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Imperial Valley resident writes "Christmas in July", pulling from his own personal experience - News 11's Vince Ybarra reports

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - If you’re looking for a good movie recommendation, Imperial Valley residents won’t have to look very far. 

Bret Kofford is a professor at San Diego State, Imperial Valley Campus and he’s also a screenwriter. 

Kofford wrote a movie called "Christmas in July" and it centers around a young man planning an early Christmas celebration for his grandmother, who’s health is quickly declining. 

Kofford was inspired by his own experience with his mother suffering from Parkinson’s disease. 

Matsuno Media

When he was a young kid, Kofford’s parents took him to a movie and he fell in love with the art. 

“It just transported me and I thought from that point on I loved movies,” said Kofford.

He knew pretty quickly that writing was his way into the movie making business. Majoring in Journalism, he worked as an editor for Imperial Valley Press before becoming a professor and later a screenplay writer. 

When it came to getting the movie into production, Kofford looked to Myles Matsuno from Matsuno Media.

“Bret’s local, and my family is from the valley too. And I also want to do movies that move people,” said Matsuno.

"Christmas in July" is playing at Movies Imperial in Imperial until Thursday. Starting today, you can see the movie on streaming services like Amazon Prime.

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