SCRIPT: PILOT PART 1 / ACT 2 "The Seapunk Pool"

THE PILOT PART 1: 

ACT 2

"The Seapunk Pool"

Written + Directed by Annie Elizabeth

DRAFT 3: 7/19/19

 

  1. EXT: THE SEAPUNK POOL, Marina del Rey, CA

(10:55 AM)

Three scuba divers surface where Maxwell Martin's boat would normally be docked. Their faces are still masked in scuba gear as the camera shoots head on. They climb onto the dock and remove their masks after their backs are turned to the camera. They start walking down the sunny promenade saying good morning to a few residents out walking their dogs. All three figures enter the pool where the morning crowd is having coffee at the fire pit looking at Freddy's Maserati sunken at the bottom of the pool. They join their neighbors who begin telling them what happened at the pool last night. It is obvious everyone is friends but viewers cannot identify the people in scuba gear.

Camera pans to the news crew interviewing the first witness.

 

 

NEWS REPORTER

Can you tell me what happened here at The Seapunk last night?

 

WITNESS No. 1

 (Upset and confused)

Nobody really knows. We can’t remember anything that happened after midnight. A car crashed into the pool around 3:30 am and when we all woke up 8 people were missing and a dozen or more of us were in the wrong apartment.

 

NEWS REPORTER

What can you tell me about this community here at The Seapunk?

 

WITNESS No. 1

We are a very close community of creative professionals in the music and entertainment industries. You have to be working on a big budget production for Millennial Entertainment Industries to live and work in one of the creative lofts. We produce music videos, movies, and television shows in our studio spaces and studio lots on this property. The units are fully furnished with different themes for the types of productions we are working on.

 

NEWS REPORTER

This is a very unique and high tech property from the looks of it. Like a Military base. What can you tell me about it?

 

WITNESS No. 1

The Seapunk is a former Military Naval Weapons Base which operated during World War II and the Cold War. This location in Port Nautilus outside Los Angeles was abandoned after the war. All property is now privately owned by corporations that lease the space. There are no private residential buildings on the waterfront. Millennial Entertainment Industries purchased The Seapunk in the mid 80's. We film a lot of movies and music videos that involve aquatic themes.

 

NEWS REPORTER

That sounds very entertaining. Was there anything filming here on New Year's Eve?

 

WITNESS No. 1

Of course. We are always filming. It's a bit like Big Brother around here. Cameras follow us everywhere and footage can be used for our productions. It's just a part of living and working in the entertainment business. Have you ever heard of selling your soul to the devil for fame + fortune?

 

NEWS REPORTER

Of course.

 

WITNESS No. 1

Essentially that is what we have all done to create these high profile music videos and films. We live here, can you blame us?

 

NEWS REPORTER

I heard pop star Willa West is among the missing. Was she filming anything for her new song, City of Angels + Demons? If so does it have anything to do with what you just mentioned?

 

WITNESS No. 1

Yes, Willa West was filming scenes for her music video. There was a masquerade party appropriately themed City of Angels + Demons. Victoria’s Secret sponsored it and there were lots of celebrities. She was hosting a private party on Maxwell Martin's boat, which is now lost at sea with at least 3 residents.

 

NEWS REPORTER

Who is Maxwell Martin?

 

WITNESS No. 1

Do you remember the song Trainwreck?

 

NEWS REPORTER

Yes. I forgot about that song. It was from the mid-2000's right?

 

WITNESS No. 1

Yes. He was what you call a One Hit Wonder.

 

NEWS REPORTER

How does he afford to live here?

 

WITNESS No. 1

He bought a boat with his advance from the record label 10 years ago. He went a little crazy spending his money but success never paid off. He lives on the boat here at The Seapunk.

 

NEWS REPORTER

Still looks like he’s living the good life.

 

WITNESS No. 1

 (Laughing at the comment)

I guess that’s what you can call it. Last night was just another usual party at The Seapunk. Sex, drugs and rock & roll. Willa West just blew up last year and her new single, City of Angels + Demons just reached number 3 on the Top 40. The record label is pushing it heavily and our community was working on the music video.

  

NEWS REPORTER

In less than 20 days Willa is scheduled to embark on a 50 date World Tour in 2020. Do you have any reason to believe she was the target of this abduction or could this be a publicity stunt?

 

WITNESS No. 1

I can't confirm or deny what Millennial Music Global was up to. Prior to being rebranded as Willa West she was a beauty blogger who featured makeup tutorials and sang cover songs. Jamie Williams has millions of followers and MMG offered her a contract for 4 albums.

