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Fugue

Goodbye Komárom

Kismet

My screenplays are more recent expressions of ideas I am developing for longer fictional film projects. I am a fan of the mystery genre, and use its structure as a template for most my scripts. Recently, I began working with a writing partner, Amir Kovacs. He's a doctor, a well-travelled Israeli, and a man with a very imaginative mind. That's relevant as some the stories we tell relate to his personal experience and passions as much as my own.

Of the screenplays we have created, Kismet is the most timely. The script is about how modern medicine turns the human body into an object for study; and how medicine designed to fix that object becomes a political weapon for personal and global control. It also a tale about chance and its role in the survival of the infected, and the discovery of the vaccines that heal them. The conflict is between between two doctors who discover a vaccine and secretly try to outsmart each other to take control of how to exploit it. Little do they know, the pharmaceutical industry and the nations that sponsor it would like to get their hands on what they found as well. Can they give up their rivalry to save their life's work, and release a medicine that could save millions of lives?

A bigger undertaking is a script called Goodbye Komárom. This story is about the flight of Hungarian Jewish holocaust survivors and their attempted journey to Palestine after WWII. It is a grim portrayal of courage endured by those willing to give up their home in Soviet-dominated Hungary, in exchange for meager hope in a new land - Palestine. Of course, as we know, the promise of that new land was as much a moral solution to Jewish refugees as it was a fuse for the greatest inter-ethnic national identity conflict of our time. The story is based on true events of incredible courage and sacrifice lived by the grandparents of my writing partner Amir. That fact is what sublimated our differing politics into a brilliant script of multi-layered conflict. We also collaborated in the writing with the Hungarian film director, Janos Szasz.

Lastly, my passion for spoken word art and ensemble drama inspired me to write Fugue. This script takes off with a principal character (Bahama) from the film Comeuppance. It's about a poet who experiences a lapse of stress-induced amnesia. What caused her stress is that she murdered her husband in a crime of passion. This why-dunnit mystery is a cinematic adventure into the malady known as psycho-genic amnesia, the mind's impulse to protect itself by forgetting what it is not ready to accept.

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