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Acclaimed screenwriter dishes about Academy Award nominees for Best Screenplay

Posted by >>>>> on March 1, 2010

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THE NOMINEES ARE IN…
Screenwriter Penny Penniston, author of the forthcoming book TALK THE TALK: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters, will dish about which movies should have been nominated for Best Screenplay, which one she think will win, what makes a great screenplay, and who the great screenwriters of our day are.

Oakland, CA, March 1, 2010-It’s that time! The Academy Award
nominees are in and award-winning screenwriter Penny Penniston says
that when it comes to the Best Screenplay category a few movies got
cheated, a couple got their due, and she knows which one will win and
why. Penniston is the author of the forthcoming book TALK THE TALK: A
Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters (Michael Wiese Productions, March
2010, paperback) and an acclaimed Chicago-base scriptwriter whose
screenplay for Love Is Brilliant received the Sloan Award at the 2005
Tribeca Film Festival.

Penniston is available for interview. Here is just some of what she can discuss:

·       The physics principle that all great screenwriters know about;

·       How she rates the dialogue in each of the Best Screenplay nominees, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The Messenger, A Serious Man, and Up;

·       Who the best, and the most under-appreciated, screenwriters are today;

·       An analysis of how the dialogue in classic films like The Godfather,
The Graduate, and His Girl Friday made for great movies

·       Which movies she thinks should have been nominated;

·       What movie she thinks will win and why

MORE ABOUT PENNY PENNISTON
Penny Penniston is a Chicago-area screenwriter and playwright. Penny
Penniston is a Chicago-area screenwriter and playwright. Her newest
play, Spin, will have its world premiere with Chicago’s Theater wit in
April of 2010. Previous stage plays include now then again and The
Roaring Girl. now then again had its world premiere in Chicago at the
Bailiwick Repertory Theater on February 17, 2000. The show ran for
seventeen weeks, received wide critical acclaim, and was awarded
Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Citation for “Best New Work.” In 2002 now
then again was published by Broadway Play Publishing.

Penniston coauthored The Roaring Girl with her husband, director
Jeremy Wechsler. This adaptation of the 1611 comedy by Thomas
Middleton and Thomas Dekker had its world premiere in Chicago with
Shakespeare’s Motley Crew. It received a Joseph Jefferson nomination
for “Best Adaptation.” Her screenplays include Love Is Brilliant (an
adaptation of her stage play, now then again), Going Out of the Box,
and Gay Pride & Prejudice, Love Is Brilliant received the Sloan Award
at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Penniston has written short plays
for Chicago’s Collaboraction Theater Company and Shakespeare’s Motley Crew. From 2002-2007, she taught playwriting as an adjunct professor in the Theater Department of Northwestern University. She has also guest lectured at DePaul University. Visit Penniston at:
http://www.peninkent.com.

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One Response to “Acclaimed screenwriter dishes about Academy Award nominees for Best Screenplay”

  1. It gives me hope to hear that a successful screenwriter has come out of Chicago. I continue to hear in order to make it, I must relocate to either New York or LA. It seems agents, managers and Hollywood in general, has not realized that Chicago is a sort of “little Hollywood”. Movies and television shows come here to film, actors live here; John Hughes lived 10 miles from my home. I live on the Northern boarder of IL/WI and in four years we have had several film crews out here {“Groundhog Day” was filmed in Woodstock, where my children go to school}. The escape scene from “Prison Break” filmed at Galt Airport and along the Nippersink creek, a farm field away from my home; we watched the lights and action from our porch.
    Thank you for the renewed hope that dreams can be realized, even in the Midwest! Blessings! Heather

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