Fort Apache

Synopsis: In 1940s America, a precocious young boy struggles to escape small town life. On the eve of his eleventh birthday he must choose between leaving home or following his brother down a path of violence and destruction in this coming of age story.
Director(s): Addison Mehr
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15 min


I can't remember how it started.

I remember feeling scared and lost

C'mon, kid.

So how'd it start?

Hey, how'd it start?

Small fires make big fires!

Small fires make big fires.

Well, I surely hope so.

What if we get caught?

We ain't gonna get caught.


And whatever they fought for,

that place became the United States.

Hey Walt.

That's a swell hat you got there.

Ain't you a movie star?

Yeah, where'd you get that hat?

Bowling alley's got burned up.

Fire get anyone?



life ain't a goddamn movie.

Sometimes I wish I was in the movies.

Not to be famous or nothin'.

I just wish I was made of light.

I'd be a light up there

on the silver screen.

Not at all a little kid anymore.


Havin' a fun birthday?

What's it to you?

I can help you have fun, is what.

Can I help you?

You got

one of the Shirley Temple photos?

Well, we ought to, I think.

Star photos are half a dollar.

You're a nickel short.

Aw, come on.

It's my birthday.

I'm turning eleven.

Say, how'd you get in here?

Lester let you in the back?


You are in big trouble, young man.

- Come on!

I didn't do anything!

Let me go!

Hey, can I have a lift?

F*** you.

I didn't do nothin'!

- F*** you, you little queer.

Hey, take that back!

F*** you.


Look at this place.

Wow. Look at this.


You know that girl from Selma?

Yeah, the one

that's gonna be in the movies?

She's up at the city.

She's singing

at that pageant today, ain't she?

We ain't

goin' to no goddamn pageant.

Ah, hell, no.

We goin' to Selma.


We are movin' fast now

and goin' further than I'd ever been.

It was like

we were at the center of the world,

headed towards Selma,

a land richer than I'd ever seen.

Lonnie used to say

there's two different worlds.

One's got everything,

and one's got nothing.

But truth is,

maybe they ain't so different after all.

Maybe life is filled

with all types of different worlds,

worlds of tough and weak,

pretty and ugly.

Sometimes I think

the only thing holding us together

is the sparks causing fires

or maybe electric lines

or the stars up above.

That it was all over,

and when I breathed,

my breath was like lightning.

Truth is,

I didn't care where we was headin'

as long as I

was gettin' out of this place.

Hey, Lonnie.

When we goin' out west?

Hell if I know, kid.

You said one of these times

we'd hop a freight

and get on outta here.


you ever hear about

the animal that chews off

its own leg

to get free from a trap?

That's what it's like

tryin' to leave this place.

I ain't gonna live in no trap.

I'm gonna be gone.


you can't run

with but one leg, kid.


It was like a scene from the movies.

We're off to see the wizard,

the wonderful wizard of Oz.


Come on.

It's yours, kid, for your birthday.

What you gonna call it?

Call what?

Your town.

Ain't nobody here but us.

Where they at?

They're up in the city.

That girl must sing like an angel.

Hep sings better than her.

Hep's singing will make you weep.

Oh, sure.

What the hell

do you know about anything?

I know that girl's going

to California to be in the movies,

and you and Hep ain't

never gonna leave that fright yard,

ain't never gonna be nothin'.

- I ain't no girl.

Ain't no Selma.

No city.

No nothin'.

He's the only one

in this whole goddamn world.

It's your world, brother.

Now what you gonna call it?

Fort Apache.

Let's call it Fort Apache.

What are you doin'?

I need a bridesmaid.

Shirley Temple.

Hollywood special.

Sometimes I wish I was a little kid again

and didn't have

to think about none of it.

But something

inside of me had changed

and I knew

I couldn't never go back.


I realized

I didn't want to be like Lonnie,

and I knew

my destiny now lay with Hep.

Wanna ring the bell?

Ain't it like a movie?

You ever think that

ain't nobody in the world

that could understand you?

I think I'm crazy.

I really must be.


I'm leavin' one day.

You could come with if you want.

We could look out for each other.

Stay or go, it's all the same.

Burn a thousand bowling alleys.

Burn the whole goddamn world.

It doesn't matter.


Walt, come on. We gotta go!

Hep, we still gonna ring the bell?

Hep, come on. We gotta go!

- Come on, Walt!

We gonna ring it?

Here come the police!

- We gotta go!

Walt! Hep! Come on!

- Come on!

There was no way out.

No one to call to for help.

I felt like if I could just hit that bell

hard enough

then maybe

someone would finally hear us.

The End


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Alan Heathcock

Alan Heathcock (born March 8, 1971) is an American fiction writer. He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, Illinois and attended the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1993 with a BA in Journalism. Heathcock earned MFAs from both Bowling Green State University (1996), and Boise State University (2003), where he continues to teach creative writing workshops.He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and three children. Heathcock's first collection of short fiction, VOLT, was published with Graywolf Press in 2011. VOLT was selected as an Editor's Pick for both The New York Times Book Review and The Oxford American; a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, as well as hailed by many critics as one of the best books of 2011, including Publishers Weekly, the Chicago Tribune,, and GQ. VOLT also includes the story "Peacekeeper," which first appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and won Heathcock a National Magazine Award in 2006. more…

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