Event: “When Women Wrote Hollywood” with Rosanne Welch, Ph.D, Pollack Library, Cal State Fullerton, March 5, 2019, Noon

When Women Wrote Hollywood

When Women Wrote Hollywood

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360 (Pollack Library)
Rosanne Welch, Ph.D., Instructor and Editor of
“When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry” 
Department of Cinema and Television Arts
College of  Communications

This time I’ll discuss the women in my new book “When Women Wrote Hollywood” which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars – but fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all – even though it’s been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison.


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Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter@stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter@stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session. 

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

 

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Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

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The “When Women Wrote Hollywood” gang at… ADAM’S RIB Screening, Egyptian Theater, Hollywood

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Co-presented by Stephens College, whose MFA in TV and screenwriting is designed to bring more female and minority stories into mainstream media through a low-residency graduate degree program.

“The Gordon/Kanin scripts also helped invent Katharine Hepburn’s popular culture reputation for female empowerment. Upon Gordon’s death in 1985, New York Times writer Mel Gussow wrote in his appreciation of her work: “Every time you enjoy Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn sparring in Adam’s Rib and Pat and Mike, remember who created their characters and wrote their witty dialogue. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin’s contribution to the symbiosis of the Tracy-Hepburn team is inestimable.” Biographers and critics of Hepburn often claimed that she based her independent women persona and characters on a combination of her mother and of Eleanor Roosevelt. I contend that the Hepburn was also, even if subconsciously, basing the women in her Tracy/Hepburn films on Ruth Gordon. As actress and writer Elaine May once observed to Kanin about his wife, “She really is about the only person who gives you the feeling that maybe it could be a woman’s world.”

Gordon and Kanin clearly had a feminist agenda at work in their films, one that focuses on the need for both members of a marriage to understand the inherent equality of the sexes and to respect the equal intellectual capacity of wives. When summarizing Kanin’s screenwriting career, author Richard Corliss says “Because of Kanin’s close collaboration with his wife on scripts written for another, very close couple – [Spencer] Tracy and Katharine Hepburn – the ‘marriages’ portrayed in Adam’s Rib and Pat and Mike have a sense of natural familiarity and mutual respect rare in Hollywood domestic comedies.”

Read the full excerpt from When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry on our blog! 

Introduction by Cari Beauchamp. Join us after the film for a book signing by contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry.

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The Mentoris Project Presentation and Book Reading at Leatherby Library, Chapman University [Video] (1:14:00)

I had a wonderful night at the Leatherby Libraries on the Chapman University campus giving a short lecture and reading from my book American’s Forgotten Founding Father, about the life of Filippo Mazzei, who worked with Thomas Jefferson on supporting the American Revolution.  Thanks to Robert Barbera for creating the Mentoris Project Book Series, to Italian Studies professor Federico Pacchioni for inviting us in and hosting the Q&A with my fellow presenter and colleague Peg Lamphier, who presented on her book on the life of Louis Palma di Cesnola, a union cavalryman from the Civil War.  

The Mentoris Project Presentation and Book Reading at Leatherby Library, Chapman University [Video] (1:14:00).

 

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Press: The Mentoris Project: The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma di Cesnola: Learning about two key Italian-Americans in American History

All kudos to the library staff at Chapman University for posting this lovely article about the presentations my colleague and fellow writer Peg and I made on our individual books for the Mentoris Project.  Publisher Robert Barbera sponsored the event – and donated the set of books to the university library – and we enjoyed speaking to the Italian Studies students who gathered that evening about Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma de Cesnola. — Rosanne

The Mentoris Project: The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma di CesnolaLearning about two key Italian-Americans in American History

The Mentoris Project: The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma di Cesnola: Learning about two key Italian-Americans in American History
December 4, 2018

When Robert J. Barbera founded The Mentoris Project as a part of The Barbera Foundation, his goal was to add to the canon of names most U.S. students learn over and over again from fifth grade through high school. He remembered hearing the names of people like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln repeated from year to year, but realized that two very important populations were missing from the standard U.S. history books and narratives: Italians and Italian-Americans. With that in mind, he started The Mentoris Project, which publishes biographies and novels based on the lives of prominent Italians and Italian-Americans, specifically those who can be considered as mentors. In the words of The Mentoris Project, these books are intended “to inspire the reader in a very tangible way: To finish the book saying, ‘I can do something great, too.’” The books published by The Mentoris Project are written by a variety of scholars and authors, and cover subjects from Christopher Columbus to Enrico Fermi.

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Event: Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier Present “The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola” – Chapman University – November 28, 2018

The Mentoris Project along with the
Chapman University Leatherby Libraries
and the Italian Studies Program
present
The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola

Book signing with authors Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier following presentation

Leatherby Libraries
Center for American War Letters Archives (B03), Leatherby Libraries, Lower Level

Event: Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier Present

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Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mini Alumni Meetup

I had such a fun catch up lunch with 2017 Stephens MFA alums and Val yesterday at, of all places, IKEA because alum Amy Banks was in town to attend an all day workshop at the Disney Studios for writers with First Nation backgrounds (in their continued work to provide diversity on their channel).

Amy set it up with me and fellow mentor, Val Woods. Then alums Julie Berkobien and Lauren Smith were also free to drop by. I loved hearing about the various work they were all doing and how their MFAs both helped them get hired and, more importantly, helped them excel in their new positions! It also served as an accidental reunion of several writers of our When Women Wrote Hollywood book of essays, which we will be launching to the Columbia, Missouri community in just a few weeks, during the Citizen Jane Film Festival!

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October is Italian Heritage Month! – Celebrate with these events and my book on America’s Forgotten Founding Father: Filippo Mazzei!

October is Italian Heritage Month! - Celebrate with these events!

Did you know there was an Italian Heritage Month? And that it is October?

It was declared in 1989 so stay tuned to some fun things I’ll be posting this month to celebrate the contributions Italians have made to America since the days even before the country was founded (which you can learn about in my book “America’s Forgotten Founding Father: Filippo Mazzei”. 

 

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If you live in Los Angeles, here are some fun things you can think about doing to celebrate with your friends of Italian descent.

Los Angeles Italian Heritage Month Events

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Upcoming Event:

ITALIAN GENEALOGY: DISCOVERING YOUR ANCESTRAL RECORDS IN ITALY & THE USA – ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (OCT. 14, 2017)

Taking place at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) this two-day workshop offers practical methods for researching documents relevant to families that emigrated from Southern Italy to the U.S. No knowledge of Italian is needed. Event recognized by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. Two sessions, $90 (non-member) / $85 (IIC members). Info and registration at (310) 824-7408 or classes.iicla@esteri.it.


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Class of 2020 – Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television via Instagram

Class of 2020 - Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television via Instagram

Class of 2020 – Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting in Television 

Our latest class is in Los Angeles for their first workshop session so we took the opportunity to grab our first group photo. 

They’ll be back in August for another 10-day session and two more workshops in their second year. 

Always great to welcome a new set of MFA students each year!

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