Producers: David Miller, Chad Maker
Written By: Michael Buie
Director: Keith Samples
For years and years, seven best friends assemble every October at Jeremy’s family cottage for
waterskiing, ritualistic games and immature fun; a yearly weekend to cling on to their disappearing
youth. This story interweaves the two latest “October 13” weekends set two years apart (2010
and 2012). On Sunday of the 2010 weekend, Marcus accidentally runs over his best friend Ryan
with a water-ski boat with all as witness to the fatality. Due to circumstantial evidence and a weak defense, Marcus is sentenced to 16 months for “vehicular manslaughter” for Ryan’s death. The
tragedy destroyed Sam, Ryan’s fiancée. There is a lot of confusion as to where the blame actually lies.
The “October 13” weekend reconvenes in 2012, two years later. The dynamics between the
friendships have shifted dramatically in the aftermath of the tragedy. The initial intent is to rediscover each other and “forgive” their troubled friend Marcus for his horrendous deed. No one needs to find forgiveness and move on more than Sam; she mistakenly believes she’s ready to do this. The blame and guilt get shifted as Marcus discovers a deeper truth about the facts of the accident that he spent 16 months in prison contemplating. Marcus has secretly brought a gun…the question is why and for who?
The story bounces back and forth between the two weekends in a structured manner to push the
narrative in a unique fashion as the truth behind the tragic event is unveiled two years later.
The story captures the unique Canadian cottage country culture of lifelong friendship, silly rituals and immature banter then explores what happens when a single incident threatens to take all of that away.