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One stop on a train changes everything.
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Token
One stop on a train changes everything.

Petty squabbles tend to bring out the worst in people. Provoking regrettable words. Causing hurt feelings that fester -  about things that normally wouldn’t matter at all. At such times, being right suddenly seems more important than anything else.  But when enough time passes, the details of the argument can rarely be even recalled.

Everyone knows there are no guarantees in life,  so why do most people assume there will always be time to make amends?

In Rick Hansberry's Token, Chad - a young man riding the subway - witnesses an older couple squabbling over being courteous.

INT. SUBWAY CAR - DAY

MARY and BRUCE, both 50, grumble at each other as they struggle to get comfortable in their seats. There’s plenty of open seats but these two dig in to battle for position.

BRUCE
So typical of you, you’d rather fight me than do the right thing.

MARY
That’s right. Because clearly you’re not capable of being a gentleman or doing the right thing.

Chad suppresses a smile, twirls his finger around the balloon string. The balloon still dances above him, out of sight.

But with the click of a button, Chad experiences an unexpected realization of how fleeting and precious our time truly is.  A lesson that the bickering couple may have forgotten momentarily. But Chad leaves behind a gift that (hopefully) will cause them to recollect.  

Token” is proof the most haunting shorts are those that address poignant and universal facts of life - factors that Rick Hansberry masterfully condenses into a single one-punch page.  The kind of emotional brevity that festivals always love...

Review by Linda Hullinger
Submitted: January 5, 2017
Last Updated: June 4, 2018
Times Downloaded: 45
Last Downloaded: October 20, 2019

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The Writer: Rick Hansberry

Rick Hansberry is an award-winning screenwriter with more than 20 years of industry experience. With several produced credits on his IMDb page, Rick has written, produced and directed several short films. 2017 saw the release of two feature-length films, "Alienate" and "Evil In Her." 2018 brought the release of another award-winning short film, "My Two O'Clock" and a second micro-short, "Missed Stop" was released late in 2018 and is still screening in certain world-wide festivals. Rick has dozens of scripts available for production and is also interested in spec writing, collaborating and adapting stories for the screen. Go to bio

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