Lone Pine resident and 2012 graduate Manuel Ruiz has won second place in the prestigious annual L.A. Screenplay Competition, which announced the final five finalists last week. These scripts are specially marked for production and will be passed around to producers in the business in hopes someone will decide to develop the project.
The final competition was described in a letter and an invitation to the final five red carpet event and ceremony.
“The semi-finalist screenplays were selected from hundreds of entries submitted from around the world,” the letter states. “Mr. Primorac” – Rafael Primorac, the president of the competition – “is always looking for screenplays to produce. All semi-finalists and winners will be considered for that over the next year.” The name of Ruiz’s play is “Lots of Luck in the Valley.”
In his pitch to the competition, Ruiz described his work as “the stories of two career criminals, a gangster’s girl friend, a young couple and a bookie, intertwined in a tale of violence, greed and redemption.”
Ruiz reported that, upon announcing his second-place win, Primorac told Ruiz he thought the script was very “commercial,” and that it should attract “a great cast and be easily made.”
(Read more in the Tuesday, Spet. 26, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)