Tales from the Zirzameen

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COMEDY DRAMA MEMOIR WAR ACTION ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL

1980s & '90s

Brian Hanson Appleton

Logline

Tales of the Zirzameen is an autobiographical series of short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting in summer of 1966 and then from 1974-1979 including 5 months after the revolution. I was taken hostage during the revolution. Also included my return visit for the first time since the revolution in 2007.

Genre

Comedy, Drama, Memoir, War, Action, Adventure, Biographical

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan, Shomal in Iran

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2008

Starting Description

12 short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting at age 16 in summer 0f 1966. Living in Iran from 1974-1979, acting in two films, working for various employers, being taken hostage during the revolution, rescued by Iranian woman.

Ending Description

I return to Iran in 2007 for the first time in 32 years and visit the daughter of the woman who freed me from hostage situation. Also visit Behesht e Zahra, national cemetery to see the graves of Iran Iraq war dead.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions,changing outsiders perceptions about Iran and Iranians. Showing their great humanity.

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Main Character Details

Name: The main character is me from age 16-57

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Engaging, Funny, Romantic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Beautiful, Sophisticated, Educated, Empathetic, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Touss Sepehr

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Honorable, Sexy, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Gracious, Masculine, Charming, Complex, Confident, Engaging, Sophisticated, Empathetic, Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Parvin Ansary

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Selfless, Confident, Engaging, Gracious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Funny, Heroic, Skillful, Beautiful, Charming, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Perseverance, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Pouran Nafisi

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass, Confident, Empathetic, Sophisticated, Funny, Heroic, Secretive, Sexy, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Gracious, Selfless, Aggressive, Beautiful, Charming, Crazy

Logline

Tales of the Zirzameen is an autobiographical series of short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting in summer of 1966 and then from 1974-1979 including 5 months after the revolution. I was taken hostage during the revolution. Also included my return visit for the first time since the revolution in 2007.

Short Summary

12 short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting at age 16 in summer 0f 1966. Living in Iran from 1974-1979, acting in two films, working for various employers, being taken hostage during the revolution, rescued by Iranian woman.


I return to Iran in 2007 for the first time in 32 years and visit the daughter of the woman who freed me from hostage situation. Also visit Behesht e Zahra, national cemetery to see the graves of Iran Iraq war dead.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Voyage and Return,

Characters

Main Character

Name: The main character is me from age 16-57

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Engaging, Funny, Romantic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Beautiful, Sophisticated, Educated, Empathetic, Honorable

Character 1

Name: Touss Sepehr

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Honorable, Sexy, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Gracious, Masculine, Charming, Complex, Confident, Engaging, Sophisticated, Empathetic, Seductive

Character 2

Name: Parvin Ansary

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Selfless, Confident, Engaging, Gracious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Funny, Heroic, Skillful, Beautiful, Charming, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Perseverance, Secretive

Character 3

Name: Pouran Nafisi

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass, Confident, Empathetic, Sophisticated, Funny, Heroic, Secretive, Sexy, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Gracious, Selfless, Aggressive, Beautiful, Charming, Crazy

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