Virtual Event

Thursday, July 29 at 7:00PM pt

in conversation with DAVID RITZ

Sharp, fast-paced, and deftly observant, STRAIGHT DOPE is 21st century noir straddling two L.A. worlds: The panic and desperation of addiction, and the even more desperate ambitions of Hollywood!

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Bobby Zorn, a once successful screenwriter and recovering addict, gets a call from an ex-girlfriend. But she doesn't want to get back together, she wants him to find Kyle Strange, an old running partner of Bobby's. Kyle was with the ex's sister when she overdosed at a seedy L.A. motel. The ex claims she's trying to recover a family heirloom that was in her sister's bag, but what she's really after is something far more valuable. Can Bobby find Kyle before the pull of his old life takes him down, and what about his big pitch, a last gasp chance to get back the screenwriting career that drugs took away?

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Tommy Swerdlow is an American actor and screenwriter. He has appeared in such films as Howard the Duck(1986) and Spaceballs (1987) and co-wrote the screenplays of Cool Runnings (1993), Little Giants (1994), Snow Dogs (2002) and The Grinch (2018). Swerdlow made his directorial debut with the 2017 feature A Thousand Junkies.



in conversation

David Ritz has written definitive bios of Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, ghostwritten autobios of everyone from Ray Charles to Willie Nelson and co-composed “Sexual Healing” with Marvin Gaye.