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BCWJ Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffe

I got to know Carol while I was teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference in June. I am pleased to profile her in my BCWJ column. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about her talent.

Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffe

By Anne Hamilton, MFA

Published in her Page and Stage column in the Bucks County Women’s Journal (December 2011/January 2012)

Born and raised in New Jersey, Carol Sabik-Jaffe now lives and writes just outside of Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two children and a recently rescued dog named Enzo.

A multi-talented artist, Carol has been honored with three Best Screenplay prizes by the International Family Film Festival. IFFF recognized BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR and THE DEVIL’S DUE with the Best Comedy award and LIVING AGAIN as Best Drama.

She is now in the process of casting and securing financing for a feature film of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, a romantic comedy. The project is scheduled to start shooting in late spring 2012.

Michelle Pollino, a local Philadelphia producer/director is attached. Los Angeles producer, Beverly Nero (daughter of Philly Pops conductor, Peter Nero) is also on board, and Carol is acting as writer/producer on the project. Several recognizable actors have already been cast, including Jill Whelan (THE LOVE BOAT), Peter Patrikios, Suanne Spoke and Luke Healy.

“It’s really exciting for me because other people are as excited about producing this project as I am,” said Carol. “We have people willing to put their talents forward. The film is about a man who wants to be taken seriously as a literary writer but he starts noodling around writing romance novels. His romance story is released to the public in packages of women’s lingerie and creates a frenzy. But, he won’t admit that it’s his work. He starts to dodge the media and with the help of an old friend (who also holds a special place in his life and heart) he comes up with a plan. Of course, chaos ensues. ”

Comedy is Carol’s favorite genre to write. “I enjoy having a good laugh, and I enjoy people who can make me laugh. Comedy is probably one of the more difficult genres to write because not everyone thinks the same things are funny.”

Carol’s early career was spent as an artist and graphic designer. She finds that there are similarities between being an artist and being a writer. “As a designer,” she says, “Everything I did told a story. When I was designing something, I was trying to distill ideas to their essence to tell a story.”

In addition to writing, Carol consults as a Development Manager/Story Editor for Nationlight Productions, a feature film company in Philadelphia, and teaches screenwriting at Rowan University.

Download the article here: BCWJ PAGE&STAGE Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffee by Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton has twenty years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@ hotmail.com. Hamilton Dramaturgy Press has published two anthologies of Anne’s plays and poetry, as well as THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LOVE by Warren G. Bodow. They are available at www.lulu.com.

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