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Ashland High grad's screenplay is finalist in Netflix competition

An Ashland High School graduate's screenplay is in the final round of a national film contest.

The screenplay for "Touchback," one of six finalists in the Netflix Find Your Voice competition, is adapted from an unpublished novel by Max Doty, who graduated from Ashland High School in 2000.

Judges in the competition include actor Josh Brolin, who starred in "No Country for Old Men"; director and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who wrote "Milk"; and writer and director John Sayles, who has written and produced a number of independent films.

Later this month, they are expected to choose one film of the six to receive $350,000 in funding that will allow the film to be made into a feature film.

"We're in a position of waiting to see what happens," Doty, 27, said from his home in San Francisco, where he works as the head writer for Electronic Arts, a company that creates computer games.

Doty's screenplay is a coming-of-age tale about two brothers, one a freshman and the other a senior at Jefferson High School — "parallel to Ashland High School," Doty said.