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Rebirth Characters

Jan 6th, 2013 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: LOGLINES, Rebirth Characters, Rebirth historical notes

FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE:

The themes of art, literature and liberty help re-create the romance of the Renaissance. Yet, this thirst for knowledge becomes a threat to the unbridled powers that be. Soon, what should be a time for expanding the mind turns into a time when speaking your mind can lead to the loss of your head. In spite of being trapped in a time of tyranny and terror, many find comfort in their belief that love and honor are stronger than hatred and intolerance.

(When Love finds you it changes everything…) Edmund and Genevieve find a better world in one another, and their love story is woven throughout. Love teaches us, that some things never die, that we all leave a legacy, woven by the threads that touch our hearts and makes us better human beings. Rebirth will reveal, in spite of an emotional roller coaster, that love can help us rise above all that we fear. Rebirth will ultimately inspire all who know the true power of love and honor.

Background:

EDMUND
As a little boy, Edmund loses his faith in humanity when he witnesses the beheading of innocents. Now, as a young man, this womanizing pacifist seeks to escape the pain of his past through pursuits of pleasure. He finds unexpected love in the the eyes of an extraordinary young woman and discovers a genuine respect for noble men who are willing to give up everything for the sake of honor. He does not share their faith, but believes in their right to defend their families and and the freedom to speak their conscience. He can no longer run from his fear, nor close his eyes to the terror unfolding around him.

Wish List: Henry Cavill, Ben Barnes, Steven Strait, Orlando Bloom, J. Rhys Meyers, Emmanuel Leconte, Hugh Dancy.

GENEVIEVE
The niece of the Prince de Conde, Genevieve’s youth does not reflect her depth of intelligence and wisdom well beyond her years. She feels the weight of the world on her shoulders and has a heart of gold that she tries her best to hide. Often portraying herself as aloof to keep from getting hurt, she is empathic to the pain and cruelty in the world. Edmund wins her heart, when he opens his own to her and shares his fears and pain of his past. Edmund will teach her to trust in true love, and she will help him find his purpose and the meaning of honor.

Wish List: Breakout role. Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Annabelle Wallis, Alicja Bachleda, Alexa Davalos, Eve Hewson, Megan Fox, Romola Garai, Brittany Snow, Keira Knightley, Tania Saulnier, Natalie Portman.

FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR

During the French Renaissance, many are no longer able to accept the commands of Kings, nor the corruption of Popes. Those better educated are able to read for themselves, but not without the risk of death or dungeon. As Humanism and Reformation spread, the thirst for knowledge is viewed as a threat to the unbridled power of church and state.

Yet, some are willing to fight back. The Huguenots are at the forefront of the rebellion. Many are willing to give up fortune, fame and even their lives to preserve their honor and liberty of conscience. Prince de Conde and Admiral Coligny are their chosen leaders. Unlike William Wallace in Braveheart, who has little left to lose, these heroes are a pure and rare example of men who give up everything for a noble cause.

ADMIRAL COLIGNY
A man of honor and integrity, Admiral Gaspard de Coligny is debonair, yet humble and fatherly to all. He has everything a man can wish for, riches and renown with the King. In his fifties, Coligny believes religion is not a set of beliefs, but a way of life. The men who stand with him battle for the sake of honor and civil liberty. Coligny is a rare example of a man who gives up his wealth and the pleasures of success for this noble cause.

Wish List: Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth.

PRINCE DE CONDE
The chosen leader of the “heretics,” Louis I, Prince de Conde is a patriot that is concerned with the path that France has chosen. In his late thirties to early forties in the screenplay, he is appalled when he sees men blindly bowing to dogma, even to the point of killing fellow countrymen. His faith is not that of a religious fanatic, but one of principle, to do what is right for the future of his people and his country.

Wish List: Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell, Clive Owen, Ed Norton, Mark Rylance, Tony Schinea.

QUEEN OF NAVARRE
In her forties, Jean D’Albret, Queen of Navarre is an intelligent, well-read and practical woman. Her ideology represents the best of humanism, mysticism and religious reform. She is sincere in her pursuit of the truth and enjoys Plato, even having his dialogues translated. She has little patience for dogma, but pursues the ideal of moderation in religion, rejecting many aspects of medieval Catholicism. At her court, she gives refuge to dissenters and allows for freedom of conscience.

Wish List: Heidi Groen, Emmanuelle Beart, Embeth Davitz, Cate Blanchette, Annette Benning, Charlize Theron, Heidi Erik.

FOR THE SAKE OF POWER

When the pursuit of knowledge threatens the “powers that be,” intolerance tramples the law and civil liberty and the torture and murder of the brightest and most noble Frenchmen becomes commonplace.

DUKE DE GUISE
In his early to mid-forties, Henry, Duke de Guise is charming, arrogant and ruthless. With intolerance blessed, corruption erupts into violence when he and his followers commit mass murder. He is not arrested, but is instead greeted like a present day rock star hero as he is cheered on through the streets of Paris. He is both immensely ambitious and popular, and is often called “the people’s king.” Admiration for him is so great that a contemporary once wrote,”It is too little to say that France is in love with that man. She is bewitched by him.”

Wish List: Vincent Cassel, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ed Norton, Tom Sizemore, Joseph Fiennes.

QUEEN CATHERINE DE MEDICI

The Queen Mother of France, Catherine de Medici tries to mediate peace, but is trusted by no one. Well-educated, with the heart of a humanist but a Machiavellian mind, Catherine tries to suffer the Guise’s intolerance and bigotry when faced with the possible loss of power for her and her children: King Charles IX, King Henri III and Marguerite de Valois.

Wish List: Helena Bonham Carter, Isabelle Huppert, Sally Field, Judy Dench, Miranda Richardson.

CARDINAL DE GUISE
In his fifties, Louis II, Cardinal of Guise exhibits a pretentious piety as he protects those loyal, while also trying to bring the full power of the Inquisition to France. He is devoutly loyal his brother, the Duke de Guise, and they both abuse power through tyranny and terror, opposing the more tolerant policies of Catherine de Medicis. It is the Guise arrogance and cruelty against anyone they deem “heretics” that directly leads to the French Wars of Religion.

Wish List: Jeremy Irons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tim Roth, Geoffrey Rush, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, Tim Curry, Tim Hutton.

Nostradamus cameo: Anthony Hopkins, Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer.
Several other minor roles with MAJOR IMPACT.



REBIRTH– THE STORY

Dec 16th, 2012 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Blog, Rebirth historical notes

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.



Screenplay Award Winning

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Rebirth historical notes

… 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 abound. 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 fight that will live on well beyond its time, to spark a debate that will impact the entire world for centuries to come. “Rebirth” the film, and the novel, is an attempt to make sure this provocative true story will never be forgotten and its lessons never lost…

“Rebirth” was not intended to be a political statement or even an historical narrative, yet the true to life characters bring into sharper focus the harder edge that once appeared more like a distant mirage. Nevertheless, the heritage of love, liberty and honor inherent within the pages of “Rebirth” cries out to our humanity, and it belongs to us all.
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R E B I R T H
Four First Place awards
Inspired by a true story
Ranked Top Ten on movie bytes.com in three genres:
Action/Romance/Historical- (possible cable series)
Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters

See Home Page for Awards, Reviews, Recommends



REBIRTH SYNOPSIS

Jul 12th, 2012 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: LOGLINES

R E B I R T H JPG copy.001In a world torn between renaissance and genocide, a womanizing artist uncovers more than the nudes he captures on canvas, when he finds love that changes his life and risks it all in a fight for civil liberty. Inspired by a provocative true story, set in a time when a thirst for knowledge and speaking your mind can literally lead to the loss of your head.

Although action packed, “Rebirth” also touches the heart of humanity as it reminds us of the perils of unbridled power and inspires us to never lose sight of the timeless power of love and honor.



Rebirth Recognition

Jun 15th, 2011 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Ludo BERNARD attached to direct REBIRTH

REBIRTH is an epic classic, glorious and powerful. An extraordinary writer. Coverage by Terri Zinner, Los Angeles.



Genealogy

Jun 6th, 2011 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Blog

Genealogy Connections:

Writing is in my genes… :)

* Alfred Tennyson, writer Paternal through: Elizabeth Darcy (1584-1650) 12th Great Grandmother of Teresa L Powers Lewis/ 6th Great Grandmother of Alfred Tennyson

Writing is in my genes:

Henry David Thoreau, writer through: Thomas Barnes: 9th Great Grandfather of Teresa L Powers Lewis/ 4th Great Grandfather of Henry David Thoreau.

* Louisa May Alcott, writer “Little Women” and “Little Men”. Related to both Thoreau and Alcott through Thomas Barnes(1623-1691) 9th Great Grandfather of Teresa L Powers Lewis / 4th Great Grandfather of Louisa May Alcott.

* Sir Walter Scott, Scottish Novelist and Poet Ivanhoe, “Rob Roy”, and “The Lady of the Lake.” (through Paternal: Jaelia Stallard line) 8th Great Grandmother of Teresa L Powers Lewis/ 7th Great Grandmother of Sir Walter Scott.

* Robert Graves (1895-1985) my Paternal Browning line: English Author, scholar, poet, and novelist; Robert Graves produced over 140 works. His famous works include “The Long Week-End” and “I Claudius”. Through: Arabella Williamson (1676-1737) 11th Great Grandmother of Teresa L Powers Lewis/ 9th Great Grandmother of Robert Graves.