FADE IN ON: The heavens: All the stars in their constellation, as though magnetized, come together, creating a bright white light that fills the screen... A human eye appears burning into a star of a brilliance only the sun can rival, then a rainbow! A young girl appears in the light, smiling at us, the most beautiful creature in existence floating in space itself, smiling at us. GIRL (VO) It doesn‟t begin again until the end. In the Future, a Voice from the Past returns to save us from this Present. INT. SEAT OF CAR - DAY As we drive along PCH, someone whistles "Shane." A scrap of paper on the seat with an address written on it, a young man's right hand on its left side, another young man's left hand on its right. The paper blows in the wind. They both grab for it, touching hands, then backing off -- the paper blows away. YOUNG MAN 1'S VOICE Jesus! You „member that number? We need it! YOUNG MAN 2'S VOICE The street? Yeah. Christ Almighty, we almost lost it. What would we have done then? Died? Out the window, we see a castle above them on the street's hillside: magnificent, gothic, regal -- mesmerizing us. They reach the driveway where fancy cars are parked in pairs and stop. A large black man in a beautiful suit approaches us... MAN 1'S VOICE Died because we couldn‟t make our first film? Why didn't we drive up this pork chop hill!?! MAN 2'S VOICE It‟s a Hamburger hill –- nobody in this neighborghood knows what a pig is! Wouldnt‟t we? Live less longer if we can‟t express our...? MAN 1‟S VOICE Passion! Please! You express it every night! MAN 2‟S VOICE Didn‟t say I would, didn‟t say a‟wouldn‟t die. Just said what was what -– and that‟s what‟s what: I would die if I couldn‟t make movies! If I couldn‟t make “History” now! Our first! 2 MAN 1‟S VOICE What is what in the real world –- here, now? We‟re walking into another world –- theirs... MAN 2‟S VOICE I wanna practice. This is a good tracking shot. Maybe it's the intro to this shit -- I don't know. Do you? But I want to shoot everything we got here except us -- verite! MAN 1'S VOICE Cinema Verite, au naturale? Whatever will be will be now? Or will we make it all up real? MAN 2'S VOICE Maybe it's like a family album: which picture is the one that makes you cry? MAN 1‟S VOICE All are our lives: Cut one, you cut me? MAN 2‟S VOICE Add one, you save you? We could be heroes! Or terrors? Which one gets the most chicks? MAN 1‟S VOICE Which one gets the most of everything else?! MAN 2'S VOICE Heroes or terrors? We don't even know what we got to get on film we might have a ton, we might have absolutely nothing here with these people. I mean, it sounds like bullshit: “Film my life story before it's too late!”? MAN 1'S VOICE Yeah, well, it might all be true -- lies -- and it might be a lot we got here, hero? Hey, they want to pay! I just want to start out right. Be a pro? Their edge? Surprise. MAN 2'S VOICE Who the hell are they? If we know a surprise is coming, is it anymore? Even if it's unknown. MAN 1'S VOICE Who the hell are we! Look at this guy. That's the blackest bro I've ever seen! MAN 2'S VOICE 3 Shut up! You dumbass. Be a hero! The blackest guy I've ever seen is when he lights your white ass on fire with a crack pipe and then stuffs it up that orifice! Sufice? MAN 1‟S VOICE You might have gone into more dramatic detail of my death! You howling into the night to hire a lawyer to sue the NAACP! Keeping the pipe in its location for evidence! MAN 2‟S VOICE Smart – you flipped the descipotion to be me howling off with my pants on fire! MAN 1‟S VOICE But how could you testify once you'd fried? That would be the neat trick, Dick! But would that turn black too? MAN 2'S VOICE You‟re still accusing me of being trashed by him when it was you called him a...! Not bad! The coolest thing on Planet Earth would be to be six foot nine and black as coal, just jet black! Orlando Woolridge, the Laker, '80-something...? He was just as sleek as a Ferrari and you can dunk from the foul-line! MAN 1‟S VOICE Nothing could be cooler, terror! MAN 2'S VOICE Hero -- you with a long black dick that's fried like