Technical Support

Screenplay by Terri Hanauer

“Technical Support” is the story of a woman on the edge. She takes a step off… and flies.

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Autumn Rain

Written by Terri Hanauer

Log Line

“Autumn Rain” is the story of a woman who, by pretending to be someone else, discovers who she really is.

Synopsis

Sometimes by helping another person, you heal not only them but yourself as well. Emma Grant, 30’s, lives a quiet, lonely life. She is an accountant, preferring the company of numbers to people. Her only companion is her parrot, Amelia. But on Wednesdays at 4:30, Emma is a different person – inquisitive, smart, funny, fully expressed. It’s because she is in session with her therapist, Judith Abbott, 60’s, who is intuitive, caring and unorthodox.

Emma has one more step to take in uncovering the family secret that has ruled and damaged her life. And she can’t wait to tell Judith she has met a new man, Michael, who flies hang gliders, rehabilitates orphaned geese, and has a 10 year old daughter.

But Judith suddenly dies. Now Emma is lost, alone and afraid. Will she ever have the courage to confront her past and change? Will she ever learn to trust and truly love someone?

She continues to go to Judith’s office on Wednesdays. She breaks in and sits on the couch, desperate for some connection with Judith. Then one day, there’s a knock on the office door. In walks a pink-haired, tattooed, pregnant 20 year old burlesque dancer named Lydia Wallis. Lydia has come for her first session and assumes the woman in the office is the therapist, Judith Abbott. And for some crazy reason, known only to her, Emma says, “ I am Judith Abbott. Come in, Lydia. Let’s begin.”

What If…

Written by Terri Hanauer

Log Line

When a woman who has sworn off romance meets her soul mate, he takes her on a journey beyond her wildest dreams.

Synopsis

Helen Morrow, 30’s, has been having a hard time. She’s getting divorced, unhappy at work and at odds with her family. She persuades her editor to send another journalist to Lithuania to write an article on the dying language of Yiddish. But when that journalist suddenly breaks her leg, Helen has to go.

Vilnius is gray and cold. It’s difficult for Helen to communicate and find her way around. She’s having really bad jet lag, she thinks, because sometimes she sees people who, a few seconds later, are not there.

One night, she wanders into a dreary café. She sits at a table, working, when a handsome man offers to buy her a drink. When she looks up, she notices that the café has changed. It is now brightly lit and filled with animated customers. Disoriented, she says no to the man and leaves. He goes back to his table where his friends are enjoying themselves at his expense.

The next day Helen is on a bus. A teenage boy steals her wallet. She chases him off the bus and finds herself in a strange part of the city. She goes into a restaurant and discovers the handsome man from the night before. Swallowing her pride, she approaches him. He agrees to be her translator and guide. Besides speaking Yiddish, Lithuanian and English, Reuben is a man of great wit and charm.
She finds herself drawn to him, but she is wary of love and says no to his invitations. Finally, she agrees and they go to a tavern where she meets his eccentric friends. They eat delicious Eastern European food, drink plenty of vodka, and dance the night away.

By morning, Helen and Reuben have become lovers. It is clear that they are meant to be together. But when Reuben reveals a deep secret that involves them both, Helen faces the most challenging moment of her life.

A love story that goes beyond the heart and straight to the soul.

Champagne

Written by Terri Hanauer

Log Line

Three women, tired of being tamed by life, take an impromptu trip to Las Vegas and reignite their inner wildness.

Synopsis

Life gets tougher for the single woman when she’s past her ‘Sell By Date.’ All the good men are either married or dead. And if she’s lucky — or unlucky — enough to be married, she may be dealing with the statistical probability that her husband is screwing around with a woman half his age. Even if she’s rich enough, powerful enough, or reconstructed enough, to get younger men into bed, it turns out to be more a cumbersome form of mentorship than a passionate love affair.

Whatever her situation, the woman often finds herself living in a world of compromise and unfulfilled dreams. With all the disappointments, cellulite, and ungrateful children — the zest for life she had in her twenties is dwindling into a sad little ball of fading nostalgia.

So what does she do to revive that wild energy that once fueled her? Forget hormones. Forget Botox. She goes for the gold. Which is what our three heroines do: Olivia Montclair, with a tattoo of a wild horse on her butt that her husband hasn’t looked at in years; Abby Tolbert, compulsively sleeping with younger men in order to bury a deep secret; and Roxanne Leibman, depressed since her beloved husband passed away 3 years ago and counseling women as depressed and dissatisfied with life as she is.
They meet, coincidentally, on Valentine’s Day at a three star restaurant, where they drink top-shelf champagne, bond and impulsively decide to take a road trip. To Las Vegas. It’s one unpredictable trip where they do things beyond their wildest imagination — and in the process manage to reignite the flames that had gone out of them.

In this case what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. They return home, different women, invigorated, feisty, sexy, determined to live their lives fully and rediscover their inner, wild selves they had buried years ago. A “Thelma and Louise” — but with a much happier ending.

Recycling Flo

Screenplay by Terri Hanauer
Based on the award-winning short film

Log Line

Life happens when you least expect it. A chance encounter that opens a door you never even knew existed. And what if a dog inspired this encounter? Not just any dog, but a dog with an exotic skin condition, bad breath and peculiar table manners. A dog named ‘Flo.’

Synopsis

Jake meets Fran at a party. One thing leads very quickly to another and soon he is having a torrid affair with this intriguing young woman featuring breathless sexual gymnastics in imaginative places. This uninhibited passion grinds to a halt when Fran shows up at Jake’s with a suitcase and a dog named Flo. Trapped in an untenable ménage a trois, Jake finds an imaginative, not to mention ecological, solution to his problem.