MAST awards a 2019 Micro-docs Winner distinction to Homeless, a script and photograph by Hilary Packham.
EXT. SALT LAKE CITY STREET - 11:03PM
A young black man, TERENCE (mid -20s), is walking down the street toting a duffle bag. He looks far away as he walks, his gaze somewhere, but definitely not here.
He turns the corner and walks into an obnoxiously brightly lit fitness center.
INT. 24 HOUR FITNESS STUDIO
Terence walks up to the counter. He tries to make eye contact with the guy at the front desk wearing a backwards hat, but the guy is too busy looking at his phone. Before Terence has a chance to speak up, the guy suddenly lets out a loud, obnoxious laugh and slaps his leg.
Terence squints his eyes in confusion.
The guy keeps looking down at his phone for a second after Terence says this, then says:
Pause. The front desk guy looks back down at his phone, takes out a vape pen and inhales deeply, then coughs loudly while also laughing at the video he’s watching.
Terence’s brows furrow as he takes out his wallet, looks into it and thumbs through bills. $30.00 even. He exhales and puts the wallet back in his pocket.
Read the full script here.