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The Land of Rolling Hills (07/10/2007)

released: Jul 10, 2007

description: In the idyllic community of Rolling Hills, Trevor Green sits before the television, ignoring his schoolwork and all other pursuits. His father Archibald, meanwhile, sits in the study, dwelling overdue bills. His wife Janet asks what the problem is, and he explains to her that the bank has foreclosed on their home. They watch in horror as evil John Mackelroy pulls up in his pristine white truck and drives a sign into their front lawn indicating that their home is now a foreclosure, like the rest of the homes on the street.

As the Greens pack up a moving truck and relocate to a dingy studio, Trevor wonders if he could not have helped his family in some way. His father reassures him that he did everything possible. The Greens settle into their new impoverished lifestyle, and a year passes. Just as they have grown comfortable, there is a knock on their studio door. John Mackelroy appears to inform them that they have not paid all the interest they owe on their home. He banished Archibald and Janet to debtor's prison, and takes Trevor to raise as his own son.

Eight more years pass, and Trevor is now a man, taking a full and active role in Mackelroy's business. As the two jovially take people's homes from under them, they pass a political rally. There, Congresswoman Heather Boline appeals to the people on the platform of lower property taxes. Backstage, her advisor Charles Kipp tells her that they may be able to get more votes with a sympathetic story that supports the platform. He tells her about a couple he met at a bar the night before who lost their home, their freedom, and their son to high property taxes. Convinced, the congresswoman sets on to debtor's prison to find the Greens.

Congresswoman Boline and Kipp see the Greens in the prison yard, wondering aloud about the fate of their son. Congresswoman Boline goes directly to the warden. She appeals to his sympathies using the possibility of good publicity and her heaving 57-year-old bosom to convince him. He signs an unlimited weekend pass for the Greens, and the couple walks out of prison with the Congressman and Kipp.

At Mackelroy Manor, Mackelroy jazzercizes in front of a huge television as Trevor flips through the channels. He happens to stop on a televised speech by Congresswoman Boline, and Mackelroy recognizes her as the politician trying to stop his success. They watch as the congresswoman introduces the Greens, who tell their story and tearfully hope to be reunited with their son. Trevor immediately recognizes his parents, and although Mackelroy threatens to ruin him, he sets off on his motorbike through Rolling Hills.

Trevor pulls up in front of Congresswoman Boline's house and comes face to face with his parents. He is enjoying a warm reunion with his mother when Mackelroy enters. He laughingly tells Congresswoman Boline that he plans to foreclose on her home and ruin her political career. Suddenly, the warden enters and informs Mackelroy that he has been badly abusing his credit to buy the whole town of Rolling Hills. He handcuffs Mackelroy and hauls him off to debtor's prison.

Trevor watches Congresswoman Boline's victory speech (with the warden watching her proudly from the wings) on the television in the Greens' new idyllic home in Rolling Hills. He finds his parents on the porch and tells them that although they missed most of his childhood, the time for him to move out has come. He won't be going far though the idyllic home next door already has a "sold" sign out front and a "Trevor Green Real Estate" truck parked in the driveway.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Archibald Green . . . Michael Johnson
Charlene . . . Amy Verdon
Charles Kipp . . . Rob White
Congresswoman Heather Boline . . . Kristen Studard
Janet Green . . . Mel Evans
John Mackelroy . . . Sean Kelley
Murphy's Patron #1 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Murphy's Patron #2 . . . Sean Kelley
Pacific Northwestern Longhouse . . . Amy Verdon
Pueblo . . . Jorin Garguilo
Teepee . . . Kristen Studard
Trevor Green . . . Colleen Breen
Warden . . . Jorin Garguilo
Wigwam . . . Rob White

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