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Friday, August 19, 2005
See Barb in Seattle...and the Act One Roadshow!
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ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD STARTS IN SEATTLE – SCREENWRITERS’ WORKSHOP PLANNED

Each year, hundreds of aspiring screenwriters flock to Hollywood with scripts in their hands and stars in their eyes. This year, Hollywood is coming to them. First stop? Seattle, Washington.

Act One, Inc., a Los Angeles-based training program for writers and other film industry professionals, is partnering with Third Friday Films and the Taproot Theatre Company to present the Act One Screenwriting Weekend, a conference for professional and aspiring screenwriters. The workshop, slated for September 16-17, 2005 at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, is an intense, practical overview of screenwriting basics and the current film market.

Participants will study the craft of screenwriting – from story development and structure to character, dialogue and screenplay format – with a panel of accomplished Hollywood professionals, led by Barbara Nicolosi, a screenwriter (The Work, Select Society), columnist, and Executive Director of the Act One programs. In addition to his teaching post at Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Thom Parham is a screenwriter and script consultant whose credits include JAG, Touched By An Angel, Steeplechasers, and Inside Out. Jack Gilbert, the head of Act One’s television program and former director of the prestigious Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, has consulted on numerous Hollywood scripts (including Batman Forever and The Addams Family) for companies like the William Morris Agency, NBC, and MTM Productions.

“Seattle’s longstanding reputation for quality and creativity in film makes it the perfect city for our first 2005-06 conference,” says Conference Coordinator Lauri Evans Deason. “And we’re thrilled to be working with Third Friday Films and the Taproot Theatre Company to provide new inspiration and community for local writers who share our common goals of excellence, artistry, professionalism, and spirituality.”

The seminar begins with a 7 p.m. Friday evening screening and panel discussion with the faculty, open to anyone interested in film and its impact on popular culture. The conference continues Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with the intensive screenwriting workshop. The registration fee (which includes study materials and breakfast and lunch on Saturday) is $175 for students and early registrants. After September 1st, the cost to attend is $195. Further information and online registration is available through the Act One website at www.actoneprogram.com . Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

Tickets for the Friday evening session only are $10 and are available in advance through the Third Friday Films hotline (206-524-7301 x330) or at the door.



MEDIA REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Lauri Evans Deason
lauri@actoneprogram.com
206-851-5361