Affairs of State

Synopsis: A young campaign aide gets in way over his head when he sleeps with the wife and daughter of a presidential candidate only to end up bleeding out on the side of an empty road at night.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Eric Bross
Production: Grindstone Entertainment Group
97 min


[cheering, applause]

[Baines] Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you.

Thank you very much!

Thank you very...

Thank you, so incredibly

grateful to be here.

Thank you very much.

[crowd chanting]

Baines! Baines! Baines!

[rhythmic clapping]

[Baines] God bless America!

[crowd] Baines! Baines! Baines!

Thank you very, very much!

[Michael] History has proven that a

great leader can change the world.

For better or for worse.

Once upon a time,

in the not-too-distant future,

America was at war with itself.

Our political parties

had fallen into crisis.

An identity crisis.

And where there is war,

there are soldiers.

[man grunting]

And where there are soldiers,

there are casualties.

Mary Maple was once

the Magnolia Queen.

Yes, it's me.

Thirty years and 30 pounds ago.


- Michael.

- Yes.

Tell me about yourself,

what's your background?

Where'd you go to school?

I graduated from GW.

Hmm. What did

you major in?

Political Science with

a minor in Journalism.

What kind of grades?

Graduated with honors.

Cum laude.

Cum laude.

My goodness.

- Sugar?

- Oh, yes please.

[Michael] Mary Maple.

A very good person

to know in Washington.

So, how can I

help you, Michael?

Well, it's pretty clear

that Senator Baines

is gonna run for president.

If I can be anywhere

near that, I mean...

I could learn a lot

from the man.

Well, John is a good friend.

- Nothing is set in stone, of course.

- No, no, of course.

Rob Reynolds is unofficially

running the campaign.

I have heard of him, although I

haven't made his acquaintance.

Rob is also

a good friend.

He's the best at what he does.

Yes, he is.

Consider yourself invited to

the Maple Foundation event,

where my good friend John Boland

Baines is our guest speaker.

I'll even introduce you

to Rob Reynolds myself.

I'd very much appreciate that, Mrs.


Call me Mary.

Oh! My goodness!

Oh! My goodness!

Oh! My! Oh, darlin'! Michael!

Darlin', I need you...

I need you...

I need you to stop

for a minute.

Oh. Oh. Oh.

[Mary sighs]


- Hey.

- What?

Where'd you go?

I'm in here.


You know, I like you

better without it.

You mean you

don't like my wig?

No, no, no.

I like your wig.

I mean, here.


I like you like this.

[sighs] You do?

Oh, sugar, you really

are something.

[both chuckling]


Oh! Oh!

[moaning loudly]

[Michael] A little over a

year ago, at a lunch counter,

my boss,

Senator Lester Garret,

told me he had a pain

in his abdomen.

Less than two months later,

Lester died of pancreatic cancer.

I'd been out of work

ever since.

I had to make something happen.

I was on borrowed time

in a borrowed SUV.

That Judge Karl?

How did you get this?

Callie, Judge Karl

has a wife and kids.


And he's been

a judicial activist

against same-sex marriage

for his entire career.

Some of his legal language was

actually in DOMA, for Christ's sakes.

I mean, he's a hypocrite

of the highest order.

[Michael] Callie and I met when we

were both interning for Lester.

Yeah, but, Callie...

wife and kids.

Yeah, you're right, I can't

do that to the wife and kids.

[Michael] She's my roommate and

my best friend. But lately...

I'll blackmail him.

How much do you think

we would get?

Not much, honestly.


[Michael] She had quite

a collection going.

Most of those guys weren't

exactly big players, though.

The judge tape...

This was different.

You know,

in this little box...

is the real DC.

Yeah, and it's going to

stay in that box.

For a rainy day.

Speaking of rainy days...

umm, how we doing on rent?

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Tom Cudworth

Tom Cudworth (born February 15, 1964) is an American screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles. Cudworth grew up in an Italian neighborhood in Bloomfield, New Jersey. After studying filmmaking at Montclair State College, Cudworth co-wrote his first film with Eric Bross, entitled TenBenny, in 1994. The film featured one of Adrien Brody's first leading roles, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996. Cudworth's follow-up film Restaurant garnished critical praise, and was released at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on April 17, 1998. Restaurant starred Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, David Moscow, Simon Baker, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Lauryn Hill (who performed in Restaurant while pregnant). In 2000, Adrien Brody received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role as Chris Calloway in Restaurant. more…

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