Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1951. Sid Silver, the head of Formosa Studios, has a problem. His social guidance films are no longer effective on their teenage audience. The school board threatens to cut Sid's funding unless he creates films that are more relevant. He finds his answer in Clay Crawford, who Sid believes is a Method actor from New York City, but is actually a clever con man, on the run from a bounty hunter named Lucky.
Clay wants a quick buck to help him get to California. Sid wants a quick fix to his problems. Both get much more than they bargained for. Will Clay take the easy money and run, turning his back on his new-found true love? Will Sid stand up to Ted, the manipulative banker, reinvent himself and save the studio? Find out in this nostalgic trip to Formosa, a warm and engaging comedy in the spirit of Pleasantville, Ed Wood and Shadow of the Vampire.