LA Festival Script: The Run Around, by Alex Leopardi, Jovanny Alfonso

Logline: All she wants is to reconnect with her deadbeat dad, but when he parties too hard one night, she’s dragged into a wild, hopeless hunt for his cell phone with photos that could land them both in deep trouble.

“The Run Around” combines elements of “We’re the Millers” and “The House.” Straight-A college freshman, JESSICA (Laura Marano-type), wants to reconnect with her father, DANIEL, after years of a rocky relationship. She even ditches her wild spring break plans to visit him. The problem is that he keeps forgetting he’s a father and that his daughter is in town to be with him. One nice day full of emotional conversation and re-connection, is followed by a night of partying for Daniel…without Jessica. When he returns, he’s in a daze, but he knows he’s in a jam that he can’t get out of on his own. In his drunken state, he thought he’d be able to get out of his debt to the area’s biggest drug dealer by catching him in mid-transaction on his cell phone. But it’s hard to be stealthy when you’re on countless drugs and alcohol. Now he needs help finding his phone before the dealer does something more than just make him settle his debt. Somehow, he ropes Jessica into helping him chase down his phone, though it won’t be easy. It’s one thing after another as father and daughter race around town chasing one foggy memory after another.

Writer Biography – Alejandro Leopardi, Jovanny Alfonso

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I’ve sold a feature-length drama/action that is being premiered in Toronto, Canada this month. In addition, I have also had female-driven thriller and a romantic comedy optioned. Additionally, another script of mine, a coming-of-age story, won Best Narrative at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.

I have worked as producer on six short films, including writing and directing three of those short films.

In addition to screenwriting, I also write short stories and have been a freelance writer and editor for over a decade.

Writer Statement

I strive to write works that resonate with a wide array of audiences.

LA Festival Script: Along the Way, by Alex Leopardi

Logline: An intelligent, studious teen turns to alcohol to cope with the unexpected obstacles that threaten his path towards the first in his family to attend college.

“Along the Way” is written along the lines of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Edge of Seventeen.” This is the story of Julian, a Latino entering his senior year of high school full of promise. Julian has done well in school, his studious behavior fueled by his mother’s constant reminder that she immigrated to the U.S. to give him and his sister a better life. But the constant pressure put on him by his mother has built to a breaking point for Julian. He takes this final year to branch out and let loose. He chases after girls, but finds repeated failure, and is even strung along by Natalie, a girl he has a hard crush on. At the hotel where he’s employed – thanks to mom – Julian is exposed to a supervisor who tries to shatter his self-esteem, and a few hotel guests who are full of hatred and racism. When Julian accidentally commits a hit and run – spurred by Natalie’s impatience – the other driver catches up to Julian and begins legal proceedings for a lawsuit based not on the accident, but on revenge. This threatens his future, as well as that of his family.

All of these events, these unforeseen obstacles, become catalysts for the consumption and over-reliance on alcohol. Drinking and partying, the things he swore off long ago to focus on school, become his only coping mechanisms for the impediments that stand in his way to being the first in his family to attend university. But in trying to deal with his problems, Julian begins to distance himself from his long-time friends, his family, and even himself. The harsh realities outside of his high school life, on top of all the mounting pressure to succeed, may prove to be more than Julian can handle on his own.

Writer Biography – Alejandro Leopardi

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I’ve sold a feature-length drama/action script that was produced and has won Best Screenplay and Best Canadian Feature, among other awards and nominations. In addition, I have also had female-driven thriller and a romantic comedy optioned. Additionally, this script won Best Narrative at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.

I have worked as producer on six short films, including writing and directing three of those short films.

In addition to screenwriting, I also write short stories and have been a freelance writer and editor for over a decade.

Writer Statement

I strive to write works that resonate with a wide array of audiences.