Chatting Up ‘Jumping the Broom’ Screenwriter Arlene Gibbs

May 7, 2011  |  

(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.

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