Jeff York

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

When the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2019 Oscars is so chock full of worthy competitors that the heralded likes of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Three Identical Strangers, Dark Money, and The Shirkers weren’t even nominated, you know documentaries have reached a golden age. Just look at the weekly releases on Netflix, HBO, […]

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Deborah Oppenheimer & Mark Jonathan Harris Explore Trauma & Resilience of Foster Children in Their Documentary Film “Foster”

Deborah Oppenheimer & Mark Jonathan Harris Explore Trauma & Resilience of Foster Children in Their Documentary Film “Foster”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ― Nelson Mandela The Los Angeles County Department Of Children & Family Services manages the largest foster care system in the country. The sheer numbers of children in the foster care system combined with the audience’s […]

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“Writing Is In The Rewrite” Says HBO Story Analyst Mark Chandley

“Writing Is In The Rewrite” Says HBO Story Analyst Mark Chandley

Mark Chandley reads a lot of scripts – good ones – bad ones – and everything in between. As a story analyst for HBO and other organizations, as well as a writer’s assistant for A-list film and TV writer Roger Wolfson, Mark spoke with Creative Screenwriting Magazine about what makes a good script analyst. What’s […]

 Jeff York

“Sharp Objects” Tells Its Murderous Tale as a Mood Piece

“Sharp Objects” Tells Its Murderous Tale as a Mood Piece

HBO’s “Sharp Objects” concluded its eight-episode run Sunday night with as many frightening moments as one might expect in a horror movie. It’s not of that genre, even though Jason Blum, the head of Blumhouse Productions and all their frightener franchises, was one of the limited series’ executive producers. Some may have even quantified the […]

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The “Westworld” Season Finale Opens the Door to a New World

The “Westworld” Season Finale Opens the Door to a New World

HBO’s “Westworld” series ended its second season June 24th with an enormous opportunity to chart completely new territory, as well as course-correct some of the problems that plagued this year’s 10 episodes. There is no question that the show remains one of TV’s boldest and smartest offerings, but its multiple timelines and fragmented narratives have […]