Attention Ashland, Or people. Looking for actors and stuff!

I’m looking for actors for a comedy short I’m directing for MOVE TO AMEND. I can’t pay you but but it will be posted on the Internet. It’s a short that helps explain the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizen’s United. I need four actors.

THE PRIME ACTOR: Older actor in his mid fifties with a beautiful man voice.

MALE ACTOR: Late 20’s-early 40’s. Must have a Good suit.

FEMALE ACTOR: Mid 20’s-Mid 30’s. Slender and petite.

DIRECTOR: In his thirties, good at what he does.

THE SCRIPT FOLLOWS:

OPEN ON…

INT. STUDIO-DAY-WIDE SHOT.
THE PRIME ACTOR, mid fifties with a beautiful man voice is looking directly at us.

THE PRIME ACTOR
(Hello, my name is (ACTOR’S NAME.) and I’m here to talk to you today about the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission.
(Beat.)
Now, as you know, the basic idea of Democracy is that every person, Rich or Poor should have a equal voice in how we run our country.

INT-STUDIO-DAY-WIDE ON TWO ACTORS.

On the left, A FEMALE ACTOR dressed casually. On the right is a MALE ACTOR dressed in a good suit.

FEMALE ACTOR
We The People!

MALE ACTOR
Business rocks!

BACK ON PRIME ACTOR.

THE PRIME ACTOR
But in the last forty years, several factors have caused that balanced to be tilted on the side of the rich. The removal of the fairness doctrine, the rise of right wing talk radio, media consolidation. So now, public discourse now looks like this.

BACK ON TWO ACTORS.

FEMALE ACTOR
(Softly.)
We the people.

The MALE ACTOR pulls out a bull horn, aims it at the FEMALE ACTOR and yells.

MALE ACTOR
BUSINESS ROCKS!!!

BACK ON PRIME ACTOR.

THE PRIME ACTOR
But now, something has happened to further tip the balance.
(Beat.)
Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission that corporate donations in elections are protected under the First Amendment and should not be limited.  As a result, corporations can now flood the zone with unlimited amounts of money in any election.  Effectually shutting out voices with more limited resources.  Which means, our public discourse could start to look more like this.

BACK ON TWO ACTORS

FEMALE ACTOR
(Whispering.)
We the…

The MALE ACTOR interrupts her by hitting her in the face with a prop bag of money and then yells through the bullhorn again.

MALE ACTOR
BUSINESS ROCKS!!!

BACK ON PRIME ACTOR.

THE PRIME ACTOR
If this trend continues, soon our democracy will look like this.

BACK ON TWO ACTORS
The MALE ACTOR is now hitting the FEMALE ACTOR while yelling into the bullhorn.

MALE ACTOR
BUSINESS ROCKS!…BUSINESS ROCKS!…BUSINESS ROCKS!

FEMALE ACTOR
WILL YOU STOP HITTING ME IN THE DAMN FACE ALREADY!

Suddenly, we hear a voice yell from off-frame.

DIRECTOR
CUT!

THE DIRECTOR walks into frame. Mid-forties and at the moment, cheesed.

DIRECTOR
What’s going on?  That was a good take?

FEMALE ACTOR
Why does he have to keep hitting me in the face? I’m lucky I’m still standing.

MALE ACTOR
What do you want from me? It’s in the script.

FEMALE ACTOR
That many times?

DIRECTOR
It’s a metaphor. The corporations are hitting us in the face with bags of money. While it’s not the subtlest imagery…

FEMALE ACTOR
What’s in the bag anyway?

DIRECTOR
Well,you know, money, resources, political power…

FEMALE ACTOR
No, I mean what’s actually in the bag?

DIRECTOR
Oh, it should be just foam pieces.

As THE DIRECTOR examines the bag, THE PRIME ACTOR has crossed over from his spot to the group.

THE PRIME ACTOR
Can I say something?
(Beat.)
I’m feeling very uncomfortable with being in a spot where a woman is repeatedly hit in the face.

DIRECTOR
I know it’s rough but it’s accurate.  Women are being targeted in this situation. Unemployment benfits? Cut. Food Stamps? Cut. That hurts single parent households. Not to mention cuts to Planned Parenthood and attacks on reproductive values.  Do you know how hard it is for a woman in Kansas to get a legal abortion?

FEMALE ACTOR:
No. Do you know how hard it is to walk into an audition for “True Blood” with a broken nose?

