screenplay by Alan Nafzger
SETTING: Contemporary Las Vegas.
LOGLINE: An African American teen thinks he has discovered Tupac alive and living on the streets of Las Vegas.
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An African American teen (Dewayne Jefferson) in Las Vegas encounters an African American homeless person. Dewayne has a job playing music in a club and in the day he hands out night club fliers on the sidewalk. He encounters all of Las Vegas hookers, homeless, gangsters and other bright characters each day all over his job. One particular homeless person (T-Pack) is a mute. In spite of this seems to be singing to himself and bouncing to the music in his model.
Dewayne is a typical immature person. He is immersed in music and dance. He works long hours and his boss is very joyful. He has a potent look and personality. He has a nice girlfriend and a nice apartment.
Dewayne is curious what T-Pack is listening to nonetheless on closer analysis we see that there are ear phones and there isn’t any MP3 player. The homeless man is playing numerous tunes in his icon. We can tell from his gestures and the rhythm that he is listening to music constantly.
The others on the street call the homeless man “T-Pack”, because he always seems to have a stack of T shirts with him. This is the speculation. Each Day T-Pack digs through the trash behind a T-Shirt silk-screening factory and gathers the misprints and flaws. He folds them nicely and stacks them neatly. He carries them around with him all day and occasionally sells them or gives them away if someone is kind enough to get him supplies. Economically, he lives off the discarded T-shirts.
T-Pack is a secret. Everyone on the vegas street seems to ignore and tolerate the man. Even the police ignore him. Single Dewayne pays enough attention to the strange man to discover his mystery.
T-Pack is something of an artist. If he is not walking around Vegas, eating or sleeping or in this imaginary world of music, then he is writing in a journal. The journal is weathered and beaten and T-Pack is very secretive about its contents. Even after Dewayne and he become friends, T-Pack will then again not allow him to see what is inside the journal.
T-Pack’s ID he found; there is a similar motion picture in spite of this it probably isn’t actually his. T-Pack can’t talk. He will communicate however that he is 45 years old. That he was born in 1971 in Contemporary York. He makes this clear by pointing to the Modern York NY Hotel. Other than this he is uncommunicative.
When Dewayne asks questions of T-Pack, the man recalls various events in his life. Being born in Brooklyn to radical members of the Black Panthers. He remembers performing in the theater as a youth and he recalls being a dancer and roadie for a progressive rap combine. Manifold of the flashbacks reveal his memory of the gritty underside of urban ghetto life. He experiences a flashback of consensual sex and then he leaves with understanding of his friends about to rape the woman. T-Pack obviously remembers prison when Dewayne questions him. These are visions that enter the mind of T-Pack; Dewayne is not aware of these events. Dewayne doesn’t realize that the man “might” be Tupac Shakur.
After a time Dewayne notices the bullet scars particularly placed – in the chest, pelvis, and his right hand and thigh. As Dewayne befriends T-Pack and takes him to a gym slowly the scars and an arm tattoo are revealed. Dewayne watches him dress out of the corner of his eye, not wanting to frighten T-Pack. He individual sees patches of the compound tattoos.
Dewayne after a time begins to speculate that the man is actually Tupac Shakur. Of course none of his friends believe him. Dewayne finds some old magazines with photos of Tupac still they are inconclusive. Dewayne thinks the man might be Tupac however his girlfriend persuades him that it is not.
Dewayne wants to photograph the tattoos but T-Pack refuses becomes upset and runs away.
“The 1996 bullets seem to have robbed the man of his dignity and his speech.”
Dewayne’s boss gives him two tickets to see a professional boxing match at the MGM. Dewayne’s girl friend backs out (to pass through clubbing with her friends instead) so he finds and takes T-Pack back to his apartment to shower and pressure group clothes before going to the affair.
After the boxing match, there is a fight in the lobby between two gangs. Dewayne and T-Pack are basically involved and afterwards the police need to implicate them. Finally, one cop recognizes T-Pack and states that he is harmless and mentally disabled. The police discharge the two.
The girlfriend and her friends are supposed to come across Dewayne at a club. On the way to the club a white sedan pulls up and shots into Dewayne’s car. It is an odd synchronicity with what happened to Tupac in 1996. It is all so surreal that Dewayne doesn’t speculate anymore; he KNOWS this is Tupac. As the police arrive and T-Pack is taken to the hospital. Dewayne grabs the T-Pack’s journal out of the car. The police question Dewayne for a very long time.
At the hospital, there is pandemonium. The two gangs that have fought in the MGM have found each other on the street and shot each other up. T-Pack is heavily sedated and placed on life support machines, Nonetheless he will not remain on the bed. Dewayne is in the waiting room period the journal.
The journal, of course, is full of lyrics that tell us nearly the anecdote what has happened to T-Pack living homeless on the streets of Vegas. The lyrics are cryptic yet now Dewayne has an idea that this is Tupac’s art surviving.
Dewayne is mesmerized by the journal and quiz the lyrics causes him to have flashbacks of T-Pack’s life since 1996. T-Pack walks past Dewayne and out of the hospital without him or anyone else noticing.
Another shooting victim is rushed into T-Pack’s emergency room. This second occupant dies and it is “his” mother who tells the doctors to stop resuscitation. Dewayne is told the man is dead and Dewayne wants to see his friend. Dewayne is confused when he enters the emergency room. It is a similar black man, conversely much younger than T-Pack. Dewayne looks for the scars and he looks for the individual tattoo he had seen “Heartless over a Skull” on his right arm. This arm tattoo is not there on this man.
Dewayne leaves the hospital, looking left and right. He runs all the way house with the journal in hand. He arrives at his apartment and places the journal on the dinning room table. He does NOT lock the door to the apartment, in fact the door remains accessible. He is emptionally and physically spent but watches TV intelligence. The shootings only mention the gang members. Nothing is mentioned of Tupac/T-Pack.
In the morning, Dewayne wakes up and the journal is gone from the table.
Tupac Shakur Lives?
Tupac Shakur Lives?
Tupac Shakur Lives?
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