The final scene of “Driving Miss Mobley” will soon be available on Medium (sempervirens117.medium.com) later today. Once posted, it will join the other scenes from all 4 previous acts, plus the prologue, to form a completed screenplay. Next up? Submitting an edited version to screenwriting fellowship competitions this spring.
Here is the logline, in case you were wondering.
“A San Francisco wine critic explores spectacular destinations in California wine country in the five days leading up to Christmas with the help of her hired Tesla driver, and both of their lives are changed forever in this endearingly sweet yet caustically funny road trip adventure comedy.”
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The best way to read the screenplay is in continuous chronological order, but you could always take a poststructuralist approach and mix it up.
When made into a movie, the rating will likely be R for mature adult audiences due to strong language. There is no violent or sexual content.
I cannot express how grateful I am for the moral and social media support I received while working on this project. It has been an incredible experience. I visited so many amazing locations in Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the city of Santa Cruz over the course of researching and writing the screenplay. I sampled some outstanding wines, hiked some fantastic trails, and came to know some truly unique and memorable places through the people who live and work there.
I also am in awe of the current wine critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, who is one of the greatest voices of her generation when it comes to covering the California wine scene in all its full depth, range, and profundity. She has a starring role in this screenplay for very good and compelling reasons. Would that we might meet up one day in real life to begin a lasting and mutually beneficial friendship.
An earlier version of this screenplay was first published in January 2020 as a series of eighteen interlinked and illustrated Yelp reviews. Together, they formed a continuous narrative whose soundtrack, where indicated, could be played on YouTube or via a live streaming music service of one’s choice to enhance the reading experience.
While some of these reviews have since been removed by Yelp at the request of the business owners, others remain in their original formats. To my knowledge, this is the first full-length screenplay in movie history to have originated in this fashion.
This work is dedicated to anonymous members of America’s ride sharing community, especially those living in the San Francisco Bay Area who struggle daily to remain residents of the region, despite the high financial and emotional costs involved. I draw inspiration from underemployed people in the gig economy as a collective rather than any one specific individual or group.
This screenplay is a work of creative fiction, and that the events and people depicted are not real. The locations, however, are actual places that can and should be visited, once it is proper and safe to do so.
I look forward to sharing more updates on the progress of the Driving Miss Mobley screenplay in the weeks and months ahead. I also am excited to share more details on the larger Golden State Wine Chronicles tetralogy, of which DMD is the first of four planned storylines.
Driving Miss Mobley (set in wintertime locations in Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the city of Santa Cruz).
Weekend at Esther’s (to be set in post-COVID springtime locations in the East Bay, Lodi, and the Sierra Foothills).
Interview with a Wine Critic (to be set in post-COVID summertime locations in Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties).
Big Wine Nights (to be set in post-COVID autumn locations in San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties – including the Santa Barbara wine country that Rex Pickett made so famous in Sideways).
Until I post the next Golden State Wine Chronicles update (which you can receive by signing up for my blog), please do your part to #MakeMerlotGreatAgain and also seek out the wines, wineries, and winemakers mentioned. They are all extremely highly recommended. #MakeMineMerlot #Screenplay #Screenwriting #WineTasting #RoadTripAdventures #NapaValley #SantaCruzMountains #SonomaValley #SantaCruz #drivingmissmobley