The New Bohemians by David C. Velasco | Script Revolution

The New Bohemians

A group of 21st Century bohemians and millennials struggle with gentrification, redefining the American Dream, and each other, as they navigate the world of a revitalized, less than idealistic, downtown district.

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Set in a mid-sized, midwest city, The New Bohemians is a one-hour, serialized drama centered on the lives of five, diverse inhabitants of an urban world-of-its-own district —shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, lofts, galleries, businesses— going through gentrification, a changing economy and reassessment of the future. It inspires and scares. Change is everywhere, but the catalyst is faceless. Each is at a different stage in their life ranging from early 20s to 40s separated by the proverbial 6 degrees. Fear of, or accommodating this change, drives each to decisions ranging from the rash to the profound, unthinkable in their past. It also causes each to question themselves. It examines the themes of change, life choices and what does the future now hold in the 21st Century.

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Real world issues: Millennials do not have the same opportunities as past generations. Changes in the economy, cost of a university degree, the Great Crash of 2008 and COVID's effects have altered American culture. They face a lower standard of living and question what the American Dream really means anymore. Gentrification affects many areas brought back from decades of decay. Revitalized areas become victims of their success. Longtime residents feel alienated/driven out. These cause worldviews of the characters to differ/shift during the seasons.

These are the engines of change each character faces. It’s not about winning or losing, but what you learn by fighting, and what’s worth fighting for, and how their battles change them: hope to cynicism and back again; freedom to entrapment to empowerment; failure to reward to contentment. Change is inevitable. How each deals with it is not. This keeps the audience coming back wondering what choices —good, bad, indifferent— each makes.

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Gentefied (Netflix)- People facing a changing neighborhood. Modern Love (Amazon Video)- Exploring different types of relationships. Tiny Furniture (2010)- Young people starting out in life and things don’t go exactly as planned. Plans change and true feelings come out.

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Submitted: May 3, 2021
Last Updated: December 27, 2021

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The Writer: David C. Velasco

Getting older since birth, David decided to get busy writing, a passion developed as a teenager. Years of having characters dance around his head became unbearable, writing LIKE A DRUG (formerly titled THE LOFTS) and his first sci-fi FUTURECAST. David grew up in the deserts of New Mexico. After a stint in the US Navy and graduating college, lived in Kansas and California for a few years each. He and his wife spent twelve wonderful years in Springfield, MO where much of his inspiration comes from, and began serious writing. A short story –Fortunate Son, published online at narroratorINTERNATIONAL– received Editor’s Pick. The ever present desire to create and entertain, he continues other... Go to bio

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