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Course :  The Dialogue: Interviews with Screenwriters

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  • Date posted : Jan 01, 1970

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Callie Khouri's seminal, Oscar-winning screenplay for "Thelma & Louise", released in 1991, gave voice to a profound cultural moment and became one of the most provocative cinematic landmarks of the '90s. It was the Kentucky native's first attempt at a screenplay. In this enlightening interview, Khouri describes how spending years doing music video production in the '80s inspired her not only to write, but to write with a purpose. A passionate activist with a resume that includes "Something to Talk About" and her adaptation of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", which she also directed, Khouri discusses in detail the pressure of living up to such early acclaim, what it's like to be a woman in the industry, and how the state of the world around you fuels and shapes your creative mindset. Also a frequent script doctor and former Writers Guild of America board member, Khouri delves into the ongoing issues facing the WGA, its membership, and its much-maligned arbitration process. This video is an excerpt from the full interview, available on DVD at TheDialogueSeries.com .

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