Friday, October 31, 2008

Conversations with Marilyn Atlas, Film Producer/Personal Manager

Marilyn R. Atlas- Film Producer/Personal Manager

An award-winning producer and personal manager, Marilyn R. Atlas is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. Among her credits as film producer are "Real Women Have Curves" for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, "A Certain Desire," starring Sam Waterson, and "Echoes," which won the Gold Award at the 1991 Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn has served as a production consultant on the film "Call Me." She was also involved as a producer in the development of the MOW "Nightwalker" and "Playing for Keeps."

In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater" by Ashman and Menken, writers of both "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Beauty and the Beast." She also co-produced the award-winning play "To Gillian on Her 37 Birthday," which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. Her additional credits as a producer in live theater include "Today’s Special" and "As I Sing."

Marilyn has served as Casting Director for feature films, including John Frankenheimer’s "The Equals" and "The Whiz." She is a founding member of Women in Film’s Luminas Committee which supports the portrayal of women in non-stereotypical roles in film and television. Along with director and actress Dorothy Lyman, Marilyn founded ADT, a director’s theatre, and served on its advisory board.

Marilyn is a member of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She has spoken at their Writers’ and Producers’ retreats, the DGA-sponsored LA Asian Film Festival, as well as various other symposia for the Sherman Oaks Experimental College, Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference, and Richard Krevolin’s USC Screenwriting Retreat covering such topics as: "Creating for the Actor: Carving Memorable, Inhabitable Characters" and "Ever-Evolving Marketplace: What’s Hot, Why and for How Long…"

Marilyn has also taught several actor workshops on creating "Multiple Viewpoints – One Core" for actors as well as "Acting and Auditioning for Producers." She has spoken at the Texas Bar Association and was a guest lecturer at Whittier Law School.

Marilyn has spoken at various colleges, including Skyline, Stephens,and at the University of Texas – San Antonio’s Adalante Latino Film Festival. She has served as the professional-in-residence (in theater and film) at Ball State University, and was the guest speaker at the International Writer’s Conference at Hollins University. She structured an accredited, intensive course at Skyline College in San Francisco covering the inception, development and promotion of a script in "The Business of Screenwriting: The Idea – and its Execution."

Marilyn is working on a development slate that includes "Lola Goes to Roma," "Suburban Turban," and "Chasing the Jaguar" a film adaptation with Denise DiNovi Films based on the Harper Collins YA book, written by actress Michele Greene.

For television, she’s in development on the pilot "MacArthur Park" first developed for Showtime, and recently sold the pilot "Untitled Posse Project" to ABC Family. She set up the MOW "Bitterroot" at the Hallmark Channel and Starz for production in late 2008. "Suburban Turban" is set for late 2008 production. She is also presently developing a musical adaptation of "Real Women Have Curves" with the Goodman Theatre in Chicago to be part of their Latino Festival in 2009.

Marilyn is committed to projects that reflect diversity and portray non-stereotypical characters.


Donnell said...

LA and Marilyn. Thank you for a wonderful week. What I find encouraging about Marilyn's amazing bio from a writer's standpoint, is the possibility of seeing our books adapted for screen. Marilyn, thanks for spending your time with us. Our figures show bloggers read but with limited time these days they're not pausing to make comments. That's okay, we'll have this fabulous week long article to share for some time to come. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Colorado again in the future, too!

Thank you!

Leslie Ann said...

Donnell, fellow scriber, you're right about, if you're looking for a screenwriter...LOL.

And also about the life of a blog it's nearly forever :)


Leslie Ann said...

Again I want to thank Marilyn for her time and willingness to speak frankly about the topics we covered. Believe me...there was more that didn't get posted. This could have been the "everlasting blog-goer"--homage to Willy wonka, lol.

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