Much Ado About Everything
On 9/18/14, the Worcester School Committee will congratulate Caitlin McCarthy for the following:
Pass/Fail by Caitlin McCarthy & Jim Forbes advanced to the Second Round of the 2014 Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition's AMC One-Hour Pilot category. AFF received over 6,764 entries; PASS/FAIL advancing to the Second Round represents a distinction only achieved by about 15% of the entries in the AMC One-Hour Pilot category. AFF wrote about PASS/FAIL: "Our readers enjoyed your strong dialogue. Good luck with your writing!"
From Worcester Academy's "Hilltop Connections" newsletter:
From ArtSake, the Massachusetts Cultural Council's newsletter: "Caitlin McCarthy will discuss her film Wonder Drug, her DES activism, and other topics on the WNTN talk show REEL TALK with The Hollywood Kid. Also, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran an article about her recent award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association."
On July 19 at 11:30 a.m. (eastern), Caitlin McCarthy will discuss WONDER DRUG and DES, as well as her other scripts and writing awards, on WNTN 1550am Boston radio talk show "REEL TALK with The Hollywood Kid."
You can also listen to the interview live at www.wntn.com/.
A podcast of the interview will be available for download after the show at www.wntn.com/podcasts/index.html.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran an article about Caitlin McCarthy winning the Kathleen Roberts Creative Leadership Award at the MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) Human and Civil Rights Awards Banquet. Read the article HERE.
Posted on Silent Spring Institute's Facebook page and Twitter account: "Congratulations to Caitlin McCarthy for winning the 2014 Massachusetts Teachers Association Human & Civil Rights Award for her education work surrounding DES (diethystilbestrol), the synthetic estrogen prescribed to millions of pregnant women before it was discovered to cause cancer and infertility in their children. The sad story of DES demonstrates how hormone disrupting chemicals can influence disease risk across generations, reminding us why it's important to reduce exposures now. http://bit.ly/TzxJl0"
The MTA Human Relations Committee just issued the following press release (see excerpt below). Caitlin McCarthy will receive a Human and Civil Rights Award for her DES activism.
The MTA will make a donation to the charity of Caitlin's choice on her behalf. As such, Caitlin is arranging for the donation to be sent to a leading DES researcher at a top university (announcement to come), who will organize a "DES: where we are, where we have been and what in the world have we learned" meeting in Washington, DC with political folks, influence makers, scientists, advocates and the interested public in attendance.
Excerpt: "Human Relations Committee to honor 4 for Human and Civil Rights Awards"
The MTA Human Relations Committee will honor four extraordinarily talented and dedicated individuals at its annual Human and Civil Rights dinner on Friday, June 20. The dinner recognizes MTA members and others who have shown long-standing commitments to civil rights and human relations.
Caitlin McCarthy is an English language arts teacher at Worcester Technical High School and screenwriter of the film "Wonder Drug," which tells the story of DES (diethylstilbestrol), once thought to be a ground-breaking synthetic form of estrogen that instead became one of the most devastating medical disasters in history. McCarthy's interest is personal; her mother, unaware of the risks, took DES when she was pregnant. When McCarthy discovered in 2005 that she had been exposed to the drug in utero, she researched DES and its potential ramifications: a rare vaginal cancer in DES daughters, and an increase in the risk of breast cancer in DES daughters and testicular cancer in DES sons. Rather than turn inward in fear, McCarthy began to educate others about DES. In addition to writing the screenplay for the film, McCarthy worked with the offices of Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, obtaining FDA acknowledgment of the drug's devastating health consequences. Nominator Andrea Goldstein, another DES daughter, said McCarthy "has made selfless contributions through political action, community organizing and mentoring" and that she has "served the global DES community in a volunteer role."
WONDER DRUG screenwriter and DES activist Caitlin McCarthy just received a letter from the MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association). Note Caitlin is arranging for the donation to be sent to a leading DES researcher at a top university (announcement to come), who will organize a "DES: where we are, where we have been and what in the world have we learned" meeting in Washington, DC with political folks, influence makers, scientists, advocates and the interested public in attendance.
On behalf of the members of the Human Relations Committee of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, it is a pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient of the MTA Kathleen Roberts Creative Leadership Award for 2014. The Massachusetts Teachers Association has presented annual civil rights awards since 1983 in recognition of organizations and individuals who have advocated for issues that are of importance to human and civil rights. Your nomination for this award was submitted by Andrea Goldstein.
The Human Relations Committee members are truly impressed by your dedication to educating the community about DES. Your extensive commitment to political action, community organizing and mentoring have made a lasting impression on those you have touched. Not to mention the fact you have funded your DES awareness efforts on your own!
To recognize you and this outstanding achievement, MTA will make a donation to the charity of your choice on your behalf. Please send the contact information for the charity of your choice to MTA as soon as you have decided where you would like to make the donation.
The award will be presented at the Human and Civil Rights Banquet on Friday evening, June 20, 2014. The dinner will be held at the Westin Waltham Hotel.
Check out Caitlin McCarthy's profile page on The Tracking Board. "Pass/Fail," co-written by McCarthy & Jim Forbes, made the Top 25 of The Tracking Board's inaugural Launch Pad Pilot Competition.
Caitlin McCarthy has won a 2014 MTA Human and Civil Rights Award, which honors those who have shown extraordinary dedication to civil rights and human relations. At an awards banquet on June 20, 2014, Caitlin will receive the Kathleen Roberts Creative Leadership Award for demonstrating creativity in improving conditions and opportunities for particular individuals and/or groups through her DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism; her efforts to raise awareness about DES through her WONDER DRUG screenplay; and her work with then US Senator John Kerry and then US Senator Scott Brown on obtaining the FDA acknowledgement of DES as a "tragedy."
Screenwriter and MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) member Caitlin McCarthy has been nominated for the KATHLEEN ROBERTS CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD, for her work on the DES issue.
Special consideration is given to nominees who demonstrate creativity in improving conditions and opportunities for particular individuals and/or groups.
Caitlin's DES activism, efforts to raise awareness about DES through her screenplay WONDER DRUG, and work with then US Senator John Kerry and then US Senator Scott Brown on obtaining the FDA acknowledgement of DES as a "tragedy" were all highlighted in her nomination.
The MTA makes a substantial charitable donation in the name of the winner. Should Caitlin win, the donation would finance a "DES: where we are and where we have been and what in the world have we learned" meeting in Washington, DC with political folks in attendance, organized by DES researchers (names/meeting details to be shared if the award happens).
Many thanks to DES (Diethylstilbestrol) Info's Andrea Goldstein for nominating Caitlin.
Caitlin McCarthy can be seen between 0:22-0:26 in a video about the Norman Mailer Center 2013 Fellowship & Workshop Programs. Click HERE.
She studied screenwriting under David Black last summer in Brooklyn Heights, NY.
This year's event is scheduled to take place on April 23rd - 27th in the heart of Beverly Hills. The winner of the screenplay competition will be announced on April 27.