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2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

New York, NY [March 13, 2012] – The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres.

For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was nominated for Best Live Action Short at this year’s annual Academy Awards®, while last year’s award-winning TFF documentary short Incident in New Baghdad was nominated for Best Documentary Short.

TFF’s shorts programs chart a wide range of cultural perspectives and geographic coordinates. Drawn from more than 2,800 submissions, the 2012 roster represents 25 countries and territories, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

The 2012 slate will be presented in 9 thematic programs (5 narrative, 3 documentary and 1 experimental). Performers and interviewees include Jamie Lee Curtis, Rachel Dratch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachael Harris, Hugh Masekela, Sting, and Lily Tomlin.

The year’s lineup reflects a particularly wide range of stylistic signatures and storytelling techniques, from “Triptych,” a documentary program focusing on art, music and physical beauty, to a decidedly testosterone-heavy edition of our ever-popular New York shorts program (titled “Men-Hattan” this year in honor of its unusually masculine bent), which will include the world premiere of writer-director (and TFF alum) Neil LaBute’s BFF.

Returning TFF directors joining Neil LaBute include Julia Bacha, Matthew Bonifacio, Shawn Christensen, David Darg, Sasha-Waters Freyer, Martin Laporte, David B. Levy, Charles Lim, Bryn Mooser, Jay Rosenblatt, and Joel Schlemowitz.

“With a terrific balance of comedy and drama in the programs, this year’s shorts lineup is sure to take TFF audiences on an amazing ride, twisting between narrative invention, documentary insights, and experimental landscapes,” said Sharon Badal, TFF Head of Shorts Programming. “We’re thrilled to have so many international short films in this year’s selections, particularly from countries whose work may be new to our filmgoers.”

Works selected for the 2012 TFF shorts slate are eligible to compete for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $10,000 for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award.

Following is a listing of the selected short films in the nine programs in which they will be presented:

2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Men-Hattan – Narrative

Our New York shorts program takes a decidedly masculine turn in these testosterone-infused tales. In 1964 a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook, only to discover that the institution’s medical personnel are conducting U.S. Army-funded experiments on the children (based on true events). A poor kid from Brooklyn with college dreams fights the fates for a chance to change his life in Turning a Corner. Each morning Vincent, a down-on-his-luck New Yorker, waits at the B61 bus stop, but when mysterious Sal joins him, an unlikely friendship develops. A conservative Seattle shoe designer travels to New York City for the first time and experiences an unforgettable night in Migraine. Jack and Jill have been “best friends forever,” and when Jill suspects that her boyfriend is cheating on her, Jack offers to help her in BFF. At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece Sophia for a few hours in Curfew. A young man suspects the girl he is dating to be hiding a secret after she routinely orders massive amounts of food to go in Doggy Bags.

·         Willowbrook · Directed by Ross Cohen, written by Andrew Rothschild · USA · World Premiere

·         Turning a Corner · Directed and written by David B. Levy · USA · New York Premiere

·         B61 · Directed and written by Michael Buscemi · USA · World Premiere

·         Migraine · Directed and written by Matthew Bonifacio · USA · World Premiere

·         BFF · Directed and written by Neil LaBute · USA · World Premiere

·         Curfew · Directed and written by Shawn Christensen · USA · New York Premiere

·         Doggy Bags · Directed and written by Edward Burns · USA · World Premiere

Character Flaws –Narrative

These shorts provide a glimpse into self-identity and self-discovery. Yasemin lives in her own world of fantasy with the notes she feels and the sounds she sees, as she spends a day with her mother and grandfather in Time of the Plums. In Donkey, David, a London banker who was the most popular child in class, bumps into Stanley, whom he bullied in high school, resulting in a powerful encounter. The Fourth of July in Los Angeles is always about Fireworks, as two adolescent brothers set out on a quest to impress a group of girls. Once the show begins at this drive-in theater, the concession stand closes for the clerk’s private performance, but tonight his victims seek revenge during Intermission Time. After participating in an execution by lethal injection, a doctor is so overcome by Angst that he decides to find a way out. A 12-year-old boy in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia must decide between falling into the pirate life or rising above to choose the path of an honest fisherman in Asad. Overweight Maori woman Kiri awakens powerful memories when she takes a trip with family and friends to the Whakatiki River, where she spent many summers as a girl. Teacher of the Year is a day in the life of Ethan Collins, a severely depressed, foul-mouthed elementary school teacher whose wife’s recent infidelity and departure have left him questioning everything in his life.

