Moon Manor

MOON MANOR


"IF I'M NOT ME, I DON'T WANT TO BE."



Today is Jimmy's last day alive.

Jimmy has advancing Alzheimer’s, and he's decided to take his death into his own hands and die like he has lived - with intention, humor, and zest. In his last 24 hours, he's visited by an obituary writer, a few close friends, some unexpected visitors, and throws a fabulous FUN-eral. Because why miss the one party that's all about how great you are? Throughout Jimmy's last day, he reminisces on the proudest, scariest and loveliest moments of his life. But before he dances on, he has something celestial to discuss with you. 


"JIMMY" played by James Carrozo


SYNOPSIS

MOON MANOR TAKES PLACE IN ONE DAY AND ONE NIGHT

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MORNING

Jimmy wakes up early, feeds his pet chameleon and heads out on his last morning walk. He gets coffee from the local bodega, and has a tender moment with Gio, the cashier. As he leaves, Jimmy has a memory lapse and almost forgets which way is home. He stops by his neighbor’s house and gives six-year-old Winnie an origami swan. A pleasant start to the day, except for when he accidentally kills a snail.

Jimmy returns to Moon Manor and receives a chiding from his caretaker Remy for leaving the house without her supervision. Their banter is light, but the implications are heavy. With Jimmy's advancing Alzheimer’s, risk lies within the simplest things. Remy begins breakfast as Lunation appears. Visible only to Jimmy, Lunation materializes throughout the film — the string connecting human soul and all that is One. Jimmy’s touchstone to his memories and intuition. Lunation guides Jimmy in a simple, ritualistic dance.

and as the sun gets higher, jimmy's life gets shorter

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"Ricky, Look. Isn't it so pretty?"

 

The first visitor of the day arrives - Andrew, a reporter who specializes in obituary writing, there to profile Jimmy about his choice to take his own life and witness a positive death. Andrew gets a call from his editor. Despite the controversial subject matter, he’s going to push for Jimmy's article to get the cover.

Jimmy shows Andrew his Moon Room, headquarters to Jimmy’s moon real estate agency, called "Lunar-tics." Jimmy shows off his clientele -- astronauts, celebrities, politicians -- and pops in a VHS tape of his Lunar-tics commercial made in the 90's. Andrew is stunned to discover that Jimmy is the inventor of Moonie Babies, a series of popular plush toys he always coveted as a kid. But before Jimmy was a moon man, he was a music man. He shows Andrew videos from his former profession, when he was one half of a musical comedy duo along with Ricky, the love of his life.

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"HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?"

Jimmy's second visitor arrives. Jimmy and Andrew overhear her making excuses about why she can't stay.

Andrew and Jimmy adjourn to the living room for tea. Remy sets up for the funeral party while listening to a Japanese language lesson. Jimmy and Andrew discuss his musical theater past and meeting Ricky and what it means to live with HIV.

Lunation reminds Jimmy to listen to the Earth. The sun creates shorter shadows on the ground. 

Meanwhile, a religious van has arrived outside with two church-goers on a mission, Gordon and Terry - who have arrived to protest Jimmy's choice of death. As they set-up scare propaganda, Fritti arrives, Jimmy's death doula. She pretends to be interested in their mission, taking almost all of their brochures and immediately walks inside Moon Manor, flipping the bird to the now very annoyed Gordon and Terry. They begin their protest, shouting mantras into a bullhorn.


"WHAT WAS I SAYING? I CAN'T REMEMBER"


AFTERNOON  

Over lunch, Fritti showcases what it means to be a death doula and how she's helped guide Jimmy into the last transition of life. Jimmy reveals he invited the protestors there, because what’s a good story without conflict? He then takes everyone to the backyard to play his favorite game: Observe and Report. As Gordon shouts religious commandments, Terry spies an invitation to the FUN-eral with a handwritten note. Not only was Gordon invited here today, Jimmy is his brother.

At the same time, Jimmy's neighbor Carlos confronts Gordon and his sidekick Terry, telling them to cut the shit. Carlos' daughter, Flora, fresh from karate class takes it upon herself to destroy one of Terry's posters in opposition. In a fit of rage, Terry destroys Flora's science fair volcano. He and Gordon make a harrowing escape in their Jesus van.

Jimmy's oldest friend, Slick, arrives to share the last bit of day with him. As Gordon and Terry argue about whether or not they should return and apologize, their van gets egged by neighborhood kids. They decide to turn back. 

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I am one lucky son-of-a-bitch. Now, less talking and more entertaining.
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Meanwhile, drag queen Juana Bang and her gender fluid assistant have arrived to Moon Manor to help prepare the party. Gordon returns to confront Jimmy. All of the chaos triggers a disorienting Alzheimer's episode. Remy takes Jimmy upstairs.

