To Whom it May Concern,
I’ve written a Feminist Surrealist Anti-Romance Feature inspired by the music of Neutral Milk Hotel, the Work of Charlie Kaufman, and author Kate Chopin titled “My Dreamgirl Don’t Exist”. This feature placed in the 28th Austin Film Festival as a Quarter Finalist.
Stylistically, think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Paprika mixed with (500) Days of Summer and Carrie.
Logline: In 2007, a struggling writer meets his dream girl in a dream and does everything in his power to find her, regardless of a pregnant girlfriend, an overdue novel, and the fact that she lives 60 years in the past.
In 2007, Richard Klein is not where he wants to be in life. He’s deep in a sophomore slump and to write his novel, has resorted to Lucid Dreaming to come up with the perfect novel. One night, he learns of his girlfriend Naomi’s unexpected pregnancy and retreats to the dream to escape. In 1945, Rose Wallace Goldaline’s life is thrown into chaos when her long-term boyfriend comes back from WWII and breaks off his engagement with her. That night, Rose and Richard meet each other in a dream, and find a genuine connection; both believe they are too good to be real.
The next day, Richard finds out through a mysterious book of poems that Rose is, in fact real, and immediately goes on a hunt to find her going to any length to do so. Rose, meanwhile, must contend with her abusive mother who wants her to reconnect with her ex, her own professional desires, and a curious friendship with the local librarian Robert Kloster.
Both continue to meet each other in their dreams and spend increasing amounts of time living in fantastical vistas of pure imagination, indulging in a romance for the ages that only they will ever know about, and which slowly eats away at their real lives.
I am a Harvard Bookstore bestseller for Nomadic in America, Austin Film Festival Quarter Finalist, as well as Music Critic for Rawckus Magazine. This feature represents my first effort to pursue filmmaking outside of my long-held dreams and education at Emerson College, which is why I feel it vitally important that it be my first project. It represents the first time I’ve rejected a pleasant dream, for a brutal, rewarding reality.
Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!