Heaven Spent

A lonely young man, Micah Cohen, considers suicide, only to be visited by an “agent for the afterlife” who mistakenly thinks he’s already gone through with it. Rejuvenated by his new lease on life, Micah's determined to set things right…but when he discovers that Death itself is hunting him down, it’s up to Micah’s guardian angel – a rookie -- to save him. A dark reverse spin on Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

Heaven Spent is not a religious passion play (a la Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ), but a darkly satirical, modern-day urban fairy tale concerning the adventures of a young man coming to terms with life, death, and all their crummy consequences.

When Micah Cohen was five years old, he lost his parents to a horrible accident. He was convinced he would have died himself, had it not been for his guardian angel—in the form of a little girl he never saw again.

Now, over twenty years later, Micah believes that his life has become too hard, his existence too inconsequential. He decides to end it all … but the attempt fails ridiculously.

That’s just when Coltan pops up in the middle of Micah’s living room. Possessing supernatural powers and a sadistic sense of humor, this bumbling "agent for the afterlife" has come to collect Micah’s soul. But one, small technicality prevents Coltan from carrying out his mission: Micah isn’t dead yet. Rejuvenated by his new lease on life, Micah’s determined to set things right. One good thing comes in Christine, a young homeless woman he befriends. Yet soon Micah discovers that his days are numbered, for death itself is hunting him down. And it is Micah’s guardian angel—Christine—who will decide his soul’s fate when the time comes. Life, it seems, isn’t the only thing that’s a bitch. Heaven Spent was featured on entertainment website AintItCoolNews as one of the best "undiscovered" scripts of 2000; it was also a second place winner at Words From Here's Third Annual Screenplay Competition.

Written by:
In the Vein Of:
Heaven Can Wait
City of Angels
Defending Your Life
Author Bio:
Adam McDaniel is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and writer. He is also a complete nerd and movie geek.


He attended New York's Vassar College, winning honors at various festivals for his student film work and receiving the college's academic film & cinematography prize upon graduation. He also wrote and directed a three-hour stage play that had the misfortune of opening the same night as an on-campus Billy Joel concert.


Growing up in Connecticut and New Jersey, he was largely a self-taught artist, drawing at an early age and winning several local and regional art competitions.

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Contest Results:
Words From Here (Second Place) [2005]