NOW HEAR THIS
After a sudden tragedy, Helen is at a crossroads in her life. The decision she makes will impact her life and the lives of her family. To what effect does a life event alter our priorities and actions becomes the burning question.
Recent widow Helen, whose husband of nearly fifty (50) years died suddenly, finds herself living alone for the first time in her life. Until she married the love of her life, Richard, she had lived in her parents’ home with them and her sisters. Three children and fifty years of marriage later, through a series of flashbacks, photos, and memories, Helen realizes that she has always seen the world through the eyes of others. She feels no bitterness, no regret. Instead, she finds herself feeling empowered. Before he died, Helen & Richard had planned and booked a 50th-anniversary trip. Just the two of them, traveling all around the world. Now that Richard is gone, Helen is left with the inner struggle of deciding whether to cancel or go as planned. How and when will she tell her adult children, whom she knows will adamantly disapprove? What effect will Helen’s ultimate decision have on herself and her family?
HOW & WHY NOW HEAR THIS CAME TO BE
NOW HEAR THIS is a promise fulfilled to my dear friend, Olympia Dukakis. While visiting with her one day at her home in late 2016, I asked her, “Olympia, do you still want to act?” “Of course!” she said, “But there are no good fucking parts for women my age!” To which I immediately responded, “I will write you one.”
I promised I would write her a strong female lead and over the course of several years and several roadblocks, the result is NOW HEAR THIS. Unfortunately, Olympia did not get to see or hear the final script nor bring the main character, Helen, to life. A week before Olympia passed away, I was fortunate to visit her. I read to her what I had written up to then, the original five pages I started years ago. As she listened, she held my hand, and when I finished, she squeezed my hand as hard as she could and, in that distinct Olympia voice, said, “It’s good! It’s really good.” Honestly, I wasn’t confident I would be able to finish it after she passed. Then I was reminded by yet another brilliant actor that I needed to. She was right. I made a promise to my friend, and I do not break promises, especially not one as beautiful as this. So, this is For Olympia, with love.
5 May 2022
It truly does take a village to make a movie. As a matter of fact, there is an area on set called "the village!" A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations. The budget for NHT is $50,000
*What we need funding for:
permits & licensing
hair & make-up
advertising & festival entries
post-production: editing, sound mixing, sound design, color-correction, music, special effects
Other ways to help get us going...spread the word! And let's bring this award-winning script to life.
5 May 2022
FESTIGIOUS- WINNER Best First time Screenwriter
TOP SHORTS: WINNER Best first-time screenwriter; Top 15 Original Screenplays/Stories
NAPLES FILM FEST: WINNER- Best Short Script
8 & HALFILM AWARDS: WINNER- Best Short Script
BEST SHORTS COMPETITION- Award of Excellence
INDIEX FILM FEST- Outstanding Achievement Award
INDEPENDENT SHORTS AWARD- Gold Award
INDIE SHORT FEST- Outstanding Achievement Award
BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL- Honorable Mention
CALIFORNIA INT'L SHORTS FEST- Honorable Mention
SAN DIEGO SHORTS- Finalist
NIAGRA FALLS INT'L SHORT FEST- Finalist
PARIS WOMEN FESTIVAL- Semi-Finalist
NY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FEST- Semi-Finalist
VENICE SHORTS-Offical Selection
NEW YORK MOVIE AWARDS- Official Selection
MONTREAL INDEPENDENT FILM FEST- Official Selection
LOS ANGELES INT'L SCREENPLAY COMP-
Cast & Crew
20 April 2022
Megan McLain- Writer & Director.
I am excited to announce original music will be included by renowned singer/songwriter Tracy Grammer and Nan O'Malley.
Stay tuned for more exciting cast & crew announcements.
20 April 2022
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