ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WE ONCE KNEW
Facing pressure to step out of his mentor’s shadow, a floundering lawyer takes on the dangerous case of an unhinged soldier suffering from PTSD.
Attorney, Stephen Harker, fights to hold a grip on his success ladder. He has shown infinite promise at his Philadelphia firm, but repeatedly falls short of expectations mainly due to his failed marriage and looming moral crises.
We open with a theatrical courtroom performance by Harker’s mentor, the bombastic Robert Fleeger doing what he does best-- defending the indefensible. Harker supports Fleeger with drum-tight legal work, but fails to build his own client base.
When the firm’s senior partner notifies Harker that he's on the chopping block, Fleeger gifts Harker a high-profile lawsuit filed by Lt. Major Thomas McAdoo, also black, against the firm's top client, multi-national insurance giant Worldscore. McAdoo's claim that his employment in Afghanistan caused his PTSD gains traction, threatening to expose Worldscore to an onslaught of PTSD claims by former military contractors.
When Fleeger goes AWOL after a drunken encounter with his provocative ex-wife, Harker unravels – his initial fixation on McAdoo rapidly devolves into an obsession that leads him to pursue a man we soon realize is quite dangerous.
Shooting in Spring, 2018.