This week’s Writer Wednesday post goes out to screenplay writer/director Israel Luna, whom some of you may remember from this ancient post I wrote on my old blog about his premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.
I’ve known Israel since I was fifteen years old and spending the summer with my dad, who somehow convinced him that I should be allowed in their writer’s group, otherwise attended by very talented, very serious adult writers. I was more than out of my league, but I felt fortunate to be allowed to have a chair and a voice in a room filled with such a great group of supportive fellow writers. Despite the age difference, they all went out of their way to make me feel welcome and at home with them, Israel especially.
At the time, he was working on the script for a film that he eventually produced under the title Fright Flick.
His newest film, The Ouija Experiment, is another in the horror genre and highly entertaining. He and his producer Toni Miller are currently working out distribution for it and submitting it to various film festivals. I’m really excited to see where it goes!
The screening was a huge success. The movie played to a packed house and afterwards there was a Q&A and meet-and-greet with the actors and behind-the-scenes people who worked on the film. It was a really great time!
I highly suggest that when it’s widely available, you all go out a buy a copy. In the meantime, a few of his other films (including my personal favorite, Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives) are available on Netflix so go ahead and catch up on any you haven’t had the good fortune to watch yet!
Happy Writer’s Wednesday, all :)
**Especially you, Izzy!**