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FISH BIOLOGIST SEEKS HELP WITH MOVIE TREATMENT FOR BIG-PICTURE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM (DQ-V1)
In all sincerity, it's my belief that a powerful heart-wrenching environmental message must awaken the masses as to the real dilemma facing mankind.
Since none of us is as smart as all of us, it's going to take several talented people to get the right message across that gets the average person to never see themselves - or their place in the environment - the same way ever again.
I certainly don't have the talent to get such a message out, but I do believe that I have the basis for such a message that can be told in an entertaining way.
I hope that someday, someone connected to Hollywood will take the time to hear me out; something that might require sitting beside a campfire and Alaska pristine river for several days, because this is not a simple, straight-forward story narrative.
This story narrative is akin to a Robert Altman film because he "loved the chaotic nature of real life, with conflicting perspectives, surprising twists, unexplained actions, and ambiguous endings."
Here is the logline: This is a story about an unknown and unassuming - possibly delusional - fish biologist living in the middle of nowhere leading a life no different than Dr. Joel Fleischman of the Emmy winning show Northern Exposure of years gone by. This biologist - known to some of his colleagues as “The Don Quixote Of Fish Biologists” - is perversely driven to make a difference in curbing the relentless onslaught of ecological stressors that Homo sapiens (i.e., “the wise ones”) inflicts on planet earth by reaching the masses in a way that gets the individual to fully contemplate their place in the environment and never see themselves or the environment the same way ever again.
It’s a story not unlike a Robert Altman film; in fact, it’s very much like Prairie Home Companion, which Altman directed. Speaking of Prairie Home Companion, this biologist’s narrative mirrors a Garrison Keillor News From Lake Wobegon yarn. The only difference is that the eccentric people in the biologist’s story are real - including every zany adventure and misadventure…not to mention the potential impending dreadful societal consequences that mirror sci-fi movies of old.
However, it’s mostly about his failed attempts - including the myriad letters, e-mails, videos, and phone calls he’s made to influential writers, conservationists, actors, psychiatrists, and film industry personnel with hopes of recruiting their help - in his pursuit of getting such a noble and lofty message out. His story is not unlike Colonel Sanders who had over 1,000 rejections before someone was willing to give his chicken recipe a try.
Throughout our biologist's decades-long quest to make that difference, he eventually realizes just how profound Joseph Campbell’s words are: "We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world."
Ultimately, it's a story about psychology and mental illness and the need for the human race to “get in charge of itself psychologically” and realize that each and every individual, in some way, is part of the impending environmental quandary…and the solution if mankind is to avert unimaginable widespread ecological and social calamity.
In the end, this film will take a critical and irreverent look at the human race, and ask the ultimate question, "Are Homo sapiens (i.e., "the wise ones") capable of coming together and averting a calamitous future?