 

NEWS REPORTER

The first tour date is at The Staples Center and we are aware she filmed an exclusive interview with Hollywood Music + Style last night which is scheduled to premier during the show.

 

WITNESS No. 1

Yes, I believe that is correct.

 

NEWS REPORTER

Can you tell us more about what she was planning on discussing in the interview?

 

WITNESS No. 1

Not at this time. The police have asked us to cooperate with their investigation. We all have a bit of a hangover from whatever happened last night. Nobody seems to remember how we got home after the party but we all woke up in a different apartment.

 

NEWS REPORTER

That is very bizarre. How many of you woke up in a different unit?

 

WITNESS No. 1

About 20 of us. The last thing we remember were camera crews following us around to get footage for the music video. Now there is a car in the pool, 8 missing people, a boat out at sea and a whole lot of confusion and chaos.

 

NEWS REPORTER

 (News Reporter closing)

Thank you for sharing your material. Live from The Seapunk in Port Nautilus, this is____. (Name TBD)

 

  1. INT: THE SEAPUNK UNIT 49 – CASSANDRA FORD WITNESS

(11:46 AM)

Former FBI agent and Millennial Property Group Head of Security, Jimmy Lopez, is questioning Cassandra Ford, in her apartment. The police have been notified of 8 missing persons from The Seapunk in Port Nautilus, the waterfront Los Angeles neighborhood south of Venice Beach.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

The LAPD will be conducting an official investigation but I am obligated to question everyone as Head of Security for Millennial Entertainment Industries.

 

On a personal level, we are all friends here. I consider this community to be like family. Their safety is my first concern.

(Read Miranda Rights)

 

What do you remember about last night?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

I sent out a group text around 3:30 AM after I heard the car crash into the pool. So far nobody remembers anything about last night after 2 AM but about 20 people woke up in different apartments.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

That is bizarre. As if you all went home to the wrong apartment after the parties?

  

CASSANDRA FORD

Everything looks the same around here but I don’t think we were all that drunk to go home to the wrong units. Besides, how would we unlock the doors? We need our fingerprints to enter.

  

JIMMY LOPEZ
Do you remember where everyone woke up?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

It’s in our group text message chat. Our phones were going crazy all morning.

Tim and I were in Scott and Mackenzie’s bed, Erin was in Freddy’s bed, Chris was in Angie’s bed, Dennis was in Dino’s bed, Dino was in… well you get the point.

  

JIMMY LOPEZ

And 8 people went missing.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Right. Mackenzie said she was in Maxwell’s bed on the boat and had a dream that she and Freddy fell off the dock and some guys in scuba masks pulled them onto one of the The Seapunk submarines. What if it wasn’t a dream?


JIMMY LOPEZ

We will pull security footage to see how everyone got home. There were a lot of people here last night who were not residents.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Well I remember watching the fireworks on the roof at Scott + Mackenzie’s apartment at midnight. I went with Mackenzie and her friends Alexandra and Jackie down to Maxwell Martin’s boat on the docks where Jamie Williams was hosting her party. Scott went with Jake, Freddy and Tim to The Whaler in Venice.

 

We were filming footage for Willa West’s new music video, City of Angels + Demons. Jake wanted shots of extravagant New Years Eve Parties with everyone dressed up in their costumes so he and Freddy were all over the place.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

I joined the guys at the Whaler after my shift ended at 1 am. Scott told me that Mackenzie was meeting her ex-business partner, James Christian, at Maxwell Martin’s boat. I didn’t think they were speaking to each other anymore and Scott seemed pretty upset that James was DJ’ing the party last night.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

I am now the Chief Financial Officer and legal advisor for Mackenzie’s business, Modern Material. We worked out a deal with James about a month ago to pay off Willa West’s contract with Millennial Music Global. He didn’t want to be involved in Mackenzie’s business plan with his brother Thomas but he was willing to work with our new business model. Nobody knows that James is involved in the business anymore except for me, Mackenzie and James. He wanted to keep it confidential. Scott doesn’t even know.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Why doesn’t James want anyone to know? Even Scott doesn’t even know they are partners again?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Because James was paranoid about what his brother and father might do if they found out Modern Material was back in business.

(gets nervous like she said something wrong.)

I’m not sure I should be speaking about this unless the police have a court order. You work for James’s father’s company.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

8 of our friends are missing and their lives are in danger. We really don’t have time to go through the legal process. The LAPD is already beginning to gather everyone for questioning.

