THE DOWNSIDE

Genre: Dramatic comedy Running Time: 19:52 Year of production: 2015 LOG LINE All is not well with Mia Warren in this day-in-the-life profile of a beautiful, yet troubled, young Hollywood starlet attempting to regain her once lofty status in the…

THE DOWNSIDE

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Genre: Dramatic comedy
Running Time: 19:52
Year of production: 2015

LOG LINE

All is not well with Mia Warren in this day-in-the-life profile of a beautiful, yet troubled, young Hollywood starlet attempting to regain her once lofty status in the business of show.

SYNOPSIS

Fallen young actress Mia Warren’s appearance on a popular late night talk show in NewYork is an attempt to introduce the “new Mia” to the public. But, instead, she arrives inebriated and the event is an unmitigated disaster. Robyn (Mia’s manager) is up-in-arms and blames Grace (Mia’s publicist) for the mishap. Mia’s agent, Larry, laughs off the event as he no longer takes his troubled client seriously. Mia invites two young fans (Herman and Becca) back to her hotel room where she continues partying well into night. Depressed and lonely, she ponders her fledgling career with the two “besties,” desperately seeking understanding and a path forward. The awkward pair prove to be utterly unhelpful, until they accept Mia’s bizarre proposal of a threesome. The next day, Mia is offered a role in a low-paying indie film. Although insulted by the pathetically low pay, she accepts the offer, as she is quickly going broke. She goes shopping with her mother, Cheryl, whose favorite pastime is spending Mia’s dwindling funds on designer clothing. A distressing encounter with a young autograph seeker sends Mia into a fit of depression. At a cafe in SoHo, she eats an entire banana split on her own, sending her mother into a tizzy. Distraught and emotional, Mia admits that she is still struggling and may need to go back into rehab. But Cheryl talks her out of it, selfishly manipulating her insecure daughter, as she has always done. Mia drowns her sorrows in ice cream with a depressing revelation: despite being an internationally recognized movie star, Mia Warren is clearly all on her own.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Mad Rocket Films, LLC
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

PRINCIPAL CAST

Mary Elaine Ramsey
Matt Walton
Kelly Kirklyn
Jackie Debatin

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Sean Skelton
Screenwriter: Sean Skelton
Producers: Sean Skelton, Kelly Kirklyn
Director of Photography: Charles Debold
Sound: Brion Snyder
Editing: Sean Skelton

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Dramatic comedy
Language: English
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2015
Total running time: 19:52
Shooting format: RED
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: Wide
Sound format: Stereo

AWARDS

Best TV Drama – Independent Television Festival
Best Writing – New York Television Festival
Best Comedy Short, Best Actress Short – NoHo CineFest

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Independent Television Festival
New York Television Festival
NoHo CineFest
Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts
SeriesFest
Liftoff Global NetworkParis
Liftoff Global Network – Tokyo
HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series

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