A British political consultant with deep ties to Number 10 finds himself at the epicenter of the second American Civil War in this international political thriller designed to be anchored by a U.S. or U.K. broadcaster.
After a tough fought and polarizing American Presidential election ends indecisively, an ambitious young British political consultant finds himself at the center of the second American Civil War, a brand new sort of 21st century conflict that quickly begins to spread globally.
In the near future, the Democratic Party candidate for President of the United States loses the popular vote by a million plus – but narrowly wins in the Electoral College. As a consequence, much of the country refuses to accept the outcome. That moral objection is in large part a mask for their real objection – the progressive agenda of the Democrat, CHRISTIANNE McADAMS, who favors liberal social policies at home and a radically reduced military presence abroad.
Her views are anathema to much of the population of the Old South – and to the sitting Republican President, former Army General HARDING LANSDALE. He believes in a socially conservative and Christian America with a dominant military presence around the world. To head off McAdams taking office, two Southern governors file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Electoral College.
That ignites a protracted legal and political firestorm that polarizes the country still further. Protesters ransack McAdams' campaign headquarters throughout the South and West while major editorial pages - including many who supported Lansdale - call for the President's impeachment for refusing to concede the election. The nation watches, stunned, as a sniper narrowly misses killing McAdams and instead assassinates her Vice-Presidential running mate. The rightwing German Chancellor HELMUT GEISINGER is drawn into the fray as are the military commanders at Ramstein and throughout the world.
As the legal challenge heads to the Supreme Court, a sex scandal involving the Court's decisive fifth vote and a beautiful call-girl explodes into the media. Hundreds of supporters of McAdams and Lansdale clash outside the Court and have to be dispersed by riot police. When the Justices uphold the constitutionality of McAdams' election in a straight party-line vote, the four Republicans resign en masse. The pitched battle then moves to Congress and the Electoral College where raw politics take over and the two sides resort to blackmail and forgery to swing the formal vote. Finally, Christianne McAdams’ forces prevail and she is sworn in as the nation's first female President.
Ex-President Lansdale then leads eleven Red states to secede from the union. "Peace talks" are held in London in an attempt by both sides to avoid a violent confrontation. But a right-wing Texas State Guard brigade of heavily-armed patriots are determined to sever the American South forever from what they view as the radical North and Far West. They attack the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi taking hostages. The Texas Governor ends up in an armed confrontation with military forces loyal to President McAdams. Someone starts shooting. Events spiral out of control. The Second American Civil War has begun.
PRODUCERS RENÉ BASTIAN AND LINDA MORAN have been active at the highest level of feature film and commercial production since Belladonna was founded in 1997. Linda and René are two-time Independent Spirit Award nominees with L.I.E. (Best Picture/2002) and Transamerica (Best First Film/2006). They won the prestigious Motorola Producer of the Year Award in 2002 and were named among “10 Producers to Watch” by Variety during the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, while V Magazine deemed them a “Power House.” Their films have garnered recognition at the Venice, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance film festivals and have received a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and several Academy Award nominations.
BELLADONNA PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Belladonna Productions is an award winning feature film and TV production-company with a particular focus on international co-productions. The company’s principals Linda Moran and René Bastian are two-time Independent Spirit Award nominees with L.I.E. (“Best Picture”- 2002) and Transamerica (“Best First Film”- 2006) and won the prestigious Motorola Producer of the Year Award in 2002. They were named among “10 Producers to Watch” by Variety during the Toronto Film Festival in 2005. Highlights of their careers are their four Sundance films Cold In July, L.I.E., A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, We Are What We Are and the Golden Globe winning and two time Academy Award nominated Transamerica. The company has enjoyed the privilege of working with internationally renown film directors, such as Michael Haneke (Funny Games US), Amos Kollek (Sue) and Abel Ferrara (Welcome to New York) and of producing the first films of some of our generation’s most exciting new talents, such as Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.), Dito Montiel (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints), Duncan Tucker (Transamerica) and Jim Mickle (Cold In July). Belladonna’s films have won awards at the Sundance, Berlin, Venice and Toronto film festival and have garnered Golden Globe, SAG, Grammy and Academy Award nominations. Most recently they completed photography on the six part miniseries Hap & Leonard for the Sundance Channel.