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By M.A. Lanoue
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Movies usually takes millions of dollars and several months to complete. Principal photography alone often takes anywhere from six weeks to six months. That's why it's so stupid for me to even attempt to shoot a feature-length musical screwball comedy in seven days on a five-thousand dollar budget. I'm just asking for trouble. But, I'm going to do it anyway.

The movie is called A Sad State of Affairs. It's a super-clever title, and, after the movie gets made and you see it, you'll know why. It tells the story of a guy who wanders from town to town, performing his vaudeville act for tips along empty country roads. Of course very few people ever see his act, and even fewer tip him. It also tells the story of a young woman who is singlehandedly trying to reform headlight protocol at fast-food drive-thru's.

It's a small cast--only three speaking parts--but I've got some great talent signed on to this. Jeremy Trager plays The Guy. Jeremy has been winning rave reviews for his stage work in Chicago theater for a decade. He won a Jeff award two years ago for his performance in Cabaret, and right now is starring in Chess. Laura Morton plays Sandra. She is currently based in Louisville, but has appeared on the stage in New York and at one time even hosted her own cable cooking show. She's also written and appeared in 48-Hour Film Festival projects, as well as other films. Finally, Darren Gresham of Joliet, Illinois will be playing State Representative Gresham. Darren has performed on stage and in indie films for several years. His enthusiasm is infectious.

With this film, I hope to explore the depths of modern relationships and how the choices we make and the compromises we seek often work against our better interests by destroying the very fabric of illusion that once kept our mundane rituals tragically below the surface of our own consciousness and of that of those we don't realize we care about.

Okay, I'm kidding about all that. In reality, the film serves no other purpose than to make people laugh, get tunes stuck in their head, and realize just how pitiful we really are as a species.

By the way, we have a website: www.squirefilms.com

You can also read a draft of the script online. Be warned: it's only a draft.
http://www.archive.org/details/ASadStateOfAffairsscreenplay

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    Not only do you get a DVD and the e-mail updates, but you also get a CD of the film's soundtrack. (It's a musical, remember.) The songs are awesome. I know, because I wrote them. You also get your name in the film's ending credits. Your name will be projected onto big screens throughout the world and people will be envious of you.

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    Well, hi there, my new Executive Producer! Wonderful to have you aboard. Being an executive producer is a great gig: you just have to give us some money, you get your name in the beginning credits, and you don't have to do anything else. For this generous gesture, I will also send you a special piece of thank you art created by my five year-old daughter Paige. (And . . . script, credits, CD, DVD, emails.)

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    Anybody crazy enough to give me $500 for this movie deserves a crazy prize, so here it is: you get a free trip to LaSalle County, Illinois to see where this magical movie was shot. Yep, you get two round-trip Amtrak tickets from Chicago to Mendota, an overnight stay at the Sandman Motel, PLUS a gift basket containing two bottles of Illinois wine, a package of summer sausage, and two packs of ramen noodle soup! If you seem like a nice person, I might even take you over to the truck stop for some pancakes. (Yes, you also get all the other stuff, too.)

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