Sunday Pancakes

Directed, Produced, & Written by Jensen Foerster

Logline

A family drama depicting the nostalgic morning pastime of Sunday breakfast, filled with pancakes, syrup, and tears. The separation of two siblings’ parents forever changes their home dynamic.

Synopsis

For a young brother and older sister, Sunday mornings calls for two things. Dancing and pancakes. Filled with smiles, white flour, music on vinyl, and maple syrup, family weekend breakfast was a weekly tradition for them. As a young brother and sister begin to make banana pancakes one Sunday morning, the kitchen countertop bathed in white bleached flour and baking soda while their parents sat in awkward silence. Soon, as their parents separation is revealed, the two navigate familial hardships in this coming-of-age short. In the end, the young boy learns to bake perfect pancakes independently.

Characters

Lead:

[ JJ ] 5 to 14 years old, Caucasian male. Sweet, fearful, innocent. JJ learns to become the man of the house as his father leaves him behind to live with his sister, Cleo, and mother. He admires his older sister tremendously and absolutely loves sweet flavored pancakes. JJ successfully seems to see past the family tradition of Sunday pancakes to be broken, while proving to Cleo at the end of the short that he can make perfect pancakes independently.

[CLEO] 10 to 21 years old, Caucasian female. Classic, cool, and nostalgic. Cleo is very independent, ultimately the film’s voice of reason. Her narration and aesthetic reverberates authenticity. Cleo takes JJ under her wing, teaching him to be a little rockstar child while surviving their parents’ separation.

 

Supporting:

[MA] 21 to 50 years old, Caucasian female. Scared, fearful, and stylish. Ma fills the house with her positivity and beauty. She loves flowers, music, and sleeping. Her relationship with her husband begins to fall out, although they are said to have met by “love at first fight.”

[PA] 21 to 45 years old, Caucasian male. Struggling (once very successful) man, losing touch and passion in his marriage. He recently lost his job, and finds himself turning to drinking and becoming absent from the family. One night, with his suitcase in hand, Pa leaves the family behind.

 

Contact

Jensen Foerster

Email: jfoerste@tulane.edu

Sides are available upon request.

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