Do you have any reason to suspect James Christian in their disappearance?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

No. His brother Thomas should be questioned as a suspect. James needed to be assured his career won’t be damaged. He wants to remain independent of his father’s empire.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

So nobody knows about James repairing his relationship with Mackenzie or Modern Material.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

No. Just me. He’s a spy for us now. We have reason to believe his brother Thomas was being used by Millennial Music Global to keep Modern Material from getting off the ground. However when we paid Willa West’s contract off a month ago the cat was let out of the bag.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

What happened with Thomas Christian?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

He saw the business plan at James’s house and wanted to create fashion brands for Millennial’s pop stars. He lured Mackenzie over to the dark side with promises he would make multi-million dollar deals with fashion icons and music legends.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Why did that business plan not work out?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

He wanted Mackenzie to give him 30% equity in Modern Material, dilute their shares for a $2 Million investment from a Venture Capital firm and give the artist who already has millions of dollars 50% of the profit.

Mackenzie thought it was absurd. As if he was tying to convince her to sell off all of the equity and ownership in her business before it even began.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

How long was Mackenzie working with Thomas?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

12 months. He took her to 1 meeting in the music industry whereas James took her to 50 in less than a year. That’s why we are all suspicious of Thomas’s involvement in the company. If you’re building a start-up company you need to push things along quickly. Thomas was stalling her at every turn while James was pushing her too fast.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

What would happen if Willa West begins tour with Modern Material?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Her contract with Millennial Global gives them control of anything that her name goes on. CD’s, tickets, t-shirts. If she did not pay off her deal they could have also earned revenue from anything her name did not go on, such as brand endorsements.

JIMMY LOPEZ

Does that really make that much of a difference?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

If Willa West opens an online store and sells everything from lingerie from Victoria’s Secret to designer handbags to makeup, Millennial Music Global cannot take a piece of her brand endorsements if her name is not on the product. If the Victoria’s Secret bra she’s wearing in her music video for City of Angeles + Demons has Willa West printed anywhere on it, MMG would earn most of the revenue not Jamie.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Interesting. So this is a better deal for her?

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Absolutely. Nobody cares about the name on the label, they just want the look that is seen in that music video.

We paid off the 7 year 360 deal of $3 Million from all of the brand endorsements we raised.

That’s why she’s living on Maxwell’s boat until her business is profitable. He learned the hard way during his binge on fame + fortune, buying a boat with his advance. Basically we got her out of a bad deal with the Boy’s Club.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Millennial Music Global is probably pissed she was able to buy off her contract and other artists will likely follow suit if she’s successful.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

You nailed it. That was Mackenzie’s concern. She hoped James would be willing to help her get out of the hell that Thomas was dragging her into trying to sell her rights to run her own business.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

James, Thomas, and you seem to be the only people associated with Modern Material who have not gone missing. This will make each of you persons of interest.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

There are several people in Columbus, Ohio who are listed in the business plan. I have a copy of the most recent plan, not what Mackenzie and James created before Thomas got involved. Our 5 year forecast on the profit & loss for a recording artist’s income can do some serious damage to the music industry once they all start participating in Modern Material.

The entire music business generated $43 Billion last year in the US. The apparel business generated $348 Billion. One side has all of the celebrity selling power and the other side has all of the income. Guess which side Modern Material is on?

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

It appears anything associated with the business has been stolen or destroyed from Mackenzie, Scott, Freddy and Jake’s apartment. We are checking on Alexandra and Jackie’s apartment in Venice. If you are now the CFO your life could be in danger too.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Yes but I won’t let those boys take me out. Women deserve the chance to win in business too. This industry is total bullshit.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

This could just be an intimidation game play but we need to keep a security detail on you and find out if anyone else knows about the business plans.

 

CASSANDRA FORD

Jimmy, I trust you, but you work for MEI. You could be one of them for all I know.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

The LAPD is involved now. It’s no longer a private matter. They will be here to question you shortly but I’m going to investigate on behalf of our friends whose lives are at stake, not Millennial Entertainment Industries.

 

James is on his way here for questioning. He claims to have spent the night at his home in Venice about a mile away from here.

 

  1.  EXT: THE SEAPUNK GARAGE ENTRANCE

1:30 PM

Camera cuts to the Seapunk entrance as a dark SUV pulls through the gated tunnel entrance to the underground parking beside the pool.

