“The Man from Earth” (2007) is an indie drama (with sci-fi elements) written by Jerome Bixby and directed by Richard Schenkman. The screenplay was written by Bixby in the early 1960s and completed on his deathbed in April 1998. The film gained recognition in part for being widely distributed through peer-to-peer networks and was later adapted by Schenkman into a stage play of the same name.
A farewell party for departing university professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) takes an unusual turn when he reveals his true identity. The group is split on their appraisal of John’s motives and mental stability. The plot advances through intellectual arguments between the professor and colleagues on the veracity of his claims regarding his history and reason for leaving.