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The Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI alumni the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community. Please join us for the next selection of the series:

written by Q. Terah Jackson (AFI Class of 2012)

When a brilliant but contentious political strategist is ostracized from the civil rights movement for being gay, he endures personal and public shame to advance the career of his promising protégé, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
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Q. Terah Jackson is an AFI alum and Writers' Guild of America-West's Feature Access honoree who's writing on politics (RUSTIN) and science fiction (JULIUS-X ON DYING EARTH) have garnered the attention of the Nicholls and Sundance/Sloan Fellowships. Jackson's storytelling is influenced by nine years of work enhancing the education of Washington, DC's youth through government policy and theater arts. The son of a civil rights activist and an active participant in election campaigns, Jackson translates these experiences into fictional stories about living legends. Recently, COUNTER, his short script on Bayard Rustin conducting a solo-sit-in in a 1942 small town diner, was filmed and exhibited at the 2014 LA Film Festival through Film Independent's Project Involve. Currently, Jackson is developing an immigration-related film and a comedy on the economic downturn.


Variety released its annual "Top 25 Below the Line" impact report. Four AFI alumni made the list: Jonathan Alberts (AFI Class of 2001), Autumn Durald (AFI Class of 2009), Paula Huidobro (AFI Class of 2004) and Andrew Wheeler (AFI Class of 2010).

Cheryl Bedford (AFI Class of 1990) was interviewed by Valid News Press for her role as line producer for the documentary DARK GIRLS. Her upcoming projects include putting on an African-American series with various people in Black Hollywood.

Ellen Burstyn (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 1974) has signed on to make her feature directorial debut. She will star in and direct BATHING FLO, a character piece inspired by events in the life of Thruline Entertainment manager/producer Danny Sherman.

The independent film RETURN TO ZERO was picked up by Lifetime. Minnie Driver, who stars in the film, was nominated for an Emmy® for her role. Harris Charalambous (AFI Class of 2003) is the film's cinematographer.

Manny Coto (AFI Class of 1984) was selected for NALIP's "Top Latino Writers" list.

Jeremy Engel (AFI Class of 2007) is the creator and emcee of "Marzo's," a live monthly variety show for children. Each performance features a different lineup of kid-friendly magicians, comedians, musicians, puppeteers, jugglers and more. Upcoming shows are scheduled at the Zephyr Theatre on October 11, November 2 and December 7.

Film Independent's Project Involve has invited 30 emerging artists into the program. A fifth of those selected are AFI alumni — Carlos Garza (AFI Class of 2013), Ludovica Isidori (AFI Class of 2013), Moira Morel (AFI Class of 2014), Michael Solidum (AFI Class of 2013), Ryan Velasquez (AFI Class of 2012) and Ed Wu (AFI Class of 2014).

HBO announced that THE LEFTOVERS will be renewed for a second season. Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973) and Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 1982) are co-executive producers/directors, Carl Franklin (AFI Class of 1986) is a director, Jacqueline Hoyt (AFI Class of 2002) is a supervising producer/screenwriter and Michael Grady (AFI Class of 1993) is a cinematographer.

Erin Li's (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2013) DWW film KEPLER X-47 is nominated for the 2014 Geekie Awards for Best Short Film.

Amin Matalqa (AFI Class of 2007) was selected as one of 10 directors for the Disney/ABC annual DGA Directing Program.

Pete Shanel's (AFI Class of 2006) HERE COMES THE NIGHT is now available on VOD and cable via Filmbuff Distribution. Kurt Haas (AFI Class of 2004) is the producer and screenwriter. Paul Yates (AFI Class of 2006) is the first assistant director.

Ed Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) and Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) are partnering with Fields Corporation and All Nippon Entertainment Works on a live-action English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga, SOUL REVIVER. Herskovitz and Zwick will write the screenplay, and Zwick will direct.

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