James pulled up to the Valet in his emerald Tesla SUV. The door lifts upwards and he walks towards the lobby. He is dressed in skinny grey jeans and a denim biker jacket with high top sneakers and aviator shades. His ripped Vneck t-shirt showed a little chest hair with a ball chain necklace and a lock engraved with the initials JC. His t-shirt reads, ”I’m not here. This isn't happening. I’m not here.” A Radiohead lyric fitting for the surreal morning on January 1, 2020.

James is also carrying a weekender bag from Wolfhardt as he was told to bring a change of clothes.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Hi James, thanks for coming. I’m detective Jimmy Lopez, Head of Security and a former FBI Agent. This is officer Randy Smith with the LAPD. We will be conducting the interview this afternoon. Please follow us.

 

Jimmy and Detective Smith lead James into the underground chambers near The Seapunk Club where he was DJ’ing the New Year’s Eve party just a few hours earlier. They arrive in a room with an aquarium and conference table.

 

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

We met once before with your former business partner, Mackenzie Mitchell. I’m also a resident of The Seapunk. This is a fine creative community your family owns here and we are greatly disturbed by what happened last night.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

It’s good to see you again, although not under these special circumstances. It was about 4 years ago when Mackenzie and I met with you at the pool to discuss our business plans. How is your concert promotion going?

  

JIMMY LOPEZ

(Jimmy laughs)

I’m still working for your father so apparently not so well.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Sarcastically)

Let me guess, you started working with Mackenzie and it all went to hell.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

We spoke about working together briefly but she got involved with you and your brother instead. Are you aware of why we asked you to come here for questioning?

  

JAMES CHRISTIAN

No. I was just informed that a series of events occurred last night and I may be a witness since I was DJ’ing The Seapunk Club last night.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Correct. Last night 8 people went missing. All of them are tied to Modern Material.

 

Maxwell Martin

Jamie Williams / AKA Willa West

Mackenzie Mitchell

Scott Mitchell

Jake Carter

Freddy Rodriguez

Alexandra Martiniqué

Jackie Lee

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Shocked and paranoid)

Shit. Ok. Please fill me in. I was not aware of anything going on last night.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

The first report made was around 3:45 AM when Freddy Rodriguez’s Maserati was found in the swimming pool. He was nowhere to be found. Did you see or interact with Freddy last night?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Damn. Is he the celebrity photographer guy?

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Yes so you know him?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Slightly annoyed)

I know of him. Mackenzie wanted him to be on our team. Thought he was this really talented fashion photographer with a bunch of Hollywood friends.  I wasn't so keen about the idea, especially once he told her he hung out with the Kardashians. He sounded like a bit of trouble. One of those guys probably sleeping with the models.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Yeah, he has a bit of a reputation around here. I know Freddy very well. He's bi-sexual. It's the fashion business. A bit different than the music business from what I hear. Mostly women and gay men. They are always hosting extravagant parties here at The Seapunk, having photo shoots and putting on runway shows.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Yeah I suppose it is different than the music business but it looks like the same lifestyle. My brother Thomas is among the best in the business in spotting a fashion icon. He saw Madonna’s image potential. It’s just not my thing. I try to stay out of that scene but Mackenzie kept pushing me to go that direction. Especially after she met Thomas.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

How would you describe your relationship to Mackenzie prior to it ending?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

We have been friends for a decade, until she met Freddy. Then it was all Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. She seemed so blind sided by the fame.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Did she mention anything about what she and Freddy were up to?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

She mentioned a party, well lots of parties, but one in particular stands out in my mind. In fact she said you were there and promised it was safe because you were a former FBI Agent and Head of Security here at The Seapunk.

I had just picked her up at The Seapunk for our first music industry meeting on a Monday morning in October of 2015.

 

FLASHBACK SCENE

Fade out to white.

Camera shows Mackenzie waking up in her apartment and getting ready. Fun morning music, gorgeous view of Port Nautilus and the Santa Monica Mountains above Beverly Hills. She gets a text from James.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Running 10 late. ETA 7:47 am

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

Do you want coffee?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Yes Plz J

 

James pulls up in his Emerald Tesla and she has two cups of Starbucks coffee in hand. He parks, gets out and opens the door for her.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Good morning partner! Are you ready for our first meeting? Exciting stuff!

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

Not really, I’m just going to follow your lead.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Monica and David are good friends, there’s no need to worry. We are just going to get their opinions to see if we have a business opportunity. We are having Breakfast on Melrose with Monica this morning and tomorrow we have lunch on Abbott Kinney with David. We’re still in the research and development stage so I’m just going to ask why artists are only selling crappy t-shirts and if they think we can build a business around all of these ideas we’ve been kicking around.

