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Javier Caudillo, an idealistic college grad gentrified out of New York City and into Buffalo, finds his dream job. He hopes to take what he learns while community organizing in the third poorest city in the country and one day get back home to change things in NYC for his parents. But he falls in love with a local woman with similar ambitions and finds that motivating people to fight for their liberation is harder than it seems. He butts heads with his co-workers, who seem content to ignore the forgotten youth most at risk in the inner city, and hopes that his efforts to recruit Truvon, a woke but hardened street hustler, prove that he can TURN OUT those who need to fight the hardest. But with Javier, his girlfriend Serena, and seemingly everyone who’s door he knocks on crippled by some kind of vice, he confronts the question of whether one person can really change anything. Complicating the matter is a well connected puppetmaster, who lures Javier’s boss at People United For Leadership and Leverage to go against the non-profit’s principles.

  • Project Type:
    Television Script
  • Genres:
    Drama, Political Drama, Political Thriller, Character Drama, Lawyer Show, Erotic Thriller
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Pitch, Please: Ghetto Film School Pitch Contest at IFP Week
    Brooklyn, NY
    September 1, 2016
Writer Biography

Sergio Tupac Uzurin (yes, that's his real name) is a filmmaker, organizer, podcaster, gentrification-displaced person, and cyclist.
He dedicated his twenties to activism in both NYC and Buffalo and now dedicates himself to media full time. His three current endeavors are freelancing in video, photography and editing; show running The Codeswitchin Podcast, and getting his script TURNOUT realized so that the untold stories he encountered during a decade of organizing get told at last.

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Writer Statement

“Write what you know.” I was not yet an organizer when I received that advice, years ago. In the decade since, having knocked on hundreds if not thousands of doors, meeting untold numbers of people, having adopted one of the most underdog cities in America as my second home, I’ve realized the time has come to write what I know. I’ve never been one to blindly believe that art can change the world -that’s what activism is for. But the work of organizing, the city and people of Buffalo, the day to day struggles of my increasingly displaced generation; all these things deserve representation in cinematic form. That’s where TURNOUT comes in.
I’ve written hundreds of pages based on my experiences in the world as it is now while trying to bring about the world as it should be. This screenplay is but a starting point to that story. I hope you find it worth reading, worth sculpting along with me, into a final form that becomes a work of reflection and a call to action.
Sergio Tupac Uzurin