Chasing Time (Drama Supernatural/Historical)
GENRE: Drama (Rated R) own, Love Story with elements of Supernatural and Historical (Renaissance, Italy)
TONE: The Age of Adeline meets Benjamin Button (Under the Tuscan Sun)
THEME: Chasing Time explores the nature of artistic passion, what drives us to create art? The answer lies in our consciousness of our mortality - this dance with life will not last forever and as human beings, we’re aware of our own impending death.
By truly embracing that fact, we fuel our passion to celebrate life and to leave our unique imprint in the form of art. But what if we could live indefinitely? If Michelangelo were offered the chance to extend his life centuries into the future, would the world have 500 more years of his artwork?
In this script, Michelangelo makes a cameo and is given the chance to take an immortality potion that was rumored to have been discovered during the Renaissance by a monk named, Basil Valentine. He turns it down because he’s convinced that if he knew his life wasn’t going to end, he’d lose his inner passion to create art.
LOGLINE: A gifted American artist (35) gets accepted to the exclusive Medici Artists colony in Italy where she discovers an immortality potion that has kept the patron alive since the late 1400s. As she unravels her connection to him (an original Medici) and to some of the greatest artists and scientists of the Renaissance, she must decide his fate and the fate of the immortality elixir in order to save humanity and to preserve the true nature of artistic passion.
She falls in love with a man who triggers a distant memory of their previous lifetimes together also during the Renaissance, revealing her role and her responsibility for the fate of the patron, the others who have been taking it, and the potion itself. As the keeper of this distorted 'Fountain of Youth', she has the fate of humankind in her hands.
ISABELLA PIACENZA (35) comes from a long line of famous artists, dating back to the Renaissance. As the only child of a single, immigrant Italian mother, she knows very little about her ancestry until she goes to Italy after her mother dies to spread her ashes in the small town where she was born. Her journey takes her to Florence where she meets with the mysterious and elegant, LA SIGNORA, (70+). They instantly have an uncanny bond. She shows Isabella the city and the timeless art of the Renaissance, which reverberates with an other-worldly, deja vu quality. Isabella studies at an artists’ workshop with the infamous, LO FREDO (70+) and is soon chosen to attend the exclusive Medici Artists’ Colony, tucked away in Tuscany.
The patron of the Medici Artists colony, BRUNO MEDICI secretly watches Isabella and La Signora from his secluded villa through hidden cameras that he has strategically placed throughout Florence. He first appears as an old man until he ‘transforms’ with an apparatus that pumps a metallic liquid into his veins and reverts his body to a much younger state. He has been addicted to this immortality elixir since the Renaissance.
While in FLorence, Isabella meets MICHAEL DONATI (40), a New York art dealer with Italian ancestry, and they fall timelessly in love. They each experience glimpses of a previous lifetime together when they were first in love during the Renaissance. Bruno separates them immediately and brings Isabella to the Medici colony.
The streets of Florence are filled with magic and mystery. The lovers are unknowingly pursued by CARLO PIAGENTINI, (40, street artist) who is on a mission to discover the legend of Basil Valentine, a fourteen century monk who created an immortality potion. His deceased parents spent their lives searching for it, and he suspects that it caused their untimely deaths. He wants the truth, the potion, and revenge for their deaths.
Isabella flourishes at the Medici Artists colony. Bruno and Isabella become close. She discovers her ancestral ties to him and to other great artists and scientists of the Renaissance. She inadvertently sees him take the immortality potion and witnesses his transformation. He tells her the truth, that he has been alive since the Renaissance and longs to set his soul free. He believes that she’s the incarnation of his only daughter with his great love, SOFIA and that only she can set him free because of the depth of the connection in their souls.
At her farewell party as she’s leaving the Medici Artists’ Colony, Michael, Carlo, and La Signora celebrate with them. She learns that La Signora is really Bruno’s beloved, Sofia who has also been alive over 500 years. Because of her ancestral and spiritual ties to them, she is the only person who can “release” them. As she says her final goodbyes, they ask her to open the window, which she realizes will set the curtains and the room on fire.
Before she leaves them, she learns that Sofia is really Basil Valentine. In the end, she reunites with Michael, destroys the immortality potion, and ensures that the passion to create great art will survive inside the human condition because it is born out of the urgency to chase your own time here on earth.
Finalist, Best Unproduced Scripts, Milan Int'll Film Festival 2015
Semi-Finalist, ISA FastTrack, 2015