a Green Tomato! MAN 1'S VOICE You suckin' it like overcooked KFC Crispy! MAN 2'S VOICE Now that's why I'm cool -- and you're not: I wouldn't say that -- I'd think it, but...! We stop near the black man, who has stopped in front of us. He looks mean as hell. BLACK MAN Spare the audience our imagination...? Who the fuck are you? Two! Just kidding, 4 kids. I heard all that. “I Spy”! (menacing pause) I was beautiful -- in your eyes! (smiles) C'mon, they all waitin' for ya in back, boys. Go around the side there, I'm gonna hang here in front -- catch some more rays. (suns himself) Level infinity sunscreen, “Brothers”... We move to a side gate to the mansion then stop and turn back facing the black man as he laughs uproariously, striking a pose mimicking those dumb statues of the slave with the ring. MAN 2'S VOICE You're a...? BLACK MAN Slave? Still? Aren‟t you? To something? MAN 1'S VOICE The password...? BLACK MAN Friend. Works at any party -– and this one‟s started!! Other than that... Be cool -- the world is yours! If you want "it." MAN 2'S VOICE We'll... find...? BLACK MAN Yourselves? Back there. Just go have the fun! He winks stupidly. We move to face the side gate and start moving toward it. We go over it just as we hear it unlatch and the to men's feet walk through. MAN 1's VOICE This is gettin' weird! MAN 2'S VOICE Yeah, this is what weird would be to weird! We round the corner of the mansion and look at the backyard area: Huge and opulent. A big pool and lawn area, a guest house and view to the valley. A group of men and women are lounging on chairs and at the pool's edge about fifty feet away. We stop, looking at them. 5 MAN 1'S VOICE Hugh Hefner is all I can think of! A beautiful girl approaches from near the guest house. Doing a softy shore, she stops, staring at us and adjusts her bathing suit seductively, pulling the straps up higher on her legs. The people at the pool seem to be watching her. She comes closer to us and starts posing. She poses like a bikini model, arching her back, turning in circles, showing off. In the background, a tall man in a robe standing next to a rack of clothes, looks at a stout man sitting on a chair. MAN IN ROBE Tell them to come over here. And put your tongues back in your mouth, son. MAN IN CHAIR Hey... Hey... Hey...! Here! The girl comes over. She smiles at the camera and runs toward the pool and dives in and swims toward the man in the robe. She gets out and scampers to him and holds him, hugs him. We move toward them: the man in the robe, the girl, the guy on the chair and many others spread out on chairs. MAN 1'S VOICE Hi. How ya doin'? I'm Mike. MAN 2‟S VOICE I'm Mark. A pause. the people look to where hands would be for a handshake. They don't reach for it. The man in the robe turns from camera, takes the girl in his arms and holds her. The man in the robe stands. MAN IN ROBE You guys are students, huh? MAN 2‟S VOICE Movie makers. MAN 1‟S VOICE Are you...? MAN 2‟S VOICE He's...? You‟re...? MAN 1‟S VOICE The Godfather? 6 MAN IN ROBE Tell us what you do... for a living. (smiles) Or die! The lens of a digital camera comes into view, filming him. The two voices are seen: film students. MAN 1 We're doing it right now! MAN 2 (of the camera, defensively) This is what we do. MAN 1 Um... I didn't really know what this was all about except that your secretary I guess -- Jody called -- and said you wanted us to come up here and... start “the interview with the... Godfather”? We didn't know if we were supposed to come in the yard or not, but we‟re here! The man in the robe points to his friend, the man in chair. MAN IN ROBE That's "Jimmy," the man in the chair, but that's not his real name. His real name is... not his real name either. I‟m definitely nobody too... You know what we mean? MAN 1 You‟re secret people? MAN IN ROBE You're the two best guys at school: „Top o' the world,‟ right? What do you know about “film”? MAN #1 Could you tell us a little more about what you wanted us to do? Jody said “Interesting guy, he wants to film some stuff about... everything. MAN 2 What does that mean? 