THE Tweets – The Birth of IMPASSE

As a THANK YOU to our backers for getting our IMPASSE Kickstarter campaign funded, I present you with the original tweets from that cold, dreary day I sat in the window seat of Starbucks watching the couple’s loving and intense argument.

The birth of IMPASSE.

Our hope is, once you read them, you’ll have a full understanding of the power of observing the moment of impasse in someone’s life. Life is full of choices, especially difficult ones.

Please share this link with your friends who might enjoy the story of IMPASSE. We greatly appreciate your support in bringing this slice of life to the screen.

If you’re a backer, you can read page one of the actual script. This very first page will show you the intense mindset of the woman watching the fighting couple… oh, and there’s sex! So be sure to be on the backer list and click on UPDATE #11 to get your preview of the many layers of IMPASSE.

Now, for the tweets…

FADE IN:

INT. COFFEESHOP

jeannevb this couple has been standing outside Starbucks for 20 min arguing & its freezing out there. I want to go finish the fight for them

jeannevb 
I wish I could read lips. This looks like a good one. #fightvoyeur about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb  


it’s calm fight. They are upset but intently listening. I think this is the end for them & they know it @14_daysthemovie about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


uh oh, she’s pointing at him. Double-handed pointing. #heatingup about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

XanxiuZ   


This will not end well. RT @jeannevb uh oh, she’s pointing at him. Double-handed pointing. #heatingup about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb i’m imagining what they’re fighting about. Most interesting fight I’ve witnessed. @XanxiuZ about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

They must really love each other to have such an artful argument about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb they really need to stop fighting bc I have writing to do *taps on window* about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

now his hands in his pockets, her arms crossed. They are both staring into parking lot. Silent. @dklon about 1 hour ago

jeannevb 


He lowers his hood and looks at her. He looks vulnerable. She said something… and his hood went back up about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


She faces him, with her hands in a praying position in front of her mouth about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

14_daysthemovie   


@jeannevb Oh No! I want to tell him to stay with her and I’m not even watching. Shout out and tell them the twitter world is with them. lol about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb maybe I could use this as one of my homework assignments #tryingtomultitaskhere about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


she ain’t prayin’ no mo… now she’s pissed … and he’s the one pointing about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

richlackey   


@jeannevb are you actually watching this go down or is it playing out in your mind as you write it? If it is real, are you writing it down? about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

It’s real. Happening right here. I’m in window seat watching it. @richlackey about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


oh boy, he’s showing her his phone like he’s trying to prove innocence about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb he’s frantically waving the phone in her face… he double-fisted pointing is back in action about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

I predict either great make up sex w her… or whomever he’s calling on cell 🙂 RT @FurryWolfen: @jeannevb This is sounding sexy #dirtymind about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 
Do you think I shld tell them 4,264 people are reading their argument? #thisissowrong @14_daysthemovie about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 
I shld feel guilty about invading their privacy, but u guys are mostly writers. Thought you’d enjoy this slice of reality for char research about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

EVictoriaF   


@jeannevb Seriously, I feel soap operas have seen their day while we all turn in to The Jeanne Bowerman Show. about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb 

I must say, I admire this couple’s intensity. No idea why they’re fighting outside in the freezing cold in a stripmall… hmmmm about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

ROFLMAO RT @14_daysthemovie: @jeannevb I’ve written it down and it’s in my next script and so are you tweeting. lmao. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb there is no way on Earth this couple isn’t madly in love to be doing this. #hopestheyendwithakiss #andihatehappyendings about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Semperfelix   


@jeannevb or codependently connected and can’t unchain ? about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

EVictoriaF   


@jeannevb #pinsandneedles about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jdistraction   


@jeannevb I tweeted a couple’s blind date last weekend. It’s the world we live in, baby. Lesson: talk quietly. We’re all listening. 😉 about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb
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jeannevb 

@antiheroine I really hope one of us writes this scene #fairgameforall 🙂 #seriouslysickwriter about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to antiheroine

jeannevb 


@lanitak1 no time to write it… i’m too busy tweeting it haha about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to lanitak1

jeannevb 


*sips hot cocoa & sits on edge of seat* RT @marisabirns: @jeannevb And then what happened? *sitting eating popcorn* about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

@elizabethkarr this would make a great short film 🙂 #AreYouReadyToRummmmmble about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to elizabethkarr

ElleFilz   


@jeannevb You are cracking me up! What are they doing now? about 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb His shoulders are slumping as he leans against the cold, wet rail. Her stance defeated. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

He steps closer to her. She steps back. He retreats and puts his hood back up. She then takes one step toward him. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb they certainly are persistent RT @Semperfelix: @jeannevb or codependently connected and can’t unchain ? 45 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

