Film: Student Films

'Linger'

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Company

New York Film Academy
Molly Calliste, casting

Production Description

Casting “Linger,” a student thesis film for the New York Film Academy. The story is a military family drama which unfolds around the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Law. When a young Marine is found dead, his cause of death is ruled a suicide. His father, himself a former Marine, is unable to accept that his son killed himself. While attempting to understand how he could’ve missed the signs of his son’s desperation, he and his wife begin to secretly probe their son’s final weeks, learning the truth about him and about themselves in the process.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin immediately; shoots June 11-18.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

All meals will be taken care of for duration of shoot. Metrocard will be provided for travel. SAG Student Film Agreement.

Auditions

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Linger

EXT. MILITARY BASE. MIDDAY
Nathaniel is standing behind a huge decommissioned cannon, his back to the street. Ronnie walks up to him.
NATHANIEL
I know.
RONNIE
This is not how he wanted you to find out.
NATHANIEL
What he must have thought of me that he couldn’t trust me with his.
They are both silent as Ronnie looks around, deliberately walking, attempting to shield himself behind the cannon.
NATHANIEL (CONT’D)
What else do I need to know? That wasn’t on that video?
RONNIE
Don’t ask, don’t tell.

Nathaniel is looking at Ronnie intently now, the cannon shielding them both from view.
RONNIE (CONT’D)
You can’t imagine what’s it’s like. Just the suspicion of being gay, can get you dishonorably discharged. Troy was their poster boy. Which put twice as much scrutiny on him.
NATHANIEL
That’s not what he was afraid of. He was terrified of someone in particular. Who?
RONNIE
There’s only one person we’re all afraid of.

Ronnie’s gaze shifts towards the water at the edge of the base. He begins to tell a story.
RONNIE (CONT’D)
...We all had to attend this function one evening at his house. In full dress blues, good food, great music, poker tables set up, women wearing very little serving our drinks. I don’t really remember much, but what I do remember is waking up naked, with my hands tied behind my back, Troy passed out next to me, with a video camera recording everything. We never spoke about it, not really. But, knowing that he had such a recording kept us all terrified-
NATHANIEL
Who?!
RONNIE
General Prichard.

Neither speaks for a long moment.
NATHANIEL
Do you think Troy killed himself?
RONNIE
No.
NATHANIEL
I'm listening.
RONNIE
I think the General had him killed... to keep his own homosexuality under wraps.
FADE TO:
INT. ADAMS’ LIVING ROOM. LATE AFTERNOON
Nathaniel is walking back into his house. He calls out for Agnes, but gets no response.
Walking into their living room, he finds her sitting on the couch, the dvd remote in her hand.
She looks up at him then, tears brimming her eyes, guilt etched on her face.
NATHANIEL
Agnes, oh Aggie not like this.
AGNES
I think I’ve always known...you too, maybe.
NATHANIEL
(coming to sit next to her)
It doesn’t matter now.
AGNES
This is why he killed himself, Nate! Because he was terrorized for being gay!
NATHANIEL
No, Aggie, there’s more, there’s so much more.
AGNES
(struggling to focus)
More what, Nate? Why couldn't he say this to me, his own mother. Was I so fearful of it, did I drive him to this?-
NATHANIEL
No Aggie! This isn't about you, or me. Troy is...was....there are things I learned this morning, when I went to collect his things. It can wait.
AGNES
He’s waited long enough.