Magazine article Variety

Patty Jenkins

Magazine article Variety

Patty Jenkins

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THE 'WONDER WOMAN' DIRECTOR FUNNELS IDEAS OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT INTO SUPPORT FOR ANTI-RECIDIVISM EFFORTS

AFTER MAKING the 2003 independent film "Monster," about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, director Patty Jenkins started to correspond with prisoners around the country. "I became educated in how incredibly difficult it can be for people to get out of prison - even when they are innocent, even when they are reformed," she says. "The world brands a person a prisoner forever." ¶ While doing research for another project, she connected with producer Scott Budnick, who experienced a similar epiphany when he volunteered to teach creative writing to incarcerated juveniles in Los Angeles. In 2013, Budnick officially started the nonprofit Anti-Recidivism Coalition to help men and women leaving prison navigate ways to reenter society. ¶ ARC offers counseling, mentoring services, education and assistance with housing. It also has partnered with chains like Starbucks, Home Depot and The Cheesecake Factory to facilitate job placement. Budnick uses his connections to the movie industry when he can. …

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