Monday, August 22, 2011

Workshopping the "Citizen" Script

An exciting thing that happened these last months was a writing workshop I held in early July, bringing together my co-writers Mark McKeown, Caroline Chang and myself for a three-day-weekend meeting here at the Reflektiv base in Los Angeles.

Based on extensive, ongoing research and a detailed treatment, I wrote a first draft of the The Assassination of a Citizen screenplay in the fall of 2010. Mark and Caroline took that and did their very own rewrites, each focusing on issues and notes we discussed before.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Where are they from? Where are they going? - Part 1

Part of my research for my film project temporarily titled The Assassination of a Citizen takes me into the Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic in Norwalk, CA (SYCRCC). This is a 3-part report of my experiences there. 

Some before me have “embedded” themselves in a gang for research purposes, may that be in the name of science, for criminal investigations or creative purposes. People want to hear that you've lived with gang members. While I think that's admirable and warranted with other subject matters, I think it’s important to keep an outsiders view on it because only then is it possible to create something differentiated and balanced.