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22 Miles From Trenton



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Events surrounding the 1938 "War of Worlds" Radio Broadcast
A young girl sets out to save her older sister from the threat of alien invasion in Grover's Mill, NJ.

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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22 Miles to Trenton
Penny races to Grover’s Mill to save her sister from impending doom.

Where were you when Kennedy got shot?
Where were you on September 11th, 2001?
Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down?

If you were sentient enough at the time, you can answer these questions instantly.

But did you know that to many Americans, it once seemed like October 30th, 1938 would become an unforgettable date?

Take Penny Connors, for example: the 15-year-old comic book and sci-fi loving protagonist of 22 Miles from Trenton.

A small town New Jersey girl with an adventurous imagination, she’s nothing more than a weird loner according to Veronica, her older (and more socially “normal”) sister.

But there’s no time for these two siblings to trade insults; Veronica’s got a party in Grover’s Mill to attend!

Home alone in 1938, there’s nothing for Penny to do but listen to the radio. Yet – what she hears on the live news this fateful night wouldn’t sound out of place in one of her comic books.

A strange object’s fallen to Earth. Unknown entities are emerging from its shell. And the location of this alien phenomenon is…

(to herself)
Grover’s Mill…

Terrified but determined, Penny grabs her bicycle and sets off on a rescue mission to save her sister, meeting fellow adventurers along the way.

While all of them are determined to discover the truth, the truth is also determined to hide itself from them; until they’re up against … possibly the most monumental event humanity has ever faced!

Will Penny rescue her sister? Will this experience bring the siblings closer together? Or will Penny and Veronica be torn apart…permanently? Or literally?

Partially based off true events, Trenton is a thrilling and well-paced script that offers outer space sized creativity to a director and their team in terms of shots and style.

Combine this with a simple and inspiring message, and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire winner. One that – like what happened at Grover’s Mill for reals – will truly stand the test of time!


Review by Hamish Porter
Submitted: February 27, 2018
Last Updated: March 28, 2018

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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 started out creating skit shows on VHS-C which, as you can guess, was cutting edge back in the day. Way back... Go to bio

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