Hollywood Black Film Festival Presents Screenwriting Panel and Shorts Program at 2nd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Hollywood Insiders Discuss
Adapting Books for the Silver Screen
The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) announced it will produce two FREE programs for the Leimert Park Village Book Fair, giving the public a taste of what they can look forward to at the upcoming film festival. HBFF will present the ‘Cinema Soul’ Shorts Program and a panel discussion entitled “From Book to The Silver Screen: Writing Your Screen Play.” The 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival runs June 3-8, 2008 in Beverly Hills.
“We’re very pleased to have the Hollywood Black Film Festival’s participation in this year’s book fair, said Book Fair founder and producer Cynthia Ethusian Exum. “This premiere film festival will no doubt help us further achieve our goal of providing the community access to writers from various industries, including the film industry, their work and professional networks.”
The 2nd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature discussion writing workshops, author panels, and cooking demos along with book signings, poetry readings, stage events and a variety of activities for children and young adults. The book fair will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 10am until 6:00pm in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles. It is free and open to the public.
“We’re very excited about participating in this community-based literary event to answer questions and share insight into the movie business as it relates to the written word,” says Tanya Kersey, founder and executive director, HBFF. “In the entertainment business, ‘content is king’ and content is born from the written word.”
“The book fair’s theme: “Celebrating our Literary Legacy: Our Heritage, Our Words, Our Stories” is so relevant to the entertainment business because through written word it is the medium through which we share our heritage, our words and our stories with the world on the big and small screen,” adds Jacqueline Blaylock, programming director, HBFF.
The panel discussion “From Book to The Silver Screen: Writing Your Screen Play” will be held at 2:00 pm at the Lucy Florence Coffeehouse, 3351 West 43rd Street (Corner of 43rd Street & Degnan Blvd.) in the Theatre Room.
“It all starts on the page.” Time and again this mantra is spoken in Hollywood and anywhere filmmakers are trying to express themselves by telling a story on the screen. But, great books don’t necessarily make great films. How often does that cherished novel become a major motion picture disappointment? Why do some books make the transition successfully and, in rare cases, end up being better than their source material? What is the screenwriters’ process, how do they “hear the voices” of the characters, and what devices do they use to help create on the page what they feel? Join us for this special dialogue on adapting books for the silver screen. The panel, moderated by HBFF helmer Tanya Kersey, will explain what makes an adaptation work, why some characters crop up again and again, and how to make an absolute mess of a novelist’s masterpiece. Panelist names will be announced shortly.
The Cinema Soul Shorts Program will screen a series of short films from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the KAOS Network, 4343 Leimert Park Blvd.(Corner of 43rd Place & Leimert Blvd.) A list of the films screening will be announced shortly. Ms. Blaylock will moderate an audience Q&A following the screening.
HBFF will also have a table in the Author’s Tent where the public can pick up a free copy of the festival’s 2008 film guide and meet the festival team.
For more information visit: http://www.leimertparkbookfair.com. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is free and open to the public!