Reading Queer

The RQ Writing Academy presents: “Screenwriting from the Fringes” with filmmaker and artist April Dobbins, November 5th @ O Cinema Wynwood from 10 am – 1pm. 

Have you always wanted to write a film script, but have no idea where to begin? Are you an artist who would like to segue into motion pictures? This workshop is for those who dream of the big screen. Participants will receive a crash course in script formatting and character development with a particular focus on characters from groups who are often underrepresented and/or misrepresented in Hollywood. We will briefly read, watch, and discuss a few scenes from popular films, reengineer those scenes, and begin work on an original short screenplay. This workshop is in collaboration with Girls & Gear—a film initiative that aims to diversify the film industry at every level.

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April Dobbins is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer. Her short films have screened at festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles Black Film Festival, Las Vegas Black Film Festival, Oklahoma Urban Festival, Key West Film Festival, and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, to name a few. Her print work has been featured in a number of publications, among them Harvard University’s Transition magazine and the Philadelphia City Paper. She is a recipient of the S. J. Weiler Fund Award and Cannonball Miami’s 2016 WaveMaker Grant. She is currently producing Alabamaland, a feature-length documentary that chronicles her family’s life and history in the rural South.