Script for Sale is a tiny film with a lot of heart. I should know, I was one of the co-producers on the project. Much time and passion went into the documentary, which tells the story of Ben Resella, a 91-year old former scenic designer and resident of The Motion Picture and Television Fund, who is trying to sell his first screenplay. The Fund, as its called for short, is a retirement community for the entertainment industry, with the sole purpose of providing assistance to those in need.
I first blogged about the documentary a few days before our June 5th premiere at LA’s Dances with Films festival. The screening was superb, with many residents of the Fund in attendance. The audience laughed and cried at all the right moments. It was a true feeling of togetherness. Following a great Q&A with director Marie Tang, producer Jennifer Clymer, Ben’s granddaughter Emilia Resella, and his mentor, screenwriter Stephen Mazur, was an afterparty at Sushi Dan on Sunset Blvd. It felt like a real sense of community with so much love and support from everyone in attendance.
Script for Sale has a few more screenings coming up in the next few months, which I am excited about. The Fund will have its own screening on July 14th, the first time the film will be seen there in its final completed form. Can’t wait to share news about that in the coming weeks.
Until next time…
The Accidental Blogger