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Synopsis: When a lone shopping cart seized for scrap decides to make a break for it and try life on his own terms, he soon discovers that the world outside the grocery store is more dangerous than the one he left behind. He returns home to witness a perilous situation and longing to be useful again, he steps in to help. His actions lead to a chain of events, setting a new adventure in motion. But, will this adventure lead him to find his true purpose and the life he longs for?

Genre

Adventure

Rated

G

Language

English

Run Time

11 minutes

Starring

Donna Steele (Narrator)

Directed by

Kailyne Waters

Written by

Kailyne Waters

Produced by

DeAnna Cooper

Executive Producer

Cris Motto

Edited by

Bobby Bennett

Prod. Company

Film Lore Studios
Amarok Productions

Director's Statement

For eight years I traveled several counties throughout northeast Ohio assisting persons with disabilities attempting to navigate the Medicaid process. Although I sometimes traveled 100 miles a day in many directions, I often drove down one long stretch of road connecting three cities. It was along this road I would see the abandoned shopping carts as I thought about the patients I was visiting, and how they related stories of feeling isolated and neglected by a system charged with caring for them.

The cart, an obvious metaphor for those who travel without a home, also embodies the idea of motion; of moving about a landscape in search of something more meaningful on a path less traveled. It also indicates the frailty of our lives; and how often we are set aside when we are no longer wanted or needed.

My thoughts soon turned to the visual of the cart – stationed quietly in neat rows in an entryway of a grocery store; near the back of a parking lot, flipped on its side, or abandoned on an empty street corner. What if one of them decided to take a chance and defy his fate? The Go Cart was born.

Director's Bio

Kailyne has been fortunate to combine her love for storytelling with her passion for non-profit service. At Scenarios USA she oversaw the development and implementation of a youth-based regional writing contest and the short film MANchild with premiered on Showtime, and as Program Manager for a Media Literacy grant from the Knight Foundation, she collaborated with at-risk children to create stories that aired on radio and with the PBS affiliate, Ideastream.

Kailyne’s outreach work with non-profits has included consensus-building, collaboration, and marketing of resources to diverse populations including persons with disabilities, homeless individuals, at-risk youth/children, and other vulnerable populations.

After a successful run, Kailyne’s first short (F MY C) received distribution with Indiepix, ShortsTV Domestic/International, and the prestigious Journal of Short Film. The Go Cart, made in conjunction with Film Lore Studios and Amarok Productions, has screened worldwide and received nominations and awards for Best Writing, Best Short Film and Best Animation. With the generous support of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, The Go Cart is being adapted into a children’s book.

Awards

Best Shorts Competition - United States - 2018

Award of Excellence (The Go Cart)

Lady's First International Film Festival - Ireland - 2017

Best Animation (The Go Cart)

Queen Palm International - United States - 2018

Honorable Mention (The Go Cart)

Nominations

Queen Palm International - United States - 2018

Best Writer

Official selection

Cleveland International Film Festival - United States - 2017

Inspired Faith Film Festival - United States - 2017

Lady's First International Film Festival - Ireland - 2017

Kids First! Film and Video Festival - United States - 2017

Film Festival of Columbus - United States - 2017

Green Bay Film Festival - United States - 2018

Geneva Film Festival - United States - 2018

Best Shorts Competition - United States - 2018

Okotoks Film Festival - Canada - 2018

The Midwest Film Festival - United States - 2018

Queen Palm International Film Festival - United States - 2018

Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - United States - 2018

Elgin Short Film Festival - United States - 2018

Great Lakes International Film Festival - United States - 2018

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year

2017

Official Website

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