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Filmmaker Lauren Swickard is a #WomenInFilm Powerhouse

I happily stumbled upon an actress recently who was not only the lead in one of Netflix’s top Christmas movies last year, but wrote the screenplay and produced it as well. As if writing a screenplay isn’t a feat in itself! At the age of twenty-seven,...

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Looking Beyond Labels With Isabel Sandoval: Part 2

In Part 1 of our interview with Isabel Sandoval we discussed her latest film Lingua Franca, the power of the trans female gaze and giving women agency on screen, as well as making films as an immigrant in the era of Trump. We continue our conversatio...

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Write On with 'Promising Young Woman' Writer-Director Emerald Fennell

Promising Young Woman writer-director Emerald Fennell and our host Phil Galasso discuss the tonal tightrope of the film, its use of music, her unconventional writing process, and more.

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Looking Beyond Labels With Isabel Sandoval: Part 1

It’s no coincidence that writer-director Isabel Sandoval’s latest film Lingua Franca finds the most power in things left unsaid. It’s a delicate drama that touches on being an undocumented immigrant and a trans woman under the reign of Trump, and beg...

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Adam Mason & Simon Boyes on Writing 'Songbird' During a Pandemic

Screenwriters Adam Mason and Simon Boyes didn't initially plan to write a movie about a pandemic during a pandemic. But when COVID-19 shut down the movie they had originally planned to shoot in 2020, they ended up doing just that with Songbird.

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‘Herself’ Portrays the Power of Human Empathy Through Constructing a Tiny But Mighty House

Herself opens on a child’s playhouse belonging to one of Sandra’s (played by the powerful Clare Dunne) children. Inside is an inscription listing a phone number and a request to call the cops. The house represents Sandra’s current and future salvatio...

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'Sing Me A Song' Chronicles a Buddhist Monk's Struggles With Internet Temptations

Sing Me A Song is a fascinating examination of what happens when an isolated community slowly but surely is exposed to the outside world through the internet and television... To the point that young monks are now aware of internet dating. While one ...

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The Necessity of Diversity Editors in Hollywood

For decades, BIPOC have fought tirelessly to be heard, acknowledged and supported within the entertainment industry, but Hollywood has long been controlled by white people who hire white people who write from a white perspective (and therefor their a...

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Write On with Manager-Producer Peter Katz

Literary Manager and producer Peter Katz discusses his company Story Driven, Being a Judge in Final Draft's Big Break Contest, what writers can do to stay focused in 2021, and more. 

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