RIDE will be a short narrative film (about 15-20 minutes) that follows the relationship that develops between two cousins as they are forced to spend a summer together in a small Midwestern town. The older cousin (16 years old) is trying to figure out the oncoming realities of adulthood; the younger one (8 years old) is wary of a looming adolescence. Both girls are on the verge of transformation - which is exciting, painful, and beautiful. In the film, I will try to capture the precious and scary nature of change - from child to adolescent, and from teenager to adult. The plot is simple: the older cousin earns enough money to buy a car and must reconcile herself (and her younger, adoring cousin) with her new-found freedom. The film will be shot with a documentary-style approach and will use non-professional actors who "play themselves" for the most part.