Luciana Lagana and Gregory Graham’s Feature Screenplay 'Old River Road' Receives Its First Award Nomination at the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition

This is the first award nomination for the feature screenplay of this wife-and-husband team, Dr. Luciana Lagana, a clinical psychologist, tenured California State University Northridge (CSUN) professor, and actor/producer, and her businessman/actor husband, Gregory Graham.

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Luciana Lagana and Gregory Graham at the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition

Luciana Lagana and Gregory Graham at the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition

I believe that it is imperative to write about bullying and environmental issues, respectively. Growing up in rural Iowa, I witnessed many complex situations involving companies polluting the environment, so I felt compelled to write about it.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

Luciana Lagana and Gregory Graham’s feature screenplay, ‘Old River Road,’ has received a nomination at the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition in Beverly Hills, California. Luciana and Gregory work as 'weekend warriors' as they dedicate their spare time to screenwriting as well as acting.

This screenplay is available on The Black List website. The story is based on true events from Gregory’s life, from his childhood in rural Iowa to his adulthood in Los Angeles and back in rural Iowa. Viewers will join in his experience through continuous, unexpected action that revolves around intriguing drama and suspense. The script touches upon criminal activities as well as other real-world topics, from bullying to environment degradation.

In addition to ‘Old River Road,’ which was recognized at the 2013 LA Screenplay Competition, the writers’ script, ‘Soup Kitchen’ [a ‘Californication’ spec script] has garnered nods for best teleplay at the 2012 Los Angeles Screenplay Competition and at the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.

“I believe that it is imperative to write about environmental issues and bullying, respectively,” said Gregory. “Growing up in rural Iowa, I witnessed many complex situations involving companies polluting the environment, so I felt compelled to write about it. Regarding bullying, I was lucky to live in a very small town in which people knew and respected each other. I grew up relying on the support of a close group of loving family members and friends. I also had the honor to be part of the local high school football team, which gave me opportunities to make many friends. I did not experience bullying but, once I moved to Los Angeles and met Luciana, we started making friends with other couples whose children were bullied. My wife is a psychologist, so many people open up to her about issues such as bullying problems.”

“It is a very sad situation to see that kids, at times starting at a very young age, are pressured by bullies to conform and often suffer dire consequences if they refuse,” Luciana added. “I am glad that Gregory got me involved in co-writing this screenplay; hopefully it will be produced, as it has several lessons that could be useful to many people regarding the need to respect the environment to protect people’s health, and concerning the negative consequences of cruel actions such as bullying,” she concluded.

By Marcia Bell, Publicist

Luciana Lagana is a caring clinical psychologist and an established professor of psychology, sexuality, and gerontology at California State University Northridge (CSUN), where she teaches classes and mentors many students. At CSUN, she also conducts government-funded research on ethnically diverse, primarily low-income older women’s physical, psychological, social, and sexual health. Additionally, Luciana is an award-winning actor/producer, an award-nominated screenwriter, and has 26 IMDb credits for acting in many independent movies and TV series. Gregory Graham, her husband, is a businessman, an award-nominated screenwriter, and has been an actor since 2000. He has 34 IMDb credits and has acted in many movies as well as TV series such as “CSI Miami” and “Trust Me.”