Into the Valley
Updated: Sep 7
A few years ago I optioned the rights to Ruth Galm's debut novel, Into the Valley. I have since adapted it into a screenplay and am in the process of attaching a female director, DP, and looking for financing.
In order to promote interest in the feature, I also wrote a short proof of concept based on the screenplay. We raised over $40,000 via Seed&Spark in June, filmed on location in the Sacramento Valley in July, and began post-production in August.
Please check out the crowdfunding page for more info.
Into the Valley has placed as a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft's Feature Competition 2022 and Outstanding Screenplay's Feature Competition 2021. The short was a finalist in WeScreenplay's Shorts Contest 2021 and made Barnstorm Fest's Short List 2021. To view all rankings, please visit my Coverfly Page.
In 1967 San Francisco, a former debutante suffering from anxiety, flees her dead-end life for a new identity in the Sacramento Valley, but her journey takes a turn through taboo relationships and a check-fraud scheme she follows to dangerous depths.
Tonal/Stylistic Notes: A 1960s Thelma and Louise "woman on the run" film meets On the Road told through a Terrence Malick lens. The protagonist, B., is a female anti-hero struggling with existence and gender roles, lost on the open road.
Emily Somers ©