Shepherding Cassie by Michael Oborn.
Why does nine-year-old Cassie Shepherd need conversion therapy? How does Cassie’s father ensure his daughter does not become a lesbian? Cassie’s father is convinced most professional female athletes are homosexuals. An Olympic coach wants to coach and enter Cassie in the Olympics. Grandpa, the town drunk, is the only person who stands between his nine-year-old granddaughter and three months of electric shock treatments and brainwashing techniques.
This is a story Eastwood would snap up if he were ten minutes younger.
Multiple awards, Contained Movie. Grandpa is in 98% of the scenes.
Some of the characters, names, incidents, locations, and events have been fictionalized for dramatization purposes. Any similarity to names, characterizations, or persons is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
Review by Jeff Hazelton: Strong characterization, good action.It felt like the first page dropped me right into the action. The book only got harder to put down as I continued. I think the biggest compliment to the writing is what happened to me a few days after I finished reading it. As I was having dinner at an alehouse, I glanced over at the bar. There was a man sitting there who somehow looked familiar, although I didn’t think I had actually met him. Then it hit me. The man looked like he shared the same qualities as Obie, the lead character in this story. (If I were casting, he’d get the first audition.) The characterization was so strong that Obie felt like a real person who could be sitting at that bar.
Review by Michael Oborn: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD plus SECOND PLACE WINNER at the SRFILM FESTIVAL in NEW YORK. This book recently won an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Calcutta Cult International Film Festival which is a member of the British Film Institute, London and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. Shepherding Cassie was recently awarded a Second-Place honor at the SR Film Festival in NY. Additionally, it has now been “Selected” into the finals of five Film Festivals.
Nine year old Cassie swipes her brother’s jeans, chops her hair short and happens to be good at gymnastics. Her father, a leader in this small farming community, thinks professional female athletes are lesbians. To keep his daughter from becoming a homo he commits Cassie to a camp specializing in behavioral modification which uses electric shock therapy and brain washing techniques that guarantees positive results. Grandpa, the town drunk, is only person who can help Cassie and grandpa is in prison.
Review by Amazon Customer: Looking forward to the movie…I love the occasional fiction, but I never thought to read a movie script. I’m glad a friend recommended it. I couldn’t put it down. I ordered additional copies for my book club. If this movie is a movie, I definitely want to see it.
Review by K. R.: I fell in love with Obie in the first scene. Surprises abound in this story. (For years I have been working in the field of literary discipline as an editor, writer, and publicist. I didn’t know what I was in for when Michael asks me to do an edit. Talk about exceptional. SHEPHERDING CASSIE stands head and shoulders above so much of what is called literary fiction. The fact that it is in film script format makes little difference.) Laurence Shepherd, the leader of this small farming community is convinced women athletes are homosexuals. When a coach scouting for talent sees Cassie perform, she asks if she can train her for the Olympics. Laurence must save his daughter from becoming a lesbian. He commits her to a three-month conversion camp that guarantees positive change in sexually conflicted individuals. Grandpa, Obie Shepherd, the town drunk, is the only person that can help Cassie and Obie is in prison. I fell in love with Obie in the first scene. I call SHEPHERDING CASSIE a must read.
Review by Jim Whitefield: This is a must read screen play. Shepherding Cassie grabs you from the start. You are immediately drawn to Obie. Scene by scene as the plot develops other characters are introduced and described well and you can picture the action all the way along. This is a very well written screen play with twists and turns all the way to the end. It flows beautifully and does not disappoint. I loved this script and look forward to seeing it on screen. Jim Whitefield ~ Author of The Bible Delusion and The Mormon Delusion series.
Review by Tia Night Eagle: This will move you, storytelling at its deepest,, glad a friend recommended checking it out…Excellent work; great writer.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2023
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)
Keywords: grandpa, coming of age, screenplay
Fiction: Coming Of Age
About The Author: Michael Oborn recently received two awards from Readers Favorite. 5 Star rating medallion and an Honorable Mention. Thank you, ‘Readers Favorite’.
