BEING SILVER – feature screenplay
When ARNIE, the iron-fisted patriarch of the Silver family, suddenly ends up on life support his wife and five children have to grapple with the truth: their family is that guy hanging off the balcony by one hand... and his fingers are slipping.
While PHYLLIS tries to honor her husband’s living will and take him off of life support, the siblings’ old rivalries and hurts surface. What, after all, is family? FRANCIE, her father’s favorite, is grief stricken as she consults Tarot and the spirits. SAMUEL, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tackles his anger issues the way any moral god-fearing man would: he threatens to sue his mother and the hospital for murder. Sweet-natured ROBBIE, the middle child, “the glue,” has collapsed with AIDS and VICTORIA, the youngest, does what babies do best...sees what she’ll inherit. It leaves CHER, intimacy-phobic with commitment issues to do what feels natural: run for her life. But by sticking through it all and facing her deepest fears, Cher ultimately discovers that true family is not made by blood but by choice. And sometimes that means letting go of the past and grabbing onto the future…gently, very gently.