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“My work, I can do anywhere.”
Screenwriter Christoph Silber

One trend that I’ve noticed since starting this blog in January ’08 is there really is a growing trend of people writing screenplays and making movies outside Los Angeles. And some are doing quite well such as Paranormal Activities made by a writer/director living down in San Diego (still California, but really like another time zone to the people in the thirty mile zone) and then I just heard about a working screenwriter living in Huntsville, Alabama.

Now the south in general and Alabama in particular is no stranger to fine storytellers, but this one does have a twist. Christoph Silber not only lives far from Hollywood, but the films made from his scripts are made far from California—or even Huntsville. According to an article by Jon Buseker Silber is “one of Germany’s most soughtafter screenwriters.”

He’s had three films made in Germany  North FaceAranged, and the Golden Globe-nominated Good Bye Lenin!, and has written for the German crime show Tatort. Busdeker says that Silber met his wife in New York City but the couple moved to Alabama after they inherited a house and felt like it would be a better place to raise their family.

Silber said about the move south,”I think it benefits my writing. I feel there’s something about the land.” (Of course, it may have something to do with that land he’s living on being mortgage-free, but that’s another story for another day.)

Silber was raised in Germany and I’m sure he’s not the only German in town.  Huntsville has a history of Germans living there at least back to the World War II period when many of Germany’s top scientist fled Hitler and ended up working on the rockets that helped build the US space program (and why it’s called “Rocket City.”)

And this isn’t the first time Huntsville’s come up on this blog. Check out the post on Daytime Emmy-winning writer (and former Miss Alabama) Pamala K. Long.  Roll tide.

And a hat tip to Mystery Man on Film for the lead on the article. If you’re still looking for a good reason to join twitter then I recommend jumping into the game just to follow the Mystery Man on Film (@MMonFilm). (And follow me as well @scottwsmith_com)

Scott W. Smith

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