Mr. Molina said, “I had to type my story on a type writer in the law library and we had to buy our own typewriter ribbons in the commissary. That was a chore because you are only allowed to buy one ribbon a week. Because inmates were taking the ink and making tattoos out of them.” Things would get even tougher for the aspiring screenwriter and producer. One day, the guards came into his cell to do a “shake-down” and they found a dozen ribbons in his locker. Molina recounted, “I had to into “the hole” (solitary) because of all of my typewriter ribbons. Finally, the lady running the prison’s Education office said “this man is out here every day minding his own business. He helps guys with typing. I’ll hold the ribbons and give them to him as he needs them.” So she kind of came in and saved the day for me.“
I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL
tells the story of Miles Montego (played by Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins) and how Miles’ love for a special woman brings him a second chance at life and an against-the-odds relationship with a Higher Power. The film is loosely based on Molina’s own life and it is his and his producing partner Israel Houghton’s first foray into film production.
An independent, Christian, faith-based film, I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL follows in the footsteps of films such as FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS and COURAGEOUS. Molina said, “We raised the funds privately through investors. I figured that I should model this on the record business… either be a great singer who goes to a label for money or be a great singer who does their own record, shops it and gets a better deal. So, I took the latter approach. Let me create the movie and once it is done, then maybe we’ll get a better deal and that is what we did. Studios wanted to make this movie, but they would have been a different movie. Kind of like “Good Fellas.” We didn’t want that.”
Molina and Houghton have done something which may be a first for a faith-based film - find Hollywood-name actors like Michael Madsen, Vincent Pastore and Stephen Baldwin to cast in his film. These big names are in addition to music rapper Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins and actress Adrienne Bailon (playing Vanessa Leon) as the film’s leads.
Most Hollywood screenwriters have arduous stories to tell of how they wrote and then got their films made. However, not many screenwriters did time in solitary confinement for having too many typewriter ribbons in their prison cell. Yes, typewriter ribbons. As Screenwriter/Producer Galley Molina told The Williams View, his road to making I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is an incredible tale on its own.