Film development can be a long, arduous process, but a rewarding one when done successfully. At Mark Lee & Franco Media, our goal is to obtain all sources available for funding our feature films, including first money allocation, tax incentives financing and brand placement, then coordinating these resources with matching funds from our co-production partners.
We have four films that are scheduled for principal photography in 2022-24: Endless Passion, a crime drama about a movie mogul whose seedy past comes back to haunt him by those now trying to put him behind bars, The Last Immortal, a sci-fi thriller about a warlock seeking revenge for an ancient ritual gone awry, The War Necklace, a drama adventure about a 19th century Venezuelan land baron who sets sail for Spain to seek a favorable business deal, only to discover that the king has conned him into returning valuable pearls while plotting to take over his empire, and The Stillness of Dark, a World War I drama of an American soldier returning home emotionally scarred while engaging in a tumultuous relationship that will lead to disastrous consequences.
All four projects will be handled by Ascension Media with Harvey Lowry directing.
Endless Passion explores the hypocrisy and double standards surrounding the war on drugs, the balancing act between morality and freedom of expression, and the everyday struggle for those seeking to achieve the American dream. Against this backdrop are CIA operatives based in the Philippines and Beppe Montaña, a drug lord who attempts to become a legitimate businessman by establishing companies that will distance himself from law enforcement authorities. Eventually Montaña’s ties to organized crime come back to haunt him when Special Agent Ethan LaSalle discovers a past associate who may be the key to solving his parents’ murders twenty-five years ago and which LaSalle now suspects were orchestrated by Montaña while taking over the powerful Carlos Alvarez drug empire.
Eduardo and Lucia Castellano are an ambitious powerful couple from Venezuela riding on the coattails of King Joseph Bonaparte’s blessing. Unfortunately, their partnership is soon found out by those aware that the king of Spain has ulterior motives, all stemming from a grudge he had with his predecessor, Ferdinand VII, over valuable pearls which he claims were stolen. While political antagonists seize the moment as an opportunity to sow discord and establish their indepeendence, a power struggle ensues that will test not only loyalties to family and country, but stir a potential bloodbath and overthrow of the government.
Estranged from his religious mother and alcoholic father, seventeen-year-old Max Beyer now lives alone above a hardware store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He meets Rebekah Fisher, a year younger and Amish. It is love at first sight. Despite protests from her family, Rebekah decides to elope with Max to New York, but soon after, the United States enters World War I and orders Max to France. While Rebekah thrives as a dial painter for luminous watches, Max returns home emotionally scarred from the wartime trauma. The watch company’s decision to relocate Rebekah to Lancaster to manage their new branch further alienates Max, and he begins down a path that will lead to disastrous consequences, though we soon discover that Rebekah has challenges of her own that could be just as deadly.
Lee Chavis is a screenwriter and novelist, and spent nearly thirty years in Washington, DC as a business management consultant. During his formative years, Chavis was an accomplished concert violinist and was awarded the William S. Newman Violin Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in music but later went on to graduate with degrees in political science and honors in philosophy. Later, Chavis decided to try his hand at writing fiction and by chance came across Sherry Gottlieb, a bestselling novelist whose credits include Love Bite and the 1995 TV-movie Deadly Love starring Susan Dey. Gottlieb took Chavis under her wing almost immediately, and after several years of editing, instruction, and guidance on the art of fiction writing and three-act structure, Chavis completed his first novel in 2010 titled A Dance in Paradise, a tragicomedy about a first-year law student who grapples with the untimely death of his grandfather.
Since then, Chavis has written four scripts: The Last Immortal with Karim Lounes, The War Necklace with Conchita Franco Serri, Endless Passion, and his latest, The Stillness of Dark, all currently in pre-production.
Conchita Franco Serri is the playwright of Choral #MeToo The Advent of the Era of Woman, and has received multiple accolades by national and international theater critics. In 2015, she and her mother, María Luisa Caballero, published the story of their ancestral grandmother in, Josefa Marquesa del Pumar, who in 1821 was an émigré exiled from Venezuela by Simón Bolivar. María and Conchita were inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Puerto Rico as Associate Academics in November 2015 for bringing to light a previously unknown and remarkable figure.
Conchita is the co-writer of Notable Latino Americans: A Biographical Dictionary, which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award. She has published in commercial law digests and legal journals, and in 2006 wrote Emotions at Work: Self-Compassion and the Dynamics of Investigating Sexual Harassment published by SAGE Journals.
Mark Musto is a talented actor who has studied and worked on both coasts. His film, theatrical, television, and voice-over credits include roles for ABC, TLC and HBO. Mark has worked with several notable directors -- Farhad Mann, Danny Cannon, Jeffrey Fine and Arthur Ginsberg -- to name a few. His experience includes every phase of filmmaking, from production to post-production, as well as the business side of showbiz, and he has studied at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios, CA, TVI Studios CA, and the Network Studios CA.
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