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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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Tiller Russell On 'Silk Road' and Creating Fiction From Reality

Tiller Russell is no stranger to delving into the minds of detectives and the criminals they hunt. His storied career as a director, writer and producer includes the hit Netflix docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.   While his lat...

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Nate Myers' Script 'American Terrorist: Jesse James' Challenges "Outlaw Heroes"

In light of the recent Capitol Riot in Washington, DC this past January, Nate Myer’s script “American Terrorist: Jesse James” holds a mirror up to people thinking they’re above the law à la Jesse James. The story asks white America to reexamine its s...

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Writer-Director John Swab on 'Body Brokers'

Writer-director John Swab's latest film Body Brokers follows protagonist Utah (played by Jack Kilmer); a drug addict who finds himself at the center of true-to-life rehab schemes, where patients are funneled in and out of facilities, allowing rehabs ...

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Thomas Clay's 'The Delivered' Explores the Concept Of a Puritan Western

Where does an idea come from? Maybe it’s a conversation you overhear at a party, or inspiration strikes while on a long walk.

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Write On with 'Land' Co-Writer Jesse Chatham

Jesse Chatham talks to guest host Sade' Sellers about how his screenplay about a bereaved woman seeking out a new life off the grid went from placing in the Nicholl Fellowship to becoming a feature directed by and starring Robin Wright ( House of Car...

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