Life Is But A Dream

A unique reverse twist on reincarnation when Roger Owen, an African American family man in the year 2011, awakens the morning after his fortieth birthday to discover himself inhabiting the body of Sydney Hamilton, a Caucasian sixty-six year old Welsh Harvard Professor of History, whom he remembers nothing of, in what is now the year 2125. Roger's entire life up to that fateful evening in October 2011 is soon revealed as being only a memory of a past life. His odyssey of this strange new existence in the twenty-second century takes him from an insane asylum, to the care of an attractive, beguiling, empathetic psychologist named Dr. Jessica Wynn, to the heart-wrenching acceptance of both lost lives and the pursuit of finding his ancestors from his past life. Through it all he must also deal with unraveling the mystery of a secret he unknowingly holds as Professor Hamilton regarding the truth of a catastrophic viral pandemic that occurred in 2115 that now threatens his life by a man who seeks to kill him.

Based on the published novel 'Life Is But A Dream' by David Earle.

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    Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
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  • Writers Guild of America West - Seasoned Readings Program
    Los Angeles, California
    June 25, 2018
    Chosen by the Inclusion and Equity Department Committee of WGAW for a fully cast staged reading at the WGAW Building.
  • New York International Screenplay Awards
    New York City, NY
    Finalist - Best Screenplay
  • Oaxaca Film Fest
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Nominated - Global Script Challenge: Best Overall Script
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    Winner - Best Dialogue Feature
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    Winner - The Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Dramatic Writing
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    Runner-up - AOF Excellence Award in Writing
  • Action On Film International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    Nominated - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature
  • Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest
    Beverly Hills, California
    Grand Prize Award
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    Madrid, Spain
    Winner – Best Unproduced Script
  • Atlas Awards
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Winner - Best Original Feature Screenplay
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival
    Pune, India
    Quarter-Finalist - Best Screenplay
  • Los Angeles Movie Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    Winner - Honorable Mention
  • Amsterdam Film Festival
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Winner - Van Gogh Award Best Feature Screenplay
  • Back In The Box Competition
    Toluca Lake, California
    Official Selection - Best Screenplay
  • Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
    Cannes, France
    Winner - Best Feature Screenplay
  • Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Winner - Jury Choice Award
  • Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Runner-up - Best Drama Screenplay Over 20 Pages
  • The GO West Fest
    Yosemite, California
    Runner-up - Best Drama Screenplay Over 20 Pages
Writer Biography - David Earle, David Earle, David Earle, David Earle

David Earle is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist, born and raised in Anaheim, California, and lived fifteen years in the Los Angeles area where he worked at various entertainment industry companies; Taft/Barish Productions, New World Pictures, Rogers & Cowan, Hollywood Records, and Walt Disney in Creative Development at Disney Imagineering. He now resides in Charleston, South Carolina where he writes prolifically, varying from comedies to dramas, from novels to screenplays to plays, of which he has had four plays produced in the U.S. and Australia. Credits include - After the Wedding; A Road to Nowhere; They're Having a Deadly Good Time; and Postnuptials. Postnuptials, an adult farce, had its Australian premiere at the Parade Theatres in Sydney where it was chosen as the theatrical event for the 2013 Sydney LGBTQ Mardi Gras festivities. Both the Postnuptials stage play and its (unproduced) screenplay adaptation have been nominated or won a number of awards at film festivals internationally. He adapted his one-act stage drama, A Road to Nowhere, into a screenplay short (unproduced) that has received several international film festival awards. His sci-fi novel, Life Is But A Dream, is selling worldwide in 248 countries (notably on Amazon and Barnes & Noble). The (unproduced) screenplay adaptation of Life Is But A Dream, that he wrote, has won him many awards and nominations at a number of international film festivals while WGAW chose Life Is But A Dream for a full cast industry reading at the WGAW building in Los Angeles for its ethnic diversity of characters. His five-episode true story limited series, Pelée, currently in pre-development, has also won him numerous awards internationally. The most recent screenplay of his is another multi-award-winning true story drama titled, Searching for Michael. In addition, he has written the novelette, The Remarkable Travels of Billy Sparks, and short story, The Calla Lilies.

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