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LONGTIME LITERATI MEMBER
TAWNI O'DELL
ANNOUNCES HER NEW SCREENPLAY

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A message from Tawni…

Four people sit in a doctor’s office. Fifty students sit in a lecture hall. A hundred people sit on an airplane. They check their phones, navigate their tablets, listen to their iPods, gaze at TV screens. What’s missing from these scenes? Give up?

NOBODY’S READING!!

Did you know that one out of four American adults didn’t read a single book last year? Not ONE book! Yet these same people checked their phones at least a hundred times a day and spent at least five hours a day on social media. People don’t think anymore; they Google the answer. They don’t experience the world; they’re too busy taking pictures of it with their phones. They don’t experience each other; a family sits together in a restaurant and texts other people. You’ve all seen that and if you’re anything like me, it upsets you, it saddens you but most of all, it scares you.

All of this was weighing heavily on my mind when I sat down six months ago to write my first original screenplay, Rewrites.

Considering the weightiness of the topic, you might think that Rewrites would be a serious movie but it’s not. It’s a really funny comedy about a young man who’s on a mission to try and get more people to read by ironically using a medium he believes is making people more stupid: reality TV. He comes up with the idea to make a competition show about writers. No one wants to do it. Writers are boring, he’s told, so he makes it himself. Much of the humor comes from Theo’s efforts to get his show made but as the film progresses it becomes something much more, something poignant about family, friendships, reinvention and how a single person can transform lives in the most unexpected way.

Rewrites is special to me because of the message behind it which is a timely one. I can’t wait a decade or more for the Hollywood machine to finally get around to making it. I also don’t want to hand it over to someone else who might not stay true to my story. So, like Theo, I’m making it myself. I’ve started a production company and assembled an A-list team with an impressive list of industry awards and years of experience who believe in me and my work and will make Rewrites with an excellence that matches my words. The only thing I still need is you.

Next month I’m launching a crowd funding campaign to finance Rewrites. I’m asking you to help spread the word and to stay in the loop through our social media sites (Tawni O’Dell and Rewrites.) For more detailed information prior to the launch contact us at: rewritesthemovie@gmail.com.

I’m excited to share this new phase of my career with my fans, my readers, my supporters, my loved ones. Along with being a writer, I’m also a sister, daughter, aunt, friend and neighbor, world traveler, cross country runner, taxpayer, AAA member, Steelers fan . . . and most importantly a mom. I have two great kids that I’ve raised on my own and I give a lot of thought to the world we’re leaving behind for our children.

I’m not going to come up with a gizmo to eliminate ozone-eating particulates from smoke stacks. What I contribute to the world are my stories, stories that inspire, that make you think, that make a difference. This time — instead of writing a book — I’m making a film . . . about books. I hope you’ll join me.


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