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SCOTT SANFORD TOBIS would love for his fellow writers to follow his ongoing series, “My Celluloid Antidepressant,” at the website CulturalWeekly. In addition, he is a regular contributor to Southbay magazine, and crafted a recent article on the seemingly forgotten writer/director/bon vivant Preston Sturges, the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. At the moment, he is putting the finishing touches on Trigger Warnings, a new pilot that was showcased as part of the WGAW’s The Disability Scene.
MICHAEL HALPERIN’s non-fiction My Name is David: Search for Identity, an extraordinary true post-Holocaust odyssey, takes the reader into the life of a young Jewish boy rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto by Polish-Christians. Hiding behind a Polish identity, he undertakes an existential odyssey with his rescuers who refuse to abandon him as they traverse war-ravaged post-Holocaust Europe seething with a new rise of Anti-Semitism. “Michael Halperin has written an impressive document about David Gilat’s journey to self-discovery that will contribute to our understanding of those important times.”—Havi Dreifuss, Ph.D., Dept. of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University
KIRBY TIMMONS’ article, “Is This America’s Valley Forge Moment?,” compares our current quarantine with an often-misunderstood turning point in the American Revolution. In addition, Kirby’s spec script for the series, The Code, entitled “An Island Too Far,” was awarded semi-final status in the annual Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards.
Co-founders ANTON DIETHER and JON WILLIAMS of the Austin WGAW Members Group invite WGAW guild members in active status, living in or visiting the Austin, TX area, to join their mailing list for notification of regular and special local events. To join the community (aka “rally” on this site), visit WritersGuildinAustin.
Torn between writing for film and pioneering everything 3D, screenwriter LINDA LANE takes readers on a roller coaster ride in Laser Lady Meets the Light Junkies: A Hollywood Memoir Highpoint Lit, July 21, 2020. In her quest to have her original screenplay, Revelation II, produced, Lane had to find a physicist/holographer capable of making a larger-than-life-sized image for first-run theaters. By 1975, the author had morphed into Laser Lady, a persona exemplified by holograms and a coterie of exotic Salvador Dali-approved friends.
DEVRA MAZA's article "Angels in Lockdown" has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Los Angeles Press Club's Life in the Time of Coronavirus Contest in the category of Essay Writing. The article, which chronicles Devra's bicoastal experiences with both humor and pathos, as well as those of other prize winners, can be found on lapressclub.org's Archives page where it will be permanently featured as part of the public record. It may also be read at DevraMaza.com on her Articles and Blog pages.
After 14 novels, DARRYL PONICSÁN's first non-fiction book is due on April 1. Inspired by Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck, Ponicsán's is titled I Feel Bad About My Dick.
WGAW members living or visiting Ensenada, Baja California, who are interested in socializing and building community with other arts/industry-minded individuals, are welcome to contact CAROL ROPER.
WGF: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.