Despondency by Dan O'Sullivan | Script Revolution




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Four stories reflect the hardships of eight connected people in a small town on a seemingly ordinary night that ends with life-changing circumstances for all.

Every road through life is destined to intersect with another. And on this particular night—in this particular small town—the lives of eight people will weave together through seemingly mundane circumstances that will ultimately result in monumental consequences for all. Gas station and convenient store clerk Debra works at the only place pumping life into the town after 7 p.m., but her own life is far from thriving with optimism, as exemplified by the gun she keeps back in her apartment and oftentimes close to her head due to recent marital problems with her same-sex adulterous co-worker Karen. However, the gun that goes off this fateful night won’t be directed toward Debra nor belong to her, but owned by the hand of the callous Cale—a drug-riddled desperate young man looking for an escape from his lowly and lonely local existence. Cale’s recklessness isn’t just limited to begging his own hard-luck mother for chump change, but merely a daily precursor to commit other small petty crimes against strangers—strangers like the beautifully-innocent Tasha, whose own unfortunate jagged and challenging path has crossed his determined trail. For on this night, Tasha carries a bit more inside her than a conflicting crisis with her personal religious beliefs—beliefs that have truly been put to the test after discovering she is pregnant with boyfriend Landen’s baby. Landen, on the other hand, takes the news as a gift, for his time since meeting her has been nothing but after leading a careless teenage lifestyle highlighted by a tragic drunken car accident he got off light on, despite a predilection for constantly letting the guilt eat away at him. Landen wants to distance himself from the type of person he used to be—taunting and teasing the type of wholesome Christian person that Tasha aspires to be. And that means surrounding himself with supportive friends like Felicia—a fun and free college student looking for a harmless good time at an anticipated frat house graduation party that takes a shameful turn for the worse when her misfortune intertwines with Corbin and Jay. The graduating longtime duo of buddies are also looking for mindless entertainment to cement their accomplishing diplomas, but with two different mindsets. Quiet and straight-edged Jay merely wants to get through the night without the loud and boisterous Corbin making an inebriated embarrassment of them both, playing an inevitable disapproving parent to Corbin’s usual tiresome shenanigans, but Corbin’s own dissatisfaction of false self-happiness subsequently leads them to an eye-opening experience. In an everlasting fight to find a meaningful place in existence, these eight emotionally-lost individuals will discover that this series of events over one single night will forever connect and bring them together on a higher path of the human condition.

Submitted: June 30, 2017
Last Updated: August 3, 2020

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American screenwriter of widely-diverse genre titles with nearly sixty awards and contest placements. Personal strengths rely on sharp, snappy dialogue and fantastic vision of detail to create engaging, believable, original and memorable stories. Graduate of the New York Film Academy and Brooklyn College for screenwriting. If you are an agent, director, producer or representative of a production company that would like to read a full screenplay, please contact using the message system. Go to bio

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