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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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    The Whistleblower - directed by Larysa Kondracki and written by Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan

    When I was growing up the thing that scared the crap out of me was nuclear war. For many years I was convinced that we were all going to radiated away. So when I saw Silkwood it resonated with me in a profound way.

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    Interview with Larysa Kondracki - Director of The Whistleblower

    Women and Hollywood: How did you come up with the idea for the film? Larysa Kondracki: I am a Ukrainian Canadian, and the issue of sex-trafficking was very much being discussed in my community. My mother handed me a book, and I was very much drawn to the subject. But it was when I read about Kathy's...

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    Sarah's Key Author Tatiana de Rosnay Answers Questions As the Film Opens Today

    There have been several generations of Holocaust films by now. Most of the films focus on the Nazis and the Germans. But Sarah's Key the film, based on the best-selling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay gives it to the French.

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