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Ben Burr Seventh Son Films
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INT – HOTEL ROOM – NIGHT DUSTY, 26, is a really skinny kid with short brown hair and a pretty bushy beard. He is wearing a tshirt with a rock band on it and cargo shorts. The television is PLAYING the six o’clock news and is the only sound in the room. The room is dark, only a lamp on the table by the single bed and one across the room are lit (and the light from the television). Dusty is sitting on the bed smoking a cigarette. On the table by the bed are a brown paper lunch bag, a bible (with marijuana and a pipe on top), a pack of Camel Lights, a lighter and a bottle of Jim Beam. There is also a chair in the corner of the room. He takes a drag off of his cigarette and there is a KNOCK on the door. DUSTY Who is it? A female voice comes through the door as the camera stays on Dusty. GINGER It’s Ginger. DUSTY Come on in. We can HEAR her try to open the door but it’s locked. GINGER It’s locked. Slowly, Dusty gets up and makes his way over to the door, the camera following him. When he opens the door, it is very bright outside, extraordinarily bright, we only see Ginger’s silhouette and the camera follows Dusty back over to the bed. The camera is pretty much at bed level and in a long shot with Dusty in the background of the shot. In the foreground is Ginger’s body, namely her backside. We don’t see her yet.
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GINGER So what? DUSTY I guess just do what you do. GINGER, 21, who is a brunette with long curls and is tall and slender, is wearing a yellow tank top and cutoff jean shorts. GINGER Do you have any weed? DUSTY Yeah. He reaches over and grabs the bible, where there is marijuana broken up and a pipe. He fills it up as she strips. She takes off her tank top and pulls down her shorts to reveal a mismatched red bra and black boy shorts. She is standing in the same spot. She goes to remove her bra. DUSTY Don’t. GINGER What? DUSTY Don’t ruin it. He fills the pipe and takes a hit. DUSTY Lock the door. Ginger walks out of frame, locks the door, and comes back to stand in the same spot. DUSTY You can come sit down. She walks over and sits on the edge of the bed, with the same camera angle as before so that now Dusty is still in the background and her entire body is in the frame in the
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foreground. She takes a hit and passes it back to him. He reaches over, grabs the remote and turns the television of with a CLICK. DUSTY You can make yourself more comfortable. Like lean against the headboard or something. She positions herself against the headboard and they sit perpendicular to one another, with him leaning against the wall. GINGER So what are we in for? DUSTY How much is it for an hour? GINGER One hundred. DUSTY What about the whole night? GINGER I don’t do that. DUSTY What not? GINGER It gets complicated if you stay too long. There is a pause. DUSTY So what’s your real name? GINGER Mary Poppins, the queen of Sheba; whatever you want it to be. DUSTY Why’d you choose Ginger?
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GINGER Gilligan’s Island. DUSTY I was hoping it was Ginger Rogers. Another pause. GINGER Are we gonna fuck? DUSTY No. GINGER Okay. DUSTY I just want company. GINGER Okay. DUSTY Wanna talk? GINGER About what? What’s on your mind? DUSTY I don’t know. Go take off some of your makeup. Ginger stands up, walks over to get her purse, the camera follows her. She goes into the bathroom, turns on the light and takes the makeup off her face with a towel. She walks back into the main area. Dusty has the brown paper bag on his lap. GINGER What’s that? DUSTY Nothing.
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He takes out a couple of needles, a bottle of morphine and a necktie. GINGER Is that heroin? This wasn’t part of the deal. DUSTY Calm down, it’s not heroin. It’s morphine. GINGER That’s no better. DUSTY I never said it was. Just sit down here on the bed. GINGER I’m not doing that. DUSTY Don’t worry, I’m not making you do anything. I’m a junkie, it’s my problem, not yours. Dusty reaches into the bag and pulls out a bankroll and tosses it to her. DUSTY Here. GINGER This is a lot of dough. DUSTY It’s fifteen hundred dollars; it’s my life savings. It’s yours. Just stay with me until I run out. GINGER I don’t understand. DUSTY I just don’t want to be alone.
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GINGER All right, I guess. Dusty gets the morphine ready and he begins a discussion as he is preparing it. DUSTY Did you know that the word ‘morphine’ comes from the name of the Greek God Morpheus, who was the god of dreams? GINGER What do you dream about? DUSTY I don’t dream anymore, that’s the problem. I used to dream, big. But things change. GINGER That’s terrible. DUSTY Yeah. GINGER So when you do that, aren’t you afraid you’ll die? DUSTY I hope I do. GINGER That’s terrible.
