Imagine for a moment that you are a writer… a storyteller… and someone brings you a little-known historic tale that clearly changed the path of American History. Imagine next that you research and discover horrific details about this story that inspire you to write a screenplay …and that screenplay becomes optioned for an HBO movie that ends up winning Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG awards.
Such is the story of Jenny Friedes and her screenplay for Iron Jawed Angels, the little-known story about suffragettes led by Alice Paul, who were tortured and jailed over fighting for a woman’s right to vote.
Friedes Iron Jawed Angels screenplay brought Alice Paul’s story to a national spotlight, but their connection doesn’t end there. It, in fact, continues on today, 18 years later, as Paul was recently designated as one of five women to be featured on the ten dollar bill….evidence of the power of a well-told story.
(Intro music, “Suffragette”, from Mary Poppins Soundtrack)
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