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Screenwriter Teaches Through Example, Encourages Students

Meadows professor Paula Goldberg speaks about her upcoming film release, personal successes and “writing is re-writing”

Armando Aguirre | B.A. Creative Advertising, ‘12

Paula Goldberg is a Division of Film and Media Arts faculty member and a successful screenwriter.

A perfect example of someone who enjoys success both in the classroom and the “real world” is Division of Film and Media Arts faculty member Paula Goldberg.

Lately, Goldberg finds herself extremely busy preparing for the release of the comedy-drama The Perfect Family, co-written with Claire V. Riley. The film, which stars Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter, will see a limited release in New York on May 4 and then open in select U.S. cities on May 11, with a special screening planned in Dallas on May 15 (see details at end of story).

“This project was exciting because I had the opportunity to work with a very thoughtful and creative director, and take a script with wonderful potential and hopefully elevate it to something deeper and special,” says Goldberg. “To have someone of the caliber of Kathleen Turner leading the charge…you know attention will be paid!”

Goldberg, an M.F.A. graduate of Rutgers School of the Arts, currently teaches screenwriting at Meadows. She enjoys teaching her craft at both basic and advanced levels. “One of the most rewarding aspects is getting to watch my students grow and develop,” she says. Urging students and aspiring screenwriters to remain flexible and determined, she says, “Young writers need to remember that writing is re-writing. Put something, anything, down on the page. Then the real work begins.”

A list of Goldberg’s previous writing credits includes the thrillers Alien Presence and Murder.com and the action film In Her Line of Fire, starring Mariel Hemingway and David Keith. Her original screenplay Out at the Wedding, a romantic comedy starring Mike Farrell, won a LOGO Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film. Short films include Traveling Companion, starring Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis, and The Blair Princess Project, a spoof on The Blair Witch Project that sold 5,000 copies with its own home video release. She has also had work featured on the Independent Comedy Network and Comedy Central.

Fortunately for current and future students alike, Goldberg has just signed a two-year contract to continue her role as lecturer at Meadows.

The Dallas premiere of The Perfect Family will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway at Royal Lane. The showing is a fundraiser for Women in Film Dallas’s scholarship and grants program. Goldberg will do a Q&A with the audience after the screening. The cost is $5 for Women in Film members, $10 for non-members. Click here for tickets.

Click here for more information about the Division of Film and Media Arts.

Glowing review of The Perfect Family by New York Observer critic Rex Reed.

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