Capstone's Oak

Synopsis: A short film following Mike Capstone as he tries to resist the temptations of greed after stumbling across a dark family secret... an oak tree that grows money when the dead are buried at its roots.
22 min

Always having to take care of you.

It's too cold out.

Well, it'll be too cold for Jake to come by.

Oh Mikey, don't you think it's finally time

that we... your mother wouldn't mind--

I'm not leaving her alone out here, Sarah.

Once I get this coupe finished up we'll have

a little extra income comin' in, that'll be good.

It's just, I don't like what this place is

doin' to you.

Every day you're more stressed it's just not

healthy-- Well...

It's not like we can afford anywhere else

at the moment.

What about an apartment in town.

In town?

Well we could maybe afford it!

I could sell more wind chimes and we can ask

your mom to come too if you--

My mom still thinks she's got a few head of

cattle down...

Sarah, she's not gonna go for it.

You wanna be the one to try and talk her into

it well you be my guest.

Well it's all I ask.

You know my old man gave everything just to

make something happen out here.

And there's no reason that you should too.


You're probably right.

That was our... (engine starts)

Hi Mike.

I told your Mama, but I figured you should

know too, you got til' Friday to pay the balance

on the ranch before we take it all.

Guess that big mortgage your Daddy took out

finally caught up to you.

Nice truck.

Hey, hey, hey.

Everything's gonna be alright.


Burry me under the tree quickly.



I'm sorry we couldn't save the ranch, Ma.


It's money!

What's happenin'?!

It's real...

You knew about this!?

No, I mean, my dad always told me that the

tree that grew over his brother's grave was,

special, but...

I didn't know about this.

Mom saved the ranch.

Sarah we can stay!

(laughing) Oh!

You really never seen it do this before?


No I mean, ever since I got my leg torn up

in the plow, my dad spent almost all the money

we had on my surgeries.

Can we make it grow more money?

Well, I don't wanna see any more of this.

Well, we're thankful for this and good with

what we've got.

Well, thanks mom.

We're 1,500 short.

But that's enough to get an apartment.

We can start over in town.

How the hell are we gonna be happy in town?

Alright, it's everything my dad said it was

it's just a bunch of rules and lights, telling

you when to stop and go.


Look, my mom it out there with my dad now.

All of this has to stay in my family.

Do you really think if your family was here

they would want you to stay?

Sarah that's not fair. No, even with all

this, we can't afford to pay off the ranch.

We only have two days-- Look I know how much

time is left.

Alright? I know it.

I just don't know what else to do about it.

Come on!


You son of a bitch! (loud grunting)


I don't know, Jake, I think we should just

draw up the papers.

Sell the farm.

I know.

I know he doesn't want to.

I just don't have any other choice.

I gotta go, bye.

Thank you.

What's wrong with you this morning?

Nothin' just didn't get much sleep last night.

You know I was thinkin'. I was thinkin' maybe today

we should go in and take a look at some apartments.



Yeah I've had it with this godforsaken place.

Can we go look at that one on the east side?

Honey we'll go look on what ever side of town

you want.

Let's go!

Alright, alright let me get cleaned up first

and... then we'll go.

And this unit is only 800 dollars a month,

with a 1600 dollar deposit.

We can afford to move in today.

With a little left over.

And maybe we can get a new truck for you too.

Oh of course yes or maybe some metal for your

wind chimes that doesn't come from the silverware drawer.

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