Obama's Dreams

Dramady/romcom pilot. Late at night in April of 2011 just before the raid against Bin Ladin, Barack Obama falls asleep in the Oval Office while reading poetry. His dreams are sometimes realistic reminiscences of conversations with friends or are about his own writing of poetry. Occasionally they are surrealistic encounters with adversaries like Charles Bukowski. Bukowski irritates an old wound by claiming to be Obama's literary father. (Obama really did write and publish poetry while in college.) The pilot considers love and friendship in the context of racial stereotyping, and it examines the power of poetry to keep the soul alive (as well as a person sane). Think the three-season HBO series "Bored to Death" (Ted Danson) with touches of and allusions to "Animal House." Target ages: 18 - 75.

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Writer Biography - James Fitzmaurice

James Fitzmaurice is Emeritus Professor of English at Northern Arizona University and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He has written a dozen stage plays and screen plays including "Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, and The Cypriot Goddess Natura" (lperformed in Nicosia at the CVAR Museum in April of 2017). Many film festival awards.

Pre-retirement activities: Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University 1983; Guest Professor, University of Tuebingen, 1986; Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, 1996

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I was an undergraduate at Occidental College in Los Angeles, some 15 years before Obama appeared on the literary scene. Like Obama, I wrote poetry within a multi-racial environment.