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Interview with 'Dreamcatcher' Writer-Director Jacob Johnston

This week I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with writer-director Jacob Johnston about his feature debut, the haunting slasher Dreamcatcher which centers around two sisters and their mutual friends as they become entrenched in a forty-eight hour ...

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'Reunited States’ Offers Hope for Both Sides In a Vast Political Divide

Filmmaker Ben Rekhi set out to find people who have dedicated their lives to reaching across the aisle and hearing both sides of the story to create his latest documentary, The Reunited States.

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Writing Fellowships: The Wins and the Lessons

I’d hate to open this article with a big cliché, but here goes (deal with it): It’s no secret how competitive this industry is. For those starting out, the ladder you’re climbing can feel pretty crowded at the bottom. If the objective is to summit, s...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways From the Joyous Trippy Adventure That Is 'Barb and Star'

It is undeniable that we are all jonesing for adventure, friendship and love right now while we live a lockdown life with masked and limited interaction. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Pack your culottes and...

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Hybridized Classroom Tips for Screenwriting Educators

No matter how this pandemic shapes our classrooms, long-distance learning has come of age; hybridized classrooms may be a feature of any so-called normal we as teachers experience going forward.

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Afro Horror: Horror and Mental Health

For about five years now, I’ve been actively seeing a therapist. It started when I quit an extremely toxic survival job while trying to break into writing. I worked as a manager in a French restaurant. I was overworked and underpaid, which resulted i...

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Write On with 'Supernova' Writer-Director Harry Macqueen

Supernova is the moving story of Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), who after Tusker’s dementia diagnosis travel across England in an RV to visit family, friends and places from their past. 

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'

When did the War on Drugs begin? That’s the question author Johann Hari poses in his 2016 book, "Chasing the Scream". He argues that it begins in the 1930s, when a federal agent named Harry Anslinger joined the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

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History of TV: Paging Dr. Ross Back to the 'ER'

Whether you watched it back in the day or not, you knew the show: ER. NBC’s undeniable ‘90s hit ran a marathon 15 seasons, becoming the epitome of that decade’s “must-see TV” and paving the way for many a medical show to come (you’re welcome, Dr. Gre...

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