The Louis B. Mayer Library, AFI Conservatory Screenwriting faculty and the Office of Alumni Relations are pleased to announce a new library program: The Alumni Script Reading Series. The series gives AFI Conservatory alumni from all disciplines the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community.

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.

Submission Criteria: AFI Conservatory alumni may submit one (1) screenplay each for consideration. Submissions should be one of the following: a) a feature-length script (of no more than 110 pages); b) a 60-minute TV pilot; or c) a 30-minute TV pilot and one episode. A one-page story synopsis and a 10-page sample of the script must be included with all submissions. All scripts must be unsold and completed after graduation from the Conservatory. Co-authorship by an AFI alumnus/a is required for any script that involves non-alumni writing collaboration. Submissions will be ongoing and only one submission per year per alumnus/a will be considered.

All submissions should be sent electronically to Robert Vaughn, AFI Conservatory Librarian, at A representative of the Selection Committee will notify the writer of the chosen script for each event. Writers will be asked to bring an audience questionnaire for the Q&A.

April 2013 Alumni Script Reading Series of SPEED BUMPS by Neal Thibedeau (AFI Class of 2003).

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