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FOUR FIRST PLACE WINS FOR “REBIRTH”set in a world torn between renaissance and genocide, a true story of undying love and an unyielding fight for freedom…

REBIRTH is an iconic classic in the making, with all the markings of a Hollywood success. This larger-than-life tale is not to be ignored. Recommend.”

- ScriptVamp Coverage. Grand Prize Winner, DreamQuest International

Rebirth is a classic masterpiece, a sweeping romantic adventure that transcends generations. This is the type of story that is critically acclaimed, wins awards and attracts actors. ” Strong Consider.

- Coverage from Terri Zinner, Los Angeles *Ranked one of the top screenplay analysts by Creative Writing Magazine.*

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“The writer has captured the essence of this tumultuous time in world history and delivered on the page like a newborn–naked, screaming and with tenderness. Rebirth has what we call the holy trinity… sex, violence and a well crafted story. Bravo!!! Recommend”

- First Place – Gordon Rogerson, the-greenlight.hostei.com/tllewis.html

Rebirth, the story, while currently structured as a screenplay, is complex and multi-layered, full of historic and dramatic resonance and could easily spin off and extend in many directions over numerous episodes and seasons.”

- Joseph Kenny, Award-Winning Screenwriter

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“Rebirth is a timeless Love Story that transcends a turbulent time, that reminds us of the perils of unbridled power, and ultimately inspires us to never lose sight of the true power of love and honor.”

- A. K. Remillard, Script Editor

“From the lead-in right through to the (rewarding) climax, the writer is able to draw upon the energy generated from working the tension levels between the controlling idea versus counter idea.” Larry Myles, Red Inkworks

“Your style is masterful. The descriptive scenes have the exhuberance of a Titian painting and bring the scenes swelling to life.”

- Jon Christopher, Screenwriter

“The script has a really evocative opening – visceral, gripping. Every line of scene description is visual and tells us something about these characters, without being an overload of unnecessary detail.” Nicholl’s Reader Comment from high scoring script.

“What an impressive epic love story, with all the elements necessary to make a great film- romance, betrayal, murder, war, noble men standing for a noble cause. These elements are what sell this script: the massive nature of this story and the complexity of the events.” Story Pro’s Coverage

“Rebirth is wonderfully written, historically accurate, and a vividly imaginative script, full of delightfully unexpected depth, a compellingly powerful story.” Script Vamp Coverage REBIRTH COVERAGE: _Scorecard_TL-SCRIPT VAMP-1

“REBIRTH holds genuine value and energy – as there is an abundance of energy and vitality found in both the story and characters. Solid entertainment value.” – Larry Myles, Red Inkworks, Toronto

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“REBIRTH” places in the Top Five in International Competition at The European Spiritual Screenplay Competition in Paris!

Rebirth -is ranked top five in three genres on Moviebytes.com of all winning scripts in three genres: action/romance/historical

2013

REBIRTH AWARDS
NEWS: CONGRATULATIONS RON HOWARD FOR YOUR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS~~!!! YOU ARE AT THE TOP IN MY BOOK.:)

“CONGRATULATIONS are in order because your screenplay, REBIRTH, has been carefully selected by our judges as an Official Finalist in the 2013 New York Screenplay Contest! The 2013 contest received several hundred projects from many countries around the world, and your select group of screenplays emerged as the very best. Congratulations on recognition well deserved!” (Awaiting more good news on REBIRTH– THE FILM … Very Grateful.:)

“Once in a lifetime, a writer is literally driven to tell a story that is larger than their own ambition. Every decade or so, a film comes out that many call “a classic.” *

* Now, producers are also passionate and will soon be calling out to actors who feel the same. We are seeking INVESTORS who want to make a profit — as well as leave a legacy. Email@tllewis.net or tllewis@mac.com for more information.

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“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” - Douglas H. Everett

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” – Douglas H. Everett

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A LEGACY OF HONOR
Of all the places on Earth, in this place called France, in this time known as the Renaissance, a rebirth of classic art and literature abounds. But a more dangerous and heretical ideal will surface– that of liberty of conscience — of freedom for all. This concept will seem harmless, but will soon ignite a fire that will burn brightly well beyond its time, to spark a debate that will impact the entire world for centuries to come.
“Rebirth” the screenplay, is an attempt to make sure this provocative true story will never be forgotten and its timeless lessons never lost.

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An unexpected fight for freedom… (History note)

WHAT JOHNNY DEPP AND OTHERS NEED TO KNOW OF THEIR PROUD HERITAGE:

The True Story: A fight for civil liberty that altered the fate of nations.

When one law, one faith, one king is the rule of the day, those who dare to think otherwise risk being the targets of terror and intolerance. Only a few are brave enough to speak their conscience, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. Soon, the name Huguenot (pronounced hoo-guh-no) is applied to these reformers and dissenters, and many Huguenots and Humanists alike stand together in civil disobedience against the combined corruption and and cruelty of church and state.

The persecution begins with the bravest and best educated nobles and soon includes massacres of innocent women and children, simply for their stand on the ideals on freedom, the right to speak their conscience and the right to assemble without fear of persecution.

This courage and sacrifice began a world-wide philosophical debate on basic civil liberties and directly led to the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

SHORT LIST:

“Rebirth’s” history includes the heritage of Johnny Depp, Robert Duval, Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, Kenneth Branagh, Winston Churchill, over a dozen American Presidents, millions of U.S.and world citizens ( as well as over 75 percent of England’s indigenous population — many of which– unknowingly, share this legacy of honor.)


“CONGRATULATIONS are in order because your screenplay, REBIRTH, has been carefully selected by our judges as an Official Finalist in the 2013 New York Screenplay Contest! The 2013 contest received several hundred projects from many countries around the world, and your select group of screenplays emerged as the very best. Congratulations on recognition well deserved!” (Awaiting more good news on REBIRTH– THE FILM … Very Grateful.:)


“Once in a lifetime, a writer is literally driven to tell a story that is larger than their own ambition. Every decade or so, a film comes out that many call “a classic.” *

* Now seeking INVESTORS who want to make a profit — as well as leave a legacy. Email@tllewis.net or tllewiswriter@gmail.com for more information.

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“TL Lewis has written a stunning tale of love and intrigue, faith and redemption. I highly recommend REBIRTH to anybody looking for an inspiring story that will tell itself over and over to you long after you finish reading it.” Sam Canton, screenwriter

Four First Place Wins

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Friend, actress, Ashley Alvarado accepting a top Finalist Award for REBIRTH in Burbank. (April 2013 Hollywood Screenwriting Competition).

WHAT JOHNNY DEPP AND OTHERS NEED TO KNOW OF THEIR PROUD HERITAGE:

The True Story: A fight for civil liberty that altered the fate of nations.

THE TRUE STORY

The story opens through the eyes of a little boy who loses his faith and his faith in humanity, then unfolds into his life twelve years later as a womanizing artist who escapes his pain through pleasure. As he escapes, the world around him dissolves into anarchy. With intolerance blessed, the political and religious corruption is matched only by the cruelty.

When one law, one faith, one king is the rule of the day, those who dare to think otherwise risk being the targets of terror and intolerance. Only a few are brave enough to speak their conscience, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. Soon, the name Huguenot (pronounced hoo-guh-no) is applied to these reformers and dissenters, and many Huguenots and Humanists alike stand together in civil disobedience against the combined corruption and and cruelty of church and state.

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The persecution begins with the bravest and best educated nobles and soon includes massacres of innocent women and children, simply for their stand on the ideals on freedom, the right to speak their conscience and the right to assemble without fear of persecution. This courage and sacrifice sparks the philosophical debate on basic civil liberties and directly leads to the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

“Rebirth’s” history also includes the heritage of Robert Duval, Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, Kenneth Branagh, Winston Churchill, over a dozen American Presidents, millions of U.S.and world citizens ( as well as over 75 percent of England’s indigenous population — many of which– unknowingly, share this legacy of honor.)

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“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” –Edmund Burke

ALL those living in freedom and those longing for freedom will be outraged and ultimately inspired by this provocative true story.

“Rebirth” Award Winning with International Appeal, inspired by a true story: Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, reviews and recommends with Awards from the U.S., UK, Canada, Denmark and France.

“Rebirth” was written not only for those who love action, history or philosophy, but for those who understand that the past is our present, because it lives in cellular memories and in our collective consciousness. May this story give all the courage to change circumstances, even to those who feel love and liberty to be illusive and fleeting. This heritage of love, honor and freedom is our birthright and belongs to us all.

“Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations”
—Criss Jami
REBIRTH COVERAGE

REBIRTH_Scorecard_TL-SCRIPT VAMP-1

REBIRTH is a wonderfully written, historically accurate, and vividly imaginative script. The atmosphere is pulsing with energy; the setting is described with lifelike detail. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity.

The storyline runs fluently, and is engaging, offering elaborate detail, allowing the audience the chance to visualize this historical event from a fresh, unobstructed perspective. The sequence of dramatic scenes, all highly kinetic, visual, and expertly crafted, lend to the validity of the striking images described, as well as to reveal the depth of the characters that live within its creative boundaries.

The characters are skillfully constructed, portrayed as highly individuated, and idiosyncratic. Each serves ideals larger than themselves, and possesses characteristics, which are consistent with historical accounts. These deeply rich, well-developed characters, drive the story forward, toward its captivating climax, all while helping to create a compelling and redeeming quality, which is sometimes lacking in scripts of this ilk.

Rebirth catapults its audience on a captivating journey wrought with peril and intrigue. Danger, romance, passion, and betrayal are used to weave the story together to form a historical tapestry of epic proportions. This rousing, sometimes romantic, and often chaotic adventure is laced with sorrow, success, fortitude and failure.

The story’s furious energy, and surprising gravity, provides a rare example of insightful, impassioned, perspective. It is an extraordinary achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events, and an exciting script, with flashes of levity and romanticism.

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Rebirth is a lucid and lively work that will engage both lovers of romance and intrigue, while appeasing those who are more engaged by sequences of action. It manages to make the period come alive, and whets the appetite for more, by delivering on the promise of emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, all while avoiding the impetuous style of so many historical period-pieces that are available today.

Rebirth captures the grandeur and the scope of the conflict it examines, by offering emotional intensity, and the deep understanding of the social and political factors that were at the heart of the struggle. This unique insight lends to the scripts staying power.

The dialogue is tight, the characters are brilliantly crafted and the chemistry between them boundless. The theme is compelling, and the storyline intriguing. In my opinion this script has all the classic markings of a Hollywood success.

In the end, Rebirth is an endearing, well-written script. It possesses the quintessential elements needed to piece together a successful epic, drawing the audience in and delivering on a number of levels. The story is well crafted and the plot is rich with historical accuracy, which provides more than enough substance to keep any audience interested.

The script is structurally sound, as well as stylistic, and easy to read. The growth within each of the essential characters is endearing, and their relationships are well established. Once again, this is a wonderfully spellbinding tale that would make for an exceptional viewing experience.

Recommend! Grand Prize Winner. https://scriptvamp.com/tl_lewis.html#Rebirth
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GREENLIGHT COVERAGE:

Title: REBIRTH
Author: T. L. Lewis
Form: Screenplay
Page Length: 118
Genre(s): Historical Drama/ Action/ Romance
First Place.

Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

Excellent (ALL)
Concept\Originality X
Plot\Storyline X
Characters X
Dialogue X
Structure X
Cinematic Value X

Recommend
Writer X
Script X

Concept/originality
REBIRTH breathes life into history in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them in from the opening to the epilogue. The concept and delivery of this script are original in their eloquence.

T.L. has created a beautiful world for us and delivered a masterful script. The scenes are dressed with a rich tapestry of contrast – violence and beauty, darkness and light. The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn ‐ naked, screaming, and with tenderness.

Plot/storyline
T.L. has crafted a wonderful love story full of pain and intrigue. You are quickly wound up in Edmunds struggle, his love for Genevieve, and a world in turmoil.

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Characters
The characters in REBIRTH are full of life. It’s a tricky thing to do to develop characters that have unique voices and Rebirth does. We often have our readers read the script aloud to each other without reading the character names in an effort to distinguish one character from another based solely on the manner in which their dialogue is written.

You really do get a feel for who the characters are and the effect the world they live in is having on them. We see Edmund as a bit of a reluctant hero who is forced by circumstance to re‐evaluate his life, his beliefs, and reinvent himself.

Dialogue
There is a wonderful eloquence about the words spoken in this script. It’s tough to find fault in dialogue like “Your Mother is the reason the greatest story I ever told is the one I’ve lived.” Each speech seems carefully crafted bringing the emotion of the time and place to life.

Structure
The scenes are well crafted, in and out with very little room for critique. The writing is superb. Whether you’re a veteran or novice writer something that is difficult to do is write action blocks that are both concise and have some literary value to them. T.L. has found a good balance here, keeping them short and to the point, but written in a way that adds value to the scene. Word choice, delivery and descriptions are expertly used in every scene to develop a flow that is consistent throughout the piece.

BRAVO!!! RECOMMEND!!!

http://the-greenlight.hostei.com/tllewis.html

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T.L. COMPUTER  glance

Make time to praise. Look for and recognize the good things in life and the best in others.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. DEPP!!!

I would love to give you the GIFT of KNOWLEDGE and an OSCAR – from an award winning screenplay that analyst Terri Zinner believes is “a classic masterpiece, a sweeping romantic adventure that transcends generations…the type of story that is critically acclaimed, wins awards and attracts actors.”

This heart wrenching and heart warming script has now garnered Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, with many recommends.

Do you ever wonder why YOU have a passion for justice, for tolerance, for freedom, for civil liberty, or why you were drawn to France?

YOU carry these memories in your DNA, of a passionate true story that has altered the fate and freedom of generations. What a legacy! After our Huguenot ancestors fled France in the late 1600′s, your 5th great paternal grandparents PIERRE DEPPE and his wife Angelina Villian lived along side my Abraham Salle and his wife Olive Perrault in Manakintown, Virginia.

Their honor was soon coined with the phrase “As Honest as a Huguenot”. The wide spread influence of the early French refugees in and outside of France is quickly notable. However, they were tolerant having learned from their own bloody persecution and did not strive to isolate themselves or perpetuate race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilated to become productive U.S. and world citizens.

Because of their humility, they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty that has been handed down for generations.
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Until five years ago, I have to admit that I did not even know the meaning of “Huguenot” but like you, I’ve always had a natural instinct for integrity, a passion for civil liberty and for protecting those unable to defend themselves. I was quickly captivated, outraged, and ultimately inspired by the provocative contribution of these brave nobles, so much so that I was driven to write of their heart wrenching and heartwarming TRUE story.

This is a true story that sparked a world-wide debate on FREEDOM, of separation of church and state, of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble and protest (including over-taxation) all of our basic liberties, that sparked revolutions and gave us the basic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

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HISTORY: FRENCH BLOOD IN AMERICA

To understand the legacy of French Huguenots in America, it is first necessary to know of their persecution and fight for tolerance and freedom in France. The stage is set with high stakes devoted to the rise and respect for civil liberty, the cause for which many Huguenot patriots and innocents are murdered. To ‘speak your mind’  literally means to risk losing your head. This amazing true story reveals how most Huguenots are well educated aristocrats willing to give up everything as they riske death and dungeon for the right to speak their conscience.

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In a world torn between renaissance and genocide, “Rebirth” reveals a provocative epic of a notorious and almost forgotten true story, set in a time when faith, law and king are one.

“Rebirth” is a mix of all the things that we are told should never be discussed: sex, love, politics, war and religion, to excite with its larger-than-life characters, in an emotional roller coaster of passion and intrigue, with many contemporary echoes of religious terrorism and the reason for separation of church and state.

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
—Benjamin Franklin

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REVIEWS

“REBIRTH” is an iconic classic in the making with all the markings of a Hollywood success. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity. This larger-than-life tale is not to be ignored.” DreamQuest. Grand Prize Winner, recommend.

“Rebirth, the story, while currently structured as a screenplay, is complex and multi-layered, full of historic and dramatic resonance and could easily spin off and extend in many directions over numerous episodes and seasons.” Joseph Kenny, award-winning screenwriter

“The writer has captured the essence of this tumultuous time in world history and delivered on the page like a newborn–naked, screaming and with tenderness. ”Rebirth” has what we call the holy trinity…sex, violence and a well crafted story. Bravo!!! Recommend” First Place http://the-greenlight.hostei.com/tllewis.html Toronto.

LYRICS TO “LOVE AND HONOR”

I remember a time when the truth was black and white
There was no room for gray–
When a man’s word would reign supreme
Stronger than fortune or fame.

