Friday, September 07, 2007

Act One in Grand Rapids

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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. Next stop? Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Act One, Inc., a Los Angeles-based training program for writers and other film industry professionals, is partnering with Compass Film Academy of Grand Rapids to present the Act One Screenwriting Weekend, a conference for professional and aspiring screenwriters. The workshop, slated for October 19-20, 2007 at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, is an intense, practical overview of screenwriting basics, the current film market, and the Christian’s responsibility to engage popular culture.

Participants will study the craft of screenwriting – from story development and structure to character, dialogue and screenplay format – with a group of accomplished Hollywood professionals, including screenwriter, producer, and Azusa Pacific University Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Parham (JAG, Touched By An Angel), and screenwriter/author Chris Riley (After The Truth, The Hollywood Standard).

“Grand Rapids has a rich history as a center of Christian art and thought,” says Conference Coordinator Lauri Evans Deason. “And we’re thrilled to join the Compass Film Academy in providing new inspiration for local writers who share our common goals of artistry, professionalism, and spirituality.”

The seminar begins at 1:00 p.m. Friday with a session for registered participants, and continues all day Saturday. Friday evening features the Hollywood Insiders Event, a keynote address and panel discussion with the faculty, open to anyone interested in film and its influence on popular culture. The registration fee, which includes study materials and lunch on Saturday, is $175 for anyone registering before October 1, 2007. After October 1, the cost to attend is $195. Discounts are available for students and groups of ten or more. Tickets for the Hollywood Insiders Event (which begins Friday at 7:00 p.m.) are $10.

Further information and online registration is available through the Act One website at HYPERLINK "" or by calling 323-464-0815. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

Act One, Inc. is a non-profit, interdenominational training and mentorship program designed to train people of faith for careers in mainstream film and television. The organization is endorsed by the Catholic Communications Commission, Catholics In Media Associates, Premise, The Hollywood Prayer Network, MasterMedia International, and several colleges and universities.

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