A Greenville Christmas by Jason K. Allen | Script Revolution

A Greenville Christmas

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Hoping to revive a once promising journalism career, a struggling Chicago waitress gets the opportunity to run a newspaper in a small town where news is scare and journalism has no rules.
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Ramona Wilson is a struggling Chicago waitress who once gave up a promising journalism career in order to take care of her ailing mother. With her life in shambles and the holidays just around the corner, Ramona gets an unexpected opportunity: the chance to run a newspaper in a small Southern town.

With a new lease on life, Ramona excitedly heads to the tiny Christmas-obsessed town of Greenville, Tennessee. Upon discovering that her office is located inside a barn, she quickly realizes that running a small-town paper isn’t as exciting (nor as romantic) as she’d imagined.

When not contending with barnyard smells, decrepit outhouses and an overdose of holiday cheer, Ramona must deal with her high-maintenance staff: Zack, an awkward computer whiz with purple hair; Buck, a tractor-driving farmer who struggles as the paper’s photographer; and Two Moons, the ace reporter who leaves his stories in a tree.

Ramona also has issues with Mayor Stroud, who owns the newspaper. Rather than helping her learn the ropes, he spends his time patrolling the streets with his trusty broom, daring anyone to toss litter onto his precious sidewalks during Christmas.

Only Cecil, a shy, ruggedly handsome bait shop owner, provides Ramona some occasional solace. But despite their mutual attraction – and the fact that they constantly run into each other – Cecil mysteriously keeps her at arm’s length.

What’s worse, Ramona has difficulty finding legitimate news stories in Greenville. Among her big scoops: a lost hubcap, a UFO sighting and a prize catfish.

Further complicating matters, Ramona must contend with the rival newspaper, whose editor decides to wage war against the newcomer.

Ramona perseveres, however, and ultimately revives the town's newspaper while finding contentment, healing and possibly even love during her magical Greenville Christmas. And when she finally receives the phone call she's been waiting for -- the call offering her a "dream job" as a reporter at Chicago's top newspaper -- the decision becomes more difficult than she'd imagined.

Submitted: December 27, 2017
Last Updated: May 14, 2019

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The Writer: Jason K. Allen

Jason Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, TN. He is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer and award-winning journalist. His first feature film, Lucky Fritz, premiered at Cannes in 2009. He's won Best Screenplay honors at the Nashville Film Festival, San Diego Film Awards, Mountain of Laughs Comedy Fest, TSA Screenwriting Awards and Artlightenment Film Festival among others, and is a seven-time finalist of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His scripts have also been finalists in the prestigious ScreenCraft and ScriptVamp competitions. His writing credits include the award-winning short films American Sock, That Smell and The Man from Everywhere. Most... Go to bio

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