A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
At a writers' retreat on an isolated island, novelist Zandra joins a group of strangers confronting their darkest secrets. But when a member of the party mysteriously disappears, they realize there's something else on the island.
In a prison for bad writers a group of cons manage to get their hands on a legit script to the goings-on within the prison and figure it needs a rewrite - one that sees them busting out of jail to freedom.
Wall Writers promises unprecedented access to the early years of American graffiti. Interviews with TAKI 183 and CORNBREAD, along with other legendary artists, illuminated a time when a new form of wall writing emerged from dilapidated city neighborhoods.
In this slacker bro-mantic comedy, writing partners Dulal and Mainak dream of shaking up the Bollywood film industry, however their scripts are continually rejected by all the big producers. They find some hope when the drug addled Gonzo Kapoor, the son of a famous B movie producer, hires them to write an art house film billed as "Tarkovsky with orgies" for his directorial debut. All seems well until Dulal meets Ruma, a beautiful photographer who makes him question his choice to sell out, and the two friends must choose between friendship, love and the chance of a big break. The film delves into the world of young migrant writers, their hopes and their ontological anxiety.
Two political speech-writers struggle to spin the antics of an unlikely leader.
Two writers at Paramount Cartoon Studios try to think of good stories for Casper the Friendly Ghost. They review scenes from "Casper's Spree Under The Sea," "Once Upon A Rhyme" and "To Boo Or Not To Boo." Eventually Casper himself emerges from a poster on the wall and scares the writers away. Casper explains that he thought up that gag to end the cartoon!
The short film is a poetic interpretation of the writer's mental journey during the writing process. The writer, played by Bryan Cranston (AMC’s Breaking Bad), creates a woman in his mind, played by Lela Edgar, while working on his next script.
Explore the life and works of one of America's greatest writers with this absorbing program on William Faulkner. Famous for his depiction of the growing pains of the South in his many novels, Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1949. Expert commentary, archival documents and rare interviews shed light on the celebrated author, whose major works include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August and Absalom, Absalom.
This absorbing documentary chronicles the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck through interviews, authoritative commentary and archival material. The literary titan led a remarkable life, from his childhood in California's Salinas Valley to his later years in the coastal fishing town of Monterey. Toiling as a field hand during his youth, Steinbeck subsequently penned sensitive portrayals of poor laborers in his timeless novels.
Paris 1983: They are between 14 and 18 and write their names on the walls of the city. Inspired by the New York phenomenon, they do not simply reproduce the forms. They create their own style, their required letters and inspire an entire generation. They communicate through letters of their name. They are called Writers.
Mitchell Dyer has always been a loner. The only two things he has ever been passionate about are his inventions and his autograph collection. He has only one friend, Vance Marlow. One day, while Mitchell is working in his basement, Vance shows up, claiming that he has invented a device, out of a label maker, that can let him travel in time. Vance convinces Mitchell into coming along with him, as they set out on a hilarious and eye opening quest to get the autographs of the four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Along the way they learn a few things about what is REALLY important in life.
This short showcases composers and lyricists of songs that are now considered standards of American popular music. For several of these song writers, this is their only known appearance in a theatrically released film.
This episode of the Great Writers series focuses on Italian author Giuseppe Di Lampedusa. Born into wealth, this multifaceted Sicilian prince was also an astronomer and served in the armed forces. Lampedusa used his own family as a model for his epic novel &NFi;Il Gattopardo&NFi_; ("The Leopard"). It was posthumously awarded the Premio Strega and has since been recognized as one of the most important examples of 20th-century Italian literature.
This installment of the Great Women Writers series salutes English author Jane Austen (1775-1817) by blending passages from her books with rare archival photographs and authentic period imagery. Though they make wonderful fodder for modern period dramas, Austen's novels saw only moderate success in her lifetime. Nevertheless, she grew to become one of the most celebrated female writers of all time.
This installment of the Great Women Writers series celebrates American poet Emily Dickinson's works by reciting passages against the backdrop of rare archival photographs and authentic period imagery. Though she wrote more than 2,500 poems during her lifetime -- verses that reveal singular talent and complexity -- Dickinson (1830-1886) chose to publish only seven, making her one of the most reclusive American writers of all time.
Carlos writes crime novels but since the death of his wife he has been suffering from writer's block. When his publishing company sends an assistant at his house to help him overcome this difficulty, Carlos believes he might have another shot at love. Terrified by the idea that this new opportunity might escape, he decides to keep her with him at all cost.
The powerful true story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were once considered unteachable. The documentary that follows what happened to the students after the 2007 film aired.
Evelyn Ward and David E.M. Croft have less than a week to bring the cast and crew of a BAFTA winning short back together before losing BBC funding. They won a BAFTA, the BBC want them, but they all hate each other (Classic waste of our license fee).
Past her prime and afflicted with a severe case of writer's block, a veteran songwriter finds new inspiration in a bird that takes up residence outside her home.