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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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Breaking In: Let's Talk about Writing Fellowships

What exactly is a screenwriting fellowship, and how do you get one? Join Final Draft's "Breaking In" series for a panel discussion with established writers who will discuss their personal experience with fellowships, offer insights into how to land o...

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Showrunner Linda Yvette Chávez on The Disruptors Fellowship

When Julio Salgado, co-founder of The Disruptors Fellowship, reached out to showrunner Linda Yvette Chávez ( Gentefied) and asked her to take part as a speaker, she says, " I jumped right on it."   The inaugural fellowship, which is for emerging tele...

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'Palmer' Screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero on the Role of Patience in Moviemaking

Palmer screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero knows something about patience when it comes to getting a movie made. She got the idea for Palmer's script back in 2007, but it would take 12 years for the film to finally see the light of day. 

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'Last Call' Raises Its Glass To the Working Class In the Old Neighborhood

This is the story of a real estate developer and an independent filmmaker teaming up to make a movie. While that’s not the plot of Last Call, it is the origin story of a new film starring Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern and Jamie Kennedy.

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Writer-Director Jess Varley on the Real Life Fears Behind 'Phobias'

Phobias, a horror film about a group of strangers brought together by their fears for an insidious medical experiment, is rooted in the real-life fears of its creators.

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Screenwriter-Producer Jenniffer Gómez on Mentoring In The Disruptors Fellowship

Writer-producer Jenniffer Gómez ( Vida,  Sacred Lies) broke into Hollywood without any personal contacts. She knows just how challenging navigating the industry can be without any guidance. 

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