Breaking into Hollywood is almost as hard as breaking into the White House. That’s why The Scene has partnered up with Indigenous Media and The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson to shine a light on some of the industry’s most exciting young talent with The Big Script. An incubator for film’s newest voices, the team accepted over 2,000 scripts, looking for generation-defining talent, and selected five, helping the emerging writers turn them into full-fledged shorts.
In addition to Josh Hutcherson’s directorial debut, Ape, another standout is, Boy in a Backpack, written and directed by Brad Martocello, a coming-of-age drama, part crime story, part tearjerker. Looking to pay back a drug debt, Pax enrolls in a charity race alongside his paraplegic brother. The metaphor here is real — he can run the race but not away from his past — and the writing is gutting. Martocello weaves an emotional world that sucks you in and leaves you wanting much more.
“Brad’s film incited a great amount of positive reactions and all five films exemplify inspiring storytelling,” said Laura DuBois, one of the film’s producers. “I hope opportunities like this continue and open up the independent marketplace.”
Watch Boy in a Backpack, below, and the rest, here.