BUZZ: November 2014

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Alpha Blair's feature script, "The Seduction of Auntie Rose," won for Best Original Screenplay in the 6th Annual Burbank International Film Festival. Just a week before, her new short screenplay, "Dancing in the Age of Paranoia," won for Best Short in the 10th Annual Action On Film International Film Festival.

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Devra Maza is nominated for the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards (November 23, Los Angeles) in two Online categories. Her Huffington Post article "A Tobor the 8th Man Valentine: My Secret Superhero Romance Revealed!" is nominated for Best Personality Profile. The Comic-Con inspired reverie looks at how her childhood crush on the cartoon superhero robot continues to influence her adult romances in real life. Maza is also nominated for "Shooting Diamonds: Directing Sandman's Exit and MLB's Best TV" for Best Commentary/Analysis/Trend. The article, which showcases Mariano Rivera's final All Star and Yankee Stadium games, is the first of a three-part Huffington Post series examining how baseball's best TV directors capture the sport's most memorable moments. For these and Maza's other articles, including her latest feature story, "Baseball's Library: Inside the Hall of Fame Archives" visit DevraMaza.com.

Atsushi Ogata (Cast Me If You Can) wrote and directed a satirical Halloween comedy, Trick or Treat: I LOVE America!, a short film premiering in two parts online for the Halloween season, as a unique collaboration with MEGWIN, one of Japan’s popular YouTube comedy creators. Based loosely on the 1992 shooting incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when a Japanese exchange student was shot to death for knocking on the wrong house for Halloween, the film touches on recent incidents in America involving gun-control, prejudice and patriotism. Filmed in English at the new YouTube Space Tokyo, Part 1 (linked above) had 22,000+ viewers overnight and made it to the official YouTube Japan channel. Click here for Part 2. Press release in English.

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit www.wgfoundation.org for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: http://www.wga.org/agency/memberlookup.aspx. This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: https://my.wgaw.org/home/login.aspx. Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.