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The annual Film Noir foundation festival of noir returns to the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and this year SoCalMWA members are sponsoring a night of L.A. Noir with a double feature on Saturday, March 29th.


Roadblock (1951)
Warner Bros., 73 min. Dir. Harold Daniels. After several years of playing tenacious cops or cruel gunmen, character actor Charles McGraw was elevated to leading-man status by RKO boss Howard Hughes, becoming the studio's "B" version of Bob Mitchum. Nobody could clip off dialogue like McGraw. In this prototypical noir, he finally reveals a soft center, as an insurance investigator who goes crooked trying to satisfy an avaricious dame (Joan Dixon).

Southside (1950)
New 35mm Print! Warner Bros., 73 min. Dir. Boris Ingster. Slam-bang crime drama courtesy of the King Brothers is highlighted by downtown L.A., Hollywood and San Quentin prison locations as Don DeFore goes undercover to smash up a counterfeiting ring. Sultry Andrea King, George Tobias, Barry Kelley and Morris Ankrum co-star.

The films feature Los Angeles locales and all the elements we love in film noir. Prior to the films will be a panel discussion on the literary heritage of noir and in Southern California in particular with a panel of MWA member authors.

Come show your support for our sponsorship of this wonderful organization and see two great noir films in the heart of Hollywood.

Tickets go fast for the Noir City festival so

Saturday, March 29 – 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Noir Double Feature!


Don't miss this terrific free event!  


Psychology in Mystery Writing

freudian slip

May 31 - 3 pm

Studio City Library

Join us for an exciting panel co-sponsored with the Studio City Public Library
Learn how crime writers use psychological perspectives
 to motivate characters and build suspense 


L.A. Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen,where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film  projects he helped develop are Air Force One, Outbreak and  Bicentennial  Man.  His  two novels, Boulevard and Beat, follow the dysfunctional journey of LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Hayden Glass as he fights crime while struggling with his own sex-addiction.  Stephen has worked professionally as a  screenwriter and is currently writing an international thriller.

Craig Faustus Buck spent most of his career as a journalist, TV writer-producer, and nonfiction book author.  He is now concentrating on crime writing and feature films.  He co-authored four pop-psychology books including a #1 NYT nonfiction bestseller and incorporates that background into his crime fiction.  He has published numerous short stories, his noir novella, Psycho Logic will be published in April by the Stark Raving Group, and his agent is currently shopping his novel, Go Down Hard, which won First Runner Up for the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville.  His indie feature film, Smuggling for Gandhi, is currently in preproduction, slated to be shot in June. 
Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Her debut novel, The Dark Before Dawn, begins a psychological suspense series. The novel earned the Kirkus Star, was named to Krkus Reviews' "Best of 2011," and was honored at the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. Deep into Dusk, the second in the series, won the Southern California Book Festival, was honored at the London Book Fest, and named Shelf Unbound's 2013 Notable Page-Turner. Her story "Kill Joy" is featured in the anthology, Last Exit to Murder. Laurie lives near Los Angeles with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley). He also blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, Written By and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press).  His acclaimed series of mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, and the latest,  Night Terrors), feature Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.  The next, Phantom Limb, comes out in September. All are from Poisoned Pen Press. For more info, please visit
 Free event
Coffee and snacks will be provided
Non-members are welcome
Studio City Public Library
12511 Moorpark Street
Studio City, CA 91604


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Craig Faustus Buck, Vice-President
 Terri Nolan, Secretary
Eric Beetner, Treasurer

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Daryl Wood Gerber
Tammy Kaehler
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Marilyn Meredith
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