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Rock Bottom



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After a down-on-her-luck screenwriter reaches wit's end, she turns a breakdown into a leg up.

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In a social media obsessed world, fame and infamy can find us at the click of a button.  Our every moment from the monumental to the mundane can be captured, shared, and scrutinized into emoji hell - often whether we like it or not.  Welcome to the age of viral video.

Jeanine’s screenwriting career is going nowhere fast.  It seems like everyone’s getting a break out there but her.  Unknowns wake to find themselves online superstars with six figure deals; while Jeanine can’t scrape together enough loose change to temper the scorn of teenage grocery store clerks.  Agents remain indifferent; dinner is a packet of duck sauce on toast, and it seems even the sofa is on the receiving end of Jeanine’s dwindling finances. 

What does it take for a girl to get a break?

Street-robbery, apparently…

Forced to flee her roach infested apartment, Jeanine discovers the universe has been saving up for one last kick when a mugger snatches her phone.  But in a fortuitous stroke the picky thief deems her device unworthy and throws it back.

For Jeanine it’s the final indignity.  She snaps, taking off in pursuit, hell-bent on a dose of street justice.

In an age of instant uploads and viral stardom it’s a decision that leads to the most unlikely of consequences...

Read Rock Bottom to discover more.

Chris Courtney Martin’s Rock Bottom captures the hopes and frustrations of a young creative struggling to make her way in the modern world.  Humorous and heartfelt it’s a must read for any filmmaker looking for a smart yet straightforward short to add to their portfolio. 

Review by Steve Miles
Submitted: December 28, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018
Times Downloaded: 37
Last Downloaded: December 13, 2019

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The Writer: Chris Courtney Martin

Chris Courtney Martin hails from Philadelphia, where she was introduced to her craft. In high school, she placed in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition three years out of four. After receiving the prestigious Liberty scholarship, Martin started Drexel University's Screenwriting & Playwriting program, where she switched gears to focus on screenwriting. Martin graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Drexel's SCRP program, as well as minors in Film & Video and Art History. She has since won/placed in several screenwriting competitions (including Urbanworld and Emerging Screenwriters) and received promotion via the 2018 Young & Hungry List, 2018 Bitch List and... Go to bio
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