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Someone Somewhere Is Listening



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Two former lovers, now police detectives, risk life and career in pursuit of a sociopath monitoring phone conversations.

A sociopath preys upon the city, weaving a web of rape, robbery, blackmail, and murder. His nemesis is in the form of two police detectives, Karl Rider and Edith Harris, two estranged lovers of years past now thrust together on special assignment to discover a link among a series of similar but unrelated crimes. Edith's procedural methods immediately clash with Karl's independent and intuitive style of operation, his suspicion being the special assignment is to determine, then cover up a possible police connection associated with the crimes.

The brunt of the investigation falls upon Edith as Karl, against orders, maintains his connections with Robbery/Homicide in an investigation of drug related robberies that have escalated to murder. When a snitch of Karl's is murdered, he goes rogue, setting the perpetrator up for assassination. Edith is aghast upon discovering his actions.

Old flames are rekindled as Karl and Edith work together. Edith's current lover, Kevin, is aware of the previous relationship between Karl and Edith, and offers Edith marriage, but at the expense of her career.

Karl feels there is a connection between the drug/murdercases and those under special assignment. A link is determined among all the crimes to the tapping of cordless phones through the use of scanners. Due to the untraceable, undetectable nature of this type of surveillance, Karl and Edith, working through the police department, set up a sting operation; working as a team, using cordless phones while portraying individuals ripe for victimization. The antagonist makes contact, but the sting goes sour due to the intervention of an adversary of Karl's who works on the police force. This confirms Karl's suspicion of police involvement.

The antagonist witnesses the botched sting, recognizing it as a police action. Enraged, he uses his power of surveillance to track down and murder a beautiful young intern who assisted Karl and Edith with the operation.

Karl and Edith become of one mind, launching a second sting independent of department knowledge. With the aid of a high-tech, former military CID officer, they place their lives and careers on the line, in what becomes a Die Hard duel to the death.

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6TH Place: Filmmakers 1st TV Script Writing Competition 2015

Submitted: March 25, 2017
Last Updated: June 7, 2019

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The Writer: Gene Gwynne

I’ve had representation in the past, but am currently without representation, and am not a WGA member. I’ve attended seminars and classes by most of the screenplay gurus including Field, Segar, Freeman, among others; and attended workshops, classes, and lectures sponsored by The American Film Institute; and the USC Cinema-Television Alumni Association extension program. I was optioned once by a major television producer. Among the most recent awards for writing are: Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, Fall 2018 - 3rd Place finalist Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay: Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, Spring 2019 - 3rd place Best Dark Comedy Feature Screenplay. Finalist Short Screenplay: 2019... Go to bio

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