May 8th, 2019

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The Rom Com Fest lowdown: Schedule, ticket info and more

Good news for those of us who get a kick out of romantic comedy, just as Carole Lombard and John Barrymore did in "Twentieth Century" 85 years ago: Next month in Los Angeles, the genre will be celebrated with the inaugural Rom Com Fest, specifically from June 20-23.

Variety even publicized it yesterday (

We've promoted the event quite a bit here, in part because my rom-com screenplays "Stand Tall!" and "Fugitive Sweetheart" are among the candidates in the screenwriting competition, and you can vote for them through May 17 ( Now, more information has been released about it, including a schedule of films and guests as well as how to buy tickets. The movie venue is the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 South Main Street.

Old-school rom-coms will be saluted with a film that like "Twentieth Century" was directed by Howard Hawks -- 1940's "His Girl Friday," featuring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and lots of rapid-fire dialogue. It runs at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, and will be followed by a discussion on the future of rom-coms with the Los Angeles Women's Film Collective.

Films whose anniversaries will be celebrated include "Bride Wars" (above with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, 2009) at 5 p.m. June 21, and a pair from 1999, "Never Been Kissed" (1:30 p.m., June 22) and "10 Things I Hate About You" (7 p.m., June 23). A Q & A for the latter film includes renowned screenwriters Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (left) and Karen McCullah.

Newer rom-coms -- both features and shorts -- also will be shown.

You can purchase all-access badges and ticket packages at The complete schedule can be found at

Oh, and please remember to vote in the screenwriting competition I noted earlier. The winning script will have a table read at 4:15 p.m. June 22, and I'd love for it to be my...

...or perhaps...

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