The goal of this documentary is to show an accurate portrait of the repossession industry, and the people effected
With the turn of the century came tremendous hope, prosperity and the reinvigoration of the American Dream. Unlike anytime in America’s history, the material possessions once thought beyond the grasp of the working middle class, were now sitting polished and shiny before them. This created an appetite for the better life and when faced with temptation and the hypnotic advertising of the “limited time” opportunity, once iron clad ideals were stripped down for a chance at the “now”.
Of course, what no one saw lurking beyond the gilded glow of the dream, was the reality of a monumental collapse and the inevitable aftermath which would tragically follow. Seemingly overnight, the finances which would have been safely tucked away to plan for future educations and retirements, were now red stamped ink on bank notes and judgments as everything slipped away. Where the middle class who once believed you truly get out what you put in, were now the left in the rubble of a Fool’s paradise. For a class of society who are willing to break their backs and work their lives away just for a small portion of the proverbial pie, when the table is unexpectedly wiped clean…the equation is forever changed.
The general public has several stereotypes about repossession and the documentary will address those from interesting and unique angles. It is a well-known fact the Repo business is a dangerous profession and while that will be covered, it will not be done for shock value. Instead we will use the danger element to further stress to the two distinct story arcs of the documentary. The first story arc will deal with ethnic and low income repo cases. The stereotype being ethnic and low income types are untrustworthy and look to game the system at all costs. Rather than feed into these stereotypes like the current swath of reality programs do, this documentary will get to the heart and soul of the issue. In most cases, the home they live in or the vehicle that is being repossessed is their only means of transportation. It is their very livelihood and without it, they cannot get to work, cannot get their children to and from school or day care, and because of their status, banks refuse to work with them on a payment plan. It is in this realm of fact where the danger is connected. When the car being repossessed is the one thing that so many other important things hinge on, a person will fight and possibly kill to keep it from being taken away. We show this in great detail and shed light on the plight of the lower class. In this story arc’s summary, we have Rich who is barely getting by, sympathetic to the people but this job is his livelihood. Rich is very much one of them, but ultimately he has to pay the bills.
The second story arc has to deal with the upper class. These are the people who live beyond their means and have done so all of their lives. When the economic surplus hit, their greed pushed them to get more of things they truly don’t need and when the bubble burst, they felt above the threat of repossession and foreclosure because those are lower income bracket problems. This is an area unexplored in major media and will be a defining portion of the documentary. Where the first story arc was about poverty and the down trodden, this story arc is about the arrogant and greedy. Where Rich could relate to the first segment, he finds pleasure in repossessing the materials of the upper class. While the lower class will fight to keep their possessions because of their livelihood, the upper class fight to keep their possessions because it is a knock on their pride. Having their neighbors see their vehicle being repossessed in their driveway is like stabbing them in the chest and because of this skewered view of reality, the danger factor is insanely present. In summary of the second story arc, Rich is a someone these people feel are below them and they don’t believe there isn’t a situation they can’t talk, buy or threaten their way out of.
The goal of this documentary is to show an accurate portrait of the current economic state of the American class system. We are choosing to tell this story from a truly unique perspective because Rich is just an everyday man, whose profession puts him in an unenviable position. He doesn’t want to bring pain into people’s lives, but if he doesn’t do his job, those who depend on him will suffer and this is a circumstance he refuses. Repossessing America will resonate loudly throughout the middle class and brings a degree of understanding in order to break the stereotype of those living below the poverty line. It will also have a “Fight the Power” vibe as the documentary shows the class of people who feel they are above the law, getting served their due justice. But at the end…it will show Rich Allen. A man who is simply doing what he needs to do in order to survive.
Creator: Richard Allen
CO Creator and creative genius Duane Finley
I Richard Allen am the repo man AKA Grim repo
Duane Finley is a very creative writer who has done alot of his work for fox sports news.
And then we have camera, sound, and editing..
Please note that the introductory video is no where near the quality of the actual film
I shot that video in the very early stages of this project before we had audio/visual techs.
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