Participant readies ‘Bobby Martinez’

Company teams with Teitel, Tillman on surf film

Participant Prods. is teaming with State Street Pictures producers Bob Teitel and George Tillman to develop “Bobby Martinez,” a coming-of-age biopic about the Mexican-American surfer.Robert Munic (“Fighting”) is set to write the screenplay.

Martinez rose out of the gang-ridden streets of Southern California to become a hero to his community when he swept every major amateur surfing tournament in his first year of competition and won the ASP Rookie of the Year honors in his first pro season.

State Street, which has produced such films as “Roll Bounce,” “The Barbershop,” “Men of Honor” and “Soul Food,” developed the Martinez story with Munic.

State Street then brought the film to Jeff Skoll’s Participant, which focuses on such socially relevant, commercially viable feature films and documentaries as “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Kite Runner” and “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains.”

State Street VP of development and production Rene Rigal, who tracked the surfer down in La Jolla, Mexico, after reading a newspaper article about him and set the project in motion, will serve as the film’s associate producer.

Participant director of production Nate Moore oversees the project.

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