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    Trailer Watch: Young Adult Written by Diablo Cody

    Here's the latest film from Diablo Cody starring Charlize Theron. Theron plays a woman who just is so full of herself that she goes back to her home town to "recue" her high school flame from his wife and new baby. She's a woman who just can't get out of her own way. I'll have more to report on t...

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    Where Do We Go Now? Wins Audience Award at Toronto Festival

    Where Do We Go Now? written and directed by Nadine Labaki was the first film I saw in Toronto. As I wrote last week, it's a strong symbol of women sick and tired of the men fighting over nothing trying to make the peace in their small town in Lebanon.

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    Guest Post: Why I Write and the Top 10 Things Men Have Said in Pitch Meetings By Dani Faith Leonard

    I write because I am a woman, and I am a woman because I write. Obviously, I write because I feel like I have stories that I must tell, but when I write, I discover my opinions about things. I form my views and I grow as an artist and as a woman. My experiences as a young and independent woman insp...

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    Winners of the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award

    This is the 17th year that the Rona Jaffe Foundation has given awards to women writers at the early stage of their career. "This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as ch...

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    Interview with Circumstance Writer and Director Maryam Keshavarz

    Here's a piece I wrote for this summer's Human Right Campaign Magazine Equality on the film. You can tell from the piece how impressive a film it is. It is a change making film because it tells the most common story about two people in love and throws on a multitude of complex layers including a r...

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    Love and Risk in Iran: Circumstance Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

    Here is a piece I wrote on Circumstance written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz for the Human Right Campaign's Equality Magazine, for their Summer 2011 Issue.

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    Guest Post: My Life as a Female TV Writer in the Sixties and Seventies by Rita Lakin

    In the early 1960’s, even though I had an MA in English Lit, I was happy to get a job as a secretary at Universal studios. I had access to all scripts being shot on the lot. Using them, I taught myself to write scripts.

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    The Hedgehog Written and Directed by Mona Achache

    The Hedgehog is a very unexpectedly touching film. It starts off jarringly, with 11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) sick and tired of watching her self possessed family decides she is going to end her life when she turns 12. She takes an old video camera and starts observing those around her apartment building and observes at the building's concierge Renée, an anti-social Tolstoy loving woman. The other person in this triangle of outsiders is Mr. Ozu an apartment resident who is drawn to Renee and actually sees her unlike the rest of the French residents. He draws her out of her shell and they form a friendship, one that ends up i...

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    Film Independent Fellows for 2011 Screenwriters Lab: The Women

    Sponsored by the Writer's Guild of America West, the Lab is taking place now through September 18 in LA. The mentors include Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), Mary Sweeney (Baraboo), and Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys). Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance) will be a guest speaker.

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    Guest Post: How Jumping the Broom Made it to the Big Screen by Arlene Gibbs

    Around seven years ago when I was a production company executive, producer Glendon Palmer and screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter pitched the idea of Jumping The Broom (JTB) to me. I loved it and told my boss about it. Unfortunately, our company didn’t have discretionary funds and we were unable to make...

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