In not-too-distant-future Los Angeles, a hotshot corporate recruiter falls in love with a woman selected for deportation, forcing him to choose between his job and his soul, while on the other side of the world, an American deportee awakens a revolution in himself and the people around him.

  • Chris Phillips
    PIECES (play), REVOLVER (play), "the things i cannot change" (short film), "the others and us" (short film)
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    Television Script
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    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Warner Bros. Television Workshop
    Burbank, CA
    October 1, 2016
  • Screencraft Pilot Launch
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 1, 2016
  • Stage 32 Writers TV Fellowship
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 1, 2016
Writer Biography - Chris Phillips

Raised in Austin, Texas, Chris Phillips wrote and performed his own work in scholastic competition before starting his playwriting career in Los Angeles. His plays have been seen on both coasts in venues such as Celebration Theatre, SoHo Playhouse and the Cherry Lane Theater, receiving two GLAAD Media Award nominations, winning the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting at the New York International Fringe Festival, and receiving a grant from the Robert Chesley Foundation, which supports LGBT playwrights. Moving from theater to film & TV, Chris’s scripts have been recognized in out rounds of multiple competitions, including placing in the top ten percent of 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship candidates and as a finalist in the 2016 Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop. Chris -- whose mission as a writer is to always verbalize what others are too scared to say -- currently lives, writes, and continues to find inspiration in Los Angeles, California.

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Writer Statement

I want to write for television because I blew up life as I knew it to do just that.
“If you’re not living your dream, you’re not all in.” Taking this observation to heart in January of 2015, I quit my well-paying, dull-as-dirt corporate job to devote myself to writing full-time. That decision sent me to hell and back emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. With money running out, but the scripts coming fast and furious, I studied with television writers, completed three pilot scripts & two features, and left New York for Los Angeles. Once in LA, I shadowed a writers assistant and a script coordinator for two wildly different drama series, spent a day in the writers room at another, networked and introduced myself to a slew of writers and producers in the television industry, all to soak up as much diverse experience and knowledge as I can. My scripts got better, and my understanding of the business increased dramatically. What was the point of jumping off that cliff in January 2015? I did it because I’ve got something to say. I know my voice: blunt, provocative, challenging. As a gay man who grew up in Central Texas and spent his 20’s in numb, drunken disconnection, I’ve seen the dark corners of the world up close, but I’ve also seen much light. My perspective is different from anyone who’s never had to crawl out of the holes from which I’ve managed to crawl. My purpose as a writer is to share this perspective, to let others who survive similar experiences know they are not alone. Television is the perfect medium for telling the long-game story of our communal cultural experience: where we’ve been, where we are, and -- hopefully -- where we’re going. No regrets, no looking back.