The Man from Earth is a 2007 Americandramascience fiction filmwritten byJerome Bixbyand directed byRichard Schenkman. It starsDavid Lee Smithas John Oldman, the protagonist. The screenplay was conceived by Jerome Bixby in the early 1960s and completed on his deathbed in April 1998.The film gained recognition in part for being widely distributed through Internetpeer-to-peer networks, which raised its profile. The film was later adapted by Schenkman into a stage play of the same name. The plot focuses on John Oldman, a departing university professor, who claims to be aCro-Magnon(orMagdaleniancaveman) who has secretly survived for more than 14,000 years. The entire film is set in and around Oldman's house during his farewell party and is composed almost entirely of dialogue. The plot advances through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members.