Sophie’s Choice. The Hours. Death Becomes Her. Meryl Streep may be the greatest living actor of our time. And now she’s being the change she wants to see in the world. Well, she’s funding the change she wants to see in Hollywood.
More specifically, Streep is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The creation of the program, called The Writers Lab, was announced at a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, and has “evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development.”
New York Women In Film and Television and the collective of women filmmakers known as IRIS will run the program, which will accept submissions from May 1st to June 1st. From there, 8 lucky ladies will be chosen for a retreat in Upstate New York where they will get to work on their scripts with mentors like Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director of Beyond The Lights), Caroline Kaplan (producer of Boyhood), Mary Jane Skalski (producer The Station Agent, Win Win), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You scribe) and Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine scribe).
Sadly, it doesn’t seem Lady Meryl will actually be involved in the workshop.
But it does offer a potential “springboard to production.”
Kristy Puchko would like to suggest someone use this as an opportunity to pitch Devil Becomes Her Too.