Blue Shark Pictures and Jeffrey “Blue Shark” Gliwa have several projects in various stages of production, including;
Our film is about a good deed performed for an older woman who lives in her car and who has been caring for people in the area for a number of years but has dreamed about reconciling with her estranged family in San Diego. In the end the folks in the van and RV world, and her young nephew, a former college hockey player and struggling actor, help her to realize her dream to reunite with her father and go back home.
“IN CARS” Treatment
By Rob Nilsson
The Gilman St. Exit off US 80 at Golden Gate Fields. Off the freeway a steel mill, a brewery, motorcycle shops and store fronts for rent line Gilman St. up to San Pablo Avenue. Homeless encampments dot the area and people who live in cars, RVs, and vans move every other day to avoid getting tickets, or worse, towed. Sandy, a woman in her 60s lives in her ’89 Honda. She’s frail and something of a back street Mother Teresa. Runaway brothers, Herbie and Sandy (they call him Sandy 2 since he has the same first name as Sandy 1) live in their truck and watch out for her.
Herbie sells meth in order to keep his brother in high school, some 15 miles away from the dead end street where they park. Every week day Sandy 2 still manages to get to school by bike and BART. The brothers bring Sandy 1 burgers and milk shakes from MacDonalds and supply her with muffins, which she likes to give to the people who come to sit and talk with her. She likes sayings and quotations she gets from her cell phone and tries to leave each visitor with one pearl which will help them with their problems. She particularly likes Kali, a prostitute from Iran, who hangs out with Oscar, her incompetent pimp. Oscar rarely brings in johns and threatens to beat her, but she’s tougher than he is and they mostly harangue each other down by the railroad tracks where Kali is occasionally picked up by Punjab, a real estate developer in a BMW with a proposal to raze the nearby racetrack to build condos overlooking the bay. We learn that Sandy 1 once turned a few tricks herself years ago when she lived on the beach near San Diego, a destination she weekly sets out to return to, only to drive around the block and come back, worried about one or another of those she calls her “troubled ones.”
Bud and his wife, SocWok, old pot growers from Mendocino, supply Herbie with meth and live with Pinto, a mean spirited Chinese body builder, and Judd, a parking meter thief with a crippled hand, in a cramped Winnebago. They are occasionally visited by Groove, a reporter writing an article about suicide among the homeless. They tolerate him with lies about the extravagant characters they pretend to know and he promises them by-lines if they’ll co-operate with his article.
The story is propelled along by Lucille, an Uber driver, temporarily living in a van with her mother, Mohr, as they try to organize a lawsuit against the landlord who evicted them. She bustles from car, to van, to RV in off hours, trying to keep order, minimize drug damage to Herbie and Sandy 2, and eventually solve the problem all of them are vexed by: how to help Sandy 1 think about herself for once. Although she won’t admit it, they have found medicine bottles in the trash. She’s sick and it’s time for her to realize her dream to return to San Diego where her twin sister still runs the beachside motel where they lived as children. In the end they realize she might have left earlier, but was ashamed to admit she was almost out of gas. Now with a full tank and some travel money collected by her “troubled ones” she says one last goodbye and drives down Gilman turning left onto the freeway ramp. But she pulls over. From above we see the end credits superimposed over the parked car. As credits end she starts again and the car slowly enters traffic and disappears down the freeway.