Brooklyn High School Student's Funny Story To Become A Hollywood Movie
While Luis Hernandez's name is not as famous as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, the Brooklyn high schooler will soon have Hollywood turn his short story into movie magic. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
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It will soon be lights, camera, action for 11th grader Luis Hernandez, who will take a story that he wrote in English class to the big screen. Hernandez will team up with a Hollywood director to make "The Tale Of Timmy Two Chins" into a movie.
"I get to help with wardrobe, casting, you name it. And I'm happy with that," said Luis. "Because 'Timmy Two Chins' is like my baby and I want to make sure I'm there for my baby."
Luis is a student at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies in Carroll Gardens. He won a writing contest held by the nonprofit group Scenarios USA. The organization brings its writing curriculum to dozens of middle and high schools citywide.
"We work with public schools and train teachers in getting their students to think about issues of identity and have the students define for themselves who they are and who they want to be," said Scenarios USA Executive Director Maura Minsky.
This year there were some 500 submissions. Luis' script deals with gender issues and body image.
"I wanted to show all the expectations males have to deal with and show that males also have a lot of things to live up to and those can sometimes be overwhelming," said Luis.
"The thing about Luis' story is that it's funny," said Minsky.
The school also produced a runner up, 10th grader Afsana Aktor.
"Everybody has a story to tell. There might be something that's bothering you and you can't just tell anyone. This is a great opportunity to write your own story," said Afsana.
Each student was given a journal to help in the process. The class met three times a week from September to January.
"I was satisfied that they had a place to actually use the voice that I know they already had," said English teacher Alie Stumpf.
Luis' film will be shot in September with a premiere date set for next year.