Ryan Farr, a 25-year-old Western Albemarle High School graduate, is the winner in the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, an annual statewide contest sponsored by the Virginia Film Office. Farr’s 121-page screenplay “Home Videos” was chosen from among roughly 100 entries. He will be recognized during the Virginia Film Festival Saturday night at 9 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.
Farr said the surreal comedy follows Nathaniel Osterbind, a washed-up avant-garde artist, who attempts to regain fame by winning America’s Funniest Home Videos with the most artistically ingenious home video of all time.
Farr began work on the story with fellow WAHS and Virginia Commonwealth University classmate Steven Harris in 2005.
“We came up with the basic story together and got the names for all of the characters from graves in Hollywood Cemetery, near where we both lived in Richmond,” Farr said. In 2007, when Harris chose to devote his senior year in film school to another project, Farr decided to flesh out the screenplay himself.
Put on since 1988, the Virginia Screenwriting Competition has featured many budding screenwriters, including Richmond-native Megan Holley. Her script “Sunshine Cleaning” won the competition in 2003 and went on to become a 2008 film starring Amy Adams and Alan Arkin.
Farr wrote an account of his experience as an extra during the filming of Evan Almighty for the inaugural issue of the Crozet Gazette.