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BREAKAWAY HEART

BREAKAWAY HEART
By Gary A. Piazza

GENRE: Historical, Drama
LOGLINE:

"A Vietnamese refugee barely escapes war torn Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and embarks on a life-long journey to find her father. Her amazing story is one of hope and survival."

SYNOPSIS:

It happened with “The Killing Fields,” it happened with “Schindler’s List,” and it happened with “Unbroken.” The historical impact these films had set minds in motion and motivated people to learn many truths about these human atrocities and the brave souls who emerged therefrom. But there was another piece of our history that has yet to be revealed to a mass audience.After the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, another war had begun--a 21-year war that ended around 1996. During this time, a mass exodus, a diaspora, where over one million people fled Vietnam to escape the communist persecution and mistreatment with the hopes of finding happiness and freedom abroad. Tragically, 30 percent never made it off foreboding waters of the South China Sea, or the disease-ridden refugee camps in various countries. For those who did make it to the camps, there was no guarantee they would be reunited with loved ones or find sponsorship abroad.

“Breakaway Heart” is based on true events and is a culmination of moments from many of my own refugee friends and colleagues and my research over the past 15 years. It’s the story of a determined girl, My Le Nguyen, and her harrowing journey from Vietnam to the United States and her lifelong search for her father. It’s a poignant look at her life over a span of thirty years as she survives, rape, torture, work farms and life in the camps before finally making it to the States, only to be confronted with more difficulties here. This is a hidden piece of our history that finds its relevance today because we still face similar refugee struggles. These stories need to be told.

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Michael Jennings

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Michael Jennings

My thoughts on this logline, Gary, is that it might do better to let the logline -- the first sentence -- stand alone, without the added commentary trailing behind. Save that for the end of your synopsis, perhaps. I also think the end of your logline could be made stronger. Because happiness is something that everyone is searching for, it detracts from what might make your protagonist's journey special, and worth the reader's time. Also, the "freedom" element strikes me as a bit odd, because the logline tells us she "escapes" and then goes on a journey searching for freedom. If someone has already escaped, and has the freedom to go on a quest to father/freedom/happiness, it kind of sounds like she already has the freedom thing checked off of her list. Find a way to make her journey hook us, and use that to wrap up your logline. I have a hunch that there is a good story behind this logline, and I wish you the best of success with it.

Gary A. Piazza

Thanks for the feedback, Michael. Already implemented changes based on your suggestions.

James Drago

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Michael Jennings

You're very welcome, Gary. I'm glad you found it useful. I've come to realize that loglines are an art form. Sadly, I'm only equipped with an 8-ct. box of Jumbo Crayons!

Thanks for the network invitation, and I look forward to seeing BREAKAWAY HEART on the Big Screen one day soon. :)

Gary A. Piazza

Pavel, really? Can you give me a reason why you'd rate my logline as only 1 star?

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