“Little Company” Written by Shannon Edwards and Michael White

"Little Company" written by Shannon Edwards and Michael White 

The 22 page screenplay "Little Company" by Screenwriters Shannon Edwards and Michael White is an official selection of the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival: Fall 2017.

Overview: "Hunter Green, a B-list film director whose career never quite achieved the he (at least) thinks that it should have. For the last decade or so, his career has been on a steady, but accelerating, downward trajectory. He is now at the point where the only gigs he is getting are helming such straight-to-DVD schlock as “Zombie Cheerleaders 9.” The pilot opens with Hunter having been summoned to a trendy L.A. restaurant by his long-time agent, Eli Goldsmith. Hunter arrives excited because he thinks Eli has lined up a big new directing project that he wants to discuss submitting him for. Eli has invited him here to tell Hunter that he is being fired as a client. Hunter isn’t exactly generating a ton of commissions anymore, and it’s a little embarrassing to be associated with such fare as “Zombie Cheerleaders 9.”

Hunter is next seen pulling his late model luxury car (towing a U-Haul type trailer) into a gas station in small town Iowa. He goes inside and is greeted by the owner, Charlie Mantia, 40-something, a very masculine, handsome ex-Marine who is a very closeted gay.

Hunter parks directly in front of the playhouse, which is actually a converted 1920s movie palace which has long since seen better days. He steels himself, walks inside and encounters Emma Billingsley, the founder and president. He tells her that he was the one who had answered her posting for a director, and that he had been offered the job over the phone. She is very cordial and gives him the nickel tour of the place. She remarks to him that the place has a lot of potential. He half-jokingly says under his breath “Nothing a good fire wouldn’t cure.” She leads him into the auditorium where Emma introduces him to Peggy Ann Jointer, 36, a local stage mother and frustrated actress, and Marcy Stone, 29, local newspaper reporter. Peggy Ann fawns over Hunter since she considers him potentially useful; Marcy is impressed but laid back.
Later, Hunter pulls into Charlie Mantia’s service station, where he encounters Peggy Ann Jointer, who is waiting for Charlie to finish working on her car. She is absolutely clueless to the fact that Charlie is gay, and makes some suggestive, double-entendre remarks about him, and telling Hunter that Charlie is sort of her boyfriend.

Afterward, he returns to the playhouse. Sitting on a milk crate just outside the box office, playing the guitar and singing (both rather well) is Gary Blake, 17, Kimberly’s boyfriend. Initially believing him to be a homeless person, Hunter hands him a quarter. Gary is both confused and slightly offended at this. Hunter then offers to let Gary wait for Kimberly inside. Upon unlocking and entering the building, Hunter smells smoke. He thinks back to his earlier unfortunate remark, “Nothing a good fire wouldn’t cure. He quickly determines that there is a fire underway in the building’s electrical closet. Gary grabs two fire extinguishers and they quickly extinguish it, but not before the fire sprinklers go off, soaking both of them.

In the epilogue, there are a couple of fire trucks parked in front of the building with lights still revolving, and a uniformed firefighter exiting the front doors. Hunter stands on the sidewalk, soaked, with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, being interviewed by Chief Poole, who praises his quick actions when Emma walks up wanting to know what’s going on. She hugs Hunter, then realizes she’s getting wet and steps back a few inches. She tells Hunter that she thinks he’s starting to like this place. As he walks away, he says (half jokingly) that he will admit to no such thing…but not to forget that we have the opening night of “Our Town” coming up in two weeks. She smiles. Fade to black."