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History of TV: The Family Politics of ‘Vida’

The sunset hues and artful shots that saturate Vida give the half-hour drama — and the East Los Angeles neighborhood it's set in — an air of gorgeous grit. Starz shows all feel a bit gritty; reflective themes and distinct visual signatures, and Vida ...

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‘Collective’ Documents Corruption and Tragedy in Romania

It began with a devastating fire at Colectiv, a Bucharest nightclub, which killed 27 people. Over the course of the next few weeks, more victims who were supposed to be on the road to recovery died, bringing the death toll to 64. This is the catalyst...

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'Amundsen' Explores the Life of the First Man to Reach the South Pole

He beat the British to the South Pole, then studied the ocean streams in the Arctic Ocean for nearly five years. He’s one of the most daring, prolific explorers in modern history, and he's finally getting the film he deserves.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Bad Trip’ and the Art of the Prank Narrative

Bad Trip pushes and crosses more genres than March 2020 had days. It’s a road trip movie, a buddy comedy, a prank film, and a love story, with a dash of excellent reality producing and subtle political commentary on America. It advocates for the valu...

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‘French Exit’ Allows Michelle Pfeiffer To Float Gloriously In a Unique Reality

French Exit has notes of The Squid and The Whale and whimsy reminiscent of Wes Anderson, but director Azazel Jacobs, actress Michelle Pfeiffer, and writer Patrick DeWitt (based on his novel of the same name) have created a universe all their own. One...

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'Vida' Screenwriter Nancy Mejía on The Disruptors Fellowship

Writer-director-producer Nancy Mejía (Vida, The L Word: Generation Q) knows firsthand how important a mentorship can be in Hollywood. 

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'I’m Your Woman' Focuses On the Thief’s Wife In a '70s Crime Drama

What’s the story behind the women in 1970s crime dramas? When you watch those '70s-era crime films, you’re apt to see stories of men – cops and robbers – who fill the screen with compelling stories from the grittiest cities. That was the inspiration ...

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History of TV: The Rise (and Fall) of 'Silicon Valley'

Silicon Valley is a screenwriter’s dream when it comes to learning how to craft a pilot with a great hook. Formulaic in the best way, the show has all the elements of a hit: empathetic characters with a clear goal we can get behind, insurmountable ob...

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Writer-Director-Producer Jett Garrison On the Importance of LGBTQ+ Representation In Film & TV

After years of kicking around his script, picking it up and putting it down, Jett Garrison completed Quick Quick Slow. Now, the feature is a finalist in OUTFEST’s Screenwriting Lab and Garrison is ready to finally get the project up off its feet. 

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