“Rescued from a life of poverty, an adopted inner city girl turns to Quantum Physics – to save both herself, and her old family.”
Science-fiction has stretched its wings over the last 100 years.
While pulp mags imagined the possibility of extraterrestrial life and conjured swashbuckling adventures on planets far, far away, more recent SF focuses on what counts. Hard core “what ifs”, and human/political issues. That’s what the true classics were about. At least the heavy weight literary names: Asimov, Heinlein, Niven, Clarke. And this that last particular surname comes to mind…
In her short Infinite Possibilities, screenwriter J.E. Clarke tackles income inequality and its effects on a little six-year-old named “Tamara.” An impoverished inner city girl, Tamara’s got a less-than-ideal life. She’s got big sister Keneisha and not much else. But as bad as that scenario is, it soon gets way worse. On one fateful day, the police burst into their living room with guns drawn. Keneisha and boyfriend Ryan are elbow-deep in drug activity – caught red-handed in a crime. Ryan whips out a gun and fires. The police shoot back – with deadly skill. The aftermath leaves the place a mess. Keneisha and Ryan are gone. The only living survivor, Tamara, is thrust into the social service system. The only life she’s known… ripped to literal pieces.
Six months later, she’s adopted by college professor Bill Bradley and his wife, Sarah. Turns out, Tamara’s an avid reader and a math whiz – both thrilling surprises for her new parents. Sarah tells Tamara, “We have a very nice house. I hear you like reading. There’s lots of books in our home… Everywhere.”
Tamara’s agreeable, but there’s more, “You’ll also have a sister.” Seven-year-old, blond-haired Annabelle. “I already have a sister. I don’t need her replaced.” Tamara soon finds she has no choice. And her acceleration up the income ladder may come at an immense price.
So where does this political drama dip into Sci-fi?
Well, Tamara’s new opportunities let her learn things she never knew. But can any girl just walk away from her old life… and the sister she loved with her heart and soul?
Not a chance. Fortunately, Tamara’s a very smart girl. And she’s inventing things that may have use…
Movies that study facets of the human condition are a staple in the SF genre. Soylent Green addresses overpopulation and the world’s food supply. Blade Runner questions human mortality (is it a good or bad thing?); The Hunger Games confronts society’s collapse; and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock sheds light on what it’s like to be human.. experiencing emotions and feelings; no matter how distressing they be.
The scientific aspects of Infinite Possibilities explores the “what if’s” of what could happen – if certain technologies exist. As for the political issues – IP is an examination of the cost of income inequality in today’s lopsided world. What opportunities do humans and society lose – personified by every newborn child? That’s a terrific question – especially if you’re a die hard SF director, with a classic humanistic take.
Budget: Low. There are no foreign planets, aliens, spaceships, or caped heroes. Actors needed to play 6 year-old and teen versions of Tamara and Annabelle. Plus a handful of supporting characters. Basic locations… except for one highly functional —
C’mon, you didn’t think I’d ruin the suspense by blabbing, right?
About the Writer: Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has placed QF and SF for feature lengths in Page, and has two feature length films optioned for 2015/2016: limited location horror “Containment” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness. More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at www.philclarkejr.com/jec.html. She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” yahoo.
About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on an animated feature.
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