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DUSTY It’s not, you know. I used to spend all my time thinking about life and girls, one girl, and then one day I just started thinking about death and dying. Then as time went on, I started thinking about it more and more until I ended up in a hotel, with a prostitute and a bottle of morphine, which leads us up to present day. GINGER Why do you think about death? DUSTY Nothing better to have on my mind. GINGER And you want to die? DUSTY It really doesn’t matter. GINGER Are you a religious person? DUSTY A lot of people do heroin. That’s their drug of choice. You know that heroin is synthesized from morphine. It’s like morphine is God and heroin is Jesus Christ. Catholics have their wine and crackers. This is my communion. GINGER I believe in God. I’ve had to.
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DUSTY I respect Jesus, not for what he stood for but the pain he suffered. They think that Jesus died from pain. He was in so much pain that he just shut down. Why is there any need for that much pain? GINGER I think it’s God’s way of testing us. That’s only if you believe in heaven and hell though, I guess. Ginger reaches over to the night stand and grabs a cigarette, lights it and puts the lighter back on the stand. DUSTY I stopped believing in God as a small child. My grandma took me to see this kind of variety show or something. There was this couple who danced. The girl was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. She has fiery red hair, pale white skin; it looked like she was made of ivory. And they were dancing, and I was completely mesmerized by her. He takes her cigarette, takes a puff and returns it to her.
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DUSTY In that moment, she was everything to me. And then they went to do this move where she went up and the guy held her up and twirled her but something went wrong and he dropped her on her face. She got up in a crimson mask and I wondered why God would allow that to happen to something so beautiful. GINGER But it sounds like it was an accident. DUSTY You can’t tell kids anything. GINGER But now you understand that. DUSTY But now I have an entire catalog of doubts. GINGER Do you mind if I turn the radio on? DUSTY Go ahead. Ginger gets up and walks over next to the television and turns on a small radio. The first channel that it’s on is a news station. She turns the dial and Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine” comes on. She stands there a second, and then extends her hand to Dusty. DUSTY I don’t think so. GINGER It’s the least you can do.
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Ginger moves the chair out of the way as Dusty puts his needle on the table and gets up. They come together and slow dance but only in the sense that her head is on his shoulder and they are rotating and swaying back and forth. This is a different camera setup and is a different take than the entire previous conversation. The camera is moving also and is in a close up of their faces. Dusty has his eyes closed. The song ends after about two or three minutes of dancing and Dusty turns the radio off. He goes back over to the bed; Ginger pulls the chair next to the bed and sits down. Dusty grabs the necktie and begins to wrap it around his arm. The camera is a medium shot of them both (still the same take from the dancing). GINGER Are you sure? DUSTY I haven’t found a reason not too. GINGER Things can get better. I was where you are once. Everything bad happened at once. I never got to where you are now, but things changed. I don’t know how or why but things always change. The camera begins to move in towards Ginger’s face, her makeup a bit smeared.
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GINGER My dad, he used to abuse me. He used to abuse everyone. And if we stood up to him or tried to he’d just hit us harder. One day, one day he broke my little brother’s arm. I, I remember lying in bed hearing my brother in the next room crying and knowing that there wasn’t anything I could do about it. He terrorized us, plain and simple. And one day, I came home from school. She begins to break down. GINGER I’m sorry. I never talk about this. One day, my brother and I came home from school and in the middle of the kitchen floor was my mother. She was dead. She, she was dead. My father was in the bathroom dead. They killed each other. My mom, she killed herself for me. She saved me. She pauses and begins to really cry. GINGER I hate him. I still hate him. What he did. He took everything away. I hate him so much. No matter what I’ll ever do, I can’t forget, even for a minute. Dusty just sits there and watches her cry.
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GINGER Every, every time I think about it, I think about my mom and I think about what she did. After that, we went to a foster home. I found Jesus. I didn’t find, my mom gave him to me. I’m gonna go. DUSTY Stay. Please stay. GINGER I can’t. I don’t care what you do, but I can’t. She takes the bankroll out of her purse and throws it on the table. GINGER Here. She walks out. He just sits there.
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