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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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Rising Through The Ranks: Screenwriter Aarthi Ramanathan

As an eight-year-old child, Aarthi Ramanathan, and her family, were ripped from their home in Kuwait and forced into a refugee camp. It was the beginning of the Gulf War, and within what seemed like moments, Ramanathan’s life turned upside down; she ...

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Writer-Director Stephen Kijak on 'Shoplifters of the World'

When iconic English rock band THE SMITHS broke up in 1987, their legions of highly devoted superfans around the world were crushed. Fans' devotion to the band's music elicited tears, heartbreak, anger, confusion and, as an urban legend has it, a host...

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‘Concrete Cowboy’ Highlights The Power of the Inner-City Horseman

The visuals of Concrete Cowboy are stunning; a horse running alongside a bus route in the middle of Philadelphia. A rodeo in an empty urban field. A sunset highlighting the beauty of urban decay and the silhouette of a cowboy in the distance. What’s ...

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K-12 Workbook

Visual communication — taking abstract ideas and marrying them with human experience has been around since prehistoric humans first scrawled wildlife representations on the Caves of Altamira. The idea eventually evolved into oral storytelling, then w...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: The Burning Presence of Tilda Swinton in ‘The Human Voice’

It’s not often that Tilda Swinton stars in a short film. Nor is it frequent that director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, The Skin I Live In) would endeavor to make a short film of someone else’s work. But right now is far from ordinary, and there’s little ...

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