Screen Writer's Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons in Film and Television Writing

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Christine Houston wrote Two Twenty Seven, a play about her childhood growing up at
227 E. 48th Street, located in what is now known as Bronzeville. She went on to win
the ANTA West, the Lorraine Hansberry and the Norman Lear Playwriting contests.
The latter took her to Los Angeles where she wrote a teleplay...

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Overview

Christine Houston wrote Two Twenty Seven, a play about her childhood growing up at
227 E. 48th Street, located in what is now known as Bronzeville. She went on to win
the ANTA West, the Lorraine Hansberry and the Norman Lear Playwriting contests.
The latter took her to Los Angeles where she wrote a teleplay for the TV series The
Jeffersons. Marla Gibbs, one of the stars of The Jeffersons, performed the play at her
theater and received the NAACP Image award for best actress, while Mrs. Houston
received the NAACP Image award for playwriting. Mrs. Houston went on to become
a staff writer on the Punky Brewster TV series, and in 1985, Two Twenty-Seven was
adapted to television and became NBC’S hit television series 227. Professor Houston
continues to write for stage and screen. Most recently, she finished her first novel called
Laughing Through the Tears and co-wrote a textbook with Christine List entitled, The
Screenwriter's Guidebook: Learning from African American Film and Television Writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883783351
  • Publisher: Third World Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2015

Meet the Author

Christine List Screen Writer’s Guidebook
Christine List holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Department of Radio-
TV-Film. She is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been exhibited and
broadcast both locally and internationally. In addition to receiving numerous production
grants for her creative work, List has served as a media grant evaluator for various arts
organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a jurist for
international cinema competitions (Chicago International Film Festival, Women in the
Director’s Chair, ABC New Talent Television Competition) and has published more than
a dozen articles and book chapters on film, as well as a book on the history and theory
of Chicano cinema, Chicano Images: Refiguring Ethnicity in Mainstream Cinema. Her
forthcoming book Screenwriter’s Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons for Film and Television
Writers was co-written with Christine Houston, the Creator of the NBC television series
“227." Dr. List has also served as co-editor of the academic journal of the Union for
Democratic Communication, The Democratic Communique

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