In video footage from August 22,2018 at 11:59 p.m., a shirtless Drew Taggart walks with his hands behind to his back to the front door of a home. His chest stained with dirt, he stays at the door. He rolls his head as the dates on the footage change. He puts both hands on the door and screams.
Three figures stand with him on the driveway, carrying baseball and wearing clown masks. He walks to his car and gets his duffel bag from the backseat. Pointing the gun to his head, he bends down on the ground. Wearing his mask, he and his friends run in the forest. A thick smoke hangs over Los Angeles as it burns.
The man warns his girlfriend to stay away from the door. The shirtless man, with mudstained jeans, has come around every night. He hits the door and shouts at them to let him inside. The man holds a baseball as his girlfriend sits beside him. They do not say a word.
The door begins to shake. She puts a hand over her mouth and gulps back her tears. The man rises up, gun by his side. She puts her hands on their duffel bags. A clanging occurs on the glass of the back patio door. In the darkness, the woman takes deep breaths and fumbles for her inhaler. The quiet, though, pricks her nerves. He motions for her to sleep. She shakes her head. They may return.
The city of Los Angeles had become ash. The landmarks were nearly gone. Sports seasons had been cancelled. The government of the city had been slowly breaking down. At first, the news ran the reports from celebrities that no one would prevent their award shows. Then, during the awards show, three men burst in and set fire to the building. Some celebrities did not survive. A television executive stated it would continue at a later date. It was a year ago and the television executive had succumbed to the smoke.
There was no way out of the city. The radio warned the fires had spread to Arizona and were creeping through the Maine. There seemed to be no escape. Every day, he tells her it will get better. Every day, she wants to believe him. She may have to find a way out on her own.
Director: ThatOneBlondKid Year: 2018