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Final Draft Meetup & Screening w/Stick It Writer-Director Jessica Bendinger

2722128Jessica Bendinger has had a strong track record of films with a strong female presence.  As in, her films generally have more than one female character of note and they even interact with one another rather than a gaggle of men.

Sounds sarcastic but think back on most of the films you can remember.  Now name how many had more than one three dimensional female character.  And better yet, count how many scenes involve more than one female character interacting with one another.

Take this fact compiled from The Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media:  Males outnumber females 3 to 1 in family films. In contrast, females comprise just over 50% of the population in the United States. Even more staggering is the fact that this ratio, as seen in family films, is the same as it was in 1946.

See, now you have a conversation starter to talk to Jessica Bendinger about next Monday, July 14th.

Here’s the details of the event:

Enjoy a drink and network with writer-director Jessica Bendinger followed by a screening of her  film Stick It on the patio at the Cat & Fiddle

Are you a screenwriter looking to network with other creatives and hang out with an acclaimed screenwriter? 

Join Final Draft, Inc. at the Cat & Fiddle on July 14th for our monthly meetup, featuring Jessica Bendinger co-screenwriter of Stick It. 

The meetup starts at 7:30pm with mingling and networking with fellow screenwriters and filmmakers and a Q&A at 8:30pm. After the meetup, Cat & Fiddle will screen Jessica Bendinger’s Stick It  in their courtyard

Final Draft, Inc. is offering this special event to you free of charge. Plus, Cat & Fiddle has a special deal for you – Monday is $12 dollar Pie & Pint night. Yup! $12 dollars for your choice of a meat, vegetarian or chicken pie and pint of creative juice (draft beer).

Don’t miss out and join us for good food, good fun and good movies! 


Jessica Bendinger’s movies have grossed over $500 million worldwide, and have spawned myriad sequels, TV shows and Jeopardy questions. Her directorial debut STICK IT (starring Jeff Bridges) had the highest per screen average its’ opening weekend, and was the #1 download on iTunes for 7 straight weeks.

An acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who launched onto the scene with her original script Bring it On(which debuted at #1 in the box office and remained there for two weeks), Jessica was named byGlamour Magazine as one of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Under 40, Bendinger was a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Season Four of Sex in the City. A former journalist forSpin Magazine and MTV News, her screenwriting credits include: The Truth about Charlie, First Daughter and Aquamarine.  Her uncredited work includes What A Girl Wants, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Charlie’s Angels 2, Just Like Heaven, Ghosts of Girfriends Past, G Force and HITCH.  She wrote and directed the teen gymnastics hit Stick It starring Jeff Bridges, which had the highest per screen average its opening weekend at the box office, and enjoyed seven straight weeks at number one on iTunes during its home video release. Simon & Schuster published her novel The Seven Rays in 2009, and an adaptation for television is in the works.  Her original television pilot CLOCKED is currently in development with DiBonaventura Pictures Television and ABC Studios.  An avid songwriter, Bendinger co-wrote “Hurts to Think” for Miranda Lambert’s last album, Four the Record, and has been collaborating on a new stage musical called PSYCHED, a comedic journey through the wonderful world of mental health.

Click here to RSVP for the event.


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