22 Miles From Trenton by Michael Field | Script Revolution

22 Miles From Trenton

A young girl sets out to save her older sister from the threat of alien invasion in Grover's Mill, NJ.



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Events surrounding the 1938 "War of Worlds" Radio Broadcast

Penny and Veronica Connors couldn't be more out of tune with each other. Veronica, the oldest by two years, is set to graduate from her local high school in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and find her place in the world alongside a husband. Penny wants nothing to do with boys and would much rather stay up all night reading stories from her favorite magazine, Astounding Science-Fiction. While Penny is a dreamer, Veronica is a pragmatist. This often causes strife between them.

After their parents leave the home for a night in New York City, Veronica makes plans to party with a few of her friends in the town of Grover's Mill. The sisters have yet another argument about their differences of opinion, with Veronica leaving in a huff for her party.

Penny finds the stand-up radio in their living room and begins listening to a radio program, not knowing the infamous Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio broadcast has begun. Instantly, Penny believes Martians are invading Grover's Mill and she has only one thought in her head: Save Veronica.

The short film blends fact and fiction, as many of the true-to-life tales from that fateful night in 1938, are encountered by Penny on her journey to save her sister.

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Submitted: February 27, 2018
Last Updated: January 17, 2022

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The Writer: Michael Field

My Why I grew up loving the cinema. I still do. That love spurned me towards storytelling. At first, I started out as an actor and soon realized, while I enjoy it, I prefer creating the story and not just being part of it and I've been telling stories for over 20 years. When we all start watching movies and television shows and we find the ones we love, we really don't know why. But my desire to become a storyteller forced me to realize that without story, without great writing, all those movies wouldn't last. It's the story that keeps the great ones with us for our lives. My Work I directed a feature I penned in 2005 titled, "Save the Forest", which enjoyed a small run on Netflix as well... Go to bio

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