SCRAPS is an LGBTQ+ narrative skate film, the first of its kind.
It’s never easy being a new outsider to a small town and the fear of our own unclear futures grips us all. However, striving for love’s connection, deep friendships, and gratitude for the memories we stumble upon is what makes the struggles of life worth cherishing. Full of cinematic beauty, teenage nostalgia, and surprising lessons, SCRAPS will rip and rebuild your heartstrings & inspire a new generation of small-town dreamers.
During a 2003 summer in rural Montana, shy art student Gus Shepard works at his Uncle Dan’s woodshop to save up for college. However, he is quickly distracted by an attractive and rebellious skateboarder, Bridger Owens, whom Gus promises to build a handcrafted board for in exchange for skating lessons. Romantic tension soon builds between the unlikely young friends while swimming, skating, sketching, and exploring the stunning nature around them. After a boozy bonfire party in the woods, a vulnerable conversation sparks intense feelings that both Gus and Bridger can no longer deny. The boys’ shared secret lessons and changes in demeanor start causing suspicion amongst their local friends and family. Their small town feels inescapable. When the boys notice leftover wood scraps from Uncle Dan’s carpentry shop, they decide to create a side business selling homemade boards around town. This leads to their relationship getting exposed and both boys must come clean. The pressures of hiding their truths, fitting in, and life changing too fast causes Gus and Bridger’s fragile bond to fracture. The boys debate if life’s challenges are even worth their risks and struggle to find a next step forward before their picturesque summer’s end threatens to pull them apart.