LB: ‘Screw City’

by Larry Brody

One of the joys of teaching is seeing those you teach blossom and mature. The feelings created during that process are unmatched by anything I’ve ever experienced via writing.

Back in the twenty-oughts, one of my students at TVWriter University was Chicagoan Joselito Seldera. I’ve previously described him as “an excellent student, a fine writer, and a pretty damn good guy,” and he’s still all three of those things.

In 2003, Joselito was the Grand Prize Winner of TVWriter™’s SPEC SCRIPTACULAR Competition. His entry, Return to Manilla was a World War II drama that captured the era so perfectly you’d swear Joselito had lived through it (although he’s way too young for that). Just as importantly, he also managed to include a love story that could be used as the definition of “uplifting.”

Since then, Joselito has been hard at work growing and learning and developing in terms of both life and film making. You can find out all about that at good old IMDB. Meanwhile, here’s his personal update on what’s happening now:

Hello Friends and Colleagues! I hope you all are well!

I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to let you know about something new we’re doing in regards to raising money for my next feature. It’s Regulation Crowdfunding, i.e. Equity Crowdfunding. In short the JOBS Act made offering securities via online crowdfunding for both accredited and non-accredited investors LEGAL.

What this means is if you buy into this movie, unlike Kickstarter, you don’t just receive a “perk” or a “gift.” It’s an actual INVESTMENT. Due to SEC regulations we’re not allowed to give details privately, but everything you want to know about Regulation CF and SCREW CITY’s offering is available at .

I’d greatly appreciate it if you took a look at our campaign page and please share with anyone you think would be interested, either directly or via social media. And since is this a fairly new concept and would like to know about the whole process, how it’s going, etc., let me know and I’ll be glad to share with you our experience from day 1.

Here’s a little about the movie:

SCREW CITY is about a teenager trying to escape his rust-belt town through his punk rock band. What’s it really about? A kid afraid to end up alone, stuck, while the rest of the world moves all around him. Loosely based off an old high school friend and partially autobiographical, it took me a long, long time to discover this is the story I wanted and needed to tell.

It’s not only a story about hopes and dreams, but also reality, and how failure and disappointment doesn’t always mean an unhappy ending. It explores themes personal and dear to me, themes that helped me shape who I am today. SCREW CITY is my continuing homage to the Midwest.

Good friend, fellow USC alum and Chicago native, Chris Pratola, is producing with me. We’ve also recently brought on USC alums Adam Goral as cinematographer, Giles Andrew as our distribution producer/consultant, and Alixzandra Rothschild and Michaela Weissburg as co-producers.

SCREW CITY IS NOW LIVE! Visit for all the details!

You can also read more about the film and crew enlisted thus far on our website:

Thank you so very, very much!


Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.