In my heart I hold my life’s one demand
To free the world I love from evil’s crippling hand…
And I will not stop until my dying breath—
For there is no end where love begins — again…

CHORUS:
When love finds you it changes everything,
Just open your eyes…
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honor’s voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all…

For the Sake of love and honor would you answer the call,
answer the call—- of love.

Transition——
I feel the call, I know that love can conquer all,
But I must find a will to fight
For glory, love and honor…
Nothing’s going to stand in my way.

A greater calling, I cannot fail to risk my life for love
and the will to prevail.
Liberty is calling loud
Listen, can you hear the sound?
The rhythm of a beating heart — that turns from fear to love.

CHORUS:
When Love finds you it changes everything…
There is no end where love begins — where love begins again.
Just open your eyes
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honors voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all

For the Sake of love and honor would you answer the call,
answer the call– of love.

CHORUS:
When Love finds you it changes everything…
There is no end where love begins — where love begins again.
Just open your eyes
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honors voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all…

Optional verse:
A delicate beauty with flowers in her hand
A silhouette flowing with the wind
With beauty floating all around..
Listen can you hear the sound
The rhythm of a beating heart —- can calm a troubled soul.

Lyrics and Music by Matthew Remillard
Inspired by the screenplay: Rebirth
Singing: Matt Remillard and Cheryl Harris


Noble Ancestry of Johnny Depp and millions

1075620_573164942729939_1931270261_nThrough a dim mirror we sometimes catch a glimpse into a distant past, and wonder if we will be remembered at all, or if the way we live our lives will really make any difference at all. This may be why we repeat the mistakes of our forefathers and hand down our own legacy in blind faith with low expectations.

Likewise, some will say that little remains of the stories left to time, that they morph into shadowy, subjective illusions void of sharp detail. Of course, in any century, including the present, it is also debatable whether the ideals that spring forth are lasting or fleeting, if determined by fate, providence or coincidence, whether they change hearts, minds, or even politics.

“Rebirth” is not intended to be a political statement nor even an historical narrative, yet the true to to life characters bring into sharper focus the harder edge that once appeared more like a distant mirage. Nevertheless, the heritage of honor inherent within the pages of “Rebirth” cries out to our humanity, as it belongs to us all.

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WHAT JOHNNY DEPP AND OTHERS NEED TO KNOW OF THEIR PROUD HERITAGE:

The True Story: A fight for civil liberty that altered the fate of nations.

When one law, one faith, one king is the rule of the day, those who dare to think otherwise risk being the targets of terror and intolerance. Only a few are brave enough to speak their conscience, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. Soon, the name Huguenot (pronounced hoo-guh-no) is applied to these reformers and dissenters, and many Huguenots and Humanists alike stand together in civil disobedience against the combined corruption and and cruelty of church and state.

The persecution begins with the bravest and best educated nobles and soon includes massacres of innocent women and children, simply for their stand on the ideals on freedom, the right to speak their conscience and the right to assemble without fear of persecution.

This courage and sacrifice began a world-wide philosophical debate on basic civil liberties and directly led to the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

SHORT LIST:

“Rebirth’s” history includes the heritage of Johnny Depp, Robert Duval, Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, Kenneth Branagh, Winston Churchill, over a dozen American Presidents, millions of U.S.and world citizens ( as well as over 75 percent of England’s indigenous population — many of which– unknowingly, share this legacy of honor.)
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ALL those living in freedom and those longing for freedom will be outraged and ultimately inspired by this provocative true story.

“Rebirth” Award Winning with International Appeal, inspired by a true story: Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, reviews and recommends with Awards from the U.S., UK, Canada, Denmark and France.

REBIRTH is a passionate love story and the provocative true story that sparks the American and French Revolutions, as these hard fought ideals will change political thought thereafter and alter the fate of generations.

“Rebirth” was written not only for those who love action, history or philosophy, but for those who understand that the past is our present, because it lives in cellular memories and in our collective consciousness. May this story give all the courage to change circumstances, even to those who feel love and liberty to be illusive and fleeting. This heritage of love, honor and freedom is our birthright and belongs to us all.

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REBIRTH COVERAGE
These two reviewers are so brilliant– They both actually read the script!

REBIRTH_Scorecard_TL-SCRIPT VAMP-1

REBIRTH is a wonderfully written, historically accurate, and vividly imaginative script. The atmosphere is pulsing with energy; the setting is described with lifelike detail. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity.

The storyline runs fluently, and is engaging, offering elaborate detail, allowing the audience the chance to visualize this historical event from a fresh, unobstructed perspective. The sequence of dramatic scenes, all highly kinetic, visual, and expertly crafted, lend to the validity of the striking images described, as well as to reveal the depth of the characters that live within its creative boundaries.

The characters are skillfully constructed, portrayed as highly individuated, and idiosyncratic. Each serves ideals larger than themselves, and possesses characteristics, which are consistent with historical accounts. These deeply rich, well-developed characters, drive the story forward, toward its captivating climax, all while helping to create a compelling and redeeming quality, which is sometimes lacking in scripts of this ilk.

Rebirth catapults its audience on a captivating journey wrought with peril and intrigue. Danger, romance, passion, and betrayal are used to weave the story together to form a historical tapestry of epic proportions. This rousing, sometimes romantic, and often chaotic adventure is laced with sorrow, success, fortitude and failure.

The story’s furious energy, and surprising gravity, provides a rare example of insightful, impassioned, perspective. It is an extraordinary achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events, and an exciting script, with flashes of levity and romanticism.

rebirth-1-lg

Rebirth is a lucid and lively work that will engage both lovers of romance and intrigue, while appeasing those who are more engaged by sequences of action. It manages to make the period come alive, and whets the appetite for more, by delivering on the promise of emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, all while avoiding the impetuous style of so many historical period-pieces that are available today.

Rebirth captures the grandeur and the scope of the conflict it examines, by offering emotional intensity, and the deep understanding of the social and political factors that were at the heart of the struggle. This unique insight lends to the scripts staying power.

The dialogue is tight, the characters are brilliantly crafted and the chemistry between them boundless. The theme is compelling, and the storyline intriguing. In my opinion this script has all the classic markings of a Hollywood success.

In the end, Rebirth is an endearing, well-written script. It possesses the quintessential elements needed to piece together a successful epic, drawing the audience in and delivering on a number of levels. The story is well crafted and the plot is rich with historical accuracy, which provides more than enough substance to keep any audience interested.

The script is structurally sound, as well as stylistic, and easy to read. The growth within each of the essential characters is endearing, and their relationships are well established. Once again, this is a wonderfully spellbinding tale that would make for an exceptional viewing experience.

Recommend! Grand Prize Winner. https://scriptvamp.com/tl_lewis.html#Rebirth
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GREENLIGHT COVERAGE:

Title: REBIRTH
Author: T. L. Lewis
Form: Screenplay
Page Length: 118
Genre(s): Historical Drama/ Action/ Romance
First Place.

Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

Excellent (ALL)
Concept\Originality X
Plot\Storyline X
Characters X
Dialogue X
Structure X
Cinematic Value X

Recommend
Writer X
Script X

Concept/originality
REBIRTH breathes life into history in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them in from the opening to the epilogue. The concept and delivery of this script are original in their eloquence.

T.L. has created a beautiful world for us and delivered a masterful script. The scenes are dressed with a rich tapestry of contrast – violence and beauty, darkness and light. The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn ‐ naked, screaming, and with tenderness.

Plot/storyline
T.L. has crafted a wonderful love story full of pain and intrigue. You are quickly wound up in Edmunds struggle, his love for Genevieve, and a world in turmoil.

facote2

Characters
The characters in REBIRTH are full of life. It’s a tricky thing to do to develop characters that have unique voices and Rebirth does. We often have our readers read the script aloud to each other without reading the character names in an effort to distinguish one character from another based solely on the manner in which their dialogue is written.

You really do get a feel for who the characters are and the effect the world they live in is having on them. We see Edmund as a bit of a reluctant hero who is forced by circumstance to re‐evaluate his life, his beliefs, and reinvent himself.

Dialogue
There is a wonderful eloquence about the words spoken in this script. It’s tough to find fault in dialogue like “Your Mother is the reason the greatest story I ever told is the one I’ve lived.” Each speech seems carefully crafted bringing the emotion of the time and place to life.

