Prime Number Magazine
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PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130
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Issue 23, July-September 2012
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

by Emily Edwards
followed by Q&A
Emily D. Edwards was a producer and journalist before she joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The writer/director of many films, Edwards has also published books and articles on popular media. Her films have screened on national television, in theaters, and festivals. They include documentaries, narrative feature films, animations, experimental films and shorts. Her most recent publication is a chapter in From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse (2010), a book dealing with cinematic transgressions. Her most recent screenwriting award is the King Family Foundation Award for the narrative feature screenplay, Rude Planet.


Q: What was your inspiration for this work?
A: I belong to a writing group in Greensboro, The Greensboro Playwright’s Forum,  The group meets once a month as a reading and critique group and provides a monthly prompt for writers, sometimes in the form of a line of dialogue, an object, setting, or a picture. In this case the prompt was the line of dialogue: “If you touch me again, I swear I'm going to—“ Interestingly, I ended up cutting that line in the final version of the storyboard, but that line of dialogue is what inspired the story. Though this writer’s group is intended for live theater scripts, they have been very generous in allowing me to bring in storyboards and screenplays.  And their wacky prompts usually get me going on a story where I would otherwise still be swimming the cosmic sea of possibilities.

Q: What writers do you consider to be your primary influences?
A:  Doris Betts, Bailey White, Clyde Edgerton, Eric Roth, John Lee Hancock, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Fannie Flagg, Stan Lee.

Q: What’s your ideal place to write? 
A: Inside my head while swimming (adult lap swim at the public pools in Greensboro), then I take the story and characters back to the office computer to put into a script or storyboard format.

Q: Who plays you in the movie in the movie of your life?  
A: There isn’t a producer alive who would consider investing in something with such weak box office potential.

Q: What are you working on now?  
A: I just finished a chapter for a new book on Spider-Man, "Webs We Weave: Women's Pleasures in Spider-man's Journeys," In Robert G. Weiner and Robert Moses Peaslee (Eds.) Web—Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.