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

  1. I’m just warning you that I’m not always as out going as you think I am. I might get too nervous. I don’t know how the music industry works. I’ll probably say something dumb so I’ll just observe.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

 

Ok. I’ll take care of it. Bullshitting is what I do for a living. I’m just going to tell Monica how you come from Columbus, Ohio land of major brands like Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and Bath & Body Works. I’ll tell them that you are friends with my ex-wife. People will probably assume you’re just some girlfriend I’m doing a favor for so I’m going to mention you’re married. The music business is funny like that. We need to be taken seriously.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

  1. I’ll do my best to jump in when I’m comfortable.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

So how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

Yes, it was a blast. We hung out all day on a yacht. I could get used to this lifestyle. Friends with boats are the best. We’ve only been living at The Seapunk for 4 months and have already been invited to go out on a boat. This guy is a little crazy. He’s a celebrity fashion photographer. Maybe we can work with him. He knows a lot of actresses. 

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

That sounds like fun. In all my years in LA I never really spent any time in the marina. It’s not your typical Hollywood lifestyle. Not the stuff I’m used to. Just seems like this chill, laid back resort town 15 minutes from my house in Venice.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

Dude, let me finish telling you the story. It’s really not as laid back as it looks. So we are on this boat and the guy, Freddy, starts talking about doing ecstasy with models after his magazine photo shoots. He took some Molly while he was cooking down in his cabin. We were still parked at the dock wondering if we were ever going to take a cruise. Scott and I invited our friend Jimmy and his husband to come with us. Freddy was waiting on his boyfriend to come drive the boat.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Interrupts the story)

Wait, so both of your friends are gay?

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

Yeah way?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(seemingly weirded out)

No, nothing. Just wondering when you said husband and boyfriend but referred to he’s.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

It’s not like you’ve never met anyone gay before, right?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(laughs)

Well of course I have. I just thought it was funny, you and Scott hanging out on a yacht with a bunch of gay guys.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

 

How is that funny? Anyways, stop being dumb and interrupting my story. We had some other friends with us too. Actually the only other girl on the boat knew who you were. She thought it was cool that I knew you, but you’re making me question that now.

During the party Jimmy starts talking about how he was an FBI agent and Freddy freaked out. He pulled me down to the cabin and told me I needed to get Jimmy off the boat before we left.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

I’m not sure I like where you are going with this story but your girlfriend sounds smart.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

You’re the one making fun of me for living here because it’s not Hollywood and it’s not cool enough for you. Like the Marina is Kansas or something. Anyways, Freddy starts telling me how he’s got a couple of kilos of cocaine and a dozen guns on board. I was thinking, oh shit, maybe we shouldn’t go out to sea. We just met this guy.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Takes a big sigh. Starts speaking like a father)

This is exactly what I was talking about. You cannot get on a boat with a guy you don’t know who has drugs and guns. He could take you out to sea and do god knows what. It’s not like going to his apartment where you can take a cab home if you get into a bad situation. Trust me, I’ve been arrested. I know what happens if you’re associated with a crime or considered a Material Witness. Hey, that’s a good name for something we do for Modern Material.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

(Annoyed, acting like a rebellious teenager)

James, chill. You’re not my father. My husband was with me and I took a former FBI agent with us. What was really going to happen?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(paranoid, concerned)

You and Scott are still new to LA. You have no idea what kind of stuff goes on here. I’m just afraid you’re being naive. This is not Ohio anymore.

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

(Still annoyed)

You can’t tell me how to live my personal life. It has nothing to do with the business. Whatever you did in your life to get arrested is your business, not mine. 

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

I don’t need to remind you how long it took Maxwell and I to recover from our arrest on the tour bus. He never did get his career out of the toilet. 

 

MACKENZIE MITCHELL

(Sarcastically)

Well maybe he shouldn’t have locked a fan in the bathroom because she wouldn’t have sex with him. Maybe Freddy deserves a chance to explain why he’s got so many drugs and guns on board. If I gave you a second chance to prove to Jamie and I that you weren’t just expecting us to be groupies there to sleep with you on the tour bus, you can give Freddy a chance to be our photographer.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

You know I always respected you for your brain not your body. So knock it off. We are going to be on Melrose in 10 minutes. I don’t have time for this Melrose Place melodrama.

 

Screen fades to black where James is at the table starting to get worked up by Jimmy’s questioning.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

(Begins laughing at the memory)

Oh I remember that night. It was almost as crazy as last night. Freddy was too strung out to leave the dock so we just sat on the boat all night. I told people at the pool that I was ON a boat but a few women thought I said I OWNED a boat.

