Holly Goldberg Sloan & Amy Holden Jones
talk about writing, entertainment, and life
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
3 PM - 4 PM
Theater at Open Space
(enter through cafe storefront)
457 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Residential, metered, and lot parking available.
All proceeds will benefit the 2018 Wellesley In Entertainment Screenwriting Competition.
Non-Wellesley guests welcome. No limit on guests. Scroll down to buy tickets!
ABOUT THE GUESTS:
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent a peripatetic childhood (following her Professor father and architect mother) living in California, The Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey (where she went to high school), Washington D.C. and Oregon. She attended college at Wellesley in Massachusetts (with her junior year of study done at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire). After graduating, Holly went to New York City and took a job at Grey Advertising answering phones and writing at night and on weekends (and when no one was paying attention to what she was doing at work).
A year later she had moved to Los Angeles where she sold her first screenplay at the age of twenty-four to Paramount Pictures. Holly continued to write, but supported herself for the next ten years by working in commercial advertising as a production assistant, then a script supervisor, a producer, and finally as a commercial director. The year 1982 was a big year for Holly, because that was also when she got married to Chuck Sloan. They were married for ten years, and had two sons. While their marriage didn't work out, their friendship did. Holly is certain that none of the things that she has achieved would have been possible without his support.
Holly has written eight successful family feature films, three for the Walt Disney Company, including the baseball classic Angels in the Outfield, and the soccer movie, The Big Green, which she also directed (filmed in Austin, Texas). She also wrote the Universal Pictures comedy Made in America starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith, and the late Steve Irwin’s feature film for MGM: Collision Course: The Crocodile Hunter Movie. Holly wrote and directed the children’s film Heidi 4 Paws where she put dogs in costumes in all of the roles of the famous children’s story. This film used the voice talent of Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea, Richard Kind, Majandra Delfino, and Julian Sands and recently aired on Public Television in the United States and Canada.
The mother of two sons, Holly lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband, writer Gary Rosen. She is a sports fan, loves to cook (she is a contributing editor for Amy Ephron’s food blog, ONE FOR THE TABLE), and she has never met a dog she didn’t find captivating. Holly considers her book I'll Be There to be the most rewarding thing she's ever done in her work life. She believes a perfect day to be one where she writes in the morning, takes a long walk by the Pacific Ocean in the afternoon, and she spends the evening with her family and friends around her large dining room table.
Amy Holden Jones co-created the new Fox show “The Resident” and is co-showrunner and executive producer. She created the show “Black Box” on ABC and has written pilots for every major broadcast and cable network. Prior to working in television, she was an acclaimed screenwriter. Among her film credits are “Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Beethoven” and “The Relic.” She began her career as an editor for directors Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese and Hal Ashby. She then wrote and directed four features, including “Love Letters,” with Jamie Lee Curtis; and “The Rich Man’s Wife,” starring Halle Berry and Clive Owen.
Jones graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and simultaneously studied film at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her documentary, “A Weekend Home,” won the AFI National Student Film festival. She has been a board member of the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America Foundation. She also is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, cinematographer Michael Chapman, and has two children, Emma and Patrick.