A Live Script Reading of Flarsky, co-presented by Austin Film Festival and The Black List
Writer/Director: Dan Sterling
Cast: MIke Birbiglia, Jason Ritter, Austin Nichols, Sunny Mabrey
Flarsky is a romantic comedy about a decent guy, battered by misfortune and his own self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue romantically the most powerful woman on earth.
Fred Flarsky is - or was - a progressive opinion columnist at a dying local paper who devoted most of his work to attacking Alistair Wembley, the sinister chairman of a global media conglomerate. Fred is now unemployed, broke, single, getting late into his 30's, and has a worrisome pill and booze habit. He, like the rest of the world, is infatuated with the current United States secretary of state, Charlotte Field. She's gorgeous, charismatic, and far more politically skillful than her embattled, feckless president.
Fred's lived with his Charlotte Field-infatuation longer than most people. Growing up, Charlotte was his baby-sitter. But that was an eternity ago and they haven't seen each other since Fred was a child. She's since become American royalty, married a high profile senator, and no doubt has forgotten who Fred even is. Between that and the counter-assault team that travels with her, she's pretty much the most inaccessible, unobtainable woman on the planet. The only thing Fred and Charlotte have in common at this point is that they're both enemies of Alistair Wembley.
But Fred's friend, Lance, believes there's hope. Lance is a transcendently optimistic person, but he's also sharp, and he sees a narrow but plausible path to victory for Fred. With a combination of relentless insistence and well-meaning trickery, Lance gets the virtually homeless Fred Flarsky to pursue the married, de facto leader of the free world.