1969 A Space Odyssey’s Live Read Cast

If you’re in Los Angeles on June 14th, then you’ll want to see the Black List Live Read of 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY. I’m over the moon (pun intended) that we have such an amazingly talented cast on board.

Kathryn Hahn of Parks And Recreation will play the lead, Jared Harris of Mad Men will play Stanley Kubrick, Thomas Sadoski of The Newsroom will play NASA Public Affairs administrator Julian Scheer, and Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope will play Kubrick’s assistant, Kara Downs.

Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers, Trust Me) will be in the role of Richard Helms, Director of the CIA. Aaron Staton (Mad Men) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men) will play the roles of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, respectively.

 

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Black List Live Staged Reading on June 14th in Los Angeles

On June 14th the Black List will host its first live staged reading at the LA Film Festival…and they are reading my script. Extremely honored to be part of this. Exciting cast announcements and ticket info coming soon!

Here is the press release:

A first time event taking place at the Festival this year is The Black List Live! A Staged Reading. The Festival is teaming up with The Black List to program a staged reading of an unproduced Black List script. Join us for this one night only reading of Stephany Folsom’s 1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon about a White House public affairs assistant who convinces Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing, just in case something goes wrong during that one small step. The event will take place on June 14 at 7:00 pm at the Los Angeles Theater.

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Adapting Harlan Coben’s MISSING YOU for Warner Bros.

I’m very excited to adapt Harlan Coben’s Missing You for Warner Brothers and Brett Ratner’s RatPac. I’ll share more when I can come up for some air. Until then, back to writing!

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Go Into The Story Interview

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I was recently interviewed by screenwriter Scott Myers for Go Into The Story (the official blog of the Black List). I had a blast discussing movies, screenwriting and working in Hollywood with Scott.

You can read the full interview on Go Into The Story. While you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of the site. It’s one of the best screenwriting resources out there.

 

Stephany Says Update

Stanley Kubrick Slate Magazine

Things have gotten pretty busy since my script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY or: HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made The Tracking Board’s Hit List and the Black List.  I have had a lot more work on my plate (hooray), but I haven’t been able to write here as much as I’d like. I will do my best to keep posting monthly in 2014, because everyone needs more writing, film. And booze.

Until then, lots of exciting things are happening. If you have nothing better to do, check out the press:

LA Times

Slate

Mother Jones

Thanks for reading this silly blog in its inaugural year. Have a wonderful 2014!

Why Write?

typing monkeyAs I’m sitting here after days of not much sleep, hygiene or social interaction, I begin to wonder why I do this to myself? The hours of writing, researching, editing, and rewriting, and rewriting, and rewriting…

 In an attempt to justify my life choices, I have compiled a self-indulgent list of why I’m a writer:

1. I love words.

Seriously, I could read a dictionary and be entertained. No really, I’m that much fun. My favorite is the Oxford English Reference Dictionary that explains the roots of words. I love how words sound, and how they can be arranged into mind-boggling combinations to create meaning and emotional impact. There’s a rhythm to words and language, and I love every bit of it. Speaking of rhythm and music:

2. I can’t sing.

I firmly believe music is one of our purest art forms. With or without words, a song instantly paints a picture, tells a story and conveys emotion. Granted, I can play piano and clarinet (note very well), but I  can’t sing worth a damn. If I could sing you a song, I would. But my singing sounds like a dying cat, and so I’ll have to write you something instead.

3. Writing justifies the amount of bourbon I consume.

Enough said.

4. Writing is cheap.

A writer only needs pen and paper. If you want to get fancy, you can always get a computer or an iPad. Or a typing monkey.

5. Stories are important.

A good story transports you to another world, gives you a new perspective, presents a new idea and entertains. Stories are how we relate to one another, and how we make sense of the general chaos that is life.

For better or worse, stories show our humanity. Yes, stories are important and somebody needs to write them down.

Why do you write?

What A Writer Can Learn From Lou Reed

I was 15 when I discovered Lou Reed’s music. In the stacks of used CDs at my indie record store I found a copy of  Transformer. One listen is all it took.

Since Lou Reed’s passing last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the influence he had on my life. I even named this blog after his song Stephanie Says.

I never met Lou Reed in person, but that doesn’t matter. I met his music, and more importantly, I discovered his lyrics, and in those beautiful words I began to see how  a few carefully chosen words could paint a picture (lyrics from the song Sweet Jane):

Standing on a corner,
Suitcase in my hand
Jack is in his corset, and Jane in her vest,
And me, I’m in a rock’n’roll band.

Can you see it? Four simple lines that instantly convey location, characters, tone, and makes you want to know what happens next. He has a “suitcase in his hand,” so where is he going? What just happened? Why is Jack in a corset instead of Jane? Tell me more…

And there you have it. The genius of Lou Reed is simple. A few beautiful words that capture a moment in time, and while I love Lou Reed’s music, even his experimental Metal Machine, it’s his words that carry me.

Whether you’re writing a song, a poem, a novel or a screenplay, take a lesson from Lou Reed.  A few simple words are all you need to tell a story and show us that this crazy world is all right. Cue music: