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Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories
Parting can be such sweet sorrow. 

Mom and Pop stores are so often a central hub of social life. Providing a glue that bonds, small shops create a safe place where people connect… where neighborhood folks can meet, relax, and share their stories.

Movies such as Bagdad Café and Barbershop celebrate what such places symbolize.  And there are other notable films as well. In Smoke, Harvey Keitel’s character Auggie stands outside his Brooklyn shop and takes a photograph every day for decades, documenting his place in the borough and capturing the intimacy of residents’ lives.

Debra Johnson’s Sweet Memories follows a similar photographic trail – the loving tale of a family candy store; remembered as a place of belonging, warmth… and on occasion, change.

As the script opens, protagonist Melissa is entering her family’s shop for what will surely be the last time.

It’s where she grew up, year by year. Where she played in the back room while her parents warmly attended to customers. Where her father announced his decision to leave and fight for their country. Where she lost herself in her work for decades. And where she and her mother navigated their shared grief and – eventually – learned to move forward side by side.

But now Melissa must say goodbye. Blinking back tears, she gathers together recollections and mementos of her mother, her father and the candy store with the old jukebox. She’ll take them with her.

Are you a dramatic director looking for a sweet, short script – one that has mastered storytelling’s every ebb and flow?  Then pick up a scoop of Sweet Memories – it’s a moving psalm to life’s agonies and joys.  You won’t be able to resist optioning this one.  And your audience? They’ll savor the bitter-sweet journey down memory lane.

The Script

Sweet Memories

A woman reflects on the Sweet Memories growing up in a candy store.

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Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has discovered the joy of film and stage writing.Read more

About The Writer

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Recently married in March 2020, now a Garcia, award-winning screenwriter and co-owner of Gato Loco Films which was established in 2012 with Carlos Garcia, Debra's husband. Together they "Bring Words to Life Through Film". Currently, Debra is turning her full feature script Hormones Unite into a book. After 4 years of caring for her mother - who passed in 2019 - Debra is finally getting back into writing and submitting to festivals. Hoping one day to sell a script - or win the lottery. Which...Read more