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Shoot if You Can

As winter approaches, Sadie sees a dark tunnel living with her cantankerous husband of 30 years in a dead Mormon tourist town for 4 months with a self-imposed spending freeze. Finding a good paying job as a 60 year old who hasn’t “worked” in 10 years isn’t easy but Sadie needs to escape the verbal abuse & explosions from her husband and make it on her own.
It had been 15 years since Sadie skied on an actual ski area. Sadie realizes everyone is a photographer, but what she doesn’t understand is why she’s hired as a “Sharp Shooter” photographer, at a posh ski resort! The other professional diva photogs and management offer no support or an orientation to the vast ski mountains but give plenty of criticism, lame incentives ($1!) to capture skiers in ridiculous poses, and haughty advice. Five hours daily, Sadie is expected to stand on snow, waiting for skiers to ask for photos. She is allowed not a single pee break, instructed not use her phone, and a quick lunch in excellent employee cafeterias, is strictly prohibited.
Skiing down to upload and sell her photos is no simple task. Wearing a mighty pack, Sadie falls often (butt cleavage! collisions! loose skis! struggling up!) and must pick herself up to sell her photos for another four hours in a retail shop. Sadie commiserates only with the other newbie photographer, college-aged co-worker, Lori.
Customers cry, disappointed with Sadie’s photographs. Store charges don’t add up because Sadie doesn’t wear her readers. Sadie takes forbidden lunch breaks, texts, and risks indecent exposure peeing in the trees. Sadie will never be good-enough or work hard enough to shoot on the profitable zones.
Sadie’s internet sales increase and she presses management for better shooting zones. Sadie’s camera continues to malfunction and suspects the other employees sabotaging her success. Regardless of illnesses, injuries, brutal cold weather, full bladder, snotty nosed-kids, aggressive cell phone photographers, Sadie is determined to finish the ski season.
Sadie returns to an appreciative husband and builds an addition to their one bedroom house from her earnings. Sadie now has her own space. This is a true story.

  • Sandy Hammack-Brown
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    Comedy, character-driven, true story, survival, winter sports
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    United States
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  • Eyeka -
    Paris France
    September 14, 2010
    Featured digital artist on Website
  • Mountain Film Festival
    Mammoth California
    February 10, 2016
    Honorable Mention
  • Film Quest
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2016
  • Utah Film Awards
    Provo, Utah
    February 27, 2017
Writer Biography - Sandy Hammack-Brown

2015 Shoot if you can- Feature Script
2006 Teenage Wasteland - Feature Script
2000 Snow Fury - Feature Script
2015 Born to Lead - Teleplay
2013 Games 4 Hunger - Web Series
2012 Tracker Jane - Web Series
2010 Getting Stuck - Web Series
2004 Panic Revisited - Radio Play
2004 No Doubt - Stage Play
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