7 MAN 1 I've made several short films -- I mean, we're working now on a large project at school, but really haven't done much work in the documentary area... MAN IN ROBE This is not a documentary,. This is an art film. The art of “me.” My life. It's ups and downs, the ins and outs I‟ve made and paid for. I wanted to meet you and see if you could help me do something spectacular! I don‟t know what we're gonna do but we're gonna do it! MAN #2 What do you want? MAN IN ROBE The greatest movie ever made! What else? The young film students smile. The man in the robe turns facing them, holding the woman in his arms as a shield. MAN IN ROBE I want you to tell us a story with it. A tale you won't believe. A life I don‟t believe in -- my own -- even though I've lived every minute of it the way you‟ll see. I'm dying. Somebody got me. I don't know who, but they got me. Good! “She...” The girl tries to move away; the man holds her in his arms. She turns and kisses him full on the mouth, embracing this moment and him -- a radical change of heart? He shakes their hands. The boys think about it. MAN IN ROBE You believe in miracles? I am one. A miracle. And it's a miracle you are here. No one else is! I wasn't gonna call ya. I called other guys but they all blew us off when I told „em what I wanted to do. You came though. That means something... in my book. Papillon... and the leper colony? (turns to the edge of the view) That book was better?! See all that shit? All that. People. They don't know it, but... they don‟t know me yet, 8 but... I know them! I know you too. “I” own you! I'm the King! Or your canscience. I‟ll capture your Imagination and once I do I‟ll never give it back -- the way it was! Yours! (laughs uproariously) Nobody knows it, but there's someone under the surface, under their world, that controls The world and makes it work the way it does! Somebody deep down. In the underground really. And here he is! Am I crazy? You'll see -- maybe. You start askin' me questions and you'll see more than you can stand to understand! Or don‟t –- “get it”!? (to the girl) Do you? What, are you scared? Of me? We are young...! But it happened so fast! They started me up. They all started “it” off. “The Good, the Bad and the...”! He sits down. Then stands. Closes eyes. He gestures to his "friends" around him. Move to show the house. MAN IN ROBE I wanted three stories. They don't make those anymore, do “they”? A movie in three acts? MAN 2 (of everything?) It's awesome... when you do. MAN IN ROBE So are you –- if you can! Man 1 looks at the girl's body. Slow pan on her. The man in the chair looks at the camera. MAN IN CHAIR Can I look into the lens or is that the Cardinal sin of Cinema? They ca‟t know we‟re watching them too, within them... Someday they‟ll understand this was “alive”! MAN IN ROBE I want to be blessed by obeying all your rules! How do you make a movie? About me! The others all raise their hands, some saying: “About me 9 too!” The girl puts on the stereo: “Blondie‟s” „Number 1‟. MAN IN ROBE What is this? Is this film or tape? A tall black man appears and hugs Man in the robe. MAN IN CHAIR Puma shows up and starts scratching us all! MAN 2 Puma? MAN IN ROBE A cat! Aliases... Smith and Jones...? I‟m “Ligor.” A Lion mated with a Tiger -– my mother and father -– don‟t ask which was which and they had me. Who are you now...? PUMA You‟ve now entered the future: Fifty or a hundred years from now, this is what will be -– a free forum! But now, it‟s only here: in this circle of friends... LIGOR (mouthing) When I tell you the truth, you‟ll never believe it! MAN 2 The future? PUMA What should be! MAN IN CHAIR Are you un-forgiven still? Or Born Again now! I‟ll show you what it all means! If you give your soul to Jesus and shoot that camera on me! MAN 1 Who are you really? LIGOR Gangsters? I don‟t know what you want to hear but I'll tell you anything you need to know. Learn the secrets nobody knows... with me! 10 GIRL ... as we go? Ligor takes her from behind. LIGOR I want you to understand! My Life Story -– all of it: people and their Lives, how