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My father-in-law lives in Puerto Rico. After a long career, he retired and began building his dream home in the mountains above Moca. Less than a month after he began construction, hurricane Maria hit. This story is not a documentary account of his experience. Rather, I was hoping to capture my interpretation of the emotional experiences that he has recounted to me over the course of that journey, and distill it into something the may emotionally resonate with an audience. By far the biggest obstacle facing this work was the ten page limitation. The majority of my drafting process involved focusing the story on the singular event of the road, and attempting to pull at the dramatic conflict inherent in this ordeal while not losing track of the specificity of the characters involved. Thanks for taking the time to read it, and I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

Stephen Schuyler
Baltimore, MD, USA
Stephen Schuyler grew up in Baltimore City. In 2020, he won the Short Script category of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. He was also named as a 2020 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund fellow through Johns Hopkins and was awarded a production grant as part of the fellowship. His short films have received grants from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Panavision, and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, among others. His films have screened at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), Austin Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival as well as other festivals and venues.

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