Michael Fairman and Lee Kessler's New Screenplay "The Last Line of Defense" Made the Finals -- out of 1300 Submissions in the International Filmmakers Contest

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The screenplay, "The Last Line of Defense" is based on a true story. It has been deemed one of the largest government abuse-of-power cases in the history of the U.S. Michael and Lee submitted their new screenplay several months ago to the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards and, after going through 6 rounds of judging, last week it was named a finalist. The winning screenplays will be announced next week.

The screenplay, "The Last Line of Defense" is based on a true story. It has been deemed one of the largest government abuse-of-power cases in the history of the U.S. Michael and Lee submitted their new screenplay several months ago to the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards and, after going through 6 rounds of judging, last week it was named a finalist. The winning screenplays will be announced next week.

The screenplay is a true story of a single mother's casual comment that sets off a series of events which expose her and her family to an abuse of power by the United States government. In a struggle, which nearly disintegrates them, the family is brought together by their common purpose to survive.

This event comes on the heels of Lee Kessler's non-fiction novel, White King and the Doctor, which continues to hold #1 in "Suspense" and #1 in "Downloads." Her novel can be previewed on http://www.lulu.com/LeeKessler.

About the Screenwriters

Michael Fairman, in a recent interview, said, "Having been an actor for many years and in love with film, I thought I'd try my hand writing screenplays. In the 80's, I had an idea for a story about how the elderly are shunted aside by today's society, and teamed up with a partner to write 'Found Money.' This was produced and aired on NBC TV. Soon after, my partner was cast in the series 'WKRP in Cincinnati' and he and I collaborated, writing a half dozen episodes. We parted ways and I wrote three other scripts with different partners. We always got good feedback, but they never went anywhere. My acting career was going well so I put writing aside until Lee Kessler brought me a story, which we turned into 'The Last Line of Defense.' That has rejuvenated my interest in writing."

Lee Kessler is a television actress, playwright, and stage director. Her career in Hollywood and New York spans 28 years and includes dozens of guest- starring roles in episodic TV, miniseries and movies-of-the-week. She had re-occurring roles in the series "Hill Street Blues" and "Matlock," and was submitted for Emmy nomination twice for her starring roles in the movie, "Collision Course," and the ABC special, "Which Mother Is Mine?" She co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the movie "Creator." Her play, "Anais Nin--the Paris Years," was produced in New York and Los Angeles, with a subsequent tour on the west coast. And her debut suspense novel, "White King and the Doctor," has elicited rave responses at book signings throughout the US. The sequel, "The Unwitting" is due out next year.

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