The Lottery

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By Chen Yu

Logline:

Upon being notified that his H1B work visa application is rejected by the immigration lottery system, the immigrant software engineer, Sorley, needs to find a way to stay in the country within the 30-day grace period.

Synopsis:

Sorley is a software engineer who recently graduated from one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. However, his H1B work visa application is rejected and he has to leave the country within 30 days. Desperate and clueless, Sorley seeks out and acts on every possible piece of immigration advice, including convincing his fiancée, Rebecca, to marry him.

Major character:

Leads:

Sorley (Male, 20-30, person of color): An elite immigrant of color with a prestigious education background in computer science. He always believes he is superior and more deserving than other immigrants and refugees and should be able to stay in the US.

Rebecca (Female, 20-30, white or white passing): A recent college graduate with an upperclass family background who wants to travel the world but is currently working as an investment banking analyst. She loves to refer to Sorley as her “ethnic fiancé” and is obsessed with sushi and orange chicken.

Supporting:

Maggie (Female, 20-30, any race/ethnicity): A hard-working college graduate who maintains her friendship with Rebecca only with the aim of leveraging Rebecca’s family connections to land a finance job.

Lawyer 1 (any age, gender, and race/ethnicity): A shrewd lawyer who would do anything to generate more income and save their sketchy immigration law firm from bankruptcy. Actor must be comfortable using Microsoft Office.

Lawyer 2 (above 30, any gender, and race/ethnicity): A responsible immigration lawyer with years of experience.

Restaurant waiter/waitress (any age, gender, and race/ethnicity): a professionally-mannered waiter/waitress working at a high-end restaurant.

Immigration law firm receptionist (any age, gender, and race/ethnicity): a professionally-mannered receptionist working at a reputable immigration law firm. Proficiency in or familiarity with foreign languages is a huge plus.

Immigrants (Minimum of 3 needed, any age, gender, preferably people of color): Newly-arrived immigrants seeking asylum or long term residency in the US. Proficiency in or familiarity with foreign languages is a huge plus.

Host (any age, gender, and race/ethnicity): a television news program host covering immigration issues.

Mailperson (any age, gender, and race/ethnicity): a mailperson delivering mails to Rebecca’s house every day.

Note:

The casting of my film is not color-blind. I believe that race affects every aspect of our lives as much as they affect film story ideas. The script was written with certain racial dynamics in mind.

Compensation

On-set catering and craft services, film acting experience and credit, film poster, DVD of performance, potential viewership through film festival submissions, opportunity to meet and work alongside emerging and aspiring filmmakers in the New Orleans Area. Oh and recommendations on the best Chinese food in town.

Contact Info

Name: Chen Yu

Email: chenyufilmproduction@gmail.com

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