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Attica Locke

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Attica Locke is a writer who has worked in both film and television for over ten years. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has written movie scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and Jerry Bruckheimer films, as well as television pilots for HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmaker's Lab and most recently completed an adaptation of Stephen Carter's The Emperor of Ocean Park. She is member of the Writers Guild of America, west, and is currently at work on an HBO miniseries about the civil rights movement, based on the writings of historian Taylor Branch. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
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1. Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : Black Water Rising
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2015) : Pleasantville

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The Fighter (2018)
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