Blood of Man

Synopsis: Charlie, a compulsive liar, and his older brother, Neal, do their best to fend off the boredom that comes with summertime in a sleepy Southern town. One day, they decide to take a shortcut through the woods and soon realize that they're both going to have to grow up a lot faster than they thought.
Genre: Drama, Short
20 min


Not... tell... lies...

I... will...


So, who to beat?

Hold on I'm concentrating.

But I can beat the champ.

Shut up Charlie.

- Shit!

6 seconds. Not bad.

I've done 10 before.

No you haven't.

- Yes I have.

Done it the other day.

You've never

played the game Charlie.

Know what I heard?

I heard we ain't gonna have

to go back to school in the Fall.

An objector broke through a window

a couple of nights ago.

Cops found him dead

in one of the classrooms.

They don't want

nobody going in there!

That wasn't even 3!

It was at least 5!

You count too slow.

Keep dreaming.

- Let me go again.

Maddy Mayweather

that's who I'd pick!

Fatty Maddy?

She ain't that fat.


she's got a pretty face.

What about the braces?

What about them.


gonna get stuck in them.

Why would I use my tongue?

That's how folks kiss.

No it's not.

I kissed a girl

with my tongue one time.

Shut up Charlie.

Well I ain't kissing

no girl with my tongue.

She wants to kiss me,

she's gotta know that up front.

Wanna know who I'd kiss?

I don't think we asked you.

Thought we were all playing.


I'd kiss Mrs. Dunwoody.


Liza Dunwoody?



Don't call her that.



She's the prettiest

woman in town.

Even prettier than

Maddy Mayweather.

Well at least

Maddy's in my grade.

You know how

she lost her eye, don't you?


I heard she was running through

the corn fields out by her house.

Tripped on a

stake or something.

Landed smack dab

on a spike.

Ripped her eye

right out.

Her husband found it

in the dirt, rinsed it off and

took her to the hospital.

The doctor even tried

putting it back in.

There was no hope


She was just born that way.

Not what I heard.

Maybe if she had braces,

you would take a liking to her.


Charlie, leave your brother alone.

I ain't doing nothing.



I said I ain't doing nothing.

I'm standing right here.

You think I don't have eyes?

I can see what you are doing!

Why don't you go outside.

] There ain't nothing

to do out there

There isn't anything to do.


Why don't you both go outside?

Go for a run or something.

Yeah Charlie.

Maybe you can run off

some of that fat.



It's the truth, he's fat.


It's not like I'm lying,

look at him!

I ain't fat, I'm husky,

that's what mom always says.

What do you think

husky means, dumbass!

Neal, that's enough!

Yeah, that's enough.


Take it there is

$5.00 on that counter

and go to the store.

And you get me some milk

and a dozen eggs.

My word, I hope you boys

are better behaved than this

when your grandmother

comes tomorrow.


- Not,

another word.

Now git! Go on!


And I better have change

when you get back.

You hear me!

Where you going?

Through the woods,

it's shorter.


I need to get something.


what happens when you pray?

What do you mean?

Well, I see you

and momma doing it all the time.

What do you do?

I don't know.

Talk to God.

Go on about your day.

Does he talk back to you?

Doesn't work like that.

Then how does it work then?

Charlie I don't know!

Mom said

if you are ever in trouble,

He is the one to talk to.

What does mom

pray about?

Help with you.

What are we doing here?

Had to get this.


You brought us here

for Jerky.

What? I was getting hungry.

Where did this come from anyway?

I made it.

With what?

A hammer.

You have never

held a hammer before.

Yes I have.



You're the Freeman kid, right?



This is my brother Charlie.

Hey Charlie.

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Ben Watts

Benjamin Oliver Anthony "Ben" Watts (born 19 January 1967) is an English photographer based in New York City, whose work has been published in various international fashion magazines, such as Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Condé Nast Traveller. He is the older brother of actress Naomi Watts and son of Peter Watts, who was initially a road manager for Pink Floyd and later their sound engineer. Watts studied at the Sydney College of the Arts in Australia, where he started his photographic career as a photographer's assistant. He first came to New York in 1990, where he started documenting urban youth and was especially fascinated by American Hip Hop culture. He finally moved to New York in 1995. His work was shown in Vibe and Rolling Stone and in advertisements for Nike, Reebok and Gap. Besides his work for fashion magazines, Watts has shot advertising campaigns for famous labels, such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Kodak, Sony Music, and Apple Computers. more…

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