No Sleep 'Til Austin by Scott Sawitz | Script Revolution

No Sleep 'Til Austin

In order to get to Austin City Limits, four mismatched women must set aside their personal differences to make their musical dreams come true.



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Rachel, Mercedes, Lindsay, and AJ are four different women who come together to form a band for four very different reasons. Rachel is the talent, the singer/songwriter behind their sound. She is very insecure, and oftentimes standoffish to her fellow bandmates. Lindsay is the music dork and the band's leader, by default, following her religious ideals and her musical instincts to find her path in this world. The band is her way, the coincidences that brought them together signs that this is the way forward. Mercedes is a wannabe social media influencer who’s only seen as an object and is often forgotten as a musician. She wants people to take her as seriously as her talents. AJ is the firebrand of the group, a professional drummer with ridiculous talents, and a pedigree to match, who somehow can’t manage to stay in a band for long enough to matter. She needs this band because being a musician is her calling; being a drummer is what she’s always aspired to be and anything else is a disappointment.

When they get invited to play on a battle of the bands for the esteemed show Austin City Limits. The band, “Serious Frequently” is barely post-conception, when they decide to go on the road to build an audience and get ready for the biggest show of their life. They call this tour “No Sleep ‘Til Austin.” As they travel from Chicago to Austin they run into multiple obstacles. As they stop to play a gig at different places on the way they experience difficult audiences, relationship problems, van problems, and multiple personality differences within the band.

Mercedes and Rachel can’t stand each other ever since they had a falling out in high school. Rachel has a crush on her best friend, Blake, and Mercedes eventually gets together with him. Rachel and Mercedes get into another huge fight, and Rachel quits the band. Eventually, they decide it’s best if they start over their relationship to preserve their band. Lindsay’s fiancé disapproves of her musician’s life. While on the road, she discovers that her fiancé had been cheating on her and cuts it off. AJ struggles with her anger and has to learn not to punch someone at every show.

Along the way, they have to overcome obstacles, and each other, to find out who they are as women and as a band. Once they make it to Austin City Limits, they have finally come together as a band to play one of the best gigs they have ever played. They finish in third place, only receiving four hundred dollars, but they are astounded by the journey they have gone on as a band. After they are contacted to sign with a label under Warner Music Group. Each band member finally feels validated as a musician. At the end of the movie, they pull over to a truck stop because they have a flat tire. It’s there they carelessly play music for a large, gathering crowd, satisfied with their journey.

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Submitted: November 8, 2019
Last Updated: April 26, 2021

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The Writer: Scott Sawitz

I like to write character studies of complex, flawed people within a genre framework. I funded, cast, shot and released a web series in under a calendar year. You can watch "Confessions of a Superhero" on YouTube in its entirety. I've had two scripts optioned: "The Merc: Fake Tales of a Real Man" by Pause 'n' Rewind Studios and "Three Generations of Me" by But Why Productions. A third, the adaptation of Bob Hamer's novel "The Last Undercover," is currently in development. My original short film, "The Executioner's Dilemma," was a semi-finalist at the 2020 Iron Bridge Film Festival Go to bio

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