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Meet John Seldom, Philadelphia’s very own Capraesque “every man,” who suddenly finds himself homeless and running for mayor against incumbent Sly Pignolli, a machine politician whose dirty politics may force the City of Brotherly Love’s indigents to lose their mouthpiece.
2nd Place, 2012 KAYfilms Summer Screenplay Contest
John Seldom has only recently become "down on his luck." Desperate, and in need of some fast cash to keep his head above water, he robs a Philadelphia bank - with a hand-written note that promises to pay back the loot.
Massive media attention ensues, and John, both well-spoken and big-hearted, is instantly adored by Philadelphia's homeless, who suddenly champion him as an opponent for incumbent Mayor Sly Pignolli, a perpetual enemy of the downtrodden who is running unopposed.
Officer Krist and Detective Biff try to find out the truth behind the mysterious homeless-man-turned-political-candidate - as does local TV reporter Priscilla Angie, who doesn't mean to fall in love with John, yet somehow does just that.
Untruths precede the truth - as is often the case - and John goes from being a hero to a criminal, and then, just before the election results are announced, a hero all over again. Who gets elected mayor? Maybe it doesn't really matter, as long as John Seldom - voice of the common man - finally gets heard.