Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My latest take on how a "Do Ask Do Tell" movie should be set up

As I narrow down my plans, I wanted to outline my latest concept of how a rogue “Do Ask Do Tell” movie might be structured.  I’m going to keep it pretty general, but show how the material would be set up.

A movie needs to tell a story, which for me is first “how I did it” (a new form of self-publishing or perhaps self-broadcast) and what I did, which could have made a real difference in not only repealing “don’t ask don’t tell”, but also Lawrence v. Texas and other Internet censorship matters.  I stayed in the game, but in a morally double-edged fashion.

The "story", however, may sometimes be more interesting (and mysterious) if presented in layered fashion.

Imagine that the movie (all in 2.35:1) opens in black and white, with a high school senior reviving a late middle aged substitute teacher, me, with a defib pack. The film continues with the student and his younger brother, perhaps a sophomore, visiting “me” in the hospital. The older student is a computer geek, they younger one is a music composer.  The “me” character declines surgery and I get out of the hospital, as the two brothers then draw me into their world, getting daring with P2P on computers so they can get my music entered into the computer and performed.

The film presents what seems like a backstory in color (with past in sepia and more current in full hue), of my own earlier music lessons and traces why I failed to make music my life’s work. It shows a trip to Philadelphia to meet the cast of Everwood at a shopping mall, a TV series that also poses a young person’s music career gone wrong. But then the younger brother has found my “other” story on the Internet with search engines, and I start explaining (shown in flashbacks) my William and Mary expulsion. Other students (shown in present day color) know of my involvement with repealing don’t ask don’t tell. I explain the nexus of these to the younger brother (in fiction, with more true flashbacks) with typical “libertarianesque” ideology.

In time, we see that the black-and-white is “fiction” and is a story (or screenplay) that I had posted on the Internet (maybe in the spirit of the movie “Adaptation”), and the relationship with the two brothers, in the alternate universe, gets me into deep trouble, after the younger brother gets a fake ID and shows up at a bar and participates in a “barbering ritual”.  The complications (in fiction) lead to my “arrest” and eventual imprisonment, and intrusive “psychiatric” probing. Then, another heart attack, and in fiction “I” die in prison. But the younger brother plays my music, resurrected by technology, in concert, as the younger brother moves from being a composer or content-creator to a performer.

Then we switch back to present day, in color, and dramatize the circumstances under which I let a teacher know about my work on the web. Although this has worked well before, it leads to confrontations, as to why (in a Facebook-like world where one’s identity object is allowed only one “instance”) I had besmirched myself on the web, even in fiction, even to make a point.  It’s a sort of “William and Mary II”.

The film switches into interview mode. There are a couple of possibilities of who the interviewer is: an investor, an employer, or maybe even a prosecutor.  I am not sure.  But I must “defend my life”, while trying to identify the interviewer (again, in “Facebook” mode).  

Here the story of the most recent act of my life, tracing the eldercare situation and the way my own political activities had affected it, and even the emotional challenges, is shown – but there is more talk here.  You could say that it makes the case for “the natural family”, for some conformity as necessary for “sustainability”, and even a new “social contract” (which turns out to be an old one).  And at the end I must identity the interviewer, where a nemesis or opportunity. Is she of this world?  

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