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In 3 DAYS, three women friends wake up in their tent on a camping trip to a noise outside. They tease each other, tamp down and rationalize their fears, and excuse away their instincts for an encroaching threat. Once it can no longer be denied that they are in danger, we realize, horribly, that we have been experiencing the fear of one woman, alone, imagining the voices of her friends to keep her feeling safe and brave, but that love is not enough to keep the man outside at bay.

In media culture, this script is a dissection of a growing conversation about the "DEAD GIRL SHOW," or the pop culture theme that we've come to expect from our hunger for murder and true crime. Most of these stories originate from the bodies of dead young women, whose own fear, independence or experience is never explored, but whose injury, assault or death is is engine for someone else's experience or fulfillment, usually men's. I love many of these shows, but from Twin Peaks, to Serial, to True Detective, to Law & Order, there is a long obsession with cruelty or harm inflicted on women's bodies and the absence of women's voices in the story that ensues, and 3 DAYS is an examination of one woman's fear, love, independence and surrealist coping in the lead up to her unwilling participation in her own doom. This is a also short film script about the growing fear and danger of being a woman alone, expressing freedom through travel and adventure. As women have become more independent, it has led to an uptick of travel, athleticism, and curiosity that has led women on their own paths, but unfortunately the spirit of the world is humming with violent toxicity and we hear stories all the time of women killed on vacation, hikes, or just out running the roads of their home towns. If this script can bring one enlightening perspective to the challenges women face in being the agents of their own unharmed autonomy, it will have succeeded.

Julie Sharbutt
Los Angeles, CA, USA
A New York City native now living in Los Angeles, Julie Sharbutt is a writer, director, actor, and member of Film Fatales LA. Last year she was selected to develop an original episodic program, COOL NEW TOWN, as an Artist in the inaugural OneFifty Digital Storytellers Initiative through Time Warner Inc, in partnership with Beech Hill Films. Her debut feature as a writer/director, MOVED, was funded via Kickstarter and distributed by The Orchard in 2015 (now available on Amazon and iTunes). She co-created and starred in the improvised feature comedy THE WEEKEND, distributed by FilmBuff in 2014. An alum of Vanderbilt University and NYU’s MFA Acting Program, Julie has performed all over the country in theater, film and television, written comedy shows seen all over New York City and Los Angeles, and is also longtime performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters. Julie volunteers regularly with Inner-City Arts in Downtown LA, and specializes in comedy writing with feminist, humanist and political themes. She loves hiking, animals and ghost stories.

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