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The Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI alumni the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community. Please join us for the next selection of the series:

written by Q. Terah Jackson (AFI Class of 2012)

When a brilliant but contentious political strategist is ostracized from the civil rights movement for being gay, he endures personal and public shame to advance the career of his promising protégé, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
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Q. Terah Jackson is an AFI alum and Writers' Guild of America-West's Feature Access honoree who's writing on politics (RUSTIN) and science fiction (JULIUS-X ON DYING EARTH) have garnered the attention of the Nicholls and Sundance/Sloan Fellowships. Jackson's storytelling is influenced by nine years of work enhancing the education of Washington, DC's youth through government policy and theater arts. The son of a civil rights activist and an active participant in election campaigns, Jackson translates these experiences into fictional stories about living legends. Recently, COUNTER, his short script on Bayard Rustin conducting a solo-sit-in in a 1942 small town diner, was filmed and exhibited at the 2014 LA Film Festival through Film Independent's Project Involve. Currently, Jackson is developing an immigration-related film and a comedy on the economic downturn.


Ashley Barron (AFI Class of 2011) is the cinematographer of the short film WE'RE HAVING SEX, which screened at NewFilmmakers LA last month.

Stuart Cornfeld (AFI Class of 1975) will executive produce the second season of IFC's THE BIRTHDAY BOYS.

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Arthur Dong (AFI Class of 1984) curated the "Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970" exhibition, which showcased memorabilia chronicling the magic and glamour of San Francisco's internationally celebrated Chinese American nightclub scene and its performers. Dong's exhibition and book were covered by The New York Times.

Autumn Durald (AFI Class of 2009) was interviewed by Indiewire on her role in Gia Coppola's PALO ALTO and being a female cinematographer.

Lou Howe (AFI Class of 2010) was interviewed by Indiewire and The New York Times on his first feature film, GABRIEL, which premiered at Tribeca.

Azazel Jacobs (AFI Class of 2001) is the director, associate producer and screenwriter of HBO's new show DOLL & EM. Tobias Datum (AFI Class of 2002) is the cinematographer, Nick Sinnott (AFI Class of 2009) is the tracking artist, Daniel Lynn (AFI Class of 2011) is the gaffer and second unit director of photography, Donald McKinnon (AFI Class of 2011) is the key grip and Grant Nellessen (AFI Class of 2000) is the main title designer.

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000) is one of the three inaugural Artists-in-Residence for 2014's Directing Workshop for Women.

Maggie Kiley (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009) wrapped on her second feature film, DIAL-A-PRAYER.

Scott Jacobs (AFI Class of 2007) recently edited an episode of CBS' PERSON OF INTEREST.

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Jonathan Levine (AFI Class of 2004) is the director and screenwriter of USA Network's new medical drama series, RUSH. Tom Ellis stars.

Pin-Chun Liu (AFI Class of 2013) was interviewed by and featured in Taipei Times for her work on CONTRAPELO, which screened at Tribeca.

Ross Marks (AFI Class of 1990) is a professor at New Mexico State University, where he teaches film at the Creative Media Institute.

Valerie Weiss (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2005) wrapped on her second feature film, A LIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET.