IMPRINTED, a sci-fi thriller based on "Rub-a-Dub," a short story by Daniel Galouye.
Miami 2080: Ten years after the floods. Teenaged Vivien embarks on an eight year space mission to save Earth; alone except for the minds of three brilliant astronauts... and a psychopath... imprinted in her brain.
Winner, Best Feature in Artistic Vision Category, Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition.
Scriptwriter's Network High Concept Screenplay Contest, Semifinalist
5th Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, Semifinalist
NYLA International Film Festival, Best Script
Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest, Finalist
Oaxaca Film Festival, Finalist
“Sorry Vivien, you’re just collateral damage."
South Florida, the near future. Climate change has left many coastal cities, including Miami, flooded and nearly uninhabitable. There are tent cities clustered on the tops of buildings, yachts gathered covered-wagon style with armed gunman patrolling the decks and pointing their weapons at passing helicopters.
Earth will soon be unlivable. Humanity needs a new home.
The Last Seed Co. makes a desperate attempt to save humanity by developing a mission to seed organic life on one of Jupiter's moons. But they can only send a small ship, just big enough for one person to stay alive for the eight-year mission. And who better for the task than Vivian, a bright 14-year-old .
But Vivian will have some company in the journey into space – sort of. Scientist Jeanne Dorfman has developed a technique to imprint the knowledge of three adult astronauts—Paulsen the pilot, Vivien’s father the biologist, and Craig the engineer-onto the mind of a child. But Dorfman is unable to let her experiment go without her.
Once out in space Vivien does her best to adapt to living with the imprints. She feels haunted, and wakes up covered with cuts and bruises. Dorfman's imprint, stowed away in the recesses of Vivien's mind has a glitch and is now psychotic.
With the help of the imprints of her father and Craig the engineer, Vivien wrestles control away from the psycho-Dorfman imprint just long enough to complete the mission.
In spite of all her efforts the mission fails. But Vivien and the astronaut imprints learn something that might help save Earth.
Vivien makes it home eager to share her discovery, only to find that real Dorfman sells the Imprinting technology as a guarantee of immortality. Dorfman craves a Nobel Prize, fame and fortune ...but Vivien is determined to stop her at any cost.
ALISON MCMAHAN owns the rights to the short story, “Rub-a-Dub” by Daniel Galouye that inspired this screenplay (Galouye’s novel Simulacron 3 became the film The 13th Floor). McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter and author and an independent filmmaker. Her most recent documentary, Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs, narrated by Sam Waterston, will soon air on BBC Scotland.