Englishman Lawrence Rob (60), alias Sunbird, is now retired from thirty-five years of fighting for his own child-rescue Foundation (called Foundation) after the kidnapping of his daughter. Now living in relative obscurity and working only as an occasional consultant to the Foundation, he’s employed as a full-time tech in a small UC Berkeley lab.
Since he left full involvement with the Foundation six years earlier, its infrastructure has slowly fallen into financial problems. Donorship has fallen radically, and his Foundation colleagues don’t have the PR and financial acumen to save it.
Then, unknown to Sunbird, some colleagues at UC Berkeley, friends, and family find archives that Sunbird’s deceased journalist lover, Fatima, left to UC Berkeley’s library, that contain audio and visual records of many years of secret Foundation history: battles against human traffickers, interviews, horrendous images of abused children, etc. After successfully hacking into the archives, they’re hoping that, with proof of Sunbird’s years of saving thousands, they can help him raise funding for the Foundation and even nominate him for the purse-rich Nobel Peace Prize.
The problem: they know Sunbird wouldn’t want the Foundation to be compromised, fearing loss of Foundation effectiveness and breaches of security for volunteers. But only if Sunbird releases the archives can they submit his accomplishments to the Nobel committee. To disguise their intentions, they need to convince him to release the archives to Interpol, which has helped the Foundation considerably in the past, that the agency needs the archives to improve the way they deal with traffickers. Perhaps Sunbird would trust Interpol to not compromise the Foundation. They need to hurry because the nominations deadline is soon upon them.
Writer Biography - Kevin Dobbs
Kevin Dobbs, after 35 years of publishing fiction, poetry, essays, and academic writing, is getting serious about screenwriting. His screenplays have now placed in a number of competitions and have been nominated at film festivals: Montreal Independent Film Festival (current Nominee), NYC International Screenplay Awards (Finalist), Table Read My Screenplay, ISA Emerging Screenwriters Drama, UK Film Festival London, Portland Screenplay Awards, Toronto Film and Script Awards, Shore Scripts Feature Contest, etc.
Kevin has lived and taught at universities in the USA, China, Japan, the UAE, and Qatar. He's also done considerable NGO work over the years, mainly in the Far East.
While 'Sunbird' by Kevin Dobbs has emotional undercurrent which makes it a good read, there is tremendous potential to transform this non-linear narrative into a captivating and thought-provoking journey on screen. Dobbs has created a truly memorable reading experience. 'Sunbird' has the ability to captivate readers and leave a lasting impact.
Project Type: Screenplay
Number of Pages: 124
Country of Origin: United States
First-time Screenwriter: No
Student Project: No