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The Mourning Hour
A short film that uniquely chronicles a woman's journey to wholeness in rural, 1950's America.
In the wake of news that her husband has been tragically killed in a train accident, Virginia Bakely, a 1950's suburban housewife and mother afflicted with a heart condition, unwittingly embarks on an emotional and psychological journey of reawakening. She finds herself traveling through two distinct spaces of time: one in her typical 1950's home with oven timers, bicycles and rubber gloves, and the other in the F.W. Walker Music Auditorium when she was a 19 year-old cellist in the student orchestra. One might say that her experiences in the theatre lie somewhere between dream and delusion, speckled with fragments of memory. Still they are very real and lead Virginia to a buried truth and a resurrected love. As she struggles to reconcile predictable feelings of loss and grief with newfound independence, Virginia finds herself at a crossroads where she alone must answer the question "What sustains the human heart?"
The script for The Mourning Hour was recently named a Finalist for the Roy E. Dean Film Grant Scholarship, and was the WINNER of the Slugline Short Screenplay Competition, where it was hailed as a shining example of how a short screenplay can be as compelling and moving as any feature-length screenplay.
Production is scheduled for early February of 2011.
Published author Christa Murray is on the fast track to becoming the laughing stock of literary society for her romantic notions and fairytale ideals of love. Much to the chagrin of her critics, Christa holds fast to her belief in Happily Ever After. But when love loss sends her reeling and she gives an unlucky go of dating in LA, Christa is forced to face the grim reality that perhaps Prince Charming is a fraud, and "Ever After" is a thing of the past. Her work and personal life in total upheaval, Christa constructs a theory based on the classic story of Rapunzel in order to make sense of her shattered beliefs and rebuild.