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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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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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Afro Horror: Upgrading Your Creature Feature

This past week, I hosted a Clubhouse Q & A with my friend through the internet, Josh Rubin. At the top of our discussion we talked about our love for creature features, specifically werewolves. Perhaps in part due to the fact that Rubin’s own film, W...

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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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History of TV: The Masterful Characterization of BBC's 'Luther'

I’ve watched the Luther pilot three times. The BBC series started in 2010 and despite being “on” for nearly a decade, features only five seasons of bizarre, sadistic murders and mayhem on the dark and moody streets of London — with Idris Elba as DCI ...

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