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Blackberries in the Dream House

A deep intuition sweeps a young couple in present-day San Francisco back to a beautiful blue-tiled bath house in 1850s Kyoto, where a young geisha is making passionate love with a client who is also her lover. When he leaves her for an arranged marriage, our geisha seeks out and falls in love with a youthful Buddhist monk who has never known a woman’s touch. Tenuous and then passionate lovemaking becomes their gateway to a deeply spiritual union. Their love affair cut short by an earthquake, the couple in present-day San Francisco awakens to their previous life connection and realize that they have found each other once again.

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  • Iowa Motion Picture Association - 2015 Awards
    Des Moines, IA
    May 16, 2015
    Award of Achievement, Unproduced Screenplay
  • Wild Rose Film Festival 2016
    Des Moines, IA
    May 21, 2016
    Best Screenplay, Iowa Feature Film (Unproduced)
Writer Biography

Patrick Towne lives and works in Fairfield, Iowa, southeast Iowa's "Silicorn Valley," a high-tech haven with an active performing arts culture. He's a writer, editor, publisher and screenwriter who integrates his experience in business, leading-edge technologies and acting into screenplays for film and TV. His most recent project is “Blackberries in the Dream House,” which won the 2016 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Award, “Best Screenplay, Iowa Feature Film (Unproduced)” and the 2015 Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) “Award of Achievement” for Best Unproduced Screenplay. Patrick is also the co-author of “A Time Out of Rhyme” and “Music Most Foul,” two other screenplays based upon musical stage plays of the same name. “A Time Out of Rhyme” won the IMPA 2006 Award of Excellence for Unproduced Screenplay. “Music Most Foul” won the IMPA 2008 Award of Excellence for Unproduced Screenplay.

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Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of the novel "Blackberries in the Dream House." Diane’s six published books of poems including Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. She lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University. She leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School and directs the Blue Light Press Online Poetry Workshop. She is also a documentary scriptwriter with expertise in Eastern and sacred art. Blackberries in the Dream House won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Diane’s latest novel, Yoga of the Impossible, was published in 2014.