Structure
The scenes are well crafted, in and out with very little room for critique. The writing is superb. Whether you’re a veteran or novice writer something that is difficult to do is write action blocks that are both concise and have some literary value to them. T.L. has found a good balance here, keeping them short and to the point, but written in a way that adds value to the scene. Word choice, delivery and descriptions are expertly used in every scene to develop a flow that is consistent throughout the piece.

BRAVO!!! RECOMMEND!!!

http://the-greenlight.hostei.com/tllewis.html

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T.L. COMPUTER  glance

Make time to praise. Look for and recognize the good things in life and the best in others.

The Huguenot fight for freedom of speech and liberty of conscience had sparked a debate for civil disobedience against religious and political tyranny. This controversy would influence political thought of the 17th century, and later inspire the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

The forced migration had carried their love of liberty across borders and oceans. France, on the other hand, lost many of her bravest and brightest.

It was not until the American Revolution that France’s loss truly became America’s gain. It was then that the French Catholic Lafayette discovered that his good friend George Washington and many other American patriots, scholars and entrepreneurs–were descendants of the French Huguenots.

REBIRTH was written by Edmund and Genevieve’s ninth great granddaughter, as a lasting dedication to ALL free and oppressed who share the ideals that “enlightened ones will not subject themselves to tyranny–but will rule themselves with tolerance and justice for all.”

This tolerance and compassion was handed down for centuries, when during Nazi occupied France, an entire community of Huguenot descendants protected Jews, at risk of their own lives, told in the modern and powerful documentary, “Weapons of the Spirit”, by Pierre Savage.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. DEPP!!!

I would love to give you the GIFT of KNOWLEDGE and an OSCAR – from an award winning screenplay that analyst Terri Zinner believes is “a classic masterpiece, a sweeping romantic adventure that transcends generations…the type of story that is critically acclaimed, wins awards and attracts actors.”

This heart wrenching and heart warming script has now garnered Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, with many recommends.

Do you ever wonder why YOU have a passion for justice, for tolerance, for freedom, for civil liberty, or why you were drawn to France?

YOU carry these memories in your DNA, of a passionate true story that has altered the fate and freedom of generations. What a legacy! After our Huguenot ancestors fled France in the late 1600′s, your 5th great paternal grandparents PIERRE DEPPE and his wife Angelina Villian lived along side my Abraham Salle and his wife Olive Perrault in Manakintown, Virginia.

Their honor was soon coined with the phrase “As Honest as a Huguenot”. The wide spread influence of the early French refugees in and outside of France is quickly notable. However, they were tolerant having learned from their own bloody persecution and did not strive to isolate themselves or perpetuate race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilated to become productive U.S. and world citizens.

Because of their humility, they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty that has been handed down for generations.

Until five years ago, I have to admit that I did not even know the meaning of “Huguenot” but like you, I’ve always had a natural instinct for integrity, a passion for civil liberty and for protecting those unable to defend themselves. I was quickly captivated, outraged, and ultimately inspired by the provocative contribution of these brave nobles, so much so that I was driven to write of their heart wrenching and heartwarming TRUE story.

This is a true story that sparked a world-wide debate on FREEDOM, of separation of church and state, of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble and protest (including over-taxation) all of our basic liberties, that sparked revolutions and gave us the basic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

Contact: tllewis@mac.com or my ET Attorney Bob Marshall or Alla S. at Greenberg Glusker: Phone number on contact page.

Or, simply for more information on your Huguenot genealogy feel free to email me: tllewiswriter@icloud.com or tllews@ mac.com

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Every morning when you awaken, and every night before you go to sleep, recite aloud at least ten things for which you are grateful.

DISCOVER YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

Eventually we will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.- Gary Zukav

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BEYOND REASON
‘The Science of Seduction’

A TRUE LOVE STORY. Perfect roles for Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis

Synopsis

Based on the life and love of Emilie Du Chatelet, and the famous, witty writer/philosopher, Voltaire. A humorous, and timeless glimpse at the polarity and passions of men and women. A tribute to all who know the ups and downs of true love and for those who do not quite fit into the norms of society. A true love story with a balance of passion and philosophy, science and the ‘science of seduction’.

Emilie

Emilie was known for her “amorous nature” and her brilliant mind and best remembered as the woman who conquered the heart of Voltaire. Voltaire himself knew she was more, and celebrated her as a “great and powerful genius,” his equal. Emilie’s most significant work came from this slice of her life – a prolific period that she and Voltaire spent, often alone together, at her country chateau in the times when the best minds of the time, came to visit.

Voltaire

Voltaire received his education at a Jesuit college in Paris where he said he learned nothing but “Latin and the Stupidities.” His humorous verses made him a favorite in society circles and his sharp wit often got him into trouble with the authorities. “Every man is guilty of the good he did not do.”

Sneak Peek

You may read a scene from the screenplay “Beyond Reason” on the Sneak Peek page.

WildSound Excerpts

You may view a video of an excerpt from the screenplay reading: “Beyond Reason” (Scroll down on link page) www.tllewis.net/beyond-reason

Awards

First Place Winner WILDSound Short Screenplay Festival

Finalist: Gimmie Credit
Semi-Finalist: British Short Screenplay Contest

Winner of the Women’s Theater, Palm Coast


Four First Place Wins and Top Finalist in Hollywood Screenwriting Competition

“REBIRTH” places in the Top Five in International Competition at The European Spiritual Screenplay Competition in Paris!

Rebirth ranked top ten in three genres on moviebytes.com winning scripts in action/romance/historical

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Friend, Ashley Alvarado accepting award in Burbank.

“REBIRTH” has been chosen a FINALIST of the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Contest!

Congratulations to all:
“Tad” By Ryan Trevino, “The Man Who Stopped Time” By Nick Mcgee, “An Honest Day in Your Life” By Patrick Gilles, “Wings of the Hawk” By Cyndie Goins Hoelscher
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T.L. Lewis enjoying Santa Monica Rose Garden

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Johnny Depp’s Huguenot Legacy of Honor

Of all the places on Earth, in this place called France, in this time known as the Renaissance, a rebirth of classic art and literature abounds. But a more dangerous and heretical ideal will surface– that of liberty of conscience — of freedom for all. This concept will seem harmless, but will soon ignite a fire that will burn brightly well beyond its time, to spark a debate that will impact the entire world for centuries to come. “Rebirth” the screenplay, is an attempt to make sure this provocative true story will never be forgotten and its lessons never lost…

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“Rebirth” unfolds in a world torn between Renaissance and genocide, viewed through the eyes of a womanizing artist who finds love that changes his life and risks all in the fight for civil liberty. This unlikely humanist hero stands with a few brave hearts, a courageous group of Free thinking French Aristocrats and Artisans, called Huguenots, who give up fortune and fame for a dangerous belief, risking death or dungeon. Their persecution begins with a few outspoken nobles and explodes into massacres of even women and children and triggers a French Civil War. Their only hope is to recant their beliefs or to escape from France. Their fight and flight sparks a debate that changes political thought forever.

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When all had seemed lost, the Huguenot fight for freedom sparked a debate for civil disobedience against religious and political tyranny. Their forced migration had carried their love of liberty across borders and oceans and laid the foundation for the U.S. Constitution.

Yet, it is not until the American Revolution that France’s loss truly becomes America’s gain. It was then that the French Catholic Lafayette discovered that his good friend George Washington and many other American patriots, scholars and entrepreneurs are descendants of the French Huguenots.

Notes: The English word “refugee” came from the exile of Huguenot’s from France.

Huguenot Descendant Short List:

Johnny Depp, Robert Duvall, Warren Buffet,Steve Forbes, Charlize Theron, Kenneth Branagh, Marlin Brando, Winston Churchill, Lawrence Olivier, Tyrone Power, Megan Fox, Tom Brokaw, John Rockefeller, George Patton, George Will, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Tiffany, A.I. Dupont, Charles Lindbergh, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Jay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Roget, Francis Marion, Davy Crockett, John Sevier, Peter James Bayard, Jean Belmain, John James Audubon, Mary Cassatt, as well as over a dozen American Presidents have documented Huguenot ancestry. Many more world citizens, knowingly and unknowingly, also share this legacy of honor.


“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

We carry the memories of our ancestors in every cell of our bodies.“The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.” Goethe

“Rebirth” was written not only for those who love history or philosophy, but for those who understand that the past is our present, because it lives within the cellular memories and in our collective consciousness. May this story give all the courage to change circumstances, even to those who feel love and liberty to be illusive and fleeting. This heritage of love, honor and freedom is our birthright and belongs to us all.

