Poway writer, RBHS grad hopes to get ‘Lucky’ with new film

A former Poway resident and Rancho Bernardo High School graduate is celebrating the premiere of his new movie, “Lucky.”

Drago Sumonja co-wrote the independent film, which is premiering Friday in Los Angeles and New York and nationwide on Oct. 6. “Lucky” will be playing at Landmark Hillcrest, with the possibility of opening in some other theaters in San Diego that show independent movies.

“It’s such a crazy thing when I think about it,” Sumonja said. “That someone from Poway is now on the red carpet with celebrities. I can’t believe it. I get a kick out of it. I’ve come a long way.”

Drago Sumonja (Peter Konerko)

The film stars Harry Dean Stanton, who died Sept. 15 at age 91. It follows the spiritual journey of Lucky, a 90-year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit the small desert town they live in.

“Lucky” is directed by John Carroll Lynch and was co-written by Logan Sparks. In addition to Stanton, the film features David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley, Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren, Barry Shabaka Henley and Yvonne Huff.

Sumonja, who grew up in Poway and attended Poway High School for a year before finishing his high school career at Rancho Bernardo High School, is an actor, director and producer in addition to writing “Lucky.”

He said he was first bitten by the acting bug as a child, acting out scenes from movies he had seen. “I never had a profound moment, but I knew somewhere in my mind that I felt something (about acting), a calling.”

Sumonja took drama throughout high school. “It was the only thing that spoke to me and connected to me,” he said. “If it weren’t for that, high school wouldn’t have been for me. I was shy and drama helped me break free from my shyness.”

He studied acting at the California Institute of the Arts, School of Theatre and moved to Los Angeles following graduation. He worked regular jobs between acting gigs. “I moved to New York for a while, and New Mexico,…

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