Stolen Lives

Synopsis: After the loss of her son, a mother works with activists to speak out against police violence.
Genre: Drama, Short
Director(s): Paul Jarrett
  1 nomination.
19 min

# Pretty red plane #

# in the sky #

# Billowing clouds #

# go by and by #

He has his mother's eyes,

her hair.

My face, my laugh.

First time I held him,

I knew he was my son.

All the best of me...

and his mother.

I can still see his eyes light up

watching those fireworks.

I gave him everything a

father could give his son.

And now, with all this searching...

being a cop, being a father...

I still can't find my boy.

Detective, would you please

describe the last time

you saw your son.

Fourth of July, 2000.

Roadside diner in Barnstable.

All right, bud, I told your mom

we'd meet her down by

the river for fireworks.

We better get going.

Can I bring my swim trunks?

What are you, Mr. Cannonball?

You gonna get us all wet?

- Happy Fourth.

- Thank you, Donna.

"Keep the home fries burning."

All right, I'll be right back.

Can I go outside and get a balloon?

Why don't you stay

here until I come back?

All right?

And your statement says that you...

you just turned away for a few seconds,

and he was gone.


Can I have a blue one?

Yes, there's plenty for everyone.


Thought I told you to wait...

There you go.

Oh! Well, you lost your balloon.

Hey, man, have you seen my kid anywhere?

About ten years old,

light hair, jeans, T-shirt?

Are you kiddin' me, man, or what?

Thomas Adkins!



Is it still raining?

No, it just stopped.

We've got something here.

Back up.


Oh, Jesus, Mary, Joseph.


Is Detective Adkins there, please?

What's wrong?

I'm going with you.


Just wait here.

What's going on?

I don't know. I just got here.

What's that got to do with anything?

Just trying to get the facts.

Pete, what's going on here?

Tom, everybody's been

waiting for you, man,

but they wouldn't tell us

anything until you got here.

What do you got?

Not much to tell you.

Found this laying on the body.

Will you go talk to Barb,

make sure she's okay?

Yeah, I got it.

And then we also found this.

"Keep the home fries burning."

We don't know exactly what

we're dealing with here.


When they first brought him in,

I noticed some cranial anomalies

which suggest the boy had

some form of mental impairment.


Tommy wasn't...

That doesn't make any sense.

It's definitely not your son, Tom.

Are you sure?

I mean, he's...

exactly the same size he would...

I know I recognize that whistle.

Decomposition of the body

in relation to where it was found,

depth, temperature,

it reflects he's been in there

a lot longer than eight years.

We're not gonna know for

sure until the tests are back,

but I'd say it was closer to 50 years.

I know this is really

difficult for you and Barb.

If you want to do this some

other time, I understand.

No, no, I'm fine.

We missed this at the crime scene.

Found it underneath him in

what was left of his pocket.

What about cause of death?

Were you able to determine that?

No, we got nothing.

I don't know what to say, Tom.

I'm sorry.

So what do you want me to do?

Well, secure the body.

His parents might still be alive.

And they would want to know.

It's not him.

Come here.

I was so sure it was.

- Me too.

- Me too.

Why don't you show Daddy

the picture you made?


you believe Bert Rogianni

kidnapped your son

because he was arrested

for two similar crimes.

Is that right?


Based on a hunch,

lacking concrete evidence.

Why do you keep bringing this up?

Mr. Rogianni went to

prison for the other crimes

and still wouldn't confess

to your son's kidnapping.

And in the eight years

your son's been missing,

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Paul Jarrett

Paul Jarrett (July 15, 1981-) is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Bulu Box and he played football at Iowa State University during the 2000 and 2001 seasons under head coach Dan McCarney. more…

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