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“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” –Edmund Burke

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I was asked recently, “I heard Johnny Depp has French Huguenot ancestry, but what is a Huguenot?” I had to admit, that only a few short years ago, I did not know the answer, but I’ve always had a natural instinct for integrity, a passion for civil liberty and for protecting those unable to defend themselves. I was quickly captivated, outraged, and ultimately inspired by these brave nobles, so much so — I was driven to write of their heart wrenching and heartwarming TRUE story that sparked a world-wide debate on separation of church and state, and a debate for freedom of speech that laid the basic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

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The wide spread influence of the early French Huguenots outside France is quickly notable. However, the Huguenots do not strive to isolate themselves or perpetuate race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilated to become productive world citizens.

In this way they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty and honor that has been handed down for generations.

My 6th great paternal grandparents Abraham Salle and his wife Olive Perrault were French Huguenots who lived alongside Johnny Depp’s 4th great grandparents PIERRE DEPPE and his wife Angelina Villian in Manakintown, Virginia.

This true story is a legacy that many, including Mr. Depp, would be proud to share with their children and grandchildren.

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“Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations”
—Criss Jami
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“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
—Benjamin Franklin

For more information on Huguenot genealogy or on the award winning screenplay REBIRTH: feel free to email me: tllewiswriter@icloud.com or email@tllewis.net.

HISTORY: FRENCH BLOOD IN AMERICA

To understand the legacy of French Huguenots in America, it is first necessary to know of their persecution and fight for tolerance and freedom in France.  The stage is set with high stakes devoted to the rise and respect for civil liberty, the cause for which many Huguenot patriots and innocents are murdered. To ‘speak your mind’  literally means to risk losing your head. This amazing true story reveals how most Huguenots are well educated aristocrats willing to give up everything as they riske death and dungeon for the right to speak their conscience.

In a world torn between renaissance and genocide, “Rebirth” reveals a provocative epic of a notorious and almost forgotten true story, set in a time when faith, law and king are one.

“Rebirth” is a mix of all the things that we are told should never be discussed: sex, love, politics, war and religion, to excite with its larger-than-life characters, in an emotional roller coaster of passion and intrigue, with many contemporary echoes of religious terrorism and the reason for separation of church and state.

THE TRUE STORY

The story opens through the eyes of a little boy who loses his faith and his faith in humanity, then unfolds into his life twelve years later as a womanizing artist who escapes his pain through pleasure. As he escapes, the world around him dissolves into anarchy. With intolerance blessed, the political and religious corruption is matched only by the cruelty.

All explodes when the villain Duke De Guise, commits a mass murder and is not arrested; but instead greeted like a modern day bad boy, cheered on through the streets of Paris. As tyranny triumphs, this unlikely hero emerges. Edmund du Chastel, a pacifist and humanist at heart, exchanges his brush for a sword in a fight for liberty and life itself.

Edmund’s transformation is partially based on the pain of his past, his search for the meaning of honor, and standing up for a cause greater than self. His unexpected love for an extraordinary young woman, Genevieve, is the love that changes his life and gives him courage in his quest for redemption. Their love story sizzles as it warms the heart and transcends the turbulent time.

Unlike William Wallace in “Braveheart”, who had little left to lose, these heroes are a pure and rare example of men and women who have everything – prominence, prestige and all the pleasures that success brings – and sacrifice it all to stand for cause greater than self.

After many arrests and massacres, the Huguenot options are clear to the few still alive: to either recant or escape from France. Their estates  and treasures are confiscated as they leave all they own behind and yet take with them something far more priceless: a respect for honor and a love of liberty, justice and tolerance for all.

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REBIRTH is also a timeless love story woven throughout, that rises above it all.  As this provocative true story reveals, this courage cost the Huguenots so dearly.

LEGACY THAT SPANS GENERATIONS

Soon, France’s loss soon becomes America’s gain with the sowing of these ideals in her fertile ground; their honor and bravery admired by the English ‘Free Thinkers’. These ‘brave hearts’ find acceptance and admiration in all the countries that take them in. France eventually realizes the loss of her most noble and industrious citizens,  leading to poverty of body, mind and will,  and weakens France for decades and paves the way for the French Revolution.

The wide spread influence of the early French Huguenots outside France is quickly notable. However, the Huguenots do not strive to isolate themselves or perputae race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilate  to become productive world citizens. For centuries, Huguenots were known for their humility and honesty.

In this way they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty and honor that has been handed down for generations. It is a legacy that  many, including Johnny Depp, would be proud to share with their children and grandchildren.

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The Roots of inhumanity: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Politics without principles…”

REBIRTH: the Sequel (in progress)

Greatness sometimes skips a generation or two as grandson Captain Edmund becomes a privateer and comes to Philadelphia with a young William Penn… Pirates and corrupt Politicians seek gold and the excesses of mortality on the high seas, and amid the high ideals in the city of brotherly love. Add a real Secret Society in search of the immortality of the Philosopher’s Stone, and you have haunted and hunted heroes on totally different paths of a true adventure and altered destiny.


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Noble Ancestry of Johnny Depp and millions

1075620_573164942729939_1931270261_nThrough a dim mirror we sometimes catch a glimpse into a distant past, and wonder if we will be remembered at all, or if the way we live our lives will really make any difference at all. This may be why we repeat the mistakes of our forefathers and hand down our own legacy in blind faith with low expectations.

Likewise, some will say that little remains of the stories left to time, that they morph into shadowy, subjective illusions void of sharp detail. Of course, in any century, including the present, it is also debatable whether the ideals that spring forth are lasting or fleeting, if determined by fate, providence or coincidence, whether they change hearts, minds, or even politics.

“Rebirth” is not intended to be a political statement nor even an historical narrative, yet the true to to life characters bring into sharper focus the harder edge that once appeared more like a distant mirage. Nevertheless, the heritage of honor inherent within the pages of “Rebirth” cries out to our humanity, as it belongs to us all.

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WHAT JOHNNY DEPP AND OTHERS NEED TO KNOW OF THEIR PROUD HERITAGE:

The True Story: A fight for civil liberty that altered the fate of nations.

When one law, one faith, one king is the rule of the day, those who dare to think otherwise risk being the targets of terror and intolerance. Only a few are brave enough to speak their conscience, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. Soon, the name Huguenot (pronounced hoo-guh-no) is applied to these reformers and dissenters, and many Huguenots and Humanists alike stand together in civil disobedience against the combined corruption and and cruelty of church and state.

The persecution begins with the bravest and best educated nobles and soon includes massacres of innocent women and children, simply for their stand on the ideals on freedom, the right to speak their conscience and the right to assemble without fear of persecution.

This courage and sacrifice began a world-wide philosophical debate on basic civil liberties and directly led to the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

SHORT LIST:

“Rebirth’s” history includes the heritage of Johnny Depp, Robert Duval, Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, Kenneth Branagh, Winston Churchill, over a dozen American Presidents, millions of U.S.and world citizens ( as well as over 75 percent of England’s indigenous population — many of which– unknowingly, share this legacy of honor.)
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ALL those living in freedom and those longing for freedom will be outraged and ultimately inspired by this provocative true story.

“Rebirth” Award Winning with International Appeal, inspired by a true story: Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, reviews and recommends with Awards from the U.S., UK, Canada, Denmark and France.

REBIRTH is a passionate love story and the provocative true story that sparks the American and French Revolutions, as these hard fought ideals will change political thought thereafter and alter the fate of generations.

“Rebirth” was written not only for those who love action, history or philosophy, but for those who understand that the past is our present, because it lives in cellular memories and in our collective consciousness. May this story give all the courage to change circumstances, even to those who feel love and liberty to be illusive and fleeting. This heritage of love, honor and freedom is our birthright and belongs to us all.

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REBIRTH COVERAGE
These two reviewers are so brilliant– They both actually read the script!

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REBIRTH is a wonderfully written, historically accurate, and vividly imaginative script. The atmosphere is pulsing with energy; the setting is described with lifelike detail. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity.

The storyline runs fluently, and is engaging, offering elaborate detail, allowing the audience the chance to visualize this historical event from a fresh, unobstructed perspective. The sequence of dramatic scenes, all highly kinetic, visual, and expertly crafted, lend to the validity of the striking images described, as well as to reveal the depth of the characters that live within its creative boundaries.

