Chatting Up ‘Jumping the Broom’ Screenwriter Arlene Gibbs
(Jezebel) — Meet Arlene Gibbs. You might already know her as a commenter here. Starting today, you’ll be able watch the movie she wrote, Jumping The Broom at a Theater Near You. We decided to call up Arlene in Rome to talk screenwriting, being a black woman in Hollywood— and abstinence. Around these parts, Gibbs is “nyc caribbean ragazza.” She’s a former Hollywood executive who moved to Rome, but she won’t entertain comparisons with famous fellow travelers: “I am not the black Frances Mayes. I am not Elizabeth Gilbert. Let’s get real.” Jumping The Broom began when Gibbs revisited an idea that had been pitched to her in her film-development days by producers Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer.