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Noble French Ancestry of Johnny Depp and millions

Jan 19th, 2013 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Blog, Rebirth historical notes

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.


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.


“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.)

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.

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


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 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.


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

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.



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The Huguenot fight for freedom of speech and liberty of conscience had sparked a debate for civil disobedience against religious terrorism 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 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.


Do you ever wonder why YOU have a passion for justice, for tolerance, for freedom, for civil liberty?

YOU may carry these memories in your DNA, of a passionate true story that has altered the fate and freedom of generations. What a legacy!

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 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.

Or, simply for more information on Huguenot genealogy feel free to email me: tllewiswriter@gmail.


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


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



‘The Science of Seduction’

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


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 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 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)


First Place Winner WILDSound Short Screenplay Festival

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

Winner of the Women’s Theater, Palm Coast


Jan 4th, 2013 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Blog, Ludo BERNARD attached to direct REBIRTH


MovieBytes Interview: Writing Competition

Sep 5th, 2011 | By T.L. Lewis | Category: Interviews

An interview with screenwriter Teresa Lewis regarding Writing Competition.

Q: What’s the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what’s it about?

A: ‘REBIRTH” is inspired by a true story, a provocative mix of lust, love, politics, war and religion; as it opens in the diffused white light of the Louvre, amid a grand library and gallery of Renaissance images.

The timeless works and heights of humanity are juxtaposed against the depravity of civil violence between religious factions and the corruption of Church and State.

In this world torn between Renaissance and genocide, a young boy loses his faith and his faith in humanity. Twelve years later, he’s grown into an amorous young man, a student at the University of Paris, who chooses to be largely oblivious to politics or the swirl of intolerance that still rushes around him. He soon finds love that changes his life, and risks it all in a fight for the civil liberties of a minority.

Ultimately, “Rebirth” reminds us of the perils of unbridled power, and inspires us to never lose sight of the true power of love and honor. I will never be the same for knowing or telling this amazing story, and will never look at our freedoms and the sacrifices for civil liberty never quite the same again. I hope one day, should the film be made, that it would also have a similar impact on the lives and legacies of others.

I tend to think that Rebirth has the passion of “Braveheart” and the promise of “Ever After.”

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I saw the Greenlight Competition posted on Moviebytes. and when I visited the webiste, I was very impressed with the content and professionalism. This is Rebirth’s Fourth FIRST PLACE WIN, and is ranked in the top five on Movie bytes/ Winning Scripts (along with many other wonderful screenplays) in Drama, Historical and Romance genres. Someone asked me recently, when are the AGENTS/PRODUCERS going to realize that winning scripts more likely will be winning films? I and a few other winning screenwriters, are anxiously awaiting their enlightenment. :)

I think with each placement or win, especially first place wins and consistency over time, gives a writer more credibility and attention. Then the query letters suddenly get more attention, or more requests are made to read your script. Actually “Rebirth” is now in the hands of a major agency, as I type. I still know the odds, but I know that it is also in good hands. Wish me well.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Extremely satisfied and impressed with the professionalism! Gordon Rogerson, the director, did everything promised and more. He also created a special page that highlights the top winners, their bio and showcases their scripts. If the same level of professionalism continues, this contest is destined to be one of the biggest and best.

I would highly recommend this screenwriting contests to beginning writers as well as to seasoned ones. I would advise them not to get defensive, but to keep and open mind to keep learning, improving and enjoy the process.

The feedback was a huge plus and the main reason I’ve entered this and other contests. Most writers are sensitive, their writing very personal, and sometimes criticism hurts, even when it’s constructive. But, if you listen, it can make you a stronger writer. I was a writer, not a screenwriter– I needed feedback and guidance, and I think I am finally getting the hang of screenwriting. You tell me.

The following comments are from the Greenlight judges:

“One the best scripts we have ever read! The writing is superb. The characters, locations and story are exciting, rich, and would dazzle any cinema going audience…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 a tenderness. This is a gorgeous looking script. It has what we call the holy trinity… Sex, Violence and a well crafted story. BRAVO!!!! RECOMMEND!!!”

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Since ”Rebirth” is an epic, the script took approximately eight months from the beginning of research (that filled a 3-inch binder). Then about eight more rewrites. The following year was spent in tweaking as I entered contests with feedback, then another ten- twelve drafts and polishes. I still polish. But as far as outlines: the more I learned of this heart wrenching story, the less of an outline I needed, because these characters so touched my heart, that they literally came to life and they led me on this journey into their lives of honor and courage. I couldn’t stop writing– and I truly felt as if I were living in the French Renaissance for many months in these “best and worst of times.”

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: MovieMagic seems to be all I need. I’m sure Final Draft and others are great too, but I won MovieMagic a couple of years ago in the Brass Brad contest, and have happily used it since. I think I’ve read every book written on screenwriting, and am partial to Truby and Campbell and the “Hero’s Journey.”

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I cannot get through a day without writing. No matter how busy I am, it is my escape, my relaxation, a true passion.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: N/A. I never run out of ideas, just hours in the day– in spite of needing only an average of 5 hours per night.

Q: What’s your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Sometimes I am so driven to write I wonder if writing is part of my cellular memory, as I actually share 5th Great grandfathers’ and Grandmother’s with writers Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Alred Tennyson, Sir Walter Scott and Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy. I like to think writing is in my genes. I definitely share their love for a great story.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in L.A. as a child, and always wanted to go “home” to visit. I know it would be quite emotional, as I have many fond memories. But with the advent of the Internet, and ‘ at the fingertips’ communication and transportation, it is not as critical to live there as it once was.

Q: What’s next? Are you working on a new script?

A: The REBIRTH Sequel… :) Seriously, I’m always writing and actually have several shorts complete as well as a few feature scripts in progress that I often work on simultaneously. I write daily for pleasure and in the case of “Rebirth”– for the passion to tell the story–to bring these amazing characters back to life on the big screen. I also want to congratulate the other screenwriter winners Rhys Gledhill, and Richard Sartore and wish all the other great writers that entered the contest only the best. And to all passionate writers, keep writing, not for the product but for the joy of the process. It’s quite an emotional roller coaster, but oh what a ride.