·         Time of the Plums (Erik Zamani) · Directed by Sezen Kayhan, written by Sezen Kayhan and Cemil Kavukçu · Turkey · New York Premiere

·         Donkey · Directed and written by Keir Burrows · UK · New York Premiere

·         Fireworks · Directed by Victor Hugo Duran, written by Kevin James McMullin · USA · World Premiere

·         Intermission Time · Directed by Michael Degg · USA · New York Premiere

·         Angst (Angustia) · Directed by León Rechy · Mexico · International Premiere

·         Asad · Directed and written by Bryan Buckley · USA · World Premiere

·         Whakatiki · Directed by Louise Leitch, written by Bernadette Murphy · New Zealand · World Premiere

·         Teacher of the Year · Directed by Chris Modoono, written by Chris Modoono and Gil Zabarsky · USA · World Premiere

Status Update – Narrative

Life’s surprising twists and turns change the direction of these short films. In Rung, after a cathedral bell ringer passes away, his spot on the bell-ringing choir is up for grabs and two women find themselves in an unlikely competition for the coveted position. A couple’s relationship goes through its first big test in a crowded spot in Café Regular Cairo. GABI is a sassy, sexy, and strong Puerto Rican woman, but an unexpected family death forces her to return to her native homeland, confronting a place she thought she had left behind. When a man brings his eight-year-old son to a soccer game and the ticket price is higher than he expected, he is desperate not to disappoint the boy in Bad Gones. In Screenshot Kate meets an old friend through Facebook and discovers just how unfriendly a place the internet can be. On his way to a statistics conference, John Wilkins is the victim of a freak accident, sucked out of a plane when an emergency door fails mid-flight at 43,000 Feet. Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friends, and when they pass a homeless man on the street Clark gets an idea in Double or Nothing. Liam and Michael are professional safecrackers who meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe of its contents, but there’s a catch—a light-activated alarm system impels the men to embark on a Pitch Black Heist.

·         Rung · Directed by Chris Hanratty, written by Mike McPhaden · Canada · International Premiere

·         Café Regular Cairo · Directed and written by Ritesh Batra · Egypt, India · North American Premiere

·         GABI · Directed and written by Zoé Salicrup Junco · Puerto Rico · U.S. Premiere

·         Bad Gones · Directed and written by Stéphane Demoustier · France · International Premiere

·         Screenshot · Directed and written by Cathal Burke · Ireland · New York Premiere

·         43,000 Feet · Directed by Campbell Hooper, written by Matthew Harris · New Zealand · World Premiere

·         Double or Nothing · Directed by Nathaniel Krause, written by Neil LaBute · USA · World Premiere

·         Pitch Black Heist · Directed and written by John Maclean · UK · New York Premiere

Escape Clause –Narrative

These shorts ponder personal predicaments and the pursuit of happiness. An Air Force drone pilot operates air strikes in Afghanistan from a base in America, returning each day to his wife and son in suburbia, but when his team makes a lethal mistake, he is forced to face reality beyond the cubicle in Unmanned. Alone in a brightly lit studio, a ballerina recalls her old choreography, leaping and spinning in front of an invisible audience in Prima. Amit and her female life partner Noa have decided to take a crucial step and have a baby, but despite their strong self-confidence, after the baby’s birth neither one of them knows what to do next in Stitches. A French narrator jumps from one dramatic scene to another, confused about the story that he is trying to tell in Voice Over. When Jason and his mother attend a funeral service of someone they have never met, they accidentally wind up leading The Procession. An ordinary suburban mom carefully plans a life-changing trip to Paris, but when her plans go terribly awry, she finds herself alone on the banks of the Seine wondering why the city of dreams cannot magically fill her life with meaning in Picture Paris.

·         Unmanned · Directed and written by Casey Cooper Johnson · USA · New York Premiere

·         Prima · Directed and written by Miguel Calayan · Philippines · World Premiere

·         Stitches (Tfarim) · Directed and written by Adiya Imri Orr · Israel · World Premiere

·         Voice Over · Directed by Martin Rosete, written by Luiso Berdejo · Spain · North American Premiere

·         The Procession · Directed and written by Robert Festinger · USA · World Premiere

·         Picture Paris · Directed and written by Brad Hall · USA · New York Premiere

Fallout – Narrative

Decisions and repercussions confront the characters in these short films. Following the tsunami that claimed the lives of his parents, Adirake searches for the white elephant his mother spoke of in this coming-of-age story. After passing the civil service examination Sung-joo returns to her hometown to spend the day with her friend, Shin-hee, who stayed behind, in Chupachups. Taking place in the ex-Yugoslavia of the 1970s, a mother secretly celebrates Easter at home with her children when their father, an army officer and ingrained communist, discovers his family’s clandestine festivities in Easter Eggs. Trotteur is a tale of man versus machine in a duel between a young man and a locomotive. A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking Foxes is beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world. Following a deadly pandemic that has decimated the world’s population, a father drives his nine-year-old daughter from the west coast of Australia to the safe zone in Transmission. A young Irishman traveling All That Way For Love across the African continent to get to his doctor girlfriend hitches a ride with a nomadic older couple and becomes embroiled in their complicated history.

·         Adirake · Directed and written by Tati Barrantes and Andinh Ha · Thailand · International Premiere

·         Chupachups · Directed by Ji-suk Kyung · South Korea · North American Premiere

·         Easter Eggs · Directed by Slobodan Karajlovic, written by Slobodan Karajlovic and Jelena Svilar · Croatia · New York Premiere

·         Trotteur · Directed by Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc, written by Arnaud Brisebois · Canada · New York Premiere

·         Foxes · Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, written by Garret Shanley · Ireland · New York Premiere

·         Transmission · Directed and written by Zak Hilditch · Australia · International Premiere

·         All That Way For Love · Directed by Henry Mason, written by Thomas Martin · UK · New York Premiere

Long Story Short – Documentary

Past, present and future coexist in this program of short docs from here and abroad. A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid’s Story. Experience the Egyptian revolution through the eyes of a Bedouin falcon trainer who sees the regime fall from afar and speaks of how falconry and government are similar in A Falcon, A Revolution. Over the course of The New Yorker magazine cartoonists’ weekly lunch, four prominent artists share their styles, inspirations, and creative processes in Every Tuesday: A Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoonists. Ballet shoes are worn by delicate girls, but they’re crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story in The Perfect Fit. For the last 53 years, The Last Ice Merchant Baltazar Ushca has harvested glacial ice from the tallest mountain in Ecuador, prompting this tale of cultural change and indigenous people. A tour of the Oregon State Hospital conducted to uncover the deplorable conditions there uncovers thousands of corroded copper urns containing the cremated remains of unclaimed psychiatric patients in Library of Dust.

·         Leonid’s Story (Istoriya Leonida) · Directed and written by Rainer Ludwigs · Germany, Ukraine · New York Premiere

·         A Falcon, A Revolution · Directed and written by Md Rezwan Al Islam and Jassim Al Rumaihi · Qatar · North American Premiere

·         Every Tuesday: A Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoonists · Directed by Rachel Gordon Loube · USA · World Premiere

·         The Perfect Fit · Directed by Tali Yankelevich · Scotland · New York Premiere

·         The Last Ice Merchant (El Último Hielero) · Directed by Sandy Patch · USA · World Premiere

·         Library of Dust · Directed by Ondi Timoner and Robert James · USA · New York Premiere

Help Wanted – Documentary

Political or personal, these short documentaries address some life-challenging situations. German engineer Jürgen Perthold was intrigued about where his newly adopted stray, Mr. Lee, disappeared to for days on end, so he developed the CatCam to help solve the mystery. Three Mexican immigrants who risk their lives every day rappelling down some of the tallest skyscrapers in Chicago reveal their thoughts about work, mortality, and the people they observe inside the high-rises they clean in Paradise. As the cholera epidemic rages in Haiti and the UN denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite mounting evidence, witness the stories of a young baseball player named Joseph and a Haitian lawyer fighting for victim compensation in Baseball in the Time of Cholera. By vacating the apartment of an elderly building manager we discover the soul of Jean Lewis, a former female Hollywood reporter connected to some of the most renowned stars of her time. Benjaman Kyle was found unconscious outside a Burger King in 2004 without any clothes, identification, or memories, and seven years later no one knows who he is, even the FBI, in Finding Benjaman. Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem, but when his family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters in My Neighbourhood.

