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Orion’s Belt

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Katharine’s world interweaves between the living and the dead. 

 

Having the precision skills of a brain surgeon, she is able to help those who are ready to die and eases the transition for both the family and person preparing for death. She is known as the “Marianne Williamson of the dying” and when not helping a family, she is on the inspirational lecture circuit sharing the stage with the likes of Tony Robins, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer.

On the way home from a talk, Katharine hears her best friend Barb’s voice saying “I don’t want to die without you”, Katharine rushes to Seattle and her hospital bedside. Barb has been battling cancer for the past decade…dogged belief in her capacity to heal has kept her alive.

But now with Barb teetering on the brink of death, Katharine arrives believing she is there to save the day by helping Barb make a peaceful transition…of course Barb will have none of that.

 

SAMPLE SCENE

 INT. – BEV’S HOSPITAL ROOM

The room is the typical blank walled pea green. The overly

loud hum of numerous machines and forced air dominate.

Katharine gingerly opens the door tiptoeing to Barb’s

bedside. Whitney follows.

Bev is asleep. Multiple tubes tie her to numerous machines.

Bev opens her eyes seeing Katharine

BEV

You’re here.  How did you know?

KATHARINE

You told me.

Bev laughs albeit weakly. Whitney strokes Bev’s hair.

BEV

I’m glad the two of you are here

together. What do you mean I told

you?

KATHARINE

You kept coming into my thoughts.

You told me you needed me here so

here I am.

BEV

Alright Miss Smarty Pants Psychic

to the Dying…how did you know

which hospital?

KATHARINE

I had my assistant check with the

hospitals.  It was a snap.

BEV

Imagine that.

Humming machines dominate the silence.

BEV (CONT’D)

Hi.

KATHARINE

Hi.

BEV

Those funny fish…

KATHARINE

I’m sorry…?

BEV

Those fish…we’re like those

fish…we keep swimming in and out

of each other’s lives…but the

bond is forever…we’re like beyond

this time, you know?

KATHARINE

Yes…yes

BEV

We are…the three of us…like

those fish.  We move deeply into

the ocean, a sea of lifetimes

together.

Overcome, Katharine’s eyes well with tears

BEV (CONT’D)

I love you two, you know that?

More than anything…more than

anything…

KATHARINE

Yes.

BEV

Feel the love. It’s incredible.

KATHARINE

You’re high…

BEV

I know but feel it…

Another round of silence. Whitney and Katharine lean forward,

and the three embrace as best they can with all of the

equipment that’s intruding.

BEV (CONT’D)

How long can you stay?

KATHARINE

As long as you need me.

BEV

I need my juicer.

KATHARINE

OK.  Can I get you anything else?

BEV

There are a few things.

KATHARINE

Should I write this down?

BEV

That would be nice.

Katharine removes pad and pen from her purse. Humming

machines increase in volume obscuring Bev’s instructions.

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Mystic Baboon

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A fictional tale inspired by the life of HP Blavatsky

Set in the 1870’s, Blavatsky arrives in New York seeking  fame and fortune but having immigrated from Russia she is now nearly penniless and must find a way to replenish her pocketbook.

A whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking wanna-be psychic, she weasels her way into the lives of a vulnerable well-to-do family performing phony séances.  But practice makes perfect and over time genuine Spirits begin appearing during her “shows” helping to hone Blavatsky’s true skills as a medium.

Now with the power she always dreamed of, she helps to save the lives of the family she once swindled and betrayed.

 


SAMPLE SCENE

INT. – BLAVATSKY’S APARTMENT – LONDON, 1892

A warm, candle lit parlor filled with rich silks and velvets is littered with over-flowing ash trays and crumpled up papers spread across the floor. A collection of stuffed animals grace the room – a lion’s head over the door, monkeys peer from every cubby, birds perch above bookcases and a large stuffed baboon stands prominently in a corner dressed in full Victorian garb (winged collar, morning coat and tie) carrying under its arm a manuscript of a lecture on “The Origin of the Species” by Charles Darwin.

HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY, a rubinesque crone of a Russian woman with blazing blue eyes,negroid hair and fingers littered with rings removes her dip pen from an inkwell and writes.

BLAVATSKY (V.O.)

When I first discover I have capacity to move objects at will, I was astonished.

 

INT. – BLAVATSKY FAMILY KITCHEN, RUSSIA, 1839

A simple room lit by one candle on a plain wooden table. An 8 year old Blavatsky sits at the dinner table, plate empty, staring at her father.

 

BLAVATSKY (V.O.)

(Fading to silence)

I asked seconds politely…

The following exchange is in Russian with English subtitles.

 

YOUNG BLAVATSKY

Please Sir, may I have more latkes?

 

Blavatsky’s father slurps his food. Her mother, temples

dripping with sweat, clears the table and leaves.

 

YOUNG BLAVATSKY

I said Father would you please pass

the latkes?

 

He continues his meal responding with an exaggerated belch.

 

YOUNG BLAVATSKY

Pass me serving bowl now.

 

Blavatsky stares intently, pointing her finger toward the

bowl. It rocks slightly back and forth then stops. She

squints in focused concentration.

 

YOUNG BLAVATSKY (CONT’D)

(a faint whisper)

Bowl to me, bowl to me, bowl to me.

 

The bowl once again comes alive and shoots across the table

banging into her plate. She helps herself to seconds.

Her mother returns and as she reaches to clear more plates,

they dodge her grasp magically floating through the room. Her

father backs out of his chair, falling to the ground.

Blavatsky sits calmly eating latkes.

 

INT. – BLAVATSKY’S APARTMENT, LONDON, 1892

Blavatsky reads her words pulling tobacco and papers from a

furry pouch made of a muskrat’s head. She rolls, lights, and

takes a satisfied first drag.

 

BLAVATSKY (V.O.)

(returning to English)

It was very beginning of my

spiritual training, a simple bowl

filled with potatoes.

 

An ashtray floats to Blavatsky. Without a single glance, she

takes hold of it, flicking ashes directly into its bowl.

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Henry’s Lies

Henry’s world collapses when she must finally bare all and tell the truth about her life.

A vegan, Bach loving, flower farming woman living as a man is confronted by her estranged daughter with the knowledge she knows her father is actually a women.  Not the kind of “man” to be cornered, Henry does her best to weasel out of the situation. But with truth being the better part of valor, she breaks down divulging the story of her daughter’s conception via rape and the subsequent heroic adventure which became the driving force behind she and her best friend falling in love and raising the child as husband and wife in the segregated aristocratic world of 1970’s New Zealand.