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Kate Hagen

Writer. Director of Community at @theblcklst. Spooky.

Franklin Leonard

Founder & CEO of the Black List; Host of the Black List Table Reads; Story, politics, and football (soccer) fan

Lauren Brown

Chief of Staff at The Black List

Latest Posts

Why We Write: Robert Bruinewoud

I didn’t think this was gonna be easy, but this is way, WAY harder than I thought it would be. How can anyone concentrate on anything with…

The Black List Interview: Cori Gonzalez-Macuer & Louis Mendiola

Today, we talk with Cori Gonzalez-Macuer & Louis Mendiola about how the past, present, and future have shaped their journey as writers…

Claire Ayoub: Reflections on the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Today, 2020 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship recipient Claire Ayoub looks back on her time at the Sundance Film Festival…

The Black List Interview: Noémie Merlant & Céline Sciamma on PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

My favorite movie-going experience in 2019 may have been seeing Céline Sciamma’s exquisite PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE at the 105-year old…

The 2020 Academy Awards

Once upon a time in Sharonville, Ohio, a girl sat on her living room floor, awake way past bedtime and surrounded by Barbies in their…

Why We Write: Michael Celender

Johannesburg, South Africa. 2005. A few months after finishing my accounting degree and a few weeks after being fired from a sales…

The Black List Interview: Minhal Baig on HALA

2013 Black List Lab participant Minhal Baig returns to the blog to talk about her new film HALA, which was featured on the Black List in…

Essential Neo-Noir Films: Kevin Dulaney on THE BIG LEBOWSKI

“But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place…

Essential Neo-Noir Films: Matt Rosen on INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

“If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song” says the man holding his guitar on stage.

Essential Neo-Noir Films: Oscar Moreno on INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

The Coen Brothers aren’t strangers to music. Whether it’s the memorable scores that emerge from their collaborations with composer Carter…


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