GAGLINE

Logline: Two women hit the road. The road hits back

 

trailer: https://vimeo.com/126995719 password: Shelly

 

GAGLINE starts with a provocative image: a long unbroken tracking shot of a middle-aged woman walking alone to an anonymous hotel room high above a modern jetport. Outside a giant window overlooks a runway where travelers come and go. We hear the dull roar of jetliners taking off and landing. The woman walks to the window and presses her hands against the glass and collapses. Who is this restless and troubled woman? Why has she fallen?

Florencia Lozano (Ugly Betty, Narcos) and Ana Reeder (No Country for Old Men) are pensive women, newly divorced and creeping up on middle age.  Open to whatever comes their way, everything does. Bad men. Money problems. Impulsive behavior.  Motels with thin walls. Alcohol and a little weed make things quickly run amok. They walk the razor’s edge between self-creation and self-destruction and for a while it’s exhilarating. Ana views an old You Tube standup performance of infamous comedian Shelly Weintraub, played by Sally Norvell (Paris, Texas) and has a late-night epiphany. She becomes obsessed with the famed iconic comedian who disappeared fifteen years earlier. Weintraub, a female Lenny Bruce, infamous for her raunchy, over the top sex-based humor, has mysteriously disappeared years ago at the height of her fame by committing career suicide on prime-time TV. For Ana, is Weintraub her mysterious missing other half or a kind of mentor who holds an important clue to her reinvention and the making of a new life? On the last night of her career, Weintraub tells a national audience that it is no longer moral to be funny in a world of grotesque inequality. “Not funny!” says Fox TV and Weintraub becomes a new national pariah and simply disappears. Rumors abound: She’s become a terrorist cult leader, “a person of interest” by Homeland Security, a radical guru, that she is dying or dead from ??AN overdose. For reasons unknown even to her, Ana has a mission to find the enigmatic star. She enlists her best friend Flor and the two women are on a mission that comes to define and channel the tension between them.  Ana obsessively preps her own stand-up comedy styled after Weintraub’s and fights to convince Flor to accompany her on the journey.  Meanwhile Flor worries that her sidekick has become delusional. They soon find themselves on a wild romp together to find Weintraub. Thrown together by improbable circumstances the two women head across America, mocking and humiliating each other on the way to mutual appreciation and serious love/hate. But here is a hidden new source of conflict between the two women. They once adhered to an insular code of friendship they valued as truth and that no one else need understand, but now that seems broken. Florencia holds a big secret from her best friend Ana: She has had a baby out of wedlock in the last months and has left the child with a sister. This has Florencia longing to be with the child and resenting Ana’s choice to experiment with her life, leaving Ana wondering what has happened to her formerly untamed sidekick. It used to be that the simplest thing like walking to the corner became an adventure.  It was sensible Ana who always came to find Flor – but now it is flamboyant Flor doing the searching. Flor’s new-found mother energy has taken her out of the game, just when Ana needs her most. And when the two women finally do meet the elusive comedian Weintraub, she is in a wheelchair and no longer the tremulous mad diva of radical comedy but an older women now forced to confront her own legacy.  The meeting is not what they planned and anarchy quickly ensues.