This was one of our most popular panels at the 2014 Mixed Remixed Festival.
Here’s the description and Part 1 of the video footage below:
Panelists: Lori Lakin Hutcherson, Julie Buxbaum, Heidi Durrow, Marissa Jo Cerar, Ernessa T. Carter
You keep telling yourself one day you’re going to write that novel. Well how can you take practical steps to make that dream a reality? Hear the stories of some successful writers of books and films and how they transitioned into living the writer’s life.
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Learn more about the work of our panelists:
Lori Lakin Hutcherson
Lori is a Los Angeles native, graduate of Harvard University and a former Vice President of Feature Film Production at 20th Century Fox, where she helped oversee such movies as “Waiting To Exhale,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Crucible” and “That Thing You Do.”
After six years as a film executive, Lori climbed out of that circle of Hell into the creative one, and has since written for TV shows such as “Daddio,” “Abby,” “The American Embassy,” and the Will Smith/Jada Pinkett Smith-produced “All of Us.” Most recently she was a Supervising Producer and writer on VH1’s “Single Ladies.”
Lori is the mother of two young children, Xavier (7) and Phoebe (4) and is really freakin’ happily married to writer/director/comedian Warren Hutcherson, former executive producer of “Moesha” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” She is currently working on growing her news/media website, goodblacknews.org, freelancing for L.A. Parent Magazine, and de-cluttering her way too kid-friendly home.
Julie Buxbaum is an internationally renowned novelist, and the author of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU (both published by Dial Press, a division of Random House). Her work has been translated into twenty five languages, and is available in over fifty countries. THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE has been optioned by Twentieth Century Fox with Anne Hathaway attached to star. She has also written for Redbook and The New York Times. A graduate of Harvard Law School and The University of Pennsylvania, Julie now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Heidi Durrow is the founder of the Mixed Remixed Festival, a former litigator, a former Life Skills trainer of professional athletes, and the New York Times best-selling novelist of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books) which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize and was named to several Best of Lists in 2010.
Marissa Jo Cerar
Marissa Jo Cerar grew up in a family of eight adopted kids, as the only brown person in the cornfield-lined roads of her rural Illinois town. She has a BA in Film, concentrating in Screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago and is an alumnus of Film Independent’s Project: Involve. During the Project: Involve program, Marissa Jo’s short script STEPS was produced and then screened in multiple film festivals around the world. In 2012 her award-winning feature script CONVERSION was on the prestigious Black List and Hit List as one of best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, and in 2013 she was named on Hollywood’s Young and Hungry List.
Marissa Jo works as a story editor on the critically acclaimed ABC Family show, THE FOSTERS, and her script CONVERSION is in development with Tim Robbins attached to direct.
Ernessa T. Carter