Podcast: Nicholl’s Winner Andrew Lanham Talks Tourette’s and Writing

Screenwriter Andrew Lanham writes his first drafts in long hand.

Screenwriter Andrew Lanham writes his first drafts in long hand.

Screenwriter Andrew Lanham

Screenwriter Andrew Lanham

Living with Tourette’s Syndrome is never easy, especially when everyone who finds out about it thinks all you do all day is spout obscenities. “It’s a really rare symptom of Tourette’s,” says screenwriter Andrew Lanham, winner of the 2010 Nicholl’s Fellowship in Screenwriting for his script The Jumper of Maine. He wanted to make sure he was accurate in his script when telling the story of a paramedic with Tourette’s Syndrome who falls in love with a single mother. The script will be read aloud March 26 at Ballroom Marfa, the non-profit cultural arts space in Marfa, Texas. The script was selected by screenwriter Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain), screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, Castle) and producer Robert Shapiro (Empire of the Sun). Script sat down with the Lanham to talk about Tourette’s, his writing and the upcoming reading.

2 thoughts on “Podcast: Nicholl’s Winner Andrew Lanham Talks Tourette’s and Writing

  1. Vance

    Congratulations Andrew: Both for having the courage and the talent to take on a subject which is ignored and feared in this country.
    They say that writers write. Keep it up.V

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