 

JAMES CHRISITAN

(Annoyed by Jimmy’s lack of seriousness)

Mackenzie and I got into a big fight about the things that were going on here. I try to keep myself out of trouble these days. I've been arrested a few times in the past and I didn't want her getting involved with shady characters. As partners my reputation was tied to hers too. There’s always something stage-worthy if it’s involved with Millennial Entertainment.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Tell me more about your father’s ownership of The Seapunk.

 

JAMES CHRISITIAN

He owns the property and is on the board of directors. I really don't get involved in my father's businesses. He's owned this property since the 80's and uses it to house producers and creative staff for music videos and film production. They live here while they are filming and editing. I assume it saves a lot of money by paying a lower salary and providing housing in LA without the commute.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

It’s a pretty brilliant business model when it comes to productivity.

 

JAMES CHRISITIAN

It’s a fun industry. It’s not like going to work in a prison.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

There was probably a lot of sex, drugs and Rock & Roll going on here, huh? It’s a pretty elite community from what I see. How much do you know about the tunnel system?

  

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Laughs)

Good times. A lot of things happened in those tunnels and probably still do, which is why I’m assuming I’m here. There is a secret world underwater that nobody above knows exists. Most of the tunnels have eroded except for a few at The Seapunk that were updated for highly confidential music videos. There are reports of the bunkers being used by the Illumnati and all sorts of crazy theories.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Is it really all that crazy to consider?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

No, Thomas and I used to hang out at The Whaler on Venice Beach with Jim Morrison. There were tunnels that ran through the canals back to the bunkers in the marina. Basically if you see a water channel there is a steel tube at the bottom of it connecting to various points between Port Nautilus and Venice.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

No way. The Whaler is my local watering hole. A group of us were there last night. In fact that’s where Scott, Freddy and Jake were and we are trying to figure out what happened between the time they left the Whaler and the time Freddy’s car was reported to have crashed into the pool.

I am very aware of the tunnel system at The Seapunk.  

We found about $2,500 in cash floating in the pool. If that much money was left behind there was probably a lot more where that came from.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

This is why I couldn't deal with Mackenzie anymore. I thought this lifestyle was behind me. After my last arrest with Maxwell on the tour bus I decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in prison. It was only a matter of time before something tragic happened.

Mackenzie seemed like just some innocent thirty-something married woman from Ohio who wanted to promote music and her fashion brand. She would never listen to me. I tried to get Scott to reason with her. I was afraid they were both naive to the culture here in LA.

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

But you’re still in the business of sex, drugs and rock & roll. Why does all of this surprise you?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

It doesn’t which is why I decided to leave once Thomas got involved. I know what goes on inside. After you’ve faced a prison sentence you learn how to clean up your act. There are no third chances.

I told her I didn’t think it was a very good idea to be hanging out on a boat full of drugs and guns with people she didn’t know. There’s no telling what could have happened to her out at sea.

  

JIMMY LOPEZ

And that’s exactly why you are here now. Either you have good instincts or know a lot more about what happens underwater than we are aware.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

What do you mean? I thought everyone was missing and you’re looking for clues about what they were all doing last night?

  

JIMMY LOPEZ

Did I mention she was lost at sea? Mackenzie was able to reply to a text message this morning. She and her two friends Alexandra and Jackie are locked inside Maxwell’s sailboat somewhere about 150 miles away.

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

Holy shit. She didn’t say if Max and Jamie were with her?

  

JIMMY LOPEZ

No, she said she had a dream that two masked men in scuba gear pulled her and Freddy out of the water after they fell off the dock. Perhaps it wasn’t a dream.

 

So tell me more about your relationship with Mackenzie. How did you meet and get involved in her business, Modern Material?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

It began during Maxwell Martin's tour in 2005. She snuck into a party in Dayton, Ohio with Jamie who was only 17. The two girls, plus Scott and her brother pretended like they met me before. 

 

JIMMY LOPEZ

Really? That’s kinda funny. How did they pull that off?

 

JAMES CHRISTIAN

(Laughing at the memory)

Well we laughed about it later when she told me the truth about ten years later. She was an obsessed fan of Maxwell Martin's and just wanted his autograph. I saw a lot of potential in her career in the fashion business during the downturn in the music business. We were no longer going to be able to sell a physical product but unless technology was going to start turning our clothing into a digital file I knew her business wasn’t going to get swallowed up by the digital age.

 

 

END OF ACT 2