Most Hollywood screenwriters have arduous stories to tell of how they wrote and then got their films made. However, not many screenwriters did time in solitary confinement for having too many typewriter ribbons in their prison cell. Yes, typewriter ribbons. As Screenwriter/Producer Galley Molina told The Williams View, his road to making I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is an incredible tale on its own.
Mr. Molina said, “I had to type my story on a type writer in the law library and we had to buy our own typewriter ribbons in the commissary. That was a chore because you are only allowed to buy one ribbon a week. Because inmates were taking the ink and making tattoos out of them.” Things would get even tougher for the aspiring screenwriter and producer. One day, the guards came into his cell to do a “shake-down” and they found a dozen ribbons in his locker. Molina recounted, “I had to into “the hole” (solitary) because of all of my typewriter ribbons. Finally, the lady running the prison’s Education office said “this man is out here every day minding his own business. He helps guys with typing. I’ll hold the ribbons and give them to him as he needs them.” So she kind of came in and saved the day for me.“