Into the Valley
Updated: Mar 19
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.
In order to promote interest in the feature, I also wrote a short proof of concept based on the screenplay. We raised over $50,000 via Seed&Spark over the summer, filmed on location in the Sacramento Valley in July, and began post-production in August. The film was completed in February 2023 and we are in the process of submitting to festivals.
Into the Valley has placed as a quarterfinalist in both ScreenCraft's Feature and Drama Competitions 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 ©
Director: Emily Sandifer
Writer: Emily Somers
Based on the Novel by Ruth Galm
Cinematographer: Jon Pears
Producers: Emily Somers, Emily Sandifer, Callmeana