|CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
Charlotte's Tool Box is a short-film about how permanence and stability can change destiny, one child at a time.
|"Who cares? Somebody has to care!"
|BASED ON A MILLION TRUE STORIES
|ABOUT CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
A SHORT FILM
|Charlotte's Tool Box
UNFINISHED SAMPLE SCREENER
WHY I WROTE CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
I wrote Charlotte's Tool Box after speaking at conferences around the country
about adding meaning and value to the lives of children, specifically teenagers,
growing up in foster care. In every region there were common themes. With
constantly shifting social circles, they felt nobody really knew who they were: their
dreams, goals, talents, favorite foods, fondest memories, all the things that make a
child feel "known" or "familiar". Secondly, they wished someone would have taken
time to fuel their interests and help develop their talents. With lives so temporary:
new schools, new homes, new rules, and the constantly feeling unfamiliar to their
surroundings, how will these children ever develop meaningful connections to
people who provide encouragement, stability, and structure to reach their goals?
How can we expect children to thrive when they've had no longstanding
relationships with people who know them on a close, intimate level. I decided to
film a short movie that shows every child has dream, regardless of where they
come from, and given the right ingredient of love, stability, and structure, they are
capable of achieving their dreams.
Abbie's life is disrupted at age seven when she is sent to Seattle to live with her
grandpa Charlie, a widowed WWII veteran. Grandpa Charlie and Abbie have
always had a loving relationship, so his new role as her legal guardian is a
pleasant change to Abbie's unpredictable life. When Abbie asks Grandpa Charlie
what happened to her mother and father, and why she is living with him, he
tells her what happened to her parents and gives her a beautiful doll to comfort
her spirits. Abbie names the doll Charlotte, after her grandpa's name. She uses
an old rusted, red toolbox given to her by Grandpa Charlie as Charlotte's
doll-house. Inside the toolbox, Abbie creates a beautiful life for Charlotte; a life
where her doll has two happy parents, tons of friends, and all the stability and
support to reach her dreams. Outside the toolbox is Abbie's reality. After
Grandpa Charlie passes away, Abbie must maneuver the world without the love
and support she'd received from her grandfather. Her only remaining ties to her
grandfather are the doll and the rusty, red toolbox.
Abbie is now 18 and set to age-out of foster care. She wonders how her life may
have been different had she been given the stability that her doll Charlotte