5th Street by D.C. Copeland | Script Revolution

5th Street

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Explores the lives and times of the rich and famous, the night clubbers, and the common man through the eyes of the owner of the fabled 5th Street Gym where all paths cross.
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5th STREET is a contemporary bilingual TV series with a bible and pilot set in Miami and Miami Beach. It centers on the Fifth Street Gym and the people who frequent it and come in touch with its manager, DIEGO “DYNAMITE” SANCHEZ (a James Olmos type). The original gym was the legendary training ground for Muhammad Ali. Diego Sanchez is equally legendary. He was a top Welterweight until he killed a guy in the ring. That tragedy transformed him. He gave up the game, drifted for a while and then settled in Miami Beach where he became an assistant trainer at the gym. He soon became famous for his unorthodox training methods that addressed character more than technique. Borrowing freely from pop psychology, religion, mysticism, and the martial arts, Diego was not only changing the lives of his fighters, but also the face of boxing. He was restoring dignity and humility to mankind’s greatest dramatic arena, the boxing ring. And outside the ring and 5th Street Gym, in one of Florida’s poorest neighborhoods, where the newest immigrants are scratching out a foothold in the promised land up against the looming towers of the super rich in the new SoBe, Diego Sanchez is changing the lives of the kids in the ‘hood by opening his gym and his heart to them. In time, with the help of some of his rich and famous clients who came to exercise and soak up his pacific persona, Diego formed a partnership and bought the gym.

The pilot opens when ROBERTO “BOBBY RAY” REYES, a Heavyweight contender, is hit with a crashing right hook that sends him and his dreams of wealth and glory to the canvas. Diego Sanchez was once his manager. Bobby Ray was lured away by a competing trainer who promised to accelerate his career. Hospitalized for weeks in a coma after the near-fatal punch, Bobby Ray awakens to find out that, not only will he never be able to fight again; his manager has left him penniless. Hopeless, he struggles with the thought of suicide until he gets a phone call from Diego. Diego offers him a job as a trainer at the gym and a chance to recover his life. Bobby Ray takes him up on the offer.

Bobby Ray soon discovers why Diego wants him to manage the gym: Diego doesn’t have time anymore because he’s too busy working with the kids and street gangs in the hood. Bobby Ray can’t understand this. He's still good looking and semi-famous enough to score with the babes on a nightly basis in the bars and clubs and isn’t about to give up any of his “borrowed time” for anyone but himself. Diego never says anything; he just goes about his “business” of saving lives in the shadows of the high-end towers of the new SoBe.

When Bobby Ray invests in the "Fight Club," a nightclub built around an MMA cage, these two styles of combat become thematic metaphors for the series.

Master and teacher. Idealist and nihilist. Stories from the ‘hood and the ring. Stories about the little guy trying to make a buck, to pay the rent, to earn respect. Stories about the fight game and the warrior-dreamers who train so hard in the gym to attain wealth and fame. Everyone, rich and poor, young and old, the ugly and the beautiful, all struggling to make it happen on South Beach. And, in the middle of this swirling frenzy for a piece of the pie sits Diego Sanchez, centered, enlightened, at peace. This is “5th Street.”

Submitted: October 20, 2017
Last Updated: September 20, 2019

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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