·         CatCam · Directed by Seth Keal · USA · New York Premiere

·         Paradise (Paraíso) · Directed by Nadav Kurtz · USA · New York Premiere

·         Baseball in the Time of Cholera · Directed by David Darg and Bryn Mooser · Haiti · World Premiere

·         Jean Lewis · Directed by Pascui Rivas · USA · New York Premiere

·         Finding Benjaman · Directed and written by John Wikstrom · USA · New York Premiere

·         My Neighbourhood · Directed by Julia Bacha, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, written by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi · USA, Israel, Palestine · World Premiere

Triptych – Documentary

This trio of short documentaries delves into art, music, and physical beauty. Dreamscapes looks behind and beyond the canvas of artist Stephen Hannock, following him from his Newcastle opening to the canals of Venice and the streets of New York. Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father. Beauty Culture investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image and the persistent “beauty contest” of daily life.

·         Dreamscapes · Directed by Wolfram Hissen · USA, France · World Premiere

·         Alekesam · Directed by Jason Bergh, written by Jason Bergh and Kevin Barth · USA · World Premiere

·         Beauty Culture · Directed by Lauren Greenfield · USA · World Premiere

Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes – Experimental

Spanning creative journeys across four continents. The assembled filmmakers invoke diverse cultural landscapes, suggesting a collective struggle of humanity between apocalyptic visions of the past, present, and future, and the redemptive power of the human spirit. Cinematic techniques comprising found footage imagery, historic audio recordings, still photography, animation, collage, Super 8mm (celluloid) filmmaking, and digital cinematography comprise the rich visual and audio landscapes of these films, all made by talented artists, ranging from emerging student voices to experienced filmmakers returning to TFF.

·         An Incomplete History of the Travelogue, 1925 · Directed and written by Sasha Waters Freyer · USA · New York Premiere

·         Scenes From a Visit to Japan · Directed by Joel Schlemowitz · USA, Japan · World Premiere

·         The Valley · Directed and written by Leif Huron · USA · World Premiere

·         Sinews of Peace · Directed and written by Timo Franc · UK · World Premiere

·         Barcelona · Directed by Martin Laporte · Canada · World Premiere

·         Democratic Locations · Directed and written by Thomas Kutschker · Germany · World Premiere

·         Abyss of Man’s Conscience (ReconoceR) · Directed by Juan Camilo González · Colombia, USA · New York Premiere

·         Inquire Within · Directed by Jay Rosenblatt · USA · North American Premiere

·         All the Lines Flow Out · Directed by Charles Lim · Singapore · North American Premiere

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Tickets for 2012 Festival:

Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late night and weekday matinee screenings.

Advance selection ticket packages and passes are now on sale for American Express Cardmembers and the general public. All advance selection packages and passes can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

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About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,300 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 3.7 million attendees and has generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

About the 2012 Festival Sponsors:

As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking, bringing business and energy to New York City and offering Cardmembers and festivalgoers the opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Apple, Bloomberg, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield, Cadillac, Caesars Atlantic City, ESPN, Heineken USA, JetBlue, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Magnum® Ice Cream, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, New York Nonstop, Stolichnaya Vodka, The New York Times, Time Warner Cable.  The Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsors: BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Focus Forward – a partnership between GE and CINELAN, and OppenheimerFunds.

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2 Responses to “2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM SELECTIONS”

  1. Michael V. Caldwell says:

    “CHILDREN SEEKING WORLD PEACE” (Short Film Script)

    Opening Scene;

    We see the Outside of the United Nations Building next we see a man dressed in a suite carrying a brief case walking into the building he approaches the Desk of the Chairman of the United Nations, pulls out a very large manila envelope and hands it to the Chairman. The Chairman opens the envelope, reads the paper work and scratches his head, looks up at the Special Carrier with a bewildered look on his face and says; Wow this is an Extremely Unusual Request and it comes from very unusual sources this is a First for me.

    Carrier

    What do you mean unusual request, who sent the letter ?

    Chairman

    Did you notice the Post Marks on this letter ?

    Carrier

    Yes I did, and it also has so many different kinds of stamps on it from around the World.
    I have never seen so many Stamps on one envelope in my life, so who is it from and what are they want ?

    Chairman

    It appears that they are following up on an idea that originated from a Film Script Writer in America who came up with an Idea of writing a short Film Script he Calls “Children Seeking World Peace” The writer posted it on line and some of the Country Leaders around the World liked the idea so that they implemented it.

