3 Nights in the Desert

Synopsis: THE BIG CHILL meets THE GRADUATE. What could have been? What might have been? Reunions can be exciting, frustrating, exhilarating, nostalgic, one life given over to practicality while another chases lost dreams. Set against the majestic landscape of the desert, three estranged friends and former band mates "celebrate" turning 30, carrying their hopes, unresolved wounds and intertwined romantic baggage, in this hysterically funny and poignant look at lost loves, forgotten dreams and missed opportunity of three young adults in the final stages of giving up their youth.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Gabriel Cowan
Production: Monterey Media Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min



on WMPW Bard College radio.

Guys, why don't you introduce

yourselves to our listeners?

My name's Travis, I play guitar.

I'm Barry, I play the drums.

My name is Anna and I sing.

So tell me.

How did the band meet?

I closed my eyes and

I imagined this ray of light.

Shut up.

Well, believe it or not, we

were all born in the same week.

So Travis and I were really

drunk celebrating our birthday.

And we run... we run into

Anna really drunk celebrating

her birthday.

So wasted.

Improvising song after song.


So, um, where do you

see yourselves down the road?

Where do you see yourselves

10 years from now?

Uh, I really think we

keep doing what we're doing.

Working hard, making

the right choices,

and we'll be doing huge

things in 10 years.

I feel like we're on a path.

If it has some twists

and turns or whatever,

we're gonna make it happen.

Wait, I got your

crystal ball right here.

It says the road

we're on continues.

We'll either be famous or dead.

It'd been

six years since any of us

had seen one another.

Me and Travis and Anna.

We all went our

separate ways, but I

promised Travis we'd spend

our 30th birthdays together.

For the last week my wife been

asking why I travelled halfway

across the country to see

this guy that I hated.

The truth is, I've

never loved anyone more.

For whatever reason

our band really

meant something to people.

I mean, we had fans.

But in the end it

didn't work out,

and I always felt a little

bit guilty about that.

If I had known Anna was

gonna be here this weekend,

I never would have come.

Are you guys, uh,

rekindling your thing?

We never had a thing, man.

So let me guess.

She knows I'm coming?


Who cares?


Let it go.

Be here.

You look good here.

She'd gone

on to make something of herself.

She was a star in

Europe and in Asia.

But to me, she was just

the one who got away.



So why did I come back?

Maybe I just needed to

prove to myself I could.

Maybe it's because

I made a promise.

Or maybe I was hoping to get

a glimpse of the magic again.

You look good.

You look damn good.

You uh, you lost some weight.


Yeah, Julie and

I made this plan.

We do a five mile jog

before breakfast every day.

Well I'm glad you came out.

I know it's hard to get away.

OK, ready?

Oh my god.

This is so cool.

Oh, eh.

At least one of

us made it, right?

I haven't exactly

made it, but...

Ah, I think there's a

half a million YouTube

viewers that would disagree.

People will come up to her in

the streets singing her songs.

Well how do you leave

all your adoring fans?

It was time.

See that?

That's where I'm

taking you tonight.

What's over there?

You'll see.

He's still limping.

You did all you could.


I really missed you guys,

Yes, indeed.

Well said, brother.

Hear, hear.

Man, I haven't had

food-food in forever.

What do you mean food-food?

I mean, last year I

decided no more sauces.

Come on, you're from Kansas.

You can't betray your roots.

A man needs steak sauce.

I figure, why dump

liquid all over your food?





Gonna go with that.

There's a taste, would

be another reason.

Oh, in Cambodia they've

got this fish sauce

that they put on everything.

It's amazing.

Very hot and it

makes your tongue

feel like it's disintegrating.



God, you've been everywhere.


The only traveling I do

is for work or a wedding.

At least I'm building

up frequent flyer miles.


Me too.


What's yours?

Um, a little thing

called Premier.

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