Live An American Experience - For Body Perfection
SYNOPSIS (December 2009)
Four men, friends and acquaintances since their college days, pool their resources, financial and skill sets, to start a new business catering to the huge market craving physical perfection.
Barry Feldman, a psychiatrist, bases the program on Freudian concepts, which involve reducing the client to the natural state at birth, the Id. The mechanics of the business are designed/invented by Del Lugo (Paul Rodriguez)*, a brilliant man with a PhD in physics yet verbally challenged and now has been forced to drive a taxicab in Venice for a living. Will Johnson (LL Cool J)*, an expert physical trainer whose "A" list clients have disappeared and has been delegated to training 'pugs' for children's birthday parties in Santa Monica, oversees the implementation of the exercise program. An out of work former award winning PR/Marketing Executive, Bogart “Bogey” Woodwind, is the comic catalyst for bringing them together and pointing his team in the direction of the weight loss & physical perfection market with the irony of hatching such a politically incorrect idea and business plan that can only be compared to Zero Mostel launching the musical “Springtime for Hitler” on Broadway in the movie The Producers. The executive-in-charge of the office, Sue Rydell, is an aggressive empowering feminist who likens the training to creating a cadre of elitists and powerful over-achievers as well as reaching goals for clients.
The training/weight loss/addiction eradication regime is portrayed as the film follows a new employee, Carol Robinson, learning and observing the program by videotaping three trainers and their respective clients.
The program itself involves treating the clients in a total immersion scenario and is as controversial as it is successful. Only female clients are accepted and are issued a burlap sack to improvise as a garment and the most basic of necessities are provided. The cost is high but non-celebrity or non-VIP clients may agree to have their 'training' viewed on a pay-per-view website for reduced fees. The training takes place at a plantation in the bayou of Louisiana that not only grows cotton, fresh fruit and vegetables but also has a military style extreme obstacle course. The owner of the rough yet beautiful plantation island is David Mayers, a Ricardo Montalban like character. The clients undergo a six-week regime patterned after a military boot camp/Navy Seals camp. They are scientifically monitored, exercised and fed to produce significant results in the shortest amount of time.
The crux of the story is how much women will pay, how far they will go and how much they will endure to recreate themselves into their version of physical perfection. The twist occurs during the final phase of the program when the women learn self-defense and the knowledge they can dominate men physically also empowers them in all other parts of their lives, both professional and personal. The women control their environment in and out of SLZ.
Barry's ex-wife (Janice Dickerson)* has managed to sabotage the employees at SLZ (collaborating with Sue and Carol) in order to get back at Barry for the money he has hidden from her during their divorce settlement. She springs in at the last to upstage him and brings in Homeland Security, the IRS and the medical/cosmetic industry to destroy SLZ.
The experience of working on a real plantation lends itself to a historical perspective of how hard slaves had to sacrifice in order to enhance the United States and produce regional as well as national wealth. An appreciation of what a working plantation's life coupled with getting in the best shape possible results in Slaversize being herald as the 'hip' place course to enroll in.
From the writer/director of the acclaimed controversial movie The Pet, D Stevens again takes a daring leap into human dynamics in Slaversize.
Contact for more information:
Michael Dalling, PR 310 451 5182
D Stevens at: 213 364 6000
NOTE: * = Proposed cast members not formalized.