they live and sometimes die! MAN 2 Sometimes? What are you talking about? MAN 1 What are you trying to do to us? LIGOR I ain‟t tryin‟ -– I‟m doin‟ it! Now. MAN 1 That's a line! From a movie. Which one? Presenting himself to them all like a god or Dracula, as they flock around him and pretend he is, they lip-sync the song and vie for attention. We see the beautiful beyond belief woman from the first scene at the fringe of the gathering, watching but unwatched. LIGOR Some time ago it all started: We walked out of the slime and into your hearts...! Or so they say. I say we‟re doing it right now! This is the first day of the... He smiles, first noticing the girl now –- mesmerized, but still “focused.” MAN 1 We‟re what...? MAN 2 You have a point...? MAN IN CHAIR Blasphemy! LIGOR Alright! You know what this means? MAN IN CHAIR Unravel the onion, find the core of 11 the story! Don‟t lose, love. Me! LIGOR Try! You tell me where I‟ve went wrong... Ligor stares the camera down. Man 2 lowers it, then lifts it again to film. Ligor smiles, winking goofy -- for fun. LIGOR I‟m gonna be in pictures! MAN 2 Nobody says that anymore! LIGOR (singing badly on purpose) You‟re wonderful to see! You oughta be in pictures! Movies! Lights, camera, ACTION! (to the beautiful girl) Who are you? She smiles -– it‟s all she needs to do: The‟re all captured. MAN IN CHAIR It‟s a song: “You‟re gonna be in Pictures! You‟re wonderful to see!” PUMA Now that‟s a story! It‟s mine too? Magic. How do you make it? Everyday?! BEAUTIFUL GIRL Ayam. A.Y.A.M. She extends her hand to Ligor. Ayam takes and kises it. Looking up at her, Ligor‟s eyes truly fall in love... LIGOR I know you...? AYAM Not yet...? How long will it take you to? She stares at him, wondering how she feels about how he feels... Everyone else stares at her now, stunned -– as though they don‟t know her either, it seems. AYAM I come from the future too –- but so far away it is impossible to describe to you now without scarring your brains forever 12 with a ring of knowledge that would impede the blood flow to that part of your mind, so would handicap all other areas of your thoughts. You would be so moved by my... “mantra” –- the story I would tell you is a recipe for living as strong and sweet as a savored meal and you would live its meaning now in a world that, in this age, still cannot live with Love. So I‟ll hush my mouth and watch you until I myself learn, as you seem to be trying, to “Live.” LIGOR Cut. Print. That‟s a wrap. Who are you? AYAM What about you? Who are you? What if I‟m in love? LIGOR I am... Myself. About me: You wanna know? As Ligor eyes her hungrily, the two boys gulp and blink –- AYAM Make a film we‟ve all been waiting for but no one expects from nobodies -– a masterpiece? This will be the film nobody can resist? A unique story, a daring interpretation of Life itself, no holds barred filmmaking makes it a “Cause Celebre” –- an event that has to be seen! When do we start? A MONTAGE APPEARS IN THE SKY ABOVE THEM AS THOUGH IMAGINATION: Of violence and beauty: a mobster‟s highlight reel -– as they would imagine it, it seems: Girls, guns, gangsters “You Oughta Be In Pictures” playing over scene. LIGOR Two men are charged with making “The Greatest Film Ever Made” -- the one that breaks all the rules by creating its own? There are no rules!? Except the one we all always obey: Anything that entertains is the attractiuon. MAN IN CHAIR Anything? LIGOR 13 Everything! AYAM We have to make a movie that keeps “us” From ever ending? A piece of Art so enthralling it can‟t be surpassed or undermined -– ever! LIGOR Something that lives with you longer than... you will live? How? AYAM We‟ll live forever? Or be remembered? LIGOR Tell my life story before it‟s too late? How can we now? Yours is better! AYAM If I‟m for real? Or the greatest lie of all? LIGOR “Once I was good, then I turned bad? How...? Who am I? I guess it‟s just about that: Me?! STUDENT 2 Tell us about you...? Details...! LIGOR Since you asked, where shall I begin... again? I met the woman of my dreams one day –- today –- and now I