Comic, Award-winning Writer
and Time's Person of the Year
(the year the winner was "women")
Film on Festival Circuit:
Wax Paul Now is a short mockumentary that premiered in Fall of 2019 at two Oscar-qualifying film festivals, AFI Fest and SLIFF.
It's about a real-life online viral movement I co-founded to get Paul Giamatti his own wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Times Square.
And somehow we got Paul Giamatti to agree to be in the movie. Destiny is real, people.
(Welsh for "You should change your name")
Val Bodurtha is a comedian and writer whose debut novel-written at seventeen-won the 2017 Young Writer's Publication Contest and a Silver Benjamin Franklin Medal.
Since then Val has moved to film and humor writing, her scripts most recently placing in the top ten in Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition and winning the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Though she's won over two-dozen writing awards in total, Val's first love remains stand-up, and she opened for Jerrod Carmichael while undergrad at UChicago.
Val's most recent work is a short mockumentary featuring Paul Giamatti, which was accepted to 2020's Miami Film Festival and 2019's AFI Fest, an Oscar-qualifying film festival. Her ultimate goal is to write film and TV with good twists, funny or otherwise.
You know, if that's your thing
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