The characters are skillfully constructed, portrayed as highly individuated, and idiosyncratic. Each serves ideals larger than themselves, and possesses characteristics, which are consistent with historical accounts. These deeply rich, well-developed characters, drive the story forward, toward its captivating climax, all while helping to create a compelling and redeeming quality, which is sometimes lacking in scripts of this ilk.

Rebirth catapults its audience on a captivating journey wrought with peril and intrigue. Danger, romance, passion, and betrayal are used to weave the story together to form a historical tapestry of epic proportions. This rousing, sometimes romantic, and often chaotic adventure is laced with sorrow, success, fortitude and failure.

The story’s furious energy, and surprising gravity, provides a rare example of insightful, impassioned, perspective. It is an extraordinary achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events, and an exciting script, with flashes of levity and romanticism.

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Rebirth is a lucid and lively work that will engage both lovers of romance and intrigue, while appeasing those who are more engaged by sequences of action. It manages to make the period come alive, and whets the appetite for more, by delivering on the promise of emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, all while avoiding the impetuous style of so many historical period-pieces that are available today.

Rebirth captures the grandeur and the scope of the conflict it examines, by offering emotional intensity, and the deep understanding of the social and political factors that were at the heart of the struggle. This unique insight lends to the scripts staying power.

The dialogue is tight, the characters are brilliantly crafted and the chemistry between them boundless. The theme is compelling, and the storyline intriguing. In my opinion this script has all the classic markings of a Hollywood success.

In the end, Rebirth is an endearing, well-written script. It possesses the quintessential elements needed to piece together a successful epic, drawing the audience in and delivering on a number of levels. The story is well crafted and the plot is rich with historical accuracy, which provides more than enough substance to keep any audience interested.

The script is structurally sound, as well as stylistic, and easy to read. The growth within each of the essential characters is endearing, and their relationships are well established. Once again, this is a wonderfully spellbinding tale that would make for an exceptional viewing experience.

Recommend! Grand Prize Winner. https://scriptvamp.com/tl_lewis.html#Rebirth
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GREENLIGHT COVERAGE:

Title: REBIRTH
Author: T. L. Lewis
Form: Screenplay
Page Length: 118
Genre(s): Historical Drama/ Action/ Romance
First Place.

Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

Excellent (ALL)
Concept\Originality X
Plot\Storyline X
Characters X
Dialogue X
Structure X
Cinematic Value X

Recommend
Writer X
Script X

Concept/originality
REBIRTH breathes life into history in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them in from the opening to the epilogue. The concept and delivery of this script are original in their eloquence.

T.L. has created a beautiful world for us and delivered a masterful script. The scenes are dressed with a rich tapestry of contrast – violence and beauty, darkness and light. The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn ‐ naked, screaming, and with tenderness.

Plot/storyline
T.L. has crafted a wonderful love story full of pain and intrigue. You are quickly wound up in Edmunds struggle, his love for Genevieve, and a world in turmoil.

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Characters
The characters in REBIRTH are full of life. It’s a tricky thing to do to develop characters that have unique voices and Rebirth does. We often have our readers read the script aloud to each other without reading the character names in an effort to distinguish one character from another based solely on the manner in which their dialogue is written.

You really do get a feel for who the characters are and the effect the world they live in is having on them. We see Edmund as a bit of a reluctant hero who is forced by circumstance to re‐evaluate his life, his beliefs, and reinvent himself.

Dialogue
There is a wonderful eloquence about the words spoken in this script. It’s tough to find fault in dialogue like “Your Mother is the reason the greatest story I ever told is the one I’ve lived.” Each speech seems carefully crafted bringing the emotion of the time and place to life.

Structure
The scenes are well crafted, in and out with very little room for critique. The writing is superb. Whether you’re a veteran or novice writer something that is difficult to do is write action blocks that are both concise and have some literary value to them. T.L. has found a good balance here, keeping them short and to the point, but written in a way that adds value to the scene. Word choice, delivery and descriptions are expertly used in every scene to develop a flow that is consistent throughout the piece.

BRAVO!!! RECOMMEND!!!

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Make time to praise. Look for and recognize the good things in life and the best in others.

The Huguenot fight for freedom of speech and liberty of conscience had sparked a debate for civil disobedience against religious and political tyranny. This controversy would influence political thought of the 17th century, and later inspire the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.

The forced migration had carried their love of liberty across borders and oceans. France, on the other hand, lost many of her bravest and brightest.

It was not until the American Revolution that France’s loss truly became America’s gain. It was then that the French Catholic Lafayette discovered that his good friend George Washington and many other American patriots, scholars and entrepreneurs–were descendants of the French Huguenots.

REBIRTH was written by Edmund and Genevieve’s ninth great granddaughter, as a lasting dedication to ALL free and oppressed who share the ideals that “enlightened ones will not subject themselves to tyranny–but will rule themselves with tolerance and justice for all.”

This tolerance and compassion was handed down for centuries, when during Nazi occupied France, an entire community of Huguenot descendants protected Jews, at risk of their own lives, told in the modern and powerful documentary, “Weapons of the Spirit”, by Pierre Savage.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. DEPP!!!

I would love to give you the GIFT of KNOWLEDGE and an OSCAR – from an award winning screenplay that analyst Terri Zinner believes is “a classic masterpiece, a sweeping romantic adventure that transcends generations…the type of story that is critically acclaimed, wins awards and attracts actors.”

This heart wrenching and heart warming script has now garnered Four First Place Wins, excellent coverage, with many recommends.

Do you ever wonder why YOU have a passion for justice, for tolerance, for freedom, for civil liberty, or why you were drawn to France?

YOU carry these memories in your DNA, of a passionate true story that has altered the fate and freedom of generations. What a legacy! After our Huguenot ancestors fled France in the late 1600′s, your 5th great paternal grandparents PIERRE DEPPE and his wife Angelina Villian lived along side my Abraham Salle and his wife Olive Perrault in Manakintown, Virginia.

Their honor was soon coined with the phrase “As Honest as a Huguenot”. The wide spread influence of the early French refugees in and outside of France is quickly notable. However, they were tolerant having learned from their own bloody persecution and did not strive to isolate themselves or perpetuate race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilated to become productive U.S. and world citizens.

Because of their humility, they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty that has been handed down for generations.

Until five years ago, I have to admit that I did not even know the meaning of “Huguenot” but like you, I’ve always had a natural instinct for integrity, a passion for civil liberty and for protecting those unable to defend themselves. I was quickly captivated, outraged, and ultimately inspired by the provocative contribution of these brave nobles, so much so that I was driven to write of their heart wrenching and heartwarming TRUE story.

This is a true story that sparked a world-wide debate on FREEDOM, of separation of church and state, of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble and protest (including over-taxation) all of our basic liberties, that sparked revolutions and gave us the basic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

Contact: tllewis@mac.com or my ET Attorney Bob Marshall or Alla S. at Greenberg Glusker: Phone number on contact page.

Or, simply for more information on your Huguenot genealogy feel free to email me: tllewiswriter@icloud.com or tllews@ mac.com

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Every morning when you awaken, and every night before you go to sleep, recite aloud at least ten things for which you are grateful.

DISCOVER YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

Eventually we will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.- Gary Zukav

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BEYOND REASON
‘The Science of Seduction’

A TRUE LOVE STORY. Perfect roles for Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis

Synopsis

Based on the life and love of Emilie Du Chatelet, and the famous, witty writer/philosopher, Voltaire. A humorous, and timeless glimpse at the polarity and passions of men and women. A tribute to all who know the ups and downs of true love and for those who do not quite fit into the norms of society. A true love story with a balance of passion and philosophy, science and the ‘science of seduction’.

Emilie

Emilie was known for her “amorous nature” and her brilliant mind and best remembered as the woman who conquered the heart of Voltaire. Voltaire himself knew she was more, and celebrated her as a “great and powerful genius,” his equal. Emilie’s most significant work came from this slice of her life – a prolific period that she and Voltaire spent, often alone together, at her country chateau in the times when the best minds of the time, came to visit.

Voltaire

Voltaire received his education at a Jesuit college in Paris where he said he learned nothing but “Latin and the Stupidities.” His humorous verses made him a favorite in society circles and his sharp wit often got him into trouble with the authorities. “Every man is guilty of the good he did not do.”

