The Go Cart

A lone shopping cart injured and seized for scrap breaks free and navigates a world of danger, changing his fate and bringing happiness to those he encounters.

  • Kailyne R. Waters
    Director
    Chasing Gold (Post Production Supervisor) The Painter (Associate Producer), MANchild (Associate Producer)
  • Kailyne R. Waters
    Writer
    F MY C
  • DeAnna Cooper
    Producer
    Miss Arizona (Bentonville Film Festival Audience Choice Award Winner), Chasing Gold, Titanic, Ice Age, X-Men, Thin Red Line, The Painter, I Heart Shakey (Producer and Executive Roles)
  • Bobby Bennet (Associate Producer, Animator)
    Producer
    Chasing Gold, The Painter, I Heart Shakey (Assistant Editor, Production Crew)
  • Donna Steele (Narrator)
    Key Cast
    Uncle John, Reversal
  • Cris Motto
    Executive Producer
    F MY C (Executive Producer), From the Chest (Producer)
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Genres:
    Action Adventure, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
    Beverly Hills
    United States
    September 28, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
    Erie
    United States
    September 20, 2018
  • Elgin Short Film Festival
    Elgin, Illinois
    United States
    September 22, 2018
    Finalist
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
    August 8, 2018
    Nomination: Best Writer, Short Film; Winner: Honorable Mention, Short Film - Inspirational/Family/Faith
  • The Midwest Independent Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    August 7, 2018
    2018 Female Filmmakers Night
  • Okotoks Film Festival
    Okotoks, Alberta
    Canada
    June 9, 2018
    Official Selection KinderReels
  • Best Shorts Competition

    United States
    March 20, 2018
    Award of Excellence: Children/Family Programming
  • Geneva Film Festival
    Geneva
    United States
    March 8, 2018
  • Green Bay Film Festival
    Green Bay
    United States
    March 1, 2018
  • Film Festival of Columbus
    Columbus
    United States
    August 30, 2017
  • KidsFirst! Film Festival
    Santa Fe
    United States
    June 30, 2017
  • Lady's First International Film Festival
    Cork
    Ireland
    May 26, 2017
    Best Animation
  • The Inspired Faith Film Festival
    Marietta, Georgia
    United States
    May 19, 2017
  • The Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland
    United States
    April 2, 2017
    World Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Shorts TV (Fall 2018)
    Country: Worldwide
  • KIDS FIRST! Digital TV (Fall 2018)
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Kailyne R. Waters

Kailyne has been fortunate to combine her love for art and stories with her passion for non-profit service. As coordinator for Scenarios USA, she oversaw the development and implementation of a youth-based regional writing contest and the short film MANchild with premiered on Showtime, and as Program Manager for a Media Literacy grant from the Knight Foundation, she collaborated with at-risk teens to create stories which aired on radio and with the PBS affiliate, Ideastream.

After a successful run, Kailyne’s first short (F MY C) received distribution with Indiepix, ShortsTV Domestic/International, and the prestigious Journal of Short Film. She is currently a Producer/Writer for Amarok Productions, whose last short film, The Painter, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, and screened in Ireland, New York, Chicago, and LA. The Painter, made in cooperation with two Chicago-based youth non-profits, addresses the issues of violence in their communities. The Go Cart, made in conjunction with Film Lore Studios, is Amarok’s second short and again focuses on the lives and perceptions of children and the world around them.

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Director Statement

For eight years I traveled several counties assisting persons with disabilities and challenges attempting to navigate the Medicaid process. Faced with mounting bills and low on resources, they sought help to lessen the financial burden of medical expenses. Although I sometimes traveled 100 miles a day in many directions, I often drove down one long stretch of road connecting three cities. It was along this road I would see the abandoned shopping carts as I thought about the patients I was visiting, and how they related stories of feeling isolated and neglected by a system charged with caring for them.

The cart, a metaphor for those who travel without a home, also embodies the idea of motion; of moving about a landscape in search of something more meaningful on a path less traveled. It also indicates the frailty of our lives; and how often we are set aside when we are no longer wanted or needed, or when we are perceived to be too different to fit in.

My thoughts soon turned to the visual of the cart - stationed quietly in neat rows in an entryway of a grocery store; near the back of a parking lot, flipped on its side, or abandoned on an empty street corner. What if one of them decided to take a chance and defy his fate? The Go Cart was born.

I dedicate the film and its message to all those who have felt forgotten or bullied. The story is about finding the courage to continue on and to find your own path despite any obstacles. Regardless of the outcome or the stopping point, ultimately it is the process, the journey that best serves humanity, and keeps you true to yourself.