Here I am, after only three months at the Writers’ Program, writing my debut article, making my grand, sweeping first brushstroke on the canvas of the website, and it just happens to be about one of those events that make me giddy that I get to call this work. So move over, pancake Fridays! The real Friday perk is getting to leave the office early, scoring free movie tickets, and spending the early evening at Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

On Friday, June 26, the Writers’ Program is closing shop early and heading to the Landmark 8 for a screening of Paper Heart, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec and starring Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, and Jake Johnson. We’re hosting the film while it runs as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and we’d love to see our local Writers’ Program friends there. You’ve got two chances to come out and see it, before it hits general release in August:

Wednesday, June 24, 7pm at the Mann Festival Theater
Friday, June 26, 5pm at the Landmark 8 (with a special glamorous appearance made by Writers’ Program staff)

Paper Heart is part documentary and also part movie magic. Which makes it….a Documagic? Magicmentary? Whatever genre-bending title you give it, it blends the line between documentary and storytelling, following the adventures of Charlyne Yi as she goes across the country to find out more about something she doesn’t believe in – love. Along the way she meets “a boy after her heart,” Michael Cera, and as their relationship develops on camera, well, comedy no doubt ensues. I can understand her particular pickle. I mean, who doesn’t love Michael Cera? He’s all over the place these days, and if you haven’t found out about this kid and fallen in love with him yourself, he often plays a charmingly awkward, totally clueless good guy that, as his Wikipedia entry states, “is often typecast as a character who has no experience with women.” Ok, that’s adorable. He was the love-struck cousin in the brilliant Emmy-award winning Arrested Development, and also notable for his roles in the Greg Mattola-directed Superbad, and opposite Ellen Page in the Oscar-nominated Juno. He’s also got two book-to-film projects coming up: Youth in Revolt (his favorite book, I hear, by author C.D. Payne) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, based on the Oni Press graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.”

If you don’t get to see us at Paper Heart, be sure to check out some of the other great films showing at the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, running from June 18 – 28. It showcases more than 250 narrative, documentary, short film and international features throughout the Westwood area. For passes, tickets and full Festival details, call 1.866.FilmFest or visit

Sara Bond is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Online) and Events.

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