everything, surrounded by all of its OUT BUILDINGS.
-- A PEN in a field with a single GOAT.
-- The KEEPING ROOM, a cabin-sized stand alone structure,
connected to the house by a WALKWAY.
-- The BARN.
And then, people:
LOUISE and MAD.
Louise is 16 and white. Mad is 30 and black. Both work
the field. Their clothes are worn and dirty.
It’s quiet, save for the noises of their hoes in the
The two women start. Everything stands stock still.
They hear a RUSTLING from the WOODS. They TURN.
Mad raises her HOE.
AND THEN --
A WOMAN emerges from the woods. SOMBER and STOIC.
A GOLDEN TEMPEST of hair mussed about her face and
falling down past her shoulders, her dirty dress tied up
around her legs, her boots worn and muddy.
She holds a RIFLE in her hands, but nothing else.
This is AUGUSTA.
Mad lowers her hoe, relieved.
Augusta walks towards the other women, their EYES
But when she walks past them the anger in her eyes tells
them all they need to know: there will be no meat
INT. KEEPING ROOM - EVENING
The Keeping Room is self-contained. A little house unto
easy to heat, easy to cool. The small room is
overwhelmed by a large FARM TABLE in the middle. Cabinets
containing JARS and DRIED GOODS stand next to the door.
Windows line the one to the right. A SMALL STOVE is to
At the end of the table opposite the door is the
FIREPLACE. Pots bubble and spew inside it. The family’s
history hangs above the fire in the form of tintypes,
poppets, dried flowers, an OLD HAT, and several more pots
The room is lit up not only by the fire, but also by
small OIL LAMPS that sit in the windows.