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After crossing paths in the ER, a busted-up biker must convince his female emergency room doctor that he knows her and stop her from making the same mistake she did a long time ago.
Set in and around Death Valley, this “Crazy Heart” romantic comedy is between a divorced emergency room doctor (JESSICA) and a pot smoking, pill popping Rip-Van-Winkle biker (GUNNER). Gunner tries hard to convince Jessica that he indeed knows her and feels he must save her from making the same mistake she did centuries ago before he dies.
This is a low budget Indie film since there are just two main characters and all locations exists on public land and are within an hour or so of each other. (Film in early Spring when you get the rain storms)
It is also a visual story. Each surreal location visually illustrates what is going on internally with the characters in that scene.
The tone of the movie is light-hearted with blue collar versus white collar trieste on the paranormal, religion, life after death and love.
The music of the bards of the 1960s plays an important part as Gunner often sings verses from them to illustrate his feelings. Neil Young, Jackson Brown, Tom Watts, ZZ Top and Leonard Cohen. I know this is a deal killer, but I'd try to get some of these guys on board, especially Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top who looks just like Gunner or vice-versus.
The theme deals with doing what makes you happy, not giving in to jobs that don't suit you. It also deals with unrequited love and not judging a book by its cover.
It's a strange cerebral movie, difficult for me to mold into what today's producers expect. It admittedly needs adjusting - but because it based on the relationship and loss of dear friend of mine, I'm letting it just sit for a spell.
Actress: Dana Delany, Drew Barrymoore, Helen Hunt, Jennifer Anston
Actor: Sam Elliot, Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irons, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Formerly titled "Ode to Gunner" this script was a GRAND PRIZE WINNER in the 2014 American Movie Awards for new writers.