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comic and award-winning writer
Val Bodurtha


(Welsh for "You should change your name")


short film


Wax Paul Now is a short mockumentary that was accepted to three Oscar-qualifying film festivals, AFI Fest, RIIFF, and SLIFF as well as at the 37th Annual Miami Film Festival.

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.


Val Bodurtha

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 film is a short mockumentary featuring Paul Giamatti, which was accepted to the Miami Film Festival and 2019's AFI Fest, an Oscar-qualifying film festival. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney's, by the AV Club, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Her ultimate goal is to write film and TV with good twists, funny or otherwise.

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