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The Organization of Black Screenwriters, Inc. (OBS) began in 1986 to address the lack of black writers represented within the entertainment industry.

 

Our primary function is to assist screenwriters in the creation of works for film and television and to help them present their work to the industry.

 

As a result of our great efforts and the continued growth of the organization, we have developed a powerful network which includes the Writers Guild of America and many agents, producers, directors and studios.

 

 


 

OBS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

 

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Please note our new mailing address:

 

Organization of Black Screenwriters

3010 Wilshire Blvd., #269

Los Angeles, CA 90010

OBS MEMBER LOGIN: Access the following resources available in our Member Section by clicking on the links below:

Documents Library

Video Library

Member Opportunities/ Jobs Bulletin Board

Forums & Live Chat

Member Directory

NOTE: Access to the Member Section of this website is being updated to reflect our current roster for 2012.

 

Meet our Board of Directors

 

New event and member photos in our Gallery

 

See updated News

 

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND PROSPECTS: Click here to learn about our new Industry Section.

 

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please submit using our Contact page.

 

Writers, why join OBS? There are many ways in which you can benefit from becoming part of the OBS family. Take a look at a few of these advantages on our Membership page.

 

   Upcoming Events

 

OBS General Meeting

 

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014

 

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 

LOCATION:

Loyola Marymont University

1 LMU Drive

Malone Bldg., Room 112

Los Angeles, CA 90045

 

RSVP @ contactus@obswriter.com

 

Enter campus from the main gates off Lincoln Blvd. Ask the guard at the gate for a map, parking instructions, and directions to Malone Center.

 

There is no charge for guest parking on weekends, but please be sure not to park in restricted zones as you will be ticketed and towed.

 

You should anticipate a 10-15 minute walk from your parking space to Malone Center.

Please RSVP @ contactus@obswriter.com  ASAP so we can get a head count.  Please make sure you include the first & last names and the email address of each person that will be attending. 

 

Please RSVP via email include your first & last name, name of any other guest attending, and email address,
to
contactus@obswriter.com

COMMITMENT - CONNECTION - COMMUNITY

 

Admission to the meeting is FREE for members, with a valid Membership card presented at the time of the meeting. If you have not received your Membership Card, don't worry - you can pick it up at the Membership desk when you sign in.

 

All visitors and guests pay only $20 at the door that is applied toward membership fee if you join at the end of the meeting. (Cash or Money order only).

 

 

    What's Happening

This is our 5th Annual OBS On Tour Screenwriter Master Classes and we need your assistance to keep it going.  Help us exceed our goal by keeping this program alive. With as little as $5.00 you're helping shape the minds that will craft the images that will shape the perspectives and influence the world.

Please help and tell a friend. Without you, there will be no organization reaching into the communities we serve to consistently offer education in the craft of screenwriting.

Click on:  http://www.gofundme.com/OBSonTour

 

   Upcoming Events

 

OBS General Meeting

 

DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013

 

TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

LOCATION:

Mayme Clayton Library & Museum

4130 Overland Ave

Culver City, CA 90230

 

 

MANDATORY RSVP @ contactus@obswriter.com
 

FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: MINI-MASTER CLASS WITH "PRINCESS AND THE FROG" WRITER

ROB EDWARDS

 

It's that time again.  Yes, OBS meets every first Saturday of the month and each month is a not to miss session that can only move your writing career to the next level.  We meet this Saturday, October 5, 2013 @10:00 am. 

With each passing month comes more excitement and more information for OBS.  We are very fortunate to have back-to-back mini Master Classes.  Last month we have the vibrant & knowledgeable Pilar Alessandra who brought us "Crafting the Page" and for those in attendance a special discount offer to take her 4-week course. 

It's "Anatomy of a Script."  We'll discuss the "Second Act". 

 

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Rob Edwards, Writer

  

Rob Edwards - Writer

Rob Edwards has written two Oscar Nominated films (TREASURE PLANET and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG) for Disney. He also has an Emmy nomination for his work on "In Living Color" and has written for "The Fresh Prince", "In Living Color" and "Studio 60" among others.

Rob's next film, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SANTA CLAUS is scheduled to be in theaters next Christmas. He's currently writing two movies for Reginald Hudlin, the Academy Award Nominated producer of DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Rob's full bio can be found on his Wiki page and his filmography is on IMDB. His website http://www.robedwards.net/  is hard at work eradicating bad screenwriting forever.

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The meeting is free for all members in "Good Standing" and $20 for visitors.  We accept cash, credit or debit cards; No Checks

Please RSVP @ contactus@obswriter.com  ASAP so we can get a head count.  Please make sure you include the first & last names and the email address of each person that will be attending. 

 

Please RSVP via email include your first & last name, name of any other guest attending, and email address,
to
contactus@obswriter.com

COMMITMENT - CONNECTION - COMMUNITY

 

Admission to the meeting is FREE for members, with a valid Membership card presented at the time of the meeting. If you have not received your Membership Card, don't worry - you can pick it up at the Membership desk when you sign in.

 

All visitors and guests pay only $20 at the door that is applied toward membership fee if you join at the end of the meeting. (Cash or Money order only).

 

 


BIG WORDS | OBS Screening

Date: Friday, July 19, 2013

 

Time: 7:00 PM

 

Location:

Downtown Independent Theater

251 South Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 


 

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Starring: Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lorraine Toussaint

DIRECTOR: AVA DUVERNAY

WRITER: AVA DUVERNAY

Synopsis

Ruby, a bright medical student, sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself.

TRAILER: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/middle-of-nowhere/trailers/

MPAA Rating

R (for some language)

Genres

Drama

Run Time

1 hour 39 minutes

Distributors

AFFRM


 

 

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