State Rep. David Edwards
is one of the rising stars among the Oregon House Democrats—leadership selected him last year in his second term to sit on the powerful budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee. But the 43-year-old Hillsboro Democrat's ambitions also tilt toward the silver screen.
Edwards, who studied screen-writing at the University of Southern California, has had two screenplays optioned (but mired in "turnaround"
). And he wrote the script "treatment"
for an HBO miniseries
on Joseph Stalin.
While Edwards has filed to run for a third legislative term (after recently mulling a campaign to replace powerful Washington County chairman Tom Brian, who is retiring), he has made significant changes in his non-legislative career. The founder and CEO of a market research firm that helps tech companies choose new products, Edwards is selling that business to focus more time on movies. Last fall, he established a production company called Imperiad
Emperiad produced a trailer for a horror flick that Edwards hopes to make. He is seeking financing for that film and says a trailer for the movie, titled "Nightscape," appeared recently in the New York City Horror Film Festival.