Appalachian Prison Book Project

Shooting Script: Rewrite My Story (Thank You)

Video Audio
Fade in – the view is as if the audience is walking through a library from their own point of view. The camera man is perusing slowly through the old library.

Bottom the screen says: “Actor portrayal.”

Voice of a young girl: “The Great Gatsby. Fahrenheit 451. Little Women. Each story provides a new perspective on life. Experiencing the lives of Hermione Granger, Huckleberry Finn, Charlotte Cavatica – brings new hope…”
The audience finally comes to the correct section, and a hand pulls down a slightly frayed version of To Kill a Mockingbird. But this when the audience realizes the hand is that of a women – not an old women, but not a child. Voice fades and ages slowly to that of Sarah, a prisoner.

Fading voice: “…and joy to the lives of children, men and women alike.”

As the view still continues to be as if the audience is Sarah, Sarah’s hand begins to flip to the first few pages of the tattered novel.

It blurs to become unrecognizable, and then the audience finally sees Sarah, a young woman, sitting on a bed in her prison cell, wearing an orange jumpsuit and reading the book. The cell is dreary, very grey and dimly lit. There is also a table to the right of the bed with a stack of other books.

Sarah: “Reading can save a life, and you can help.”

Silence for just a few seconds to create a little drama and all the audience to notice the transition.

Sarah:” The stories I have found in these books have inspired me to rewrite and begin to retell my own story. I don’t want to be labeled as a prisoner for the rest of my life. I don’t want that to be my story.”

Black background appears with the logo of Appalachian Book Project and contact/donor information.

Writing is in white. “Thank you for your generosity.”

Sarah: “Thank you to the donors and volunteers of the Appalachian Book Project. You have helped so many to be the heroes of their own stories.”