Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

Succeeding As an African American Screenwriter in Hollywood

Posted by Hopeton on June 5, 2009

Hollywood screenwriter and novelist Attica Locke will discuss making it as an African American in Hollywood and what inspired her to write her first novel, Black Water Rising, on the June 8 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7FM.  TO LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW CLICK HERE: Attica Locke Interview-Economic Perspectives.

Black Water Rising was recently named “Best Debut Crime Novel of 2009” by Booklist.  The lives of Attica’s parents as college activists whom made a successful transition into working professionals, helped inspire Black Water Rising.

Attica Locke

Attica Locke

Attica-BlackWater_hc_c“In both my parents’ lives, in their hearts, in their quietest moments, there was a palpable sense of melancholy, a sense of loss that the times didn’t make a lot of space for. In the early Reagan era, the whole country was caught up in a collective fit of amnesia over the wounds and hurt feelings of the 1960s and ‘70s. And no place more so than Houston, Texas, which in the early ‘80s was awash with oil money and a blind, almost arrogant sense that the future held nothing but promise,” writes Attica on her web site.

Attica also will be interviewed exclusively about Black Water Rising on KAZI’s Sunday News Magazine, June 7, 1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

A native of Houston, Texas, Attica has worked in both film and television for over ten years. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has written movie scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and Jerry Bruckheimer films, as well as television pilots for HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures.

Attica was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab and most recently completed an adaptation of Stephen Carter’s The Emperor of Ocean Park. She is member of the Writers Guild of America, west, and is currently at work on an HBO miniseries about the civil rights movement, based on the writings of historian Taylor Branch. Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.


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