The Screenwriter Activist
Writing Social Issue Movies
Routledge – 2013 – 200 pages
Hotel Rwanda. Philadelphia. Silkwood. Some of the most important films ever made have tackled real-world social issues, from genocide to homophobia to corporate greed. As storytellers, activist screenwriters recognize that social issues make great stories that can be gut-wrenching, heart-tugging, funny, tragic, and interesting to watch. The Screenwriter Activist helps screenwriters tell those stories in compelling, non-preachy, and inspiring ways.
The Screenwriter Activist is an in-depth, practical guide, appropriate for students in intermediate or graduate screenwriting courses in Film and English Programs as well as professionals who want to write a movie that can make a difference in the world. Using examples from classic and recent popular films, The Screenwriter Activist:
If you care deeply about social issues and recognize that films can be highly effective platforms for motivativng audiences to civic involvement and social action, this is the one screenwriting book you need to read.
"Through her analysis and insight, Marilyn Beker inspires screenwriters to produce transformational, uplifting stories, stories that have lasting value. This book is essential reading for those writers who aspire to write screenplays with the power to make just this kind of positive, global impact."
—Leslie Kreiner Wilson, Director, MFA Program in Writing for Screen & Television, Pepperdine University
"Beker’s The Screenwriter Activist offers much more than the usual rehash of standard screenwriting advice. Her inventive narrative models offer the writer seven systematically designed plans for crafting believable, relevant, and pointed advocacy screenplays."
—J. Dennis Bounds, Associate Professor of Cinema-TV, Regent University
2. Taking Action
5. On the Shoulders of Giants
6. True or False
7. Plan of Attack
9. Getting it Made
Marilyn Beker is the Senior Screenwriting Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the author of Screenwriting With A Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters. She has written extensively for all forms of media—especially television and film and lectures internationally on screenwriting.