Voted "Most Promising Teen Playwright" in Chicago's Central School District Competition, Reynolds Portman decided to head west upon graduation.  

With his award-winning play "Of Things to Come" he packed up and drove, destination: 
Hollywood and film school.  His '87 Buick broke down in Pahrump, Nevada and 
he spent the several stranded days waiting for car repair, writing a new play  "Broke Down in Pahrump".  

When he got to Los Angeles he learned that his wildest dreams had come true and he'd been accepted into USC film school.  

However, he was unable to produce the tuition and asked for a year extension while he earned the money.  While writing a new screenplay, "Got No Tuition" he jumped into full time work at Buzzie Productions, a video events company.  

It was at the Bar Mitzvah of a celebrity's son that he and his partner Ariaga Prada, met Armand Cognoscenti.  Armand immediately spotted the raw talent.

Armand recalls: The long, uncut shot they were getting during the chair dance and the Hora, snaking through the crowds, it was really reminiscent of something Scorcese might do if he were videotaping Bar Mitzvahs.  I knew these guys were gonna be big.

Armand immediately set up an appointment for Reynolds and Ariaga to meet Elaine Kilgore and Drew Stein.

Reynolds recalls: I liked them immediately.  

They were as hungry as I was.  

And Elaine's not afraid to fax anyone.

REYNOLDS PORTMAN

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