Title

A Life Well Lived

Lead Author Major

Film Studies

Lead Author Status

Junior

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Patti McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Email

pmccarthy@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

English

Abstract/Artist Statement

A Life Well Lived is a short film that follows three different characters. Conrad Abrams, his wife Lucinda Abrams, and an unnamed deaf homeless man. In the film, the deaf homeless man finds an abandoned baby and attempts to take care of him until he can find some way to get him to a better home, however the audience soon sees that the deaf homeless man is sick and will soon die. While looking for food for the baby, the stroller that the deaf homeless man found the baby in gets caught in the middle of an intersection. While trying to help the deaf homeless man, Lucinda, a young pregnant wife, gets hit by a car and killed. Conrad, Lucinda's husband, witnesses her death and blames both himself and the deaf homeless man. Conrad goes into a depressed downward spiral which gets even worse when he discovers from Lucinda's belongings that Lucinda was pregnant. Conrad ends up finding the old homeless man, and the child. After realizing that the old homeless man is deaf while screaming at him in an alley, the child is revealed to Conrad. The deaf homeless man gives the child to Conrad, knowing that if he doesn't he'll likely die without being able to find care for it. I decided to write this film because I wanted to emphasize that homeless people aren't always the panhandling squanderers people think they are, I wanted to give the destitute dignity and show that they have a voice even if they can't use it. I also brought in the perspectives of Conrad and Lucinda to show that kindness does prevail in the end and even after one has lost everything, there is still hope.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

9-5-2017 7:00 PM

End Date

9-5-2017 10:00 PM

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A Life Well Lived

Janet Leigh Theatre

A Life Well Lived is a short film that follows three different characters. Conrad Abrams, his wife Lucinda Abrams, and an unnamed deaf homeless man. In the film, the deaf homeless man finds an abandoned baby and attempts to take care of him until he can find some way to get him to a better home, however the audience soon sees that the deaf homeless man is sick and will soon die. While looking for food for the baby, the stroller that the deaf homeless man found the baby in gets caught in the middle of an intersection. While trying to help the deaf homeless man, Lucinda, a young pregnant wife, gets hit by a car and killed. Conrad, Lucinda's husband, witnesses her death and blames both himself and the deaf homeless man. Conrad goes into a depressed downward spiral which gets even worse when he discovers from Lucinda's belongings that Lucinda was pregnant. Conrad ends up finding the old homeless man, and the child. After realizing that the old homeless man is deaf while screaming at him in an alley, the child is revealed to Conrad. The deaf homeless man gives the child to Conrad, knowing that if he doesn't he'll likely die without being able to find care for it. I decided to write this film because I wanted to emphasize that homeless people aren't always the panhandling squanderers people think they are, I wanted to give the destitute dignity and show that they have a voice even if they can't use it. I also brought in the perspectives of Conrad and Lucinda to show that kindness does prevail in the end and even after one has lost everything, there is still hope.