The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott has become a subject of heated debate and interest among angry Mormons, ex-Mormons, and religious scholars. Oborn’s book has been critiqued and reviewed on five continents.
A growing audience of interest is spreading though borderline church members in the 14,000,000 memberships of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Oborn has piqued the indignation of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In Salt Lake City for writing a suspense fiction using the cultural environment of Mormonism as the backdrop of his story just as Dan Brown did among the Cardinals of Rome with the Da Vinci Code.
Oborn served an honorable two-year mission for the Mormon Church. He is the son of a manager of The Deseret Industries, a non-profit church welfare organization.
A fascination with science and cultural anthropology, Oborn graduated from Weber State University and holds a title of Chemical Dependency Professional in the State of Washington.
More About Mike Oborn as an Actor, Director, and Retired Drunk: Michael is a Chemical Dependency Professional working with addicts and their families. He is affiliated with SAFE CALL NOW, a nonprofit organization involved with police and firefighters. “Our first responders have the most difficult job in our society. As a result of the high stress and injury rates they have a suicide rate almost three times that of us, the citizen they protect and serve. Most of that number suffer the disease of addiction. Very few people realize this.”
Message From The Author: If you like Charles Bukowski, E. Annie Proulx, Craig Johnson, or Edward Abbey, I’m your man. Mine writing has been called a Karate style.
Why Mystery/Suspense? I wanted to write a book that was entertaining, historically enlightening, and educational. I did so because so few non-Mormons really know what being a Mormon means. When people ask me at author readings for book clubs and book stores, “What is the strangest experience you have had when talking to people about your book, I have to say, People’s reactions.”
A non-Mormon will tell me something like, “I find this hard to believe.” An ex-Mormon, on the other hand, will hug me and exclaim, “You’ve made it understandable. I didn’t think anyone could.”
Non-Mormon’s have a hard time believing what it really means to be a Mormon.
I am a cancer survivor.
When my sweetheart was diagnosed with the ugly word, cancer, the three years that followed were a blue blur.
I remember words like endometrium and carcinoma. My first memory was surgery in which they took out pieces of her and discarded them. I remember the quilt group of women she belonged to that unanimously recommended, “get the spinal.” I remember in pre op the anesthesiologist, a lazy older dude that ignored the quilt groups advise when my back was turned. I remember her pain in post op and the looks I received when I spoke to the nurse in charge as said “do the spinal and do it now. I don’t care if it is post op.” They were smart and had another anesthesiologist do the procedure. I remember chemicals so toxic the nurses had to be careful handling it when they set up the I.V. that shot it into my sweetheart’s veins and arteries. I remember the day my sweetheart asked me to take my beard trimmer to her hair and how we wept as I sheered her head. I remember her donation of hats to the medical center when her hair started growing back, twelve in all. I remember sleeping in hospital rooms on chairs. I remember an overhead machine damn near the size of a Volkswagen that bombarded my wife’s stomach with something invisible called radiation. It was in a lead lined room with a twelve-inch-thick door. I had to leave her lying on a cold slab under that Goddamn machine naked, cold, and alone. I remember diarrhea so fierce she was hospitalized for twelve days. I remember the doctor that insisted it was Crohn’s Disease. We lived with it for over a year with no relief before we went to a Naturopathic Doctor that said, “Let’s see what you are allergic to.” Sure, enough the radiation that was pointed at the endometrium damaged the stomach also. The Naturopathic doctor with a suggested diet change gave us our lives back. It has been over six years now and we are good and I lived through it.
I have advice. For any who care to know when it gets serious and you are spending a lot of time with medical people take an advocate with you. At every stage have someone with you who represents you and if the doctor refuses to acknowledge them and or their questions fire the bastard and get a second opinion.
Michael states, “He is spoiled rotten by his sweetheart of 22 years.”
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