With a unique sci-fi concept driving its story, “Bright Light in A Hollow Sky” is a character drama about three strangers who embark on a road trip to end their lives but have their paradigms challenged along the way.
The film is set in the near future, where scientists have proven the existence of the human soul and its ability to inevitably reincarnate. Each soul is unique, like a fingerprint, identifiable from one life to the next. They can be “tagged”— so people can be recognize them in future lives — but it can only be done at the time of death.
After the initial explanation, the movie cuts inside the Chicago apartment of a young woman named ROSE. She is creating a Craigslist ad, looking for a partner on a road trip to California. There, she has an appointment to kill herself and tag her soul. WALTER, an old African-American man, and MONTY, a young man in his 30s, answer the ad. The three meet and hit the road in her car.
As they tack on the miles, WALTER explains that he’s going to tag his soul so he and his deceased wife — who was tagged earlier — can be together again in another life. ROSE and MONTY, however, do not go into detail; they simply say their lives “suck.”
Their first stop is a motel. Inside her room ROSE makes a phone call. It’s answered but the other end hangs up after she says hello. Meanwhile in MONTY’s room, he has his laptop open to what looks like WALTER’s credit report. They go to sleep and as they do their car is stolen from the parking lot.
They awaken to the sight, beginning the tension between MONTY and ROSE. Luckily, the three get a ride to nearby bus station but there is only one bus ticket for Los Angeles. WALTER gives the ticket to ROSE but she decides not to take it. Instead, they steal a beat-up car in the parking lot and continue their journey.
“They Share A Moment And Have An Awkward First Kiss.”
The exploration on the “life or death” theme commences when the stolen ride runs out of gas. Walking down the road, the group comes across a church where its pastor is about to hang himself. While he fetches them a few gas cans, WALTER tries to convince him not to commit suicide. He even tries to fight him to get him to stop but he fails. Right before they leave though, MONTY reveals his life’s hardships and questions the holy man about Karma—specifically wondering if a person’s next life is worse if they go through with suicide. Ironically, the pastor tells him that it’s who people choose to be that makes their lives good or bad and that there’s always time to right wrongs. The poignant conversation ends with a laugh and the fellowship returns to their trip.
At another motel, MONTY and ROSE go for a walk. During their flirtatious conversation, they connect, both revealing they have estranged relationships with their respective families. They share a moment and have an awkward first kiss. Afterwards, ROSE makes another unanswered phone call. Meanwhile, MONTY once again looks at WALTER’s information.
Back on the road, a highway patrol officer pulls them over. They are about to be arrested for stealing the vehicle, but WALTER convinces the cop to let them go. Thrilled to be avoiding arrest, they exchange stories about being in trouble with the law. That’s when ROSE and WALTER learn that MONTY stole from people’s life trusts they established before they tagged themselves. Because he feels guilty about stealing from friends and family, he wants to start over in a new life. ROSE says she relates, but MONTY agitates her by not agreeing. Frustrated, she shockingly reveals that she had an affair with her sister’s husband, therefore getting her disowned by her family. They later apologize to one another and kindle their romance with some more flirting.
Now in love, MONTY makes a confession to WALTER the next morning, admitting that he was going to steal from the old man’s trust he set up for he and his wife’s next life. He also never intended to kill himself, nor does he want WALTER or ROSE to do the same because he cares about them. WALTER forgives him but doesn’t change his mind about his plans.
Their journey seems to be coming to an end when they see that San Diego is only 340 miles away. ROSE and WALTER’s happiness quickly turns to frustration when the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, they are picked up and towed by JAMIE, who lives nearby. Back at her trailer park, she offers them shelter and repair for their car.
Unexpectedly, she also offers them mushrooms. They take them and they have a psychedelic experience, displaying joy and a zest for life. As the night winds down, MONTY confesses his love to ROSE and tries to convince her not to kill herself. She isn’t swayed. Still, they end up making love.
However, their bliss promptly returns to hatred when ROSE discovers MONTY’s plot to rob WALTER. In an explosive scene, she and WALTER leave him with JAMIE in their now-fixed car. Trying to calm her down, WALTER explains what MONTY told him. To prove it, he shows her the account balance on her cell phone. But to his shock, it’s empty!
Enraged, they return to the trailer park to confront MONTY. WALTER starts to beat him up but JAMIE stops him, explaining that MONTY transferred the money to an account with a higher yield. WALTER is apologetic but ROSE isn’t.
Commencing the story’s climax, they leave JAMIE’s place with the romance still in pieces. At a gas station, WALTER has an emotional confrontation with ROSE, accusing her of being scared of feeling love. He pleads with her to take a risk. ROSE cries but says nothing.
Finally, they arrive at the tagging clinic. In a bittersweet goodbye, ROSE and MONTY watch as WALTER smiles into the next life. The nurse asks if ROSE is ready for her turn. She confirms, causing MONTY to storm out in utter disappointment and anger.
The film comes to full tension as ROSE prepares for her death. She makes one final phone call to her sister and tells her that she loves her even though there is no response. In an act of desperation, MONTY turns the car around and fights his way back in the clinic. Fearing the worst, he enters it and is extremely relieved to find ROSE outside of the tagging room. Happily, they kiss and drive off onto the road.
Third paragraph for business analysis: desire to do these films that give tax credit rebates : Georgia, new mexico, Utah, Louisiana. Kim’s presale connections. A million = 1.4 million. By adding in this section we are trying to sound investor savvy. Kim Waltrip presale connections allowing us to recoup our investments before shooting a single frame of film. Access to international distribution market to help reap sales over seas. This coupled with doing our production in states with rebates allows us to limit our investors risk by gaining production value in states that give rebates.
Leveraging the budget by shooting in states that have production kickbacks.