DIRECTOR
It’s foam!  It shouldn’t…
(Beat.)
Okay, fine.  I’ll take a hit in the face and show you it’s not that bad. Okay?

FEMALE ACTOR
Fine.

DIRECTOR
(To MALE ACTOR.)
Okay, take the shot.

MALE ACTOR
Uh, you sure…

DIRECTOR
Yes, I’m sure.  Do it.

The MALE ACTOR takes the bag and hits the DIRECTOR in the face which almost knocks him over.

DIRECTOR
The hell…!

FEMALE ACTOR
See.

DIRECTOR
What the hell’s in that bag?

MALE ACTOR
It’s foam pieces.

The DIRECTOR grabs the bag, opens it and starts searching it.

DIRECTOR
What’d you do? Dip some of them in lead first?

Suddenly, he finds something and pulls it out of the bag.  It’s a Doc Martin shoe.

THE PRIME ACTOR
Jesus…

FEMALE ACTOR
I knew it!

DIRECTOR
You want to explain yourself, mister?

MALE ACTOR
Uh…it was a character thing.

DIRECTOR
A…character thing?

MALE ACTOR
Yeah.  I figured my character would be the sort of A-hole who would put a shoe in a bag of money.

Both the PRIME ACTOR and the FEMALE ACTOR start ad-lib yelling about lack of professionalism.

DIRECTOR
(Yelling.)
ENOUGH!  We’re burning daylight!
(TO FEMALE ACTOR.)
We need to finish the last part of this.  Can you do it?

FEMALE ACTOR
Depends. Can I do the ending “in character”?

DIRECTOR
I have no problem with that.

MALE ACTOR
Uh, guys…

DIRECTOR
It’s either that or I file a complaint with SAG! Your call!

The MALE ACTOR nods.

DIRECTOR
Fine. PLACES! We’ll take the last round of “Business Rocks” as read.

Everyone heads back to their proper places

BACK ON THE PRIME ACTOR.

He straightens himself up and begins.

THE PRIME ACTOR
But now, a group of concerned citizens have banded together to challenge this ruling.  And we call ourselves, “Move To Amend”. Our goal is to amend the constitution to A.) Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. B.) Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count. And C.) Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.
(Beat.)
If you want to help, please go to movetoamend.org and let your voice be heard.
(Beat.)
And hopefully, one day, our Democracy will look more like this.

ON THE TWO ACTORS

FEMALE ACTOR
(Loud and proud.)
We The People!

MALE ACTOR
(Through the Bullhorn.)
Business Rocks!

He tries to hit her in the face with the bag of money but she catches and uses it to pull him closer to her. She then grabs him by the shoulders and knees him in the groin, TEN TIMES.  During this, we cut to THE PRIME ACTOR and THE DIRECTOR watching this and wincing. Finally, she finishes and he falls to the floor.

BACK ON THE PRIME ACTOR

THE PRIME ACTOR
Because we believe in the will of the people, we Move to Amend.

Five second pause.

DIRECTOR
Annnndddd….CUT!  That’s it people! We got it.

WIDE ON ALL.

The DIRECTOR goes to the FEMALE ACTOR.

DIRECTOR
Are you happy with the last beat?

FEMALE ACTOR
Very.  It felt…cathartic.

DIRECTOR
Good.
(To THE PRIME ACTOR.)
Sir, thanks again for helping us out.

THE PRIME ACTOR
Yeah, sure.  Look…is kicking the rich guy in the nuts really the right image for a peaceful political organization?

DIRECTOR
Fair concern.  Don’t worry about it.  We can fix it in post.
(Looks at the MALE ACTOR.)
How about you?  I hope you’ve learned your lesson about…
(Beat.)
Sir?

MALE ACTOR
My legs…can’t feel..my legs…

DIRECTOR
(Off to the side.)
Can we get an ice pack on the floor, please?

MALE ACTOR
I…can taste…my urine…

BLACKOUT..

SCRIPT ENDS

This is a rough draft. I may be doing some rewriting before the shoot once I know final cast. If you’re interested, please contact me at Rjcelticray@mac.com. Also, does anyone have any Green Screen Material they’re willing to let me use for the shoot? I’m also looking for a enclosed space. Any help will be appreciated.

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Actor/Writer/Homegrown Pundit/Cranky Progressive/Sometimes Filmmaker. talesofthegeeknation.com
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