His hood is back down, he looks into the parking lot and shrugs. 44 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb Let me say, it is freezing out there, FREEZING. For them to be doing this in THIS location says so much. #notetowritersaboutlocationchoice 43 minutes ago via TweetDeck

thetissuetalk   


@jeannevb You’re reading me my bedtime story. *leans forward in anticipation* about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb 

She waves her hands in frustration. Puts them to her face. Shakes… yet she moves closer to him. 42 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

I hope Starbucks doesnt have an internet time limit and cuts me off of this addition of Voyeur Newscast 42 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb For the first time, she notices people walking past them. Could this be nearing a conclusion? ” 41 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

They both look at their feet. 40 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb He’s talking, shrugging and nodding. Is it resignation… defeat… admission of guilt? 40 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb Her arms are crossed. Now she goes to the rail. Touches it. Steps back. Her head bobbing as she talks… in a scolding manner. 38 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

Did he cheat on her, do you think? Or maybe he has never told her he loves her & she needs reassurance? #hmmm 37 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


omg, they both took a step back. He put his hands in his pockets, and she joined her own hands as she sighed and looked down. 35 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb But she’s now really trying to drive a point home to him. He nods. Yet she persists. Is he really hearing what she’s saying? 34 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb
 Total. Silence. 33 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb They look at each other, then at the parking lot. Silent. 33 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb Still silent. An impasse. Who will budge first. 33 minutes ago via TweetDeck

MetronomePics   


@jeannevb These are the most suspenseful tweets ever! #suspense 33 minutes ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb She said something. He nodded and said okay. 32 minutes ago via TweetDeck

tracinell   


@jeannevb is she heartless?! or tired of waiting? 33 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb They are walking to the parking lot…next to each other… but far away 32 minutes ago via TweetDeck

KillerSocial   


*loud nose blow* do something! RT @jeannevb: They are waling to the parking lot…next to each other… but far away 42 minutes ago via Echofon

AuthoressAnon   


@jeannevb I feel like I’m right there! It’s like you write screenplays or something…. O.O about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb   


*snortlaugh* RT @AuthoressAnon: @jeannevb I feel like I’m right there! It’s like you write screenplays or something…. O.O about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

PennyAsh   


@jeannevb Me too, you just gave me another idea 🙂 about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb Trying to see if they’re getting in the same car 32 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


I’m standing up so I can see them…. 29 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

He walked her to her car. A long, tender embrace…. long embrace 29 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb They pull apart… and keep talking. Now standing in the rain (in 28 degrees I may add). 29 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

btw, in the middle of this, an elderly man came over and tried flirting with me. I told him to beat it, i was busy being a voyeur haha 28 minutes ago

jeannevb 

they’re still just standing talking. Why are the not going inside the car? #butthankfullytheyarent 26 minutes ago via TweetDeck

idmacman   


@jeannevb The dance of the doomed. I know it well. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to jeannevb

VLeeMahoney   


@jeannevb I’m at the edge of my seat. Are they ready to reconcile yet? about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb 

listen guy, kiss her already! No woman stands in the rain for a man she doesnt love! 25 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb uh oh, they’re now farther apart… maybe 15 feet now 24 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

She just made an aggressive “la di dah” sort of body language 23 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb   


no, this is better 🙂 #imagination RT @KillerSocial: Good god woman. We need video. LOL @jeannevb about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Mentorless   


@jeannevb OMG, just caught up with what’s going on on ur side of the world. best-absurd-situation of the day! Don’t turn the TV off! about 1 hour ago via web

jeannevb She opened her door. He stepped one small step closer. … 22 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb She got in and shut the door. 22 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb He’s standing alone. Looking at her inside the car. 22 minutes ago via TweetDeck

Burn2Write   


@jeannevb She wants him to beg her, her wants her to make the first move #butthankfullytheyarent 37 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

SoloAnn   


@jeannevb his wife is wealthy. very wealthy. his mistress? what kind of car is she driving? 36 minutes ago via Seesmic Desktop in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb 

(I can’t see what kind of car she’s in) 21 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

He lets out a huge sigh… and walked away 21 minutes ago via TweetDeck

lanitak1   


@jeannevb call the cops to block the road, so they could continue fighting without distractions from passers-by. about 1 hour ago via TweetCaster in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb 

He’s at his SUV… opens the door and gets in. They’re both sitting in their cars. I can see the smoke coming from the exhaust. 20 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb Who do you think will leave first? It’s like a standoff 20 minutes ago via TweetDeck