Sneak Peek

You may read a scene from the screenplay “Beyond Reason” on the Sneak Peek page.

WildSound Excerpts

You may view a video of an excerpt from the screenplay reading: “Beyond Reason” (Scroll down on link page) www.tllewis.net/beyond-reason

Awards

First Place Winner WILDSound Short Screenplay Festival

Finalist: Gimmie Credit
Semi-Finalist: British Short Screenplay Contest

Winner of the Women’s Theater, Palm Coast


Johnny Depp’s Huguenot Legacy of Honor

Of all the places on Earth, in this place called France, in this time known as the Renaissance, a rebirth of classic art and literature abounds. But a more dangerous and heretical ideal will surface– that of liberty of conscience — of freedom for all. This concept will seem harmless, but will soon ignite a fire that will burn brightly well beyond its time, to spark a debate that will impact the entire world for centuries to come. “Rebirth” the screenplay, is an attempt to make sure this provocative true story will never be forgotten and its lessons never lost…

rebirth-banner

“Rebirth” unfolds in a world torn between Renaissance and genocide, viewed through the eyes of a womanizing artist who finds love that changes his life and risks all in the fight for civil liberty. This unlikely humanist hero stands with a few brave hearts, a courageous group of Free thinking French Aristocrats and Artisans, called Huguenots, who give up fortune and fame for a dangerous belief, risking death or dungeon. Their persecution begins with a few outspoken nobles and explodes into massacres of even women and children and triggers a French Civil War. Their only hope is to recant their beliefs or to escape from France. Their fight and flight sparks a debate that changes political thought forever.

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When all had seemed lost, the Huguenot fight for freedom sparked a debate for civil disobedience against religious and political tyranny. Their forced migration had carried their love of liberty across borders and oceans and laid the foundation for the U.S. Constitution.

Yet, it is not until the American Revolution that France’s loss truly becomes America’s gain. It was then that the French Catholic Lafayette discovered that his good friend George Washington and many other American patriots, scholars and entrepreneurs are descendants of the French Huguenots.

Notes: The English word “refugee” came from the exile of Huguenot’s from France.

Huguenot Descendant Short List:

Johnny Depp, Robert Duvall, Warren Buffet,Steve Forbes, Charlize Theron, Kenneth Branagh, Marlin Brando, Winston Churchill, Lawrence Olivier, Tyrone Power, Megan Fox, Tom Brokaw, John Rockefeller, George Patton, George Will, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Tiffany, A.I. Dupont, Charles Lindbergh, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Jay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Roget, Francis Marion, Davy Crockett, John Sevier, Peter James Bayard, Jean Belmain, John James Audubon, Mary Cassatt, as well as over a dozen American Presidents have documented Huguenot ancestry. Many more world citizens, knowingly and unknowingly, also share this legacy of honor.


“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

We carry the memories of our ancestors in every cell of our bodies.“The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.” Goethe

“Rebirth” was written not only for those who love history or philosophy, but for those who understand that the past is our present, because it lives within the cellular memories and in our collective consciousness. May this story give all the courage to change circumstances, even to those who feel love and liberty to be illusive and fleeting. This heritage of love, honor and freedom is our birthright and belongs to us all.

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“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” –Edmund Burke

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I was asked recently, “I heard Johnny Depp has French Huguenot ancestry, but what is a Huguenot?” I had to admit, that only a few short years ago, I did not know the answer, but I’ve always had a natural instinct for integrity, a passion for civil liberty and for protecting those unable to defend themselves. I was quickly captivated, outraged, and ultimately inspired by these brave nobles, so much so — I was driven to write of their heart wrenching and heartwarming TRUE story that sparked a world-wide debate on separation of church and state, and a debate for freedom of speech that laid the basic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

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The wide spread influence of the early French Huguenots outside France is quickly notable. However, the Huguenots do not strive to isolate themselves or perpetuate race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilated to become productive world citizens.

In this way they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty and honor that has been handed down for generations.

My 6th great paternal grandparents Abraham Salle and his wife Olive Perrault were French Huguenots who lived alongside Johnny Depp’s 4th great grandparents PIERRE DEPPE and his wife Angelina Villian in Manakintown, Virginia.

This true story is a legacy that many, including Mr. Depp, would be proud to share with their children and grandchildren.

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“Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations”
—Criss Jami
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“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
—Benjamin Franklin

For more information on Huguenot genealogy or on the award winning screenplay REBIRTH: feel free to email me: tllewiswriter@icloud.com or email@tllewis.net.

HISTORY: FRENCH BLOOD IN AMERICA

To understand the legacy of French Huguenots in America, it is first necessary to know of their persecution and fight for tolerance and freedom in France.  The stage is set with high stakes devoted to the rise and respect for civil liberty, the cause for which many Huguenot patriots and innocents are murdered. To ‘speak your mind’  literally means to risk losing your head. This amazing true story reveals how most Huguenots are well educated aristocrats willing to give up everything as they riske death and dungeon for the right to speak their conscience.

In a world torn between renaissance and genocide, “Rebirth” reveals a provocative epic of a notorious and almost forgotten true story, set in a time when faith, law and king are one.

“Rebirth” is a mix of all the things that we are told should never be discussed: sex, love, politics, war and religion, to excite with its larger-than-life characters, in an emotional roller coaster of passion and intrigue, with many contemporary echoes of religious terrorism and the reason for separation of church and state.

THE TRUE STORY

The story opens through the eyes of a little boy who loses his faith and his faith in humanity, then unfolds into his life twelve years later as a womanizing artist who escapes his pain through pleasure. As he escapes, the world around him dissolves into anarchy. With intolerance blessed, the political and religious corruption is matched only by the cruelty.

All explodes when the villain Duke De Guise, commits a mass murder and is not arrested; but instead greeted like a modern day bad boy, cheered on through the streets of Paris. As tyranny triumphs, this unlikely hero emerges. Edmund du Chastel, a pacifist and humanist at heart, exchanges his brush for a sword in a fight for liberty and life itself.

Edmund’s transformation is partially based on the pain of his past, his search for the meaning of honor, and standing up for a cause greater than self. His unexpected love for an extraordinary young woman, Genevieve, is the love that changes his life and gives him courage in his quest for redemption. Their love story sizzles as it warms the heart and transcends the turbulent time.

Unlike William Wallace in “Braveheart”, who had little left to lose, these heroes are a pure and rare example of men and women who have everything – prominence, prestige and all the pleasures that success brings – and sacrifice it all to stand for cause greater than self.

After many arrests and massacres, the Huguenot options are clear to the few still alive: to either recant or escape from France. Their estates  and treasures are confiscated as they leave all they own behind and yet take with them something far more priceless: a respect for honor and a love of liberty, justice and tolerance for all.

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REBIRTH is also a timeless love story woven throughout, that rises above it all.  As this provocative true story reveals, this courage cost the Huguenots so dearly.

LEGACY THAT SPANS GENERATIONS

Soon, France’s loss soon becomes America’s gain with the sowing of these ideals in her fertile ground; their honor and bravery admired by the English ‘Free Thinkers’. These ‘brave hearts’ find acceptance and admiration in all the countries that take them in. France eventually realizes the loss of her most noble and industrious citizens,  leading to poverty of body, mind and will,  and weakens France for decades and paves the way for the French Revolution.

The wide spread influence of the early French Huguenots outside France is quickly notable. However, the Huguenots do not strive to isolate themselves or perputae race purity or predjudice, instead they assimilate  to become productive world citizens. For centuries, Huguenots were known for their humility and honesty.

In this way they sometimes lost immediate recognition, but undoubtedly have left a legacy of liberty and honor that has been handed down for generations. It is a legacy that  many, including Johnny Depp, would be proud to share with their children and grandchildren.

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The Roots of inhumanity: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Politics without principles…”

REBIRTH: the Sequel (in progress)

Greatness sometimes skips a generation or two as grandson Captain Edmund becomes a privateer and comes to Philadelphia with a young William Penn… Pirates and corrupt Politicians seek gold and the excesses of mortality on the high seas, and amid the high ideals in the city of brotherly love. Add a real Secret Society in search of the immortality of the Philosopher’s Stone, and you have haunted and hunted heroes on totally different paths of a true adventure and altered destiny.


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These two reviewers are so brilliant– They both actually read the script! :)

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REBIRTH is a wonderfully written, historically accurate, and vividly imaginative script. The atmosphere is pulsing with energy; the setting is described with lifelike detail. The characters are rich with insight and dripping with humanity.

