A World War II Liberator’s daughter honors his legacy by battling disabilities, discrimination, and hate in her journey from homeless to repairing our broken world.
A 6-part TV Series
(c) 2022…Deborah Levine Enterprises LLC
Pilot Summary: ADRIFT Part A
This story of overcoming adversity features a young woman adrift in New York City. She experiences hate and bullying like so many immigrants and wants to return home to Bermuda. Her father, a World War II military intelligence officer, wants the family to experience a Jewish community. Although her fragile health is at risk in America, Deborah uses her genius IQ to attend Radcliffe/Harvard University. Always outspoken, she challenges the university’s status quo while pursuing studies at Harvard Divinity School and in Folklore and Mythology.
Midway through college, she returns home, her body racked with mysterious inflammation. Like so many young women suffering similarly, Deborah is told it’s all in her head and is sent to a psychiatric hospital. Determination drives her back to Harvard, but insufficiently recovered, she again goes home, completing her degree in NYC.
Deborah’s parents are disappointed and insist that she not be a financial burden. Pressured to quickly get a job after graduation, she becomes a file clerk in Manhattan’s Garment District. Experiencing sexual harassment, she joins the first Women’s Liberation March and reconnects with girl friends.
Deborah finally gets promoted to secretary only to find out that her parents are relocating to Cincinnati for her father’s job. With no resources of her own, she has to leave with her parents for an unknown future in the Midwest. Discouraged, she almost gives up. But inspired by her friends, she prays for a future of fame and power.
EPISODE 2: ADRIFT Part B / Homeless
Deborah ends up in the ICU of a Cincinnati hospital, but starts a masters degree at the university when she recovers. Determined to be independent, she leaves the university and takes a job as director of a nonprofit. She marries and has a daughter before her health fails and she has to resign her job. The couple separate and husband leaves for a Chicago graduate school. Her mother suffers from cancer, her brother cuts her off and Deborah becomes a homeless single mom.
EPISODE 3: CAUGHT IN STORMY SEAS Part A / Despair
Deborah recovers slightly and joins her husband in Chicago at her parents’ insistence. She completes her masters degree in religion and takes an interfaith job with a Jewish organization. After directing a national interfaith conference, Deborah’s health forces her to resign. Although she pioneers a suburban interfaith coalition, is commissioned to write a book and is offered a brief consulting job researching the next century’s prayer book, financial issues pile up. Her mother dies and husband leaves for good. She despairs, but tries to go on living and writing.
EPISODE 4: CAUGHT IN STORMY SEAS Part B / The Battle
Looking for a stable life, Deborah remarries, completes a masters degree in religion, and takes a part-time job running a Jewish Federation. After interviewing Holocaust Survivors for her masters thesis, she’s motivated to move to Tulsa’s Federation after the OK City bombing. Deborah is trained by the FBI to deal with neo-Nazis. She discovers that dad was a US military intelligence officer in WW II assigned to interrogate Nazi POWs and confronts international Holocaust denier, David Irving. Deborah decides to dedicate her life to counteracting hate and antisemitism.
EPISODE 5: NAVIGATING DEEP WATERS Part A / Diversity
Deborah becomes a full-time executive director and builds Chattanooga’s Jewish cultural center. But she almost dies on a Uzbekistan mission, resigns, and her husband supports them as a math teacher. Her brother and father come to Chattanooga to support her as she heals. Recovering, she creates a Women’s Council on Diversity to stay active and connected to the community. When the Volkswagen plant is built in Chattanooga, her expertise in diversity and cross-cultural background surprisingly turns this hobby into a new profession training expats in the South.
EPISODE 6: NAVIGATING DEEP WATERS Part B / Sailing into Port
Deborah is named a Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer by Forbes Magazine. As the political environment becomes more divisive and hate groups multiply, she counteracts their hate and antisemitism in her writing and speaking. The additional visibility leads to her being targeting by neo-Nazi groups online and she’s again protected by the FBI. Determined to preserve her father’s legacy she transforms herself into a Holocaust Educator, using her dad’s letters to share his passion, and now hers. But surgery to save her life damages her voice. Unable to speak, she turns to writing and becomes an award-winning author of 15 books, founder/editor of the online American Diversity Report, and a newspaper opinion columnist. When her voice returns years later, she writes and narrates a radio theater script with her father’s letters. Deborah becomes known worldwide as a woman taking huge risks to counteract hate while overcoming disabilities and illnesses that threatened those efforts so many times.
20 FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The Liberator’s Daughter, is a Winner at 20 film festivals: WRPN Women’s International Film Festival, Hollywood Blvd Film Festival, Cineplay International, Dallas Shorts, Indiefare International, Airflix Film, Multi Dimension International, Bright International, EdiPlay International, Magic Silver Screen Festival, Medudsa Film Festival, Movie Play International, Red Moon Film Festival, Krimson Horyzon, Cult Movies Festival, Crown International, Swedish International, NYC International Film Festival, London New Wave Cinema Awards, Indie Cine Tube Awards.
– It’s also a Finalist at 3 film festivals: Delta International, Filmfest International, Blackboard International, + Honorable Mention at Critic’s Choice International. Continue reading TV Pilot Script: The Liberator’s Daughter