  • SUNY Oswego

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