Easterseals Disability Film Challenge – Amy to mentor Best Actor winner!


Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.

There’s a Hollywood saying that goes: “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” The truth is, it’s actually a combination of the two.

That’s why the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge provides both an opportunity to hone your skills and interact with entertainment industry professionals. We’re proud to work with producers, writers, directors, casting directors and other crewmembers in two ways. Our Judges evaluate submissions to determine award winners and our Mentors meet with those winners to give advice on building a career in “the business.”

Award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist Amy Brenneman to mentor Best Actor winner!

See the full list of mentors and judges.

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is proud to announce that the winner of the Best Actor award will receive a mentorship session with award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist, Amy Brenneman.

A founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in original theater centered on themes of social justice, Amy created and starred in Judging Amy, based on the work of her mother, The Honorable Frederica Brenneman. Other TV: NYPD Blue, Frasier, Private Practice and The Leftovers on HBO. Film: Heat, Friends and Neighbors and Casper.

A long-time advocate for reproductive rights, gun control, and childhood education, Amy spoke publicly about her own abortion in an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case striking down Texas’s TRAP law restricting abortion access.

For her activist work, Amy has been honored by Women in Film, The Feminist Majority, The Brady Center, the League of Women Voters, the California State Assembly, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group, the Producer’s Guild of America, among others.

Learn more: www.DisabilityFilmChallenge.com


Amy Brenneman to Headline CBS’ Journalism Drama Pilot ‘The Get’


By Dave Nemetz

Breaking news: Amy Brenneman will be chasing scoops as an investigative journalist in a CBS drama pilot.

The Leftovers actress has signed on to play the lead role in The Get, a potential drama series about a team of online journalists from writer Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63, Dexter), according to our sister site Deadline. Brenneman will play Ellen, an investigative reporter for the website who’s not afraid to bend a few rules in order to get the story.

She joins a cast that already includes Everybody Loves Raymond alum Brad Garrett, who’ll play the site’s executive producer Bill, and UnREAL‘s Michael Rady, who signed on last week to play embedded journalist Tom. James Strong (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) will direct the pilot.

Brenneman’s filming schedule is wide open, since The Leftovers wraps up a three-season run on HBO this spring; she plays Guilty Remnant member Laurie Garvey. Prior to that, she spent six seasons on CBS as judge Amy Gray on Judging Amy, earning three Emmy nominations for the role. She also had memorable stints on ABC’s NYPD Blue (as detective Janice Licalsi, earning two more Emmy nods) and Private Practice (as psychiatrist Violet Turner).

Final Season Official “The Leftovers” Trailer!


The Final Season of ‘The Leftovers’ premieres Sunday, April 16 on HBO.

The Leftovers

L.A. arts events and exhibitions to check out this spring


The coming of spring means welcoming a new season of cultural activities to Southern California.

“Rules of Seconds”

Directed by Obie-winner Jo Bonney, this new dark comedy by John Pollono (“Small Engine Repair”), set in 1855 Boston, brings together an impressive cast (featuring Amy Brenneman) to tell a tale about a period in America when the slightest slight was grounds for a duel. This Latino Theater Company production marks the inaugural offering of the Temblors, a collective of seven Los Angeles-based playwrights.

Los Angeles Theatre Center, Tom Bradley Theatre, 514 S. Spring St., L.A.(866) 811-4111, www.thelatc.org

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