INT. SMALL HOUSE, AUSTIN TEXAS, FEB, 2, 1978 - DAY
JEREMIAH RA RICHARDS squeezes out into the arms of a MIDWIFE (30s, hippie). He doesn't know it, but his parents were expecting a girl so he remains nameless for 3 days. Forced to provide a name on the birth certificate, they use Jeremiah, after having recently seen Jeremiah Johnson in the theatre. Little did they know, he would be the farthest thing from a mountain man they could have imagined.
EXT. DIRT ROAD, AUSTIN TEXAS, 3.5 YEARS LATER - DAY
Jeremiah and his MOM (28, French) pull up to his FATHER'S (30, hippie). The place is empty. The NEIGHBOR (20s, female) says he moved out last week. Little did Jeremiah know, he would never see his father again. Relax, he's not dead, just a deadbeat father.
INT. AIRPLANE, 3 YEARS LATER - NIGHT
Jeremiah holds his Mom's hand as they take off for France. She hates flying. He loves it. They're moving to France to be closer to family. For the next 8 years they will move back and forth between the south of France and the Southwest United States 5 times until...
INT. SANTA FE PREP SCHOOL, 1992 - DAY
Jeremiah steps out of his mom’s car into his first day of high school. He will spend the next 4 years here, in one place, a record since he was born.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 1996 - DAY
Event though it was a party school, Jeremiah didn't drink much, or skip class, he would save the drinking for later in life (see 2002-present), and stick to showing up to classes, concerts, movies, and events he paid for as he felt it frivolously wasteful not to.
INT. DORM ROOM, SPRING 1997 - DAY
The phone RINGS, yes it's a hard lined phone, cell phones weren't so common and Jeremiah refused to have one until sometime in 2002 when it seemed like it would help his dating life. In retrospect, he wonders if after all these years it hasn't done the opposite, although he still uses dating apps (while complaining about them). Jeremiah picks up the phone after contemplating letting it go to voicemail.
Formalities ensue until AURYN (19, best friend) asks him this:
Wanna work on the movie I wrote this summer?
INT. PRODUCTION MEETING, SUMMER 1997 - DAY
A team of young independent hopeful filmmakers fills the room. Jeremiah came on as a prop master/set designer, knowing little about film. He turned down playing himself in the movie, because he's not an actor and the writers took many creative liberties in creating his character. Jeremiah would later learn that is what writers do and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact it's one of the many signs of a good writer.
INT. LAW FIRM, SUMMER 1998 - DAY
Jeremiah steps into an office. Two female LAWYERS (30s) greet him. Much goes through his mind, mostly comparing last summer working on a film set to what's in store this summer working in a law firm. He can't help but wonder why he chose to study political science in the hopes of being a lawyer. Film, he had fallen in love with.
EXT. BEACH, SOUTH OF FRANCE, 1999 - DAY
Jeremiah takes in the summer breeze, with no work obligations for the next few months. He should probably be writing down ideas for his screenplay but the ocean calls. Not that he didn't carry a small notebook to write ideas in, he filled many over the years until...
EXT. CITY OF LOS ANGELES, FEB 1, 2008 - DAY
Jeremiah pulls up to a house near Miracle Mile. This will be his first Los Angeles home, on the day before he turns 30. t's almost 10 years since he fell in love with film and he still hasn't finished a screenplay (although he's started many and traveled to many exotic countries, gathering experiences, stories, and adventures). Now that he's in LA he thinks within 5 year's time he will be selling and making movies.
INT. DESK, 5 YEARS LATER - DAY
This is going to take longer. Much longer. These are the thought running through his head as he finishes his 4th or 5th screenplay. By his math it took him about 11 years to finally finish one but now he’s on track to write at least one a year. He checked his savings, and makes a decision that will, to some people, seem crazy. He quits his job and decides to write full time. Monday through Friday (sometimes weekends), from 10am-5pm.
INT. JEREMIAH'S LOFT, FIRST DAY OF WRITING - MORNING
Jeremiah sits at his computer. A blank page stares at him.
Ok, this is it. You wanted time to write, you should probably write.
Oh look a bird!
The bird flies out of sight. SNAPS back into focus. This cycle would continue for the next year, with moments (weeks) of clarity and focus that would lead to the eventual completion of 3 scripts. Ok we’re getting somewhere. He thinks.
INT. DESK, PRESENT - DAY
Back at the desk, Jeremiah realizes this bio is getting a little long. To catch you up, after that year writing he freaked out and flew to New York to do some corporate editing to get out of the debt he accumulated writing. Just when he had given up on getting feedback from a contact (an established Hollywood writer) and was ready to move to NYC to edit full time, the call came in. The gist: You're a good writer, I want to help, but don't get your hopes up, this takes years, and that’s if you’re lucky.
He was on a fight back to LA that week. He had never really left, in his mind, a lover of California sunshine and 70 degree weather. He still hasn’t sold anything but continues to write because that’s what he loves.
Unique traits: Speak French fluently.
BUFFALO THUNDER Horror ⋄ Comedy When a group of friends win a trip to fuck-where New Mexico they get more than they bargained for. 6 WORD LOGLINE: Vacation gone bad. Native American zombies.
CLOUDS Animation ⋄ Comedy When a young cloud and his crush get lost on family vacation they must find their way home before they evaporate. (Finding Nemo in the sky)
BILL Comedy ⋄ Drama A man who lives alone runs away from home. 6 WORD LOGLINE: Lives alone. Runs away from himself.
DIRTY OLD MAN Comedy When his best friend steals his wife and sets him up to take the fall in their very profitable “import/export business,” he ends up in jail figuring out ways to exact revenge and get his wife back.6 WORD LOGLINE: Best friend. Betrayal. Revenge. (The Miami Vice Big Lebowski)
THE GOLDEN GATE Comedy When a girl wakes up one morning and decides to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge she invites her best friend on a road trip to join her.6 WORD LOGLINE: Suicide road trip. Best friend joins.
THE LONG CON Comedy A long-con leaves a man chasing his wife, best friend, and money across the Southwest with a beautiful bounty hunter as his only ally.6 WORD LOGLINE: Best friend. Steals wife. Road trip.
SPRING BREAK Comedy When a single father finds a box of condoms in his daughter’s spring break luggage, he enlists the help of his 3 best friends to follow her to Cancun to stop her from having sex. 6 WORD LOGLINE: Daughter. Spring Break. Dad. Friends. Spy.
THE BACHELORS Comedy A group of friends decides to go on fake bachelor parties to get laid.6 WORD LOGLINE: Fake bachelor parties to get laid.
LIFE SUPPORT Comedy A super controlling wife pushes her husband to hiring a fake therapist to get his life back.A comedy of errors and love ensues.6 WORD LOGLINE:Husband. Controlling wife. Fake therapist.
CURSED Comedy The most non superstitious workaholic becomes unbearably superstitious after a joke visit to the psychic reveals she will lose her job, and has 30 days to find a man or end up alone for the rest of her life.6 WORD LOGLINE: 30 days. Or she’s alone. Forever.
by VoxLox (Documentary) Editor Editor for VoxLox Media Arts.
Prix Bartok, Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris, for "A Por Por Funeral for Ashirifie" documentary.
University of Arizona