Paco Palido (fictional). A mixed blood. Mother killed; village destroyed. Existential quest for a home.
Padre Junipero Serra (historical). Proud, arrogant, gained sainthood.
Captain Felipe de Neve. Challenges Serra. California’s forgotten man.
Padre Crespi (historical). Less zealous than Serra.
Maria (fictional). Female neophyte (baptized native). Passive.
Ifapi (fictional). Contrast to Maria. “Wild” native young woman.
As he stares at the Madonna and Child, Paco Palido (20), a mixed-blood, unbaptized California Indian recalls his past, of a world now lost to him:
POST SANTA BARBARA.
ALTA CALIFORNIA is a multi-national and international award winner. Top 4% on Coverfly Red List. WINNINGS: Los Angeles Film and Script, Richmond International, Lonely Seal, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, Accolade Global (Native American/Aboriginal Peoples), Berlin Indie, etc. HONORABLE NOMINEE AND FINALIST: Filmhaus, Berlin, Wiki Screenplay, Hollywood Gold, Beverley Hills Film Festival, etc. Currently QUARTER-FINALIST in San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition.
Critics compare ALTA CALIFORNIA to Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale; Empire of the Summer Moon; and The Revenant.
“One of the script's most attractive qualities is the fact that the writer addresses the displacement and dislocation that many mixed race people have historically felt within the world of the Spanish and their occupation of the "New World". This helps develop thematic threads surrounding identity, home, and family that are still relevant to many people today “ (NYC Screenwriting Festival, 2021)