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Lighting a candle, Basilica Sant’Ambrogio, Milano, Italy via Instagram

Lighting a candle, Basilica Sant’Ambrogio, Milano, Italy

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Standing in James Herriot’s Kitchen and looking out into the garden via Instagram

Standing in James Herriot’s Kitchen and looking out into the garden via Instagram

Standing in James Herriot’s Kitchen and looking out into the garden

James Herriot is one of my favorite writers and I love the BBC television adaptations of the stories, too.

Back in 2016 we visited his hometown of Thirsk in Yorkshire and this amazing museum. 

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City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition for Rosanne Welch

Many thanks to Jake Flynn, Communications Director for Bob Blumenfield, for arranging the presentation of this Certificate full of beautiful hand done calligraphy. (We learned during the presentation that the city of Los Angeles has 2 full-time calligraphers on staff!)

It’s for all the work we do with the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting bringing more female voices and female-centric stories into the marketplace, which is already a pleasure. So this was truly some icing for the cake. 

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In Conversation With Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood via Instagram

In Conversation With Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood via Instagram

In Conversation With Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood

My Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting students are in town for the next 20 days and we are diving into our work.

This is a low-residency program where most of the work is done online but each cohort (1st year and 2nd year) comes to LA twice each year and meets for 10 days of intense workshops and research at the Jim Henson Studio (originally the Chaplin Studio) in the heart of Hollywood.

This week is the first workshop for our new class of 2020. 

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It’s Time For History of Screenwriting 101! via Instagram

It’s Time For History of Screenwriting 101!

My Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting students are in town for the next 20 days and we are diving into our work.

This is a low-residency program where most of the work is done online but each cohort (1st year and 2nd year) comes to LA twice each year and meets for 10 days of intense workshops and research at the Jim Henson Studio (originally the Chaplin Studio) in the heart of Hollywood.

This week is the first workshop for our new class of 2020. 

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Another Fun Day at the Stephens MFA In Screenwriting Program

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Another Fun Day at the Stephens MFA In Screenwriting Program

My Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting students are in town for the next 20 days and we are diving into our work.

This is a low-residency program where most of the work is done online but each cohort (1st year and 2nd year) comes to LA twice each year and meets for 10 days of intense workshops and research at the Jim Henson Studio (originally the Chaplin Studio) in the heart of Hollywood.

This week is the first workshop for our new class of 2020. 

 

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In the studio…Linda and Rosanne at Readymix Music as Lexi records her demo via My Instagram

In the studio...Linda and Rosanne at Readymix Music as Lexi records her demo via My Instagram

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Linda and Rosanne at Readymix Music as Lexi records her demo. 

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Of Writing, Research, Verdi and Garibaldi – New Discoveries!

Here’s the fun of research – and poetic license.

I’m working on my novel on the life of Giuseppe Garibaldi (the General who united Italy in 1860) for The Mentoris Project and I discovered that Giuseppe Verdi was a supporter of the Risorgimento (Resurgence), the movement to unite Italy.  Moreover, in his 1842 opera, Nabucco (which follows the plight of the Jews as they are conquered and exiled by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II (Nabucco in Italian) he wrote a song — Va Pensiero (to think/to recall) — which was popular among the men of the movement in the 1840s through 1860.  

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Poetic license comes in when I see it wasn’t performed in South America (where Garibaldi could have access to it) until a year after he’d left that country.  So, I created a scene where he hears it from a newly arrived Italian sailor on the local docks and then Garibaldi goes home to sing it as a lullaby with his wife, Anita, and their son.

Of course, I had to hear the song myself (being more a Dean Martin fan than an opera fan I had not seen Nabucco) so, naturally, I turned to YouTube where I found this beautiful rendition of it with Pavorotti singing in Italian and Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari, known mostly as Zucchero (but brand new to me!).

All in all a delightful discovery.

Zucchero

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Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate;
va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli,
ove olezzano tepide e molli
l’aure dolci del suolo natal!

Del Giordano le rive saluta,
di Sionne le torri atterrate…
O, mia patria, sì bella e perduta!
O, membranza, sì cara e fatal!

Arpa d’or dei fatidici vati,
perché muta dal salice pendi?
Le memorie nel petto raccendi,
ci favella del tempo che fu!

O simile di Sòlima ai fati
traggi un suono di crudo lamento,
t’ispiri il Signore un concento
che ne infonda al patire virtù.[11]

Go, thought, on wings of gold;
go settle upon the slopes and the hills,
where, soft and mild, the sweet airs
of our native land smell fragrant!

Greet the banks of the Jordan
and Zion’s toppled towers…
Oh, my country, so beautiful and lost!
Oh, remembrance, so dear and so fatal!

Golden harp of the prophetic seers,
why dost thou hang mute upon the willow?
Rekindle our bosom’s memories,
and speak to us of times gone by!

Either, akin to the fate of Jerusalem,
give forth a sound of crude lamentation,
or let the Lord inspire you a harmony of voices
which may instill virtue to suffering.

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In the studio… via My Instagram

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Linda, Rosanne and Joseph in the control room at Readymix Music as Lexi records her demo. 

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