People Make Plans
a feature film screenplay - inspired by true events.
Living the dream in paradise until it turned into a nightmare, a spiritual, intriguing and uniquely engaging woman living on the Big Island discovers that the life she planned isn’t what the universe has in store for her when Madame Pele intends to cut off access to her Castle-themed B&B/her home/her income. The real test of aloha comes when her beloved German Shepherd’s health fails and it becomes apparent she must “do her duty” and destroy him.
Shelly is facing divorce after 25 years of marriage at age sixty. When income isn't sufficient to stay afloat as life keeps throwing curve balls, she remains positive and desperately believes in the Law of Attraction and manifestation. The Castle is a vacation rental she and her husband built and it needs more and more repairs to be able to host guests. She does and spends whatever necessary on the house so it doesn't get bad reviews.
Shelly does have joy with "her boy" as she calls Ray. They do agility, Schutzhund, and he is her service dog. They are connected at the hip. The one thing she cannot fix with her determination and sheer will is Ray’s health challenges. She has no qualms spending every penny she can get her hands on for his vet bills.
When thirty-something Rachel moves into the subdivision, the two strike up a friendship. Shelly senses something is not quite right with her new friend and discovers Rachel's husband is abusive. She offers to have her move in and together they struggle down life’s rocky path while enjoying The Big Island of Hawaii, its uniqueness and Hawaiian culture, then the lava threatens to cut off the community.
Even though only seven years old, Ray’s health continues to deteriorate despite pouring money into vet visits trying to fix him. The true test of aloha is when it becomes apparent that Shelly must "do her duty" and kill her best friend. Rachel finds out she is pregnant, and with Shelly’s support, she divorces her cheating husband. In the end, the family both Shelly and Rachel seek is right in front of them.
People Make Plans by Sheri Smith
Length - 107 mins
Location - Hawaii Island (Big Island) & Southern California
Budget range - $1M
WGA 1856667 Copyright 2016
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10% of every penny the author makes from this project will be donated to:
http://www.alz.org and http://www.cancerresearch.org and http://thebrittanyfund.org
People Make Plans