Even though Ben Calloway's never seen the ocean, he decides he should build a boat and sail across the Atlantic, single-handedly.
The Boatwright Script
Ben Calloway can't seem to get his bearings in his own home anymore. Fifty-seven years old, recently widowed, childless and retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol, he's adrift-and even though he's never seen the ocean, he decides he should build a boat and sail across the Atlantic, single-handedly. Ben doesn't particularly want any part of his neighbor Jaime Watson's problems. Jaime has been suspended from film school, and Jaime's father has lost patience with the troubled young man. But when Ben decides to let Jaime make a movie about his boat-building project, the two men-generations apart and lonely in very different ways-force each other to confront the isolation in their own lives. Whether Ben is crazy or courageous, whether Jaime is ill or merely lost, whether either can help the other find his way to peace, in seeking answers, Jaime and Ben also seek truths about themselves, each navigating as best he can by the light of the other's faith. Unit set. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.