|By Gary Dover (Gdover) on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 03:37 pm:|
ROBOT HIGH, 119 pp.
Genre: action/urban survival
Author: Gary Dover
901-387-1485 or 901-832-4646
Logline: What happens when the solution is a thousand times worse than the problem?
LEE NIM, a former Viet Cong rebel, has emigrated to America at the end of the war and resettled along the Mississippi River. Nim lives with his Vietnamese relatives in a poor section of Memphis called Smoky City and works in his Uncle Charlieís fish market.
The poverty that existed in Vietnam has been replaced by drug dealers, drive by shootings and
an endless cycle of despair for the inhabitants of Smoky City. After a long struggle, Nim teaches himself English, marries a Vietnamese girl, goes to college and graduates with a degree in Education. After several unsuccessful attempts to pass the Teacherís exam, a letter arrives informing him that he is now a certified teacher of Social Studies for the State of Tennessee.
A policeman enters the fish market and breaks the news that Nimís wife has been killed and raped by a local gang called the Slayers. The grief of his wifeís death causes Nim to put his desire to teach on hold for ten years, while he saves and scrimps money to raise his only daughter, move to the suburbs and put Smoky City behind him.
Shifting to present day, Carlton High School, we witness a gang fight that leaves five students dead as chaos runs rampant in this inner city school. The Slayers and the Bloods use Carlton High as their stomping ground to sell drugs and commit unspeakable wrongs on the few good students, who are unable to leave this inner city outpost of poverty and violence.
Bowing to the voters wishís, the Honorable Mayor Crumple, enlists the help of a high tech company called, Discipline Inc., to come up with a solution to the violence at Carlton High. Enter three Humanoid Robots named Lincoln, Kennedy and Washington, who quickly reverse the number of knifings and shootings at Carlton.
Nim applies to the Memphis City Schools for a teaching job and is assigned a position at
Carlton High School. Nimís passivity causes him to be bullied by the vicious students. A fellow female teacher, EMILY GARCIA, reaches out to Nim during his first few days and develops a relationship with Nim. The Presidential Robots, led by Mr. Lincoln, decide to conduct an intellectual cleansing of the school and go on a rampage, forming an alliance with the gangs who become their Gestapo type enforcers. Students are relocated in holocaust style fashion, as the windowless school is sealed off from the outside world. Nimís goal of becoming a teacher is put on hold, while he endures the cruelties of the gangs and the robots.
Nim escapes, and wages a one man war against the humanoids to rescue the students, Miss Garcia, and in a weird twist his daughter in the brutal climax that forces Nim to fight the robots and gang members in a battle royale.
(Author's note)...I teach in one of the toughest schools in America located in
Memphis, TN. While this story is a dramatization, ideas and dialogue are presented with a realism that will focus attention on the battle we are losing in controlling discipline in our schools in the inner city. Additional screenplays by Gary
Dover...The Couriers, Dead Island, Loganís Hole, Gertie & Luke. Featured writer of the month at Scripteaser.com, a screenwriting website.
|By Alan A. Armer (Alana) on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 03:34 pm:|
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