T H E C H E C K E R B O A R D W A R S
Screenplay by Marcus Allen Steele
Kids’ VOICES, LAUGHING and JOKING. Drawers and cupboards OPENING and CLOSING, the CLINK of a knife in peanut butter and jelly jars. Bread EMANCIPATED from cellophane, PLOPPED in a toaster. Plates and glasses SET on the table. A refrigerator door exuberantly SLAMMED shut.
INT. PACER HOUSE – KITCHEN – SAN LUIS OBISPO – 1990 – DAY
A whirlwind of movement. Three children prepare their lunch. SARAH and SAM PACER, 13 and 12, are sister and brother who actually get a kick out of one another. They’re white. KATE, 13, the last of the fearsome threesome, is Sarah’s best friend. She’s black. They all sit down.
Sammy, let Kate grab the first one.
Sam is reaching, but stops short.
You must have worms.
It’s okay Sarah, you go first.
Awright already. Where’s the juice?
I got it.
Sam heads for the refrigerator…
FATHER (O.S. – off screen)
Sam! Get your butt in here.