can‟t remember what anything means anymore! Was it important? Life? Or boring? I wanted to understand myself! Now...? Anything! EXT. MEADOW – DAY Swirling about in Nature‟s beauty as Ligor and Ayam kiss. AYAM You will now. LIGOR I was about to on my own... wasn‟t I? She blinks and he disappears, followed by her as she sighs... EXT. MANSION BACKYARD – DAY 14 All stare at him as he reappears (ala Star Trek‟s teleporting), stunned beyond words –- as is everyone else. LIGOR Say what?! I doubted her. Why? Ayam appears -– in the pool, smiling at them all. She gestures they all jump in. All do, except the filmmakers and Ligor, who just stares at her, hands on his hips, upstaged... LIGOR This really is the future? Now? AYAM (VO) What about the past? Where does it go? In the beginning... you were born. But before that you were conceived. As an idea? Or was it not even a thought? They wanted pleasure, but they had you: A child. God wanted something, but he got “Adam” -– another child. Why wasn‟t he happy? Why weren‟t you... until now? Why? I‟m asking you to understand yourself. LIGOR (VO) Can you? I was born in the „60s in Southern Cal in a little city like all the rest -– L.A. is a bunch of small towns all mashed together like potatoes or people from Glendale to San Berdo. Nothing fancy, nothing fantasy, my life was probably like yours. Or maybe not whoever you are! Did you live through betrayal? Rage? Separation. Deaths? Loss? Lies? Women? Love! Life? No? Yes! We‟re gonna fnd out what we know?! Ligor walks down into the pool, “making an entrance.” EXT. LOS ANGELES (30 MILLION YEARS A.D.) The city no one could imagine but we have here: it is all one story and “landscaped” looking, all the structures more close to Spain‟s (architect) Gaudi then “tract home” or skyscraper. AYAM (VO) Yes! But as they should be... LIGOR (VO) I was about to tell you how they are 15 and you say there‟s a way they should be? AYAM (VO) The Plan. LIGOR (VO) What we all dream? AYAM (VO) I‟m nodding, can‟t you see it? LIGOR (VO) Your eyes rolling...? AYAM (VO) Because our nods were your sighs. To have to even answer a question in the future implies you‟re not right for having to ask. But you knew that when you said you‟d doubted me. We have to believe in each other now. LIGOR (VO) Our nods were your sighs? I don‟t get it. This is my time to make a name for myself! AYAM (VO) Before you do, think who will share that name someday. LIGOR (VO) If I ask, will you sigh again? AYAM (VO) That caused a sigh! Or a nod? LIGOR (VO) I don‟t know what‟s going on anymore! Here we are about to make a movie about making movies which is about making life... Ayam appears as she would in her Age, facing us, notepad in hand, talking at the camera as Life swirls around her right. AYAM If he doesn‟t do what he knows is right when he knows it, it will all end! And so will you. The Future for all of us won‟t become real. I have to go back and find him and them and you too –- now. 16 How? It‟s his story now -- wait for me. She shrugs with her eyebrows, slowly dissolving... Others on the “street” which looks like a manmade grove of trees, watch, unimpressed, one of them dissolving and another appearing...! EXT. MANSION BACKYARD – DAY In the pool Ligor stares at Ayam; she spits water in his face. LIGOR I could do that too. AYAM You won‟t yet. LIGOR When will I? AYAM After you “clear the air”? A. The baby is born. B.) Life in the home. C.) The boy becomes a man. D.) Girls. E.) Christmas! F.) Recreation. Ligor turns and sees the filmmakers in the pool aroud him now filming over his shoulder on her. Ligor flashes a vengeance. LIGOR Just list life‟s moments and memories! You were born and then you die? But what happens in between? Does anybody really know? I‟ve lived it all -- and died -- while alive now! I can‟t tell you how but I have to -- so no one else will suffer this way: When you know it‟s over, life ends. All that is you. MIKE What happened? What‟s happening -- now? MARK What does this mean? She‟s an alien and you‟re an... ashole?! I came here to make a movie but it‟s “History” already?!