14_daysthemovie   


@jeannevb tell them to hurry up, I need the loo! about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

SCOPdope   


@jeannevb I love public eavesdropping. about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb She pulls out. He sits. 19 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 
I can see her tail lights through the cold rain. I can feel his heart pounding as he sits motionless. 19 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb And he pulls out. Gone. 19 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


Sigh 18 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb Love sucks. 18 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 


I really have nothing to say now. Wow. That was wild. Sad. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Wish you could have seen their faces. 15 minutes ago via TweetDeck

AudryT   


@jeannevb Good god, this is a romantic epic. 39 minutes ago via Seesmic twhirl in reply to jeannevb

lanitak1   


@jeannevb don’t stay silent for too long. I’ve been reading your tweets out loud and people can’t wait to hear what happens next. about 1 hour ago via TweetCaster

jeannevb Dammit. I should have twitpiced it! #nowthatwouldhavebeenwrong 14 minutes ago via TweetDeck

@antiheroine I think he’ll call her. I know he’ll call her. 13 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to antiheroine

jeannevb 

*curtsy* RT @richlackey: @jeannvb that was worth the trek to Starbucks, you just thrashed out a very dramatic scene there #scriptchat 11 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

me too. RT @TAnneAdams: @jeannevb I’m going to think about that fight all day. I think a thousand luv stories were born from it. #writers 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

jeannevb 

I feel sort of empty. Probably a little like they do. 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

gianpadano   


@jeannevb You might have stumbled into a new genre of show business, my dear lady. If it catches on, kiss TV good bye. (Alleluja!!!) 36 minutes ago via web in reply to jeannevb

jeannevb We should let Twitter decide 🙂 RT @Tinalh23: @jeannevb Wonder what started it? 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

EVictoriaF   


@jeannevb He’s trying to hide the party he’s planning for her with her bff. She’s convinced they’re sleeping together. about 1 hour ago via web in reply to jeannevb

PennyAsh   


@jeannevb Maybe she just told him she’s pregnant about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to jeannevb

lanitak1   


@jeannevb I think she was confronting him about smth he did rather than smth he didn’t do. about 1 hour ago via TweetCaster in reply to jeannevb

richlackey   


@jeannevb wow, that’s all I can say. So glad I logged on when I did. 44 minutes ago via TweetDeck

TAnneAdams   


@jeannevb that was intense. It’s also a great reminder of why not to fight in front of starbux. 27 minutes ago via web in reply to jeannevb

gianpadano   


@jeannevb …and the curtain drops…followed by very long, standing applause to @jeannevb …life goes on and…yes: love sucks, I do know 26 minutes ago via web in reply to jeannevb

Bekemeyer   


@jeannevb your mind amuses me. I’m observing you, observing them. Your interpretation of what’s going on is as telling as anything else. 🙂

jeannevb  @Bekemeyer this could be our short film, sir 🙂 4:50 PM – 5 Feb 11 via TweetDeck ·

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17 thoughts on “THE Tweets – The Birth of IMPASSE

  1. As you may know, I missed the original tweets. I had an idea of what they were when I heard about IMPASSE and its origins. Now, I am going to have the delicious wait to see the film that you and Michael and company bring to the screen. Can’t wait! 🙂

    • I have many new people in my network since that fateful day of voyeurism. That’s precisely why I wanted to post the tweets. It’s the best way we knew how to get the tone of IMPASSE out to people and wet their appetite. Delighted to have had the chance to share them with those who missed the day. Thank you so much for your support, Sidney!

  2. THRILLED to get to read these. I missed them originally. I can see why you were inspired to create this short film, and I loved your play by play. Fab.

  3. Amazing job, Jeanne. Your tweets were the perfect narration. I wish I’d been there with a cello. I would have played next to them in the cold.

  4. I was there when you shared the original tweets, and was mesmerized by the story you were telling in 140 characters. Now look at what’s happened! 🙂

    Love the image of Rob Gokee adding to the atmosphere with the cello.

  5. Hey J & M… I just backed your shorty… very interesting. My interpretation of all this is that a love affair had just ended. If they were married or lived together, they could have gone home and settled it there instead of standing in the freezing cold. Their uneasy mannerism dictates an unwillingness to depart but they know they have to. Thank you Jeanne for your tweets on this ‘impasse’ or ‘efficacy of love’.

    • Thank you so much! I’m confident if they did break up, it was not an easy decision for either of them. What struck me the most in watching them was their honesty. Even their body language couldn’t lie. Thanks again, Heresmikey.

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  8. My gawd, I love this. And what a wonderful and inventive perk to give when reaching a benchmark. You guys are awesome, and I can’t wait to see the film!

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