Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve in conversation with Alec Sokolow

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Arts Cafe @ Kelly Writers House

The talk has been cancelled given the forecast of inclement weather and the impossibility of the speaker to travel. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Alec Sokolow, as the writer for this year’s Hartman Screenwriting Symposium, will be in conversation with Penn Prof. Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve about his production and writing career.

RSVPs are required for this event so please make sure to email wh@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-746-POEM to save your spot.

Alec Sokolow, nominated for an Academy Award Toy Story has worn many hats in his career as a professional writer. A career in Hollywood has taken him from writing late night TV comedy to having written some of the most memorable studio films of our time. His credited film work has topped one billion dollars in worldwide Box Office receipts and includes Toy Story, Cheaper by the Dozen, Garfield, Evan Almighty, Daddy Day Camp, and Money Talks. Alec hails from New York City and resides in Sagaponack, NY.

Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve is a novelist, screenwriter, film producer and teacher. She co-wrote the screenplay of Fugly with John Leguizamo, which film stars Leguizamo himself, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne and Radha Mitchell. Her most recent novel, Drizzle, was published in March 2010 under her married name, Kathleen Van Cleve, and received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, and was named to Indiebound's KidsNext Spring 2010 list. She has produced the films Joe the King, Pinero and Undefeated. Her other novels are Cranberry Queen and The Difference Between You and Me. She graduated from Penn in 1998 with a dual degree from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences.


The Hartman Family Screenwriting Series allows us to host an annual event with a successful professional screenwriter so that aspiring moviemakers in the Writers House community can get a taste of the writers’ room. Past events in the series have featured Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer, The Fault in our Stars) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Romeo + Juliet).

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