Gordon tries to persuade Jimmy to change his mind, believing he's saving him from eternal damnation. Jimmy explains he's decided to take his own life because the Alzheimer's will alter him completely. "And if I'm not me, I don't want to be." Not knowing what else to do, Gordon leaves. Terry is left behind. 

The party guests begin to arrive. Juana Bang and Nox begin Jimmy’s FUN-eral!  

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"MY EXISTENCE IS A PROTEST."

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The funeral cabaret begins! Juana Bang and Nox perform an original song and dance number written for Jimmy, who wears angel wings and sits upon a throne shaped like a coffin. As guest after guest pays tribute, it's clear what an impact he's made. Lunation appears to Jimmy, a gentle reminder - it's almost time to go.

After a conga line of goodbyes to Moon Manor, the moon makes its appearance over the house. Slick says goodbye. He wants to remember his friend as is. Feeling ready, Jimmy prepares to die. Slowly finishing a bowl of pudding mixed with Secobarbital, he has Fritti, Remy and Andrew gather with him in the Moon Room. With a final smile, and a last watch of a performance by him and Ricky, he releases this existence. Light and free.

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"i'm going to miss you all..."


CHARACTERS


Jimmy (80)

Jimmy IS the most interesting man alive. An activist, performer, moon real estate broker, and so much more, he's decided to pull the proverbial trigger rather than have the trigger pull him.

ANDREW (30's)

An inspired, ambitious, empathetic writer - Andrew believes obituaries are an important, dying art (pun intended). He's fascinated to meet Jimmy, someone embracing death so fully.

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REMY (40's)

Jimmy's live-in caretaker. She’s sardonic, caring, sharp. Used to be a DJ. Jimmy's right hand woman.

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Fritti (60's)

Jimmy's spiritual guide. She has a quick tongue and considerable warmth. Gives easily -- but only if you’ve earned it. She will guide Jimmy's soul to the afterlife using the Book of the Dead.

Gordon (70's)

Jimmy's younger brother and number one protestor. Deeply rooted in his faith, he's on a personal mission to save Jimmy from his legal euthanasia choice.

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TERRY (40s)

Starts as Brother's sidekick, but on a hero's journey all his own. He is kind. He is daft. He is TERRY.

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SLICK (70's)

Jimmy's oldest friend. A dapper man, one who has seen much in his time and provides a sense of comfort. Reeks of Chartreuse Evenings cologne and loves his scotch.

JUANA BANG (30's)

The host of Jimmy's funeral party and Drag Queen. Will make you party, but will also hold your hair if you drink too much and puke.

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LUNATION (Infinite)

A being symbolizing the connection of human soul and all that is One. Jimmy’s touchstone to his memories and intuition.

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KAREN (30's)

Jimmy's next door neighbor. An overwhelmed single mother, but covering it well. Karen is redeemed when witnessing Jimmy's connection with Winnie.

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WINNIE (6)

Daughter of Karen. She is angelic and odd. Although she and Jimmy are on opposite ends of the age spectrum, they share a similar appreciation of the world around them.

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carlos (30's)

Jimmy's other next door neighbor. He confronts Gordon and Terry, cutting short their protest. The sweetest man -- until you cross him.

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FLORA (13)

Carlos' daughter. She's a no-shit-taking tween that attacks Terry after he destroys her science fair project.

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NOX & ZEMA (20's)

Juana Bang's gender fluid posse. They are her assistants and back up dancers.

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Hippie JIMMY (late 20's)

Jimmy's younger self. Appears in memory vignettes that unfold throughout the film.

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Ricky (late 20's)

The love of Jimmy's life. Appears in Jimmy's memories throughout the film.

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TEEN JIMMY (15)

In a memory vignette we see Teen Jimmy exploring his budding sexuality with his best friend. Eager, determined, vulnerable.

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TEEN slick (15)

In a memory vignette we see Teen Slick put in the position of having to embrace or reject his best friend. He's understanding, but knows his own boundaries.

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KID JIMMY (10)

We meet Kid Jimmy in the first memory vignette. He's gullible, falling for his brother's mean prank.

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KId GORDON (9)

Knows there's something "different" about his prissy brother. In an unintentional metaphor, he locks Jimmy in a closet.

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INFOMERCIAL ALIEN (3,000)

One of the stars in Jimmy's moon real estate infomercial.

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TARA (20's)

Jimmy's babe in his moon real estate infomercial. Totally okay with going topless.

PARTY GUESTS - AN ARRAY OF ALL TYPES. JIMMY MADE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE.