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Name  Mark Axelrod
Role  Director
Movies  Stayin’ Alive

Mark Axelrod wwwfc2orgauthorsaxelrodaxelrodjpg
Occupation  Novelist Screenwriter Professor
Notable works  Novels: Secret Histories: Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage Capital Castles Cloud Castles Cardboard Castles
Books  Borges' travel - Hemingw, Aspects of the screenplay, I Read It at the Movies, Character and Conflict: T, No Symbols Where N

Mark Axelrod - The Joys of Creative Writing


Mark Axelrod is a professor of Comparative Literature at Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For sixteen years he has been the Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing which has received five National Endowment for the Arts Grants.

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Education and career

Axelrod received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and received both his B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington. He has received numerous awards for his work including two United Kingdom Leverhulme Fellowships for Creative Writing and two from the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France. He recently received awards from the Irvine International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Illinois International Film Festival for his screenplays.[3]He recently received awards from the Irvine International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Illinois International Film Festival for his screenplays. He is also a practicing screenwriter who has published four books on screenwriting: Aspects of the Screenplay; Character & Conflict; I Read It At the Movies; and Constructing Dialogue: Screenwriting from Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris. He has written over twenty screenplays and teleplays, the latest of which is titled Malarkey starring Malcolm McDowell and is scheduled for filming in January, 2017. He has been awarded for his work by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the Writers Guild of America, East; the Screenwriters Forum (University of Wisconsin); and the Sundance Institute.” He has also won awards from the Scottish Association of Filmmakers Award in Screenwriting, Edinburgh, Scotland 1993, and the London International Film & Video Festival, Silver Seal Award for Screenwriting, London, England 1991.

Writing

He has written the novels Capital Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 2000), Cloud Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 1998), Cardboard Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 1996) and Bombay California (Pacific Writers Press, 1994). He has recently completed a novel in three books titled, The Posthumous Memoirs of Blase Kubash. He has also written several collections of short stories, including Dante's Foil & Other Sporting Tales, (Black Scat Press), and Secret Histories: Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage (Fiction Collective 2, 2005) which was published in fall, 2009 in Spanish by Thule Ediciones, Barcelona as Viajes Borges, Talleres Hemingway. His translation of Balzac’s play, Mercadet, was reissued in 2016 as Waiting For Godeau, by Black Scat Press and his collection of plays will be published by Black Scat in 2017.

Of his fiction, Luisa Valenzuela said, “A different voice in North American Writing…a very special, poignant sense of humor.” The itinerant scholar’s voracious appetite to find meaning in life led him to travel the world early on, and this theme of the eternal wanderer is seen in his novel Bombay California. In his review of Bombay California; or, Hollywood Somewhere West of Vine, Giose Rimanelli wrote, “…in the grand tradition of such Latin American fabulists as Machado de Assis, Borges, Cortázar, and García Márquez, Axelrod manipulates the novel form to present not just a fin-de-siècle statement on the political and social fabric of the United States, but a satire on Hollywood films, American television, American folklore, American advertising, American education, the United States presidency, Ronald Reagan, publishing prejudices, "literary" agent incompetence, plus a panoply of gibes, jabs, and gestures at American culture in general. Chapter 33, for example, titled "An Agent's Tools," is nothing other than an order slip one might get at any fast-food restaurant. Chapter 49, titled "Wanted Dead or Alive," is a "wanted" poster of someone who looks a lot like Ronald Reagan for, among other things, stealing a script that Katz had written about the presidency.” From 2009 he has contributed a blog on Huffington Post.com.

Books and Anthologies

  • Poetics of Prose: Literary Essays from Lermontov to Calvino. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (release date, Autumn, 2016)
  • Dante’s Foil & Other Sporting Tales, San Francisco: Black Scat Books, (April, 2015)
  • Milan Panic: Big Thoughts Are Free, Authorized Biography. New York: Peter Lang Press.  (June, 2015)
  • Notions of the Feminine: Literary Essays from Lawrence to Lacan, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, (January, 2015)
  • No Symbols Where None Intended: Literary Essays from Laclos to Beckett (Literary essays), Palgrave Macmillan (2014).
  • "Kissing Sonia Braga" Golden Hancuffs Review, Fall 2014; Vol. 1, No. 19
  • Waiting for Godeau, (Translation of the Balzac play, Mercadet, The Good Businessman) San Francisco: Black Scat Books (October, 2013)
  • Next Thing: Art in the 21st Century—Ed. Pablo Baler, Farleigh Dickinson University, Contributor (2013)
  • Constructing Dialogue: From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris. Bloomsbury Continuum Press, New York (Nov, 2013)
  • “Angelina’s Lips” by Giuseppe Conte, Edited w/ Introduction. Toronto, Canada: Guernica Publishing, (April, 2011)
  • Viajes Borges, Talleres Hemingway (short stories), Barcelona, Spain: Editorial Thule, (October, 2009).
  • "Forms at War: FC2 1999-2009".  Tuscaloosa, AL: Fiction Collective 2, 2009.
  • I Read It At The Movies (screenwriting/adaptation) Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing (November, 2006).
  • Borges’ Travel, Hemingway’s Garage (short stories), Normal, Illinois: Fiction Collective 2 (April, 2004).
  • Character & Conflict: Cornerstones of Screenwriting (screenwriting) Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing (September, 2004).
  • Aspects of the Screenplay   (screenwriting).  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing (2001).
  • Capital Castles (novel). Tustin, CA:  Pacific Writers Press (2000).
  • The Poetics of Novels: Fiction & Its Execution (literary criticism).  Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan Press, November, 1999.
  • Cloud Castles (novel). Tustin, CA:  Pacific Writers Press, (1999).
  • Cardboard Castles (novel). Tustin, CA:  Pacific Writers Press, (1996).
  • Bombay California; or, Hollywood Somewhere West of Vine (novel). Tustin, CA:  Pacific Writers Press, 1994.
  • The Politics of Style In the Fiction of Balzac, Beckett & Cortázar (criticism). New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.
  • Neville Chamberlain's Chimera or Nine Metaphors of Vision (visual prose).  Milwaukee, WI: Membrane Press, 1978.
  • Film Work & Screenwriting Awards

  • “Malarkey” Original Screenplay optioned, Bridge Media Partners, Los Angeles.
  • “Stayin Alive” Original Screenplay, Cuckoo Clock Productions, Hamburg, Germany
  • “Fool’s Sanctuary” Adaptation of the novel by Jennifer Johnston, Kettledrum Productions, Los Angeles
  • 2015    Milan International Film Festival, Milan, Italy, Finalist, Best Unproduced Feature Film Screenplay, “Of Gold and Ashes.”
  • 2015    Amsterdam International Film Festival, Holland, Finalist, Best Feature Film Screenplay, “Of Gold and Ashes.”
  • 2015    Barcelona International Film Festival, Spain, Finalist, Best Feature Film Screenplay, "Peru.”
  • 2015    River Bend Film Festival, South Bend, IN, Finalist, Best Feature Film Screenplay, “Moonlight on the Wabash.”
  • 2014    Firereel Film Festival, Redding, CA, Finalist, Best Short Screenplay, “The Villiers Chalice.”
  • 2014    Oregon International Film Festival, Portland, 3rd Place Best Feature Film Screenplay, “Of Gold & Ashes.”
  • 2014    Williamsburg International Film Festival, Chicago, Honorable Mention, Screenplay, “Of Gold & Ashes.”
  • 2014    Illinois International Film Festival, Chicago, Best Feature Screenplay, “Chicago Bares.”
  • 2014    Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, Finalist, Best Feature Screenplay, “Chicago Bares.”
  • 2014    Irvine International Film Festival, Shortlisted for Best Feature Screenplay, “Stayin’ Alive.”
  • 1993    Scottish Association of Filmmakers, Award in Screenwriting, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1992    Writers Guild of America-East, Fellowship in Screenwriting, New York, NY
  • 1990    University of Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, National Teleplay Award, Madison, WI
  • 1991    London International Film & Video Festival, Silver Seal Award for Screenwriting, London, England
  • 1990    Festival Internacional de Video do Algarve, Nova 90, Bronze Award for Screenwriting, Algarve, Portugal
  • 1989    Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, Finalist, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1988    Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, Finalist, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1987    Writers Guild of America-East, Fellowship in Screenwriting, Finalist, New York, NY
  • 1986    Sundance Institute Fellowship for Screenwriting, Finalist, Burbank, CA
  • 1984    Sundance Institute Fellowship for Screenwriting, Finalist, Burbank, CA
  • Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • 2014 & 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellowship, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2007 Fulbright Commission, Finalist, Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin
  • References

    Mark Axelrod Wikipedia


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