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Reggae-themed indie dramedy

A struggling music journalist gets assigned to travel to the tropics to write a story on her ex-- a talented but volatile reggae musician who stepped away from the spotlight to live a reclusive bohemian life in the Caribbean.

It's "Almost Famous" meets Donald Glover's "Guava Island"

SYNOPSIS:

Natalie Pryce (35, black) is a struggling single mother who is attempting to balance her flailing music journalism career while raising her 6 year-old son. Once a whimsical award-winning poet, she now spends her days stressed about writing uninspiring articles and keeping up with tuition payments while reeling from the fallout of her recent divorce.

After some prompting from her pot-smoking, reggae-obsessed co-worker Frank (30's), she decides to pitch the idea of writing an article on her ex: the temperamental reggae artist Elijah Wheeler.

Natalie and Elijah went to college together and struck up a romance, but the relationship turned sour when Elijah became famous for "Long Walk Home," a bitter song he wrote about Natalie during an argument.

After some controversial clashes with the media and his record label, the once famous and politically-outspoken dreadlocked rasta Elijah (30's, black) disappeared into the Caribbean and stopped making music at the height of his fame.

Frank has theories that Elijah is living on an island and making music under a fake name somewhere in the tropics. When her editor accepts the story idea, Frank, Natalie and her (stressed and straight-laced) friend Maddie (30's), head off to the islands to find Elijah.

The 3 Americans eventually find Elijah living in an expansive tropical house in the mountains, growing fields of marijuana, making music secretly and enjoying an ideal island life with a group of Rastafari musicians and elders.

When Natalie arrives, the situation explodes into a re-hashing of old romantic wounds and heated disputes about how their relationship ended.

Elijah eventually allows them to stay in his guest rooms as his band puts the finishing touches on a new album. However, he swears the American group to secrecy, forbidding any media exposure about his whereabouts or musical output.

As the dust settles, Natalie and Elijah find their connection reigniting-- romantically and creatively. Slipping into the Rastafari lifestyle, Nat is reinvigorated and begins writing songs again at Elijah's encouragement. He even agrees to allow Natalie to write the article on his disappearance. Meanwhile, uptight and meek Maddie begins to take a liking to the Rastafari culture of the musical group.

The idyllic island paradise is disrupted when Frank, jealous and jaded by Elijah's cold reaction to his attempts at friendship, leaks a video of Elijah performing which brings about a paparazzi storm and rips open old emotional scars surrounding the authenticity of Nat and Elijah's connection.

In this sun-soaked rumination on love, music, fame, isolation and activism, Nat is eventually forced to make choice between moving to the island to live with Elijah or returning to her uninspiring work in Ohio.





Contact me @ johnson.2414@osu.edu or jahirj@yahoo.com