    Carrier

    Implement what ?

    Chairman

    Every Country in the World picked two Young Students from one of their schools a boy and a girl to represent their Country and are asking for a “SPECIAL UNITED NATION’S MEETING” that will be attended by all of the Leaders in the World but this is the Catch.

    The adults are not to speak at this meeting, only the Children will be allowed to speak at this Special meeting called “CHILDREN SEEKING WORLD PEACE”

    Carrier

    Wow, I see what you mean when you said an unusual request and that is comes from an unusual source you were right about that.

    Chairman

    There’s more this request gets even more stranger they are requesting that we install a large garden area next to the United Nation Building before this meeting takes place that we don’t plant anything in the garden area just leave it bare dirt, there are to be small signs placed every two feet next to the rows in this garden area with the names of each Country in the World next to each one of these signs there will also be a watering can containing water.

    Carrier

    Do you think that the Board will consider this bizarr & unusual request ?

    Chairman

    Yes I do after all these are the Children of the World, the next Generation seeking the opportunity for them to be part of the Peace Process from their Generation and we should give them the opportunity to do so.

    Scene Two;

    We see the inside of the United Nations building where many young children are standing paired off one boy and one girl facing all of the Adult Leaders from around the World these Children are from all walks of life all different nationalities and all dressed differently.

    Every Girl is holding a small pot containing a different flower in it in one hand and a small shovel in their other hand.

    Each Boy is holding a small pot containing a different kind of plant in one hand and a small shovel in his other hand.

    (all of these flowers and plants are beautiful and very colorful)

    Every Boy & Girl from their Country are wearing Name tags with their Countries names on the tags. The Children are just standing there in silence.

    The inside of this building is silent at first then we hear whispers coming from the Adult Leaders, what is this all about, what do they want, this is strange.

    Next we see a girl step forward from the row of children following behind her is another girl and a boy they are all three standing there for a minute and the room gets silent.

    Then the boy speaks,

    I have been chosen to speak on behalf of all of the Children in this room. We are standing here before all of you representing the Worlds Next Generation, Your Worlds Next Generation. We only have a few words to say to all of you here today.

    All of us had several things that we wanted to say to all of you today but we all decided that words are not enough without all of Our WORLD LEADERS making a Solid Commitment to end all Wars in Our World Today ! ! !

    So, we only have three words to say to all of you here today… ” PLEASE JUST STOP”

    (one of the girls standing next to this young boy translates this message in all languages)

    The three young children stand there for a minute in silence then one of the two girls step forward she says, we only have one more request to ask from all of you in this building today, please follow us to the garden area located just outside this building.

    (the other girl translates this request in all languages)

    The other children in the building follow the three children exiting the building followed by the Adults.

    Third Scene;

    We see all of the children lined up still holding their flowers and plants in one hand and their shovels in their other hand they are paired off one boy and one girl standing along side of the garden rows facing their Countries signs that are placed in two foot sections of their Special Garden.

    (we see all of the Adult Leaders standing around this garden in groups whispering to each other we can’t make out what they are saying to each other but they have a confused look on their faces)

    Next the same Girl that spoke earlier in the building is holding a flower in one hand and a small shovel in her other hand says, I would like all of the Adult Leaders from their Countries to stand in front of their Countries signs facing each of us. (translated by the girl standing next to this girl)

    The Adult Leaders line up in front of their Countries garden signs facing these children then every child bends down at the same time and digs a small hole in the ground in their two foot section of this Special Garden. (each two foot garden section now has two small holes dug in them and everyone is silent)

    Next we see the same girl that spoke earlier stand up after digging her hole in the garden she hands her Adult Counter Part Leader her Potted Flower and says, each one of these Flowers that all of us has brought here today Represent WORLD PEACE for Our Future.

    she continues..

    All of the Children Around the World requested this SPECIAL UNITED NATIONS MEETING to beg all of the Leaders of Our world to help us Plant our Flowers here today to end all Wars in our World Immediately and all of the Plants that the Boys brought here today represent Commitment To Do So.
    (translated again by the girl standing next to her)

    Next we see the Boy that spoke earlier at the meeting hand his Adult Counter Part his potted plant then the Girl that is speaking looks over at all of the other Children that are still standing next to their garden and she nodes her head.

    Then, All of the Children say the words together, in their own languages in a loud & begging tone. “PLEASE JUST STOP”

    Next, We see all of the Children reach in their pockets, pull out a small bag and pour out a few of seeds into each of their Adult Counter Parts hands.

    The Girl speaker then says,

    we are giving all of you our seeds to take home with you so you can plant them in your gardens as a reminder of your Commitment all of you made here today to; END ALL WARS In Our World IMMEDIATELY..THESE SEEDS ALSO REPRESENT FORGIVENESS for without forgiveness there can be no PEACE, so please pass these seeds on to your transgressor so the Peace Process can begin. (translated by the girl standing next to her)

    Last Scene

    We see all of the Adult Leaders bent down next to the Children planting the Children’s Flowers & Plants together in their “Special World Peace Garden” Located in Front Of the “UNITED NATIONS BUILDING”

    Fade Out..

    Written by, Michael V. Caldwell, Always Striving To Be Part Of The Solution, Using Respect & Common Sense As My Guidelines To Follow At All Times…

    Respectfully,Thank all of You, for taking the time to read this IMPORTANT & Very Badly Needed message.

    “DREAM BIG DO BIG”

    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    “ROAD TO PEACE” (film short story)

    Opening Scene: (filmed in black & white, silent film)

    We see an old Soldier walking down a dirt road with a machine gun under his arm
    and carrying his young son on his shoulders.

    The young boy and his father are dressed in their combat clothing and the boy
    also has a machine gun gun tucked under his arm, suddenly they stop.

    (our camera pans to a person sitting on a large rock on the side of the road)

    We see the back of this person only, the person is wearing a black hooded robe
    with their hood raised up.

    (we pan back to the old soldier and his son)

    The old soldier places his son on the road then pushes him in the direction
    of the hooded stranger.

    The young boy walks cautiously up to the stranger with his gun drawn
    upwards as he gets closer we notice the person is small in stature then the boy
    points
    the gun at the back of the strangers head.

    The stranger turns around slowly then we see it is a young girl, the girl
    is the same age as the boy.

    The young girl places a daisy in the barrel of the boy’s gun.

    (at that instant our film changes to color and remains in color)

    Next, we see they young boy standing there with a blank look on his face he
    then drops the gun on the ground, the gun vanishes and where the gun was we see
    three books there instead.

    The boy picks up the books curiously, then turns and looks in the direction
    where his father was with an astonishment look.

    (we show a close-up on boys face then we pan our camera to the father)

    The boy’s father is now standing there dressed in a white shirt and slacks and
    holding sets of plans tucked under his arm in the place of a gun.

    (we pan back to boy and girl)

    We see the boy standing there dressed in the same attire as his father, with
    three books tucked under his arm in place of his gun staring at the girl that
    is still sitting on the rock, the girl has long curly brown hair and is now
    wearing white clothing, she also has three books sitting next to her.

    Closing Scene:

    We see the backs of all three of them walking down the road towards the setting
    sun, the boy and the girl are holding hands both of them carrying three books
    tucked under their arms.

    The father has three sets of building plans tucked under his arm and is walking
    with his head up high..

    Fade Out End…Or Beginning Of A Brighter Badly Needed Future For Our World.

  2. Michael V. Caldwell says:

    “FILM IT AND IT WILL HAPPEN”

    “FILM MESSAGES SHAPE OUR WORLD”

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“I wondered how different it would be to write a novel and it’s totally different. It’s very internal. The weird thing about it is that I found that novel-writing was much more like directing than it is like screenwriting. You’re casting it, you’re lighting it, you’re doing the costumes, you’re doing the locations, you’re doing it all yourself as a director would. In screenwriting, you don’t do that stuff. You don’t describe the face of the actor or the character when you’re writing a screenplay because Tom Cruise is going to do it and he doesn’t look like that, whereas in the novel to describe what he is is what he is. The actual act of writing, just like shooting on a set, is a slow slog. It’s going to work every day.”
~ David Cronenberg On Screenplay vs. Novel

“I was fortunate to be in the two big film epics of the last part of the 20th century: Godfather and “Lonesome Dove” on television, which was my favorite part. That’s my “Hamlet.” The English have Shakespeare; the French, Molière. In Argentina, they have Borges, but the western is ours. I like that.”
~ Robert Duvall