Scripted mainstream projects featuring comedy and music for TV and Film
TRAMPS LIKE US by Marisa Torre
Nov 2016 Official Feature Screenplay Finalist CANADA Independent Film Fest
Feb 2016 Official Selection BEVERLEY HILLS Film Fest
A PEARL BEFORE SWINE by Marisa Torre:
Oct 2016 - Silver Winner! HOLLYWOOD Screenplay Contest
Sep 2016 - Official Selection NEW YORK Screenplay Contest
Apr 2016 - 3rd Place CANNES Screenplay Contest
“Of the more than 1000 unique screenplay entries we received this year, A PEARL BEFORE SWINE has earned special distinction as among the very best of the best," said John Vincent, Executive Director of The Hollywood Screenplay Contest. "This award is a testament to the talent, story-telling ability, and artistic vision of Marisa Torre."
I also write poetry and children's literature
My poetry has been published in the USA and I've worked in TV production
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada
Fashion and Business at Seneca and
Film Arts at Ryerson
Screenwriting with Larry Kasdan
2 yrs Royal Conservatory of Music
12 years York Region District School Board, Educational Assistant
5 yrs Volunteer - Art Gallery Ontario(AGO), TIFF, ReThink Cancer Breast Fest Film Fest (and others)
2 years TV Assoc Producer - Rogers Cable TV
Published Author 2006
Written: Feature Films, TV and Book-to-Screen/Web/S.T.E.M.
12 Children’s Books
7 TV Pilots
4 Feature Films
5 Poetry Books
My literary hero is G.B Shaw.
At age 15 in High School English class, I was greatly influenced by his play
MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION, not so much for the salacious subject matter he made sociable to discuss, but because he taught me to understand the other side of judicious morality.
With A PEARL BEFORE SWINE, I've made Shaw’s work become relevant to a new generation engaging elements of history and literature they can relate to.
With TRAMPS LIKE US I am mindful to do justice to Shaw's elevated views of morality and the depiction of common decency in those we see as below us and the defects of those we see as above us.
I offer a unique talent for compelling visuals and controversial dialogue driven in the context of mainstream projects featuring light comedy and music in TV and Film.
I pride myself on successful collaborations to established franchises as well as
writing to targeted audiences, casting and production budgets
Projects are my own original creations
They draw inherent humour from socially relevant issues, sometimes edgy
Poetry is my personal best and screenplays are my personal bent
Despite my hedonistic and bohemian free-spirit,
I'm a very centered, well adjusted and earthy person
... no drugs, no drama, no demons
with an insanely wild imagination, solid work ethic and smart business sense
And I can confuse and be confused in almost 4 languages;
English, Italian, French and almost Spanish.
Unique traits: The only writer's block I've ever had is my day-job.
A MAN LIKE HER Drama A Transgendered man finally established comfortably as a woman/actress must now portray a man for the star-maker role of life-time.
RIGHT THE WRONG WAY Drama 60ish White and Negro buddies without family, buy Nursing Home to grow into it but, before they can enjoy a future of elderly comfort, they must resolve the present racial hostilities between residents, young staff and the community.
FIRST FLUSH Drama Husband-wife paediatric team of psychologist and physician help parents potty-train toddlers; first as research, then as profession when sought after by celebrities and/or affluent couples
A PEARL BEFORE SWINE Historical ⋄ Drama ⋄ Action Having previously transformed Eliza Doolittle from a lowly street-girl into a “consort for a king”, in 1918 Professor Henry Higgins must now hide the 17 yr old Imperial Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia as a lowly household scrub-girl from the Bolshevik Secret Police on their mission to complete the Royal Family’s execution.
BLUES BOYS Action ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Music Before he died, Jake’s conjugal visits with Mystery Woman secretly spawned twins who now need Uncle Elwood’s help raising $50,000 to beat a killer thug frame-up.
TRAMPS LIKE US Action ⋄ Music ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Drama Father Quart must hideout at a whore-house for 2 weeks while secretly rehearsing a Church-charity concert to avoid prison for a frame set-up by his Head-Priest.
DEMI TASSE Drama Mixed race lesbian couple return to live in Bigoted Small-Town where Outlaw-Bikers and Church-People join forces against them to preserve town's 'purity'.
THE HARVEST ft The League of Reapers™ Drama ⋄ Fantasy Anita’s ghost is Marie’s new BFF protecting her from The League of Reapers and the darkest, most evil forces of ... High School.
BETWEEN SUMMERS Drama ELLA, a near-retirement Vice-Principal goes rogue with frustration at bad students with bad parents, risking a cause for dismissal losing all her retirement-benefits on a cause for change to the students’ benefit.
SOME SATURDAY NIGHT THING Biography ⋄ Music Working the late 70’s New York music scene, Debbie Harry and Blondie never heard of Lorne Michael’s SNL until invited to appear and almost didn’t.
WEDDING MUSIC AND WAR Music ⋄ Historical ⋄ Drama As Lady Di’s elegant Royal Wedding graces the world-press, a scruffy punk-rock band pranks the British Prime Minister and U.S President to the brink of war almost usurping Royal headlines.
COOKIES IN MY SOUP Family ⋄ Other Souza is a wilful little girl who learns MORE about making good choices from her new Autistic friend than from a league of daily adult caregivers.
ROSES AND RIPPLES Other Poetry for people who hate poetry ... until they read mine.
THE A.G.O. POEMS Other Poetry inspired by or matched to the artwork of The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
ALL MY SYNS AND LOGS Action ⋄ Music ⋄ Biography ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Drama All my synopsis' and loglines with a one page intro to each of my current projects.
COOKIES IN MY SOUP Other Souza is a willful little girl undaunted by a league of caregiver adults who tell her 'no' until an Autistic boy tells her 'why'.
HER HUSBAND’S WIFE Thriller Cash-poor but more married than any wedding could make them, couple marries separate millionaires until his divorce triggers psychotic jealous rage and murder.
Isle Of Yew Biography ⋄ Music The unauthorized legacy of former Beatle George Harrison since his death in 2001; the struggle of his survivors to do justice to his estate, the work he left behind and the message of his music still relevant today.
EMINENT DOMAIN (Episodic TV Series) Adventure ⋄ Drama Stonekey Oil pipeline drama - eminent domain: noun Law. the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner.
I CALL IT HOME Adventure ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Music Economy vs. Ecology, culture clashes and family feuds: Circumstances force brothers back to live with their NONNA, speak Italo-English and pursue conflicting careers
Silver - HOLLYWOOD Screenplay Contest - Oct 2016
Finalist - NEW YORK Screenplay Contest - Sept 2016
3rd Place - CANNES Screenplay Contest - Apr 2016
Official Selection - BEVERLY HILLS Screenplay Contest - Feb 2016
Finalist - CANADA Independent Film Festival - Nov 2016