22 Miles From Trenton


TYPE
: Narrative Short
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

A young girl races to Grover's Mill to save her sister from an alien invasion she's heard on the radio.

SYNOPSIS

The story of two sisters who do not get along, but when 15 year-old Penny hears the infamous 1938 War of the World’s broadcast and believes it to be true, she races to the town of Grover’s Mill to save her older sister, Veronica, from danger.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I’m a child of the 80s, which means, among most of my storytelling influences, Steven Spielberg is one of them. I know. Not really an out of the ordinary film influence to have, but you can’t deny that he can tell a heck of a story. I love stories. I love hearing them, watching them and telling them. 22 Miles From Trenton – The story of two sisters who do not get along, but when 15 year-old Penny hears the infamous 1938 War of the World’s broadcast and believes it to be true, she races to the town of Grover’s Mill to save her older sister, Veronica, from danger. Much of the elements of the story are taken from real life accounts of that fateful night almost 80 years ago. Many people believed the Orson Welles broadcast to be a factual account of a Martian invasion. Some took to the streets with their shotguns looking for Martians. Three students from Princeton University raced into the night in search of alien life. Those pieces are in this short film. When I think of the look of this short, I envision the artistic works of Norman Rockwell coming to life. Rockwell captured the essence of Americana and 22 Miles From Trenton is steeped in that time period. Another visual influence is Spielberg (surprise, surprise) – not with his lighting, but his blocking and organic movement of the camera. He makes the camera another character in the scene, often moving around finding CUs and 2-shots within the frame. While the setting of this short is around the War of the World’s broadcast, it wasn’t the reason I wrote this piece. I have three children. Two of them are girls, Veronica and Penelope. Not only did I name the characters in the story after my two girls, I wanted to create a story which my daughters could watch and see strong, female leads ignoring outdated (and incorrect) expectations of girls. This tale, while meant to inspire my two daughters, will no doubt be a great example for daughters throughout the world.

KEY CREW

Michael Field - Writer-Director
Written and directed a feature film (Save the Forest), several award-winning short films (The Trans-Candidate, Life Ends @ 30) and have created two web series (The Puzzle Maker's Son, Scenes from the Movies). Quarterfinalist - 2015 Nicholl Fellowship (Kiddo) Nominee for Outstanding Writing - 2017 Writer's Guild of America Award (Life Ends @ 30)

Adrian Correia - Cinematographer
Cinematographer for over 30 feature films including Night Owls, Ava's Possessions and several TV shows (Deadbeat, Glow)

 

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