Write Screenplays That Sell – the Ackerman Way Celebrates a Legacy of Screenwriter Successes with the 15th Anniversary Edition of Hal Ackerman’s Popular Book >>> www.tallfellow.com

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Over the last three decades, popular UCLA screenwriting professor, co-head of the
university’s acclaimed screenwriting program and author, Hal Ackerman has nurtured,
mentored and collaborated with hundreds of aspiring screenwriting students, many of whom
have gone on to successful, award-winning careers in the industry. Having recently retired from
his regular classroom assignments, Ackerman has turned his focus to impacting a wider, global
audience of both aspiring and already-working writers with the revised and updated 15th
Anniversary Edition of his heralded book Write Screenplays That Sell – the Ackerman Way (ISBN
978-1-931290-65-4). Tallfellow Press will release the new edition in both hard copy and e
versions on September 10, 2017.
This updated edition includes historical and reference information on Academy Award
winning writers from 1927 through the most recent awardees, as well as some of the most
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popular recent film and television hits, including La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Better Call Saul, Big
Little Lies and The Mindy Kaling Project.
Ackerman’s long list of student screenwriter successes include Sacha Gervasi (The
Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks), Scott Rosenberg (the features High
Fidelity, Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds and the television series Zoo, Happy Town, Life on Mars and
October Road), Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging, starring Brooke Adams and James Brolin and Grace
of My Heart, executive produced by Martin Scorsese), Eric Wald (View From the Top, starring
Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate and Mark Ruffalo), John Sweet (The Affair of the Necklace,
starring Hilary Swank and Christopher Walken), Phillip Railsback (The Stars Fell on Henrietta,
starring Robert Duval, Aidan Quinn and Frances Fisher), Pamela Grey (A Walk on the Moon,
starring Diane Lane, Anna Paquin and Liev Shreiber), Nicholas Griffin (Matchstick Men, directed
by Ridley Scott, starring Nicolas Cage), Scott Kosar (The Machinist, starring Christian Bale and
Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Felicia D. Henderson (executive producer and writer of the television
series Soul Food).
Ackerman himself is also an accomplished screenwriter, playwright, long-form television
writer and novelist. His credits include the theatrical feature screenplays Second Wind (starring
James Naughton and Lindsay Wagner) and Holmeyer’s Bridge, as well as the feature adaptions of
I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip, Slave Stealer, Star Witness and Homer’s Odyssey (directed by
John Lithgow).
He is author of the produced plays It Ain’t Nuthin Nice and the award winning Testosterone:
How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me. Ackerman’s novels include the award-winning Stein, Stoned
and The Boy Who Had a Peach Tree Growing Out of His Head.
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Ackerman’s Write Screenplays That Sell … has become required reading in numerous
college and university screenwriting programs across the country.

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