Screenwriters Secrets:
A WIFVNE Event, Sept 26th.

Sunday, September 26, 2010, starting at 4:00pm.

WOMEN IN FILM presents Screenwriters’ Secrets, screenwriting tips and clips from three of Boston’s esteemed screenwriting teachers: Danny Rubin, screenwriter of the movie Groundhog Day and Harvard faculty member; Susan Steinberg, award-winning Lulu in Berlin’s filmmaker-writer and Harvard Summer School faculty; Mark Weinberg, writer for USA network, A&E, faculty member at Brandeis, B.U. and Emerson College.

Presentations will examine specific writing elements, including: tips on visual writing; back story strategies to deepen scene and plot; and creating sympathetic characters. Film clips and script examples accompany presentations. An audience Q&A will follow, offering the opportunity to ask panelists any and all questions concerning scripts and writing. The open, candid and free-ranging discussion is guaranteed to be fun!

This is a rare opportunity for an afternoon of inspiration, film, networking, food, and drinks presented by Women in Film at their Annual Screenwriting Awards’ Event. Tickets for Screenwriters’ Secrets and the Awards Event are available online at
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Tickets are $30 general admission/ $25 students/ $20 members at the door- but only $25/$20/$15 when purchased in advance.

Doors open promptly at 4:00 p.m. for opening reception. The screenwriting panel and Q&A will take place from approximately 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Following the panel will be the WIFV/NE Screenwriting Awards Ceremony, with winning screenplay excerpt readings and networking time until 8pm.

The Stuart Street Playhouse is located at 200 Stuart St., Boston, MA.

Workshop Panelists:

DANNY RUBIN’S screenwriting credits include “Hear No Evil,” “S.F.W.,” and “Groundhog Day,” which earned him the British Academy Award for Best Screenplay and the Critics’ Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year. He was also honored by the Writers Guild of America and the American Film Institute.He has been a professor of screenwriting at the University of Illinois, Columbia College, and the National High School Institute. He has also taught at the Sundance Institute in Utah and the PAL Screenwriting Lab in England. He is currently the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Screenwriting at Harvard University.

SUSAN STEINBERG’S screenwriting and film credits include Lulu in Berlin, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant recipient, screened at the Directors’ Guild of America, the Telluride film festival and distributed on DVD by Criterion Collections Films; Her film script treatment, Mistaken Identity, was an invited submission to the Sundance Screenwriting Competition where it was a finalist. Her films have screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, Festival D’Automne, Paris and been selected for an American Film Institute (AFI) National Touring Program. Rites of Passage won 2nd Prize at the San Francisco Erotic Film Festival. For the past decade she has taught screenwriting in the Writing Program of Harvard University Summer School. Currently Dr. Steinberg is at work on a book on writing about film.

MARC WEINBERG worked as a story analyst for 20th Century Fox, MGM, and Interscope Communications at the start of his career. After earning an MFA from UCLA’s acclaimed screenwriting program, he transitioned into professional writing. He gained esteem through successful scripts on the USA Network and A&E. Further television credits include episodic writing for the Discovery Channel. He has sold scripts and story ideas to producers such as Dick Clark and Citadel Entertainment, and currently has a psychological thriller in development with Paul Heller, the producer of “My Left Foot.” He presently teaches screenwriting at Emerson College, Brandeis University, and Boston University.

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The WIFV/NE Screenwriting Competition aims to promote the work of women screenwriters and support the creation of worthy film roles for women. Entries must be authored or co-authored by a woman and/or feature a woman or women in prominent roles.

Founded in 1981, WIFV/NE promotes the participation, education, and representation of women in the film, video, and media industry in New England. The non-profit organization is a member of the umbrella group Women in Film & Television International, a global network with over 35 chapters and more than 10,000 members. Membership is open to women and men who work in film, video, and related industries or those who aspire to work in these fields, as well as patrons of media arts. Benefits include free listing in our film directory, discounted admission to WIFV/NE events, and discounts on equipment rental, classes, services and products offered by our sponsors.

Program funding is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and other event sponsors.
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