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Apr 17, 2014 12:08 PM by Dan Shadwell, KSBY News

Local Spotlight: Authors Anonymous

Ask folks on the Central Coast about Dave Congalton and you're likely to hear about his work as a radio host, but his side job could overshadow his work in broadcasting.

The film he wrote moves to the big screen Friday.

"They're all unpublished, and then what happens when Hannah, who's played by Kaley Cuoco, suddenly finds success, and in quick succession, gets an agent, a book deal, and a movie deal, how do the other five respond?" Congalton says.

In short, not so well.

"It's pretty much what you expect writers to be," Congalton says. "They're all drawn from my experience in 12 years of running the Cuesta College Writers' Conference."

"There's a reason why Hannah, played by Kaley Cuoco, is successful. She's the only one who actually does the work. And the message that I try to get across is that there's no short-cut to success. You have got to do the work."

For Congalton, that work included getting his film made and it was Cuoco's willingness to sign on that did it.

"If you can get a star attached to your movie, you're home," he says.

Others then jumped aboard, including the late Dennis Farina.

"That's a source of pride for me that I wrote
Dennis Farina's last role," Congalton says. "It was a dream come true to watch somebody on the screen for 20 years and then you're on the set with them and he's saying your words. That's a great feeling."

"Authors Anonymous" will screen several times Friday at the Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Congalton, plus the film's director and producer, will be there in person for a special screening at 7 p.m.

There's also an audience Q&A session.

Then next week, "Authors Anonymous" will move to the Downtown Center Cinemas for at least a week.
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