Evoking memories of the Watts Writers Workshop, created by writer-novelist Budd Schulberg in the wake of the 1965 riots, the screenwriting community is trying to reach out to riot-scarred South-Central Los Angeles by rebuilding two libraries that were destroyed by fire.
"The object is not just to play Lady Bountiful," said screenwriter Roger L. Simon, who is chairing a July 24 fund-raising auction at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica. "Once these libraries are up and running again, the Writers Guild plans to keep ongoing presence (in the inner city)."
A number of the industry's biggest names, including Lawrence Kasdan, William Goldman, Larry Gelbart, George Lucas, Paul Mazursky and Billy Wilder have agreed to rummage through their drawers in search of annotated scripts to peddle. Trips to European libraries and the Vatican will also be auctioned off.
Sponsors of the event, Writers Guild of America, West, and L.A. Style, hope to persuade the studios to donate material from their archives to help meet the fund-raising goal of $750,000.