Written by Tony Faia and Elizabeth Mims
Doug has a dead end job, a car ready to fall apart and the most elaborate satellite and computer set-up you’ve ever seen. He’s trying to keep his life together just long enough to contact aliens and convince them to abduct him-and lead him to a better life. His neighbor Cynthia doesn’t necessarily think this will work, but in Doug, she’s struck a gold mine. She’s a psychology student, and Doug’s obsession is perfect for her thesis paper. Joel is Cynthia’s roommate but anyone can see he wishes they were something more. Joel’s obsessed with Cynthia. Cynthia is obsessed with Doug. And Doug’s obsessed with aliens. They’re all looking for some outside force to fix the problems in their lives. Will this love triangle turn ugly, or will a beam of light from outer space shine down to save them all?
MEET THE WRITERS
In the spring of 2018, Tony ran a screenwriting workshop in Africa in 2018 in conjunction with the Austin Film Festival and the US State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative. His non-film work includes a series of novels set in a colorful world of New Orleans superheroes, and his first stage play GREYHOUND FAMOUS is set to be produced in Austin in the 2019-2020 theater season.
Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts. Her 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award, and was nominated for a Spirit Award. She was also nominated as homecoming princess in high school. Elizabeth was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film and worked as the Senior Film Programmer for Austin Film Festival for over 5 years. She works at Paramind Films as a director, editor and producer.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.