THE BIG IDEA
THE BIG IDEA: a jack-ass odyssey. Before the pandemic, a disabled germaphobic/dirty joke scholar, a Black/Swedish hip-hop poet, a multiple personality John Doe, and a martial arts American/Asian Mensa chick want to collect a $10 million court settlement from infomercial giant, fat-man Tony Idoni, for their 'Big Idea' - a telephone condom. But they find that the biggest of big ideas is LOVE. FOUR 'Best Screenplay' award, and ONE 'Best Dialogue' award. Recent winner of Best Comedy feature in the Canadian Diversity FF.
Shortly after the court settlement, Tony Idoni disappears, and Arkley and Dodge are living in a Miami Liberty City ghetto apartment complex. While Arkley is chasing hot Mensa chicks, and has attracted the attention of Lana Lui - an Asian Mensa chick with martial arts skills, Dodge and Nobody are hatching their improbable plan to catch Tony Idoni with their 'macguffan' - a counterfeit Action Comics #1, but they all have to evacuate the projects because of an exploding can of stinking pickled herring.
While on the road to L.A. and Tony Idoni, Arkley, Dodge and Nobody are being pursued by the angry gang of the projects - The Wrecking Crew. Arkley, Dodge and Nobody remain one step ahead of the Wrecking Crew as they wreak-havoc with a Tasteless Waitress and the Mother Truckers at Diesel Dan's Truck Stop, join Big Daddy Pimp William's 'pig-fest' and 'horse for sale,' narrowly escape Hurricane Katrina, and end up refugees at the Houston Toyota Center for the World Murder-Ball championships between the USA and Tonga.
Finally joined by Lana Lui, the Stooges head to a reputed hangout of Tony Idoni, a strip joint in Death Valley. There they meet Eileen Wright - a stripper; a trio of John Wayne impersonators - one fat, one Asian, one midget; and Major Pooch Fountaine - a military explosives expert. Things become explosive, and the Wrecking Crew is not far behind.
In L.A., our Stooges stop in South Robertson and Pico Boulevard to meet with the lecherous Hymie Horowitz, owner of the Yiddish Antiquarian Books & Facsimiles Shop, then King's Road Cafe on Beverly Boulevard to meet Pepe the credit fixer for more slapstick and scatological comedy.
The grand finale is a Mexican standoff with the complete cast at Tony Idoni's L.A. mansion.
THE BIG IDEA and LOST CAUSE are published on Amazon.com.
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, screenplay written by David J Schroeder, with actor Jordi Vilasuso, and director Alex Merkin premiered in 20 countries, screened in 123 festivals, and won 110 Best Awards.