Amanda E.
Los AngelesCA
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Art & Film Writer | Documentary Grants, Artist Statements & Proposals

With 15 years of experience writing about contemporary visual artists, built on top of a career as a writer/producer in film and television, I am highly skilled in researching, writing and editing in-depth narratives about art and filmmaking, including: * grant applications and searches for filmmakers (winning grant awards up to $127,500) * artist statements and bios, exhibition statements and press releases * proposals for public art projects, artist grants and residencies • essays for art monographs (see my publication list) and articles for art magazines * original and deeply researched movie trivia questions While I usually specialize in writing about contemporary artists, including pop art, pop surrealism, illustration, outsider art, street art and graffiti, I am well-versed in discussing most types of visual art and photography. Over the years, I have been commissioned to write introductions for books on behalf of artists including seminal pop surrealist Mark Ryden and the muralist duo Dabs Myla, and have conducted in-depth interviews with more than 60 artists, such as graffiti pioneer Chaz Bojórquez, figurative painter Phil Hale, cartoonist/puppeteer/painter Wayne White, new contemporary fantasist James Jean, graphic design wizard Aaron Horkey, and many more. A number of galleries have engaged me to write their exhibition press releases and other promotional materials, including Ascaso Gallery, Richard Heller Gallery, and Jaski Gallery. In addition, I have expertise in crafting impressive materials on behalf of artists for grant, residency and public art project RFQ and RFP applications, including artist statements, letters of interest, project proposals, community engagement proposals, professional resumes and project budgets. The artists I've worked with have greatly increased their percentage of placements on pre-approved artist rosters and finalist short lists, and have been awarded projects by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Maui Public Art Corps, and the Green Box Artist-in-Residency Program, among others. While in recent years my collaborations with artists have become a prominent aspect of my work, prior to that I leveraged my BA from Dartmouth in Film Studies and Creative Writing into a 20-year career in film and television production. In 2012, I was honored with a Creative Arts Emmy for writing. As an experienced writer/producer, I bring an extensive knowledge of film production language and processes to the table when writing application materials on behalf of filmmakers for documentary grants (including the non-fiction core format), as well as narrative film grants and fellowships. My documentary grant proposals have won individual awards up to $127,500 from funders including the California Creative Corps, the California Arts Council, the California State Library Civil Liberties Grant, and the United States-Japan Foundation. I also have a great deal of experience writing entertaining narratives about film production and conducting in-depth research on film history, both online and at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. My research and writing contributed to the successful six-season run of the AMC behind-the-scenes movie trivia shows "DVD_TV" and "Much More Movie." Having fact-checked, copy edited and/or proofread hundreds of books, interviews, essays, proposals, applications and letters on creative topics, I'm also an expert at sculpting an artist's rough ideas into flowing, coherent language that preserves the tone and intent of the original content, allowing the artist's voice to shine through with perfect spelling, grammar and syntax. Please feel free to reach out if my skill set seems like a good fit for your project.
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  • Art & Design
  • Storytelling
  • Grant Proposal
  • Grant Writing Consultation
  • Grant Application
  • Film & Video
  • Personal Statement
  • Artist Interview
  • Press Release Writing
  • Arts & Entertainment