Love Between the Covers
Century Cinema, Corte MaderaWed, Oct 14, 2015 6:00 PM
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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Focus: Lit Flix
Running Time:86 min
Director:Laurie Kahn
Producer:Laurie Kahn
Screenwriter:Laurie Kahn
Cinematographer:Joseph Friedman
Editor:William A. Anderson
Print Source:Blueberry Hill Productions
Note Writer:Holly Roach
Romance novels comprise over a billion dollars a year in book sales, outselling science fiction, fantasy, and mystery combined. So why is the genre so often dismissed as frivolous “scribble” rather than elevated as a radical literary form that pushes the envelope on gender, race, and diversity? The heroic characters, prolific writers, and voracious readers that dominate romantic fiction are primarily women. Witty and intelligent, these lovers of the written word form a collaborative, supportive, and dynamic community where readers and writers inspire one another. Director Laurie Kahn (Tupperware!, MVFF 2003) takes a comprehensive look at what goes into publishing a romantic novel, from the author’s inspiration and writing process to the photo shoots for those distinctive cover designs. Speaking with literary scholars, romance fanatics, aspiring writers, and award-winning authors, including Nora Roberts, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, and Radclyffe, this documentary offers fascinating insights into this female-centric literary world.

Co-Presented by San Francisco Romance Writers of America
Additional Information

Laurie Kahn’s first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on the 18th century diary of midwife Martha Ballard and Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name. It won film festival awards and a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her film Tupperware! (MVFF 2003) was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Kahn previously worked on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, The American Experience, Frontline’s “Crisis in Central America,” All Things Considered, and Time Out. She is a resident scholar at Brandeis’s Women’s Studies Research Center.