Chasing Time (Supernatural/Historical)
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 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 fuel, his passion to create. We all need to chase time to the end of our lives to give us the fuel to create and love and embrace life with all its precious imperfections. I lived in Florence, Italy for a year when I was much younger and studied at the University of Florence and lived with a family so I learned to speak Italian and felt immersed in their culture. I’ve thought about this for years having spent so much time surrounded by such breathtaking art.
GENRE: Supernatural & Historical Drama from Renaissance, Italy, Rated R
LOGLINE: A gifted American artist (30+) joins the Medici Artists colony in Tuscany, Italy where she discovers an immortality potion that the patron has been taking since the Renaissance. As she unravels the mystery and nearly ingests it out of curiosity, she discovers her ancestral connection to him and to some of Italy's greatest artists and scientists.
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 and understands that the inspiration to create art comes from a deep acceptance of our mortality and our limited time on earth.
TONE: The Age of Adeline, Benjamin Button, Under the Tuscan Sun
Finalist, Best Unproduced Scripts, Milan Int'll Film Festival 2015
Semi-Finalist, ISA FastTrack, 2015