In the Media: Alexandra Tran ’08 Discusses Classic Movie Scripts and Her Own Writing Process in Backstory

Portrait of Scripps College alum Alexandra Tran '08

In Backstory, Alexandra Tran ’08 discussed the origins of the script for It’s a Wonderful Life, the classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Frank Capra. The film’s genesis eventually inspired a script of Tran’s own, which made the 2022 Black List, an annual survey of most-liked motion picture scripts that have yet to be produced. “We’re all going through this shared global trauma in a way we haven’t really done since World War II,” Tran said. “There’s a lot of similarity in the trauma response to both events. I thought, Okay, this is a story about how we come out of the pandemic and about choosing to focus on and deal with our trauma in productive ways.”