The storyline runs fluently, and is engaging, offering elaborate detail, allowing the audience the chance to visualize this historical event from a fresh, unobstructed perspective. The sequence of dramatic scenes, all highly kinetic, visual, and expertly crafted, lend to the validity of the striking images described, as well as to reveal the depth of the characters that live within its creative boundaries.

The characters are skillfully constructed, portrayed as highly individuated, and idiosyncratic. Each serves ideals larger than themselves, and possesses characteristics, which are consistent with historical accounts. These deeply rich, well-developed characters, drive the story forward, toward its captivating climax, all while helping to create a compelling and redeeming quality, which is sometimes lacking in scripts of this ilk.

Rebirth catapults its audience on a captivating journey wrought with peril and intrigue. Danger, romance, passion, and betrayal are used to weave the story together to form a historical tapestry of epic proportions. This rousing, sometimes romantic, and often chaotic adventure is laced with sorrow, success, fortitude and failure.

The story’s furious energy, and surprising gravity, provides a rare example of insightful, impassioned, perspective. It is an extraordinary achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events, and an exciting script, with flashes of levity and romanticism.

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Rebirth is a lucid and lively work that will engage both lovers of romance and intrigue, while appeasing those who are more engaged by sequences of action. It manages to make the period come alive, and whets the appetite for more, by delivering on the promise of emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, all while avoiding the impetuous style of so many historical period-pieces that are available today.

Rebirth captures the grandeur and the scope of the conflict it examines, by offering emotional intensity, and the deep understanding of the social and political factors that were at the heart of the struggle. This unique insight lends to the scripts staying power.

The dialogue is tight, the characters are brilliantly crafted and the chemistry between them boundless. The theme is compelling, and the storyline intriguing. In my opinion this script has all the classic markings of a Hollywood success.

In the end, Rebirth is an endearing, well-written script. It possesses the quintessential elements needed to piece together a successful epic, drawing the audience in and delivering on a number of levels. The story is well crafted and the plot is rich with historical accuracy, which provides more than enough substance to keep any audience interested.

The script is structurally sound, as well as stylistic, and easy to read. The growth within each of the essential characters is endearing, and their relationships are well established. Once again, this is a wonderfully spellbinding tale that would make for an exceptional viewing experience.

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Recommend! Grand Prize Winner. https://scriptvamp.com/tl_lewis.html#Rebirth

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GREENLIGHT COVERAGE:

Title: REBIRTH
Author: T. L. Lewis
Form: Screenplay
Page Length: 118
Genre(s): Historical Drama/ Action/ Romance
First Place.

Logline: A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he discovers the courage to face his fears and finds love that changes his life.

Excellent (ALL)
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Concept/originality
REBIRTH breathes life into history in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them in from the opening to the epilogue. The concept and delivery of this script are original in their eloquence.

T.L. has created a beautiful world for us and delivered a masterful script. The scenes are dressed with a rich tapestry of contrast – violence and beauty, darkness and light. The writer has captured the essence of a tumultuous time in world history and delivered it to the page like a newborn ‐ naked, screaming, and with tenderness.

Plot/storyline
T.L. has crafted a wonderful love story full of pain and intrigue. You are quickly wound up in Edmunds struggle, his love for Genevieve, and a world in turmoil.

Characters
The characters in REBIRTH are full of life. It’s a tricky thing to do to develop characters that have unique voices and Rebirth does. We often have our readers read the script aloud to each other without reading the character names in an effort to distinguish one character from another based solely on the manner in which their dialogue is written.

You really do get a feel for who the characters are and the effect the world they live in is having on them. We see Edmund as a bit of a reluctant hero who is forced by circumstance to re‐evaluate his life, his beliefs, and reinvent himself.

Dialogue
There is a wonderful eloquence about the words spoken in this script. It’s tough to find fault in dialogue like “Your Mother is the reason the greatest story I ever told is the one I’ve lived.” Each speech seems carefully crafted bringing the emotion of the time and place to life.

Structure
The scenes are well crafted, in and out with very little room for critique. The writing is superb. Whether you’re a veteran or novice writer something that is difficult to do is write action blocks that are both concise and have some literary value to them. T.L. has found a good balance here, keeping them short and to the point, but written in a way that adds value to the scene. Word choice, delivery and descriptions are expertly used in every scene to develop a flow that is consistent throughout the piece.

BRAVO!!! RECOMMEND!!!

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I also once had another judge from a NY Screenplay Contest tell me that the marketability of Rebirth lies in the massacre, not the love story, that I should focus on the St. Bartholomew massacre. My answer: No, this story is NOT all about the massacre, but what led to the massacre, that Rebirth’s scope is a larger story than the violence, a story that transcends man’s inhumanity to man. It is no more about a massacre than the film “Titanic” is all about the shipwreck or “Gone with the Wind” or “Cold Mountain” all about the Civil War, or “The English Patient”, “Schindler’s List” “Rob Roy”, “Kingdom of Heaven” or “Braveheart” only about the violence. In “Rebirth” it is the real slice of life that shows the climate of intolerance that leads to the massacres.

Rebirth sets real people within these true events, and shows the intolerance and tyranny that allowed the hatred persecution to fester. The themes of love, justice and honor strike a chord within hearts and minds into a collective consciousness. This is why these stories are timeless to our struggles of intolerance and religious terrorism– still too real in our own time. Hopefully, the extreme emotions evoked in this film will awaken many. The theme is universal, and perhaps why the awards have been from the U.S., France, the U.K. and Canada.

This story was never intended to glorify or highlight gore, but to outrage, to touch hearts and ultimately to inspire with the ideals of family and freedom. With these timeless reminders of honor we create our own legacies, to know we too can rise above terror and tribulation.

This legacy of honor, this fight freedom did not die with a massacre, but rose above it with integrity that was handed down for generations, to spark revolutions and lay the foundation for the U.S. Constitution. Rebirth is a ‘true to life’ slice of a minority’s reality of terror and tragedy, within a timeless love story of tenderness and triumph.


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REBIRTH– THE STORY

Logline:

A womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas when he finds love that changes his life and risks losing it all in a fight for freedom that will alter the fate of nations. Inspired by a provocative true story of undying love, unyielding courage and the abuse of power versus the true power of love and honor.

Synopsis:

Rebirth unfolds in a paradoxical realm, when the themes of art, literature and liberty herald the beauty and romance of the Renaissance. This is a height for the thirst for knowledge and many now question the corruption of popes and the commands of kings. A few dare speak out, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. As one man’s truth becomes another man’s heresy — the conflict ignites the abuse of absolute power.

With intolerance blessed, the corruption explodes when the villain, Duke De Guise, commits a mass murder and is not arrested but is instead greeted like a modern day bad boy, cheered on through the streets of Paris. Duke de Guise is a scoundrel to some and a hero to others, when he commits a mass murder of innocents, including women and children,and is greeted, more like a modern day bad boy, cheered on through the streets of Paris. This is a true story that has built in controversy and a true story that many might prefer it never be told.

As tyranny triumphs, this unlikely hero, Edmund Chastel emerges and exchanges his brush for a sword. Edmund’s hero’s journey and transformation is partially based on facing the pain of his past and his unexpected love for an extraordinary young woman, Genevieve. Their love story sizzles as it warms the heart and transcends the turbulent time, the abuse of power–as it reminds us to never lose sight of the true power of love and honor.

Rebirth is edgy and action packed, it’s appeal is classic and universal in the themes of courage, fear, faith, romance, dealing with mortality, leaving a legacy and of a precious and timeless bond that we all share as human beings: the love and protection of our families.

Rebirth grips your heart from the light of the renaissance when you realize the reason why men began to question the meaning of truth, and the revelation of this true story that literally lays the foundation for the French and the American Revolutions. Much of our U.S. constitution and especially the subtle and “in your face” lessons on why we protect liberty of conscience, and will help in the understanding of the need for a separation of church and state.

For two hours we can be driven from the depths of despair and emerge at a new high, hold in our heads in horror and failure, and ultimately hold in our hearts the glory and honor of giving all to a cause greater than self. The audience will be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride, one they always remember, a story that will not only quicken the heartbeat but speak to the true heart of humanity.

There is a reason this screenplay has now won five first place awards with accolades and is ready to be taken to another level of film by a producer and director wanting to leave their own legacy.