Return from Tomorrow

“For now I saw that it was not light but a Man who had entered the room, or rather, a Man made out of light, though this seemed no more possible to my mind than the incredible intensity of the brightness that made up His form.”

Project type: Narrative Feature
Project status: Development
Producer: James Guyer
Writer: Kevin Bernhardt
Line Producer: Jim Bigham
Legal & Sales: George Rush
 
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Logline

A young man unexpectedly dies. Guided by a brilliant being of light, he is transported to hell, heaven, and other dimensions in between. He is returned back to life into his body against his will. Though transformed by his encounter with infinite love, he struggles to accept his fateful return to earth and the responsibilities that come with it.

Synopsis

George contracts a severe infection and dies.

Bewildered, that he is conscious he desperately searches for his lifeless body – there must be some mistake here, how can he somehow be alive and dead at the same time?

In utter loneliness and crushed by his awareness of his own impurities and emptiness, he sees no hope for himself. Desperately he cries out for help and instantly finds himself in the presence of a blinding light.

More than just a supernatural light, George realizes that the light radiates from a magnificent being. Immersed and transformed to the very depths of his soul by absolute love, a love so wonderfully powerful and freeing, George is certain never to leave this joy.

He is transported into the realms of hell, heaven, and other dimensions in between where he experiences that life beyond is often a construction magnified by the beliefs, emotions and actions we carry over from our life on earth.

However, George is shown these realities because he is being turned back to earth. Desperately he reaches out to stay as he is drawn back into his body.

Upon his awakening he is deeply altered, but certain he was not meant to return. He resents his fate to earth and everything about it. He longs for the presence of pure love. Of course this causes relationship problems with his girlfriend Marguerite who cannot comprehend his experience and the distance it has caused between them.

As he struggles to come to terms with his physical state, he vows to straighten out his life and fulfill the answer to the monumental question the being of light asked him, “What have you done with your life – how much have you loved?”

(Inspired by the true story, Return From Tomorrow written by George Ritchie with Elizabeth Sherrill has been translated into nine languages and never been out of print since 1978.)

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Meet the Filmmakers

James Guyer – Producer

Jim is Principal of The Calling Production a film production company. He produces films including: Ping Pong Summer, directed by Michael Tully and starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson; A Dangerous Practice (Predestinado), directed by Gustavo Fernandez starring James Faulkner, Danton Mello, and Juliana Paes. While he makes no comparisons to the legendary Frank Capra, Jim is inspired that Capra was a chemical engineer prior to his film career – Jim is a Civil Engineer with a University of London Masters in Law also practicing domestic and international dispute resolution on major construction projects.

Kevin Bernhardt – Writer

Kevin has over 34 produced screenplays ranging from commercial action to critically and spiritually-acclaimed films. In the past 4 years, he has had 4 films shot as a writer/producer with budgets ranging up to $30 million. His work has included Academy Award winners and nominees including Michael Caine, Dennis Hopper, Patti LuPone, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, John Lithgow, Nick Nolte, Djimon Hounsou, and Sylvester Stallone.

George Rush – Legal/Sales Rep

George M. Rush is an attorney who has practiced law since 2001 and is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers, stewarding them in the business and legal issues to make films both commercial and artistic successes. His clients include producers, directors, screenwriters and investors in development, production and distribution phases of filmmaking George also produces films, including: Entertainment, directed by Rick Alverson and starring Gregg Turkington and John C. Reilly.; Ping Pong Summer, directed by Michael Tully and starring Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson (Sundance 2014); The Informant, a documentary directed by Jamie Meltzer (2012 Doc NYC Grand Jury Prize Winner); and 4th and Goal, a documentary directed by Nina Gilden Seavey (2010); Sorry to Bother You, which sold for a near record seven-figure deal at Sundance 2018.

Jim Bingham – Line Producer

A graduate of the London Film School, Jim is a diehard filmmaker since the early 1970s. Jim has worked all over the United States and abroad handling many levels of production on projects including major feature films, television, documentaries and hundreds of national and international commercial campaigns. He has over thirty feature film credits including iconic Great Expectations, Body Heat, Plastic and Bad Boys. Line producer for Turner Classics, Chasing the Dream, Academy Award nominated documentary. UPM/Line Producer Marvel’s Black Widow. He production managed Tim Burton film titled, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and was supervising producer of 2nd unit production on Burton’s Dumbo, released May 2019. Jim received a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for the feature film Sweet Land, which he produced.

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Contact

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