05 Writers Changing The Face of TV from “Why The Monkees Matter: Even 50 Years Later [Video] (40 seconds)

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From Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Wherever you go, you find Monkees fans and the Denver Popular Culture Con was no different.  Amid rooms full of caped crusaders and cosplay creations, I was initially not sure how many folks would attend a talk on a TV show from the 1960s – but happily I was met by a nice, engaged audience for my talk on Why the Monkees Matter  – and afterward they bought books!  What more could an author ask for?

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So these folks changed I say the face of television. Before 1966 we’re having a lot of fairly — for small very white folks — but also very sort of middle-of-the-road. — Very gentle and there’s nothing wrong with that but it’s all one flavor. There’s not a whole lot of difference there right? If you’ll notice in the bottom corner, who do you think that is? Micky Dolenz was a TV star. People think they were nobodies coming to the show but Micky Dolenz had himself had a show for three years because his parents were performers right and they had a friend who said they’re doing this show called Circus Boy. Would your kid die his hair blonde to be in it? and his parents were like “Yeah that’s good. That’s his college fund right there.”



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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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Sunset Over The Atlantic Ocean, Porto, Portugal

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Looking out to the Atlantic from the mouth of the Douro River during the recent Screenwriting Research Network Conference.

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood – 44 in a series – Time to be remembered

Do you know about these women screenwriters? Many don’t. Learn more about them today! 

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood - 44 in a series - Time to be remembered

Ida May Park began and ended her life and career in Los Angeles, California, credited as a writer of approximately five hundred scenarios and fifty features, having had a successful career as a director with fourteen films under her belt.  Unfortunately, as a woman of early Hollywood, she falls into a category of women who were notable enough to have some of their work survive and be remembered, but not notable enough for many history books or archives to chronicle her career.

Ida May Park: Prolific Pioneer
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Phillip Lazebnik, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting mentor, preps for West End Run of “The Prince of Egypt” Musical

Check out this video trailer of one of the most inspiring songs from the new musical written by Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting mentor Phillip Lazebnik.

Based on the film he also wrote – The Prince of Egypt – the play is headed for a West End premiere early next year with plans to move to Broadway after that run.

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17 “A Wrinkle In Time” and The Movies from The Sisterhood of Science Fiction – Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (28 seconds)

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The Sisterhood of Science Fiction: A Walk Through Some Writers and Characters You (Should) Know And Love

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This one allowed me to riff on some of my favorite female science fiction writers across time, whether they be novelists or television writers. It also opened up a good conversation on what art we support and include in our lives – and what that art says to us and about us. — Rosanne

Transcript:

…On a book that for years and years Hollywood wasn’t making into a movie because it starred a little girl and they really didn’t think enough people would pay money to see the story of a little girl having this wild crazy adventure. Even though Alice in Wonderland has been around a long time okay. So it’s interesting. We really we sort of censor before we even put things out into the audience for them to really tell us what they’re gonna watch right? So we have to think about that.



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On The Beach at Foz at Sunset, Porto, Portugal

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Never miss a moment to walk the beach, even if you are at the reception for an academic conference. 😀

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Rosanne grabbed this book “The Secrets We Kept” at The Book Soup store at the Bradley International Terminal before we took off on our trip to Porto. She finished it on the trip home.

Look for a review of “The Secrets We Kept” soon from Rosanne.

 I think Rosanne uses books as a sort of time travel. She dives into the book and wakes up wherever she needs to be. This is very useful when flying 9.5 hours East and 12 hours west.

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Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Alums REPRESENT at the Austin Film Festival 2019!

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Alums REPRESENT at the Austin Film Festival 2019!

Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Alums REPRESENT at the Austin Film Festival 2019

Congrats to our alums whose scripts have advanced at the 2019 AFF Script Competition including: 

  • Adam Parker for THE BABY (Semifinalist) and THE EMERALD CITY (Second Round)
  • CJ Ehrlich for THE MALTESE BABKA (Second Round)
  • Cara Greene Epstein for THE FROZEN CHOSEN (Second Round)
  • Ilona Rossman Ho for INDIVISIBLE MOM (Second Round)
  • Jennifer Martin for THE GOLDBERGS: FEAR STREET (Second Round).

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19 Gene Gauntier from “When Women Wrote Hollywood” with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (32 seconds)

Part of the California State University, Fullerton Faculty Noon Time Talks at the Pollak Library.

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Gene Gauntier is from Ireland. She was born in Kansas. She ended up being the first person to film a movie on location and it was “From The Manger to the Cross” which was the story of The Christ. It was the first time that the story of Jesus was told on film and she went to Jerusalem and then she filmed some in other places in Europe. So she was pretty famous for a good long time. A company called the Kalum company. Again when that company went out of business and all their paperwork disappeared, a lot of her history disappeared with it but you can find “From The Manger to the Cross” on YouTube

Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses the women in her 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.  Yet, she 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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Journal of Screenwriting Call For Submissions For A Special Issue Focusing On Female Screenwriters

Journal of Screenwriting Call For Submissions For A Special Issue Focusing On Female Screenwriters

Don’t forget: The Journal of Screenwriting is calling for articles for a special issue with a focus on female screenwriters, to be published in November 2020. I will be co-editing this Special Issue! — Rosanne


Call For Submissions

Special Issue: Female Screenwriters

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The Journal of Screenwriting is calling for articles for a special issue with a focus on female screenwriters, to be published in November 2020.

JOSC wants to emphasize the importance of female screenwriters across eras, genres, mediums. This importance may arise from an analysis of bodies of work, from individual scripts written by women or from case studies where female screenwriters have worked collaboratively to express screen stories. Articles may also include women’s work behind the scenes in advocating for/promoting greater gender equality within screenwriting milieux. Articles on female screenwriters from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged. 

Articles may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Female screenwriters in silent cinema
  • The influence of female writer(-directors) in contemporary culture
  • Case studies on an individual screenwriter’s work, collaborations between women or on how women-centred stories have been brought to the screen
  • Historiography of manuals and screenwriting pedagogy where this reflects the work of female screenwriters
  • National and global tendencies with regard to women within screenwriting – relations, influences, cultural transfers
  • Censorship and women’s stories and women’s writings
  • Biographies of female screenwriters of any era
  • Female screenwriters within writing partnerships
  • The work of female screenwriters within script production (e.g. as showrunners, script editors or consultants)
  • • The question of a female voice within screenwriting
  • In the first instance, please email abstracts of up to 400 words and a short biography, no later than Friday, 4 October 2019 to both of the editors of this special issue: Rosanne Welchrosanne@welchwrite.com Rose Ferrellrosieglow@westnet.com.au Completed articles of between 4000 and 8000 words should be sent by the end of January 2020.

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