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Richard Montoya's play 'Water & Power' gets the feature film treatment

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Poster for the independent film "Water & Power," based on the stage play by Richard Montoya. Richard Montoya

Playwright Richard Montoya has been writing about what he describes as the Chicano experience in California with works like "The River," "Chavez Ravine" and "Water & Power."

In 2006, "Water & Power" won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for outstanding new play. It's about two brothers in Los Angeles who grow up into positions of authority in the city -- one a cop and the other a politician.

Now Montoya has turned it into a film of the same name. It isn't out in theaters yet but it will debut this Saturday night at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Montoya joined us in the studio to talk about his new project.

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