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Tribeca FF 2014 Films, On Your Radar: The Boy Scout
by Karen Pecota

In his latest film The Boy Scout, screenwriter/director Patrick Brooks explores what keeps us together and what pulls us apart.

Caught in a unexpected blizzard while on a joyride to the mountains, Grant (Steve Coombs) and Leah (Makinna Ridgway) seek refuge in their car. Day after day the storm persists. The two are forced to deal with that fact that they may never be found. They must decide if in seeking help they go together or take separate routes.

Brooks when questioned if he himself has been stuck in a snowstorm with a girlfriend responds with an absolute, “No!” Brooks adds, "I have been lost in the wilderness, as well as lost in a relationship." Brooks believes that the two phenomenas are echoes of one another. He adds, "In both scenarios, it is hard to know how to move forward without making a fatal mistake, and the future seems untouchable, unknowable."

His hope is that film audiences will see the beauty of the wilderness and be mindful of its dangers. Going one step further he hopes for dialogue to transpire from the story with viewers wondering what they might have done in the same situation.