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Loren-Paul Caplin
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Screenwriter, Playwright/Composer, Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Columbia, Tisch/NYU and the New School. @lpcaplin

Mr. Caplin was a Religious Studies Major at UCSB and studied under the esteemed Professors Jonathan Z. Smith and Mircae Eliade.

He currently. teaches screenwriting at Columbia University, The Department of Dramatic Writing at Tisch/NYU, and was among the core faculty that created the curriculum for the Screenwriting Certificate at the New School. He lives in NYC with his wife, painter and illustrator, Jenne van Eeghen.

FILM: The Lucky Ones (feature film; Writer/Director), Tribeca Film Festival 2003, DVD release 2007; History of the World in 8 Minutes (Writer/Director), New Directors/New Films Festival, MoMA, NYC; Lost Angels (Original Story), Orion Pictures; Battle in the Erogenous Zone, (Co-Wrote and Co-Produced) Showtime; The Forbidden Zone (Music Producer), Samuel Goldwyn; film scripts for: Paramount, Columbia, TriStar and numerous independents.

THEATER/PLAYWRIGHT: The Presidents (co-playwright with Ron Nessen), PBS, U.S. National Tour (2002-2003); Sunday's Child and Men in the Kitchen (playwright), Long Wharf Theater, CT; A Subject of Childhood (playwright), W.P.A. Theater, NYC; City Muzik (Book, Music, Lyrics) Huntington Theater, Boston; Gangs (Book, Music, Lyrics), produced by David Merrick and Joe Roth. Numerous poems published including in The Paris Review and Rolling Stone.

Entries by Loren-Paul Caplin

Walking Dead: Rorschach Test for Faith

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:24 AM


And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. Corinthians 13:13

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1...

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The Cult of Two: Understanding Jonestown

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 5:33 PM

It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled -- Mark Twain

My cousin died in November 1978 in the Jonestown Massacre, the largest mass murder/suicide in American history. Gene Chaikin was a lawyer for Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. His wife Phyllis and their two...

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Lifting the Veil: Obama Has Compromised My Notion of Hope -- Which Has Led to Greater Faith... And Not in O

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 2:56 PM

The idea of "hope" is incredibly powerful. In fiction, those who imbue it and proclaim their aspirations and hope are characters that we love. We instinctually want others to achieve their dreams just as we want that for ourselves. The second song in most Broadway musicals is typically about the...

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The Hero's Journey Meets the Screenwriter's Journey

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Why the f*%K do we do it?

Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a...

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Atonement Blues: Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast With 'Breaking Bad'

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 10:52 AM

I walk around guilty. Not all the time, thank God/Her/It/Thing/Energy/Whatever/Me/Etc. Mostly in the morning before I'm awake enough to defend myself. Mostly my guilt is for things I didn't do or for thoughts I've had that are less than positive toward others or myself. When I'm productive I feel less...

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Religious vs. Spiritual: Semantics or Neurotics?

(197) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 9:20 AM

My friend M said that the term "spirituality" really pisses off devoutly religious folks. I said that I thought the devoutly religious crowd didn't mind the term, but that it was only my fundamental-atheist brothers (or depending on our mutual sense of humor at the moment, my jihad-atheist pals) who...

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When Hugs Become a Religious Experience

(42) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 9:22 AM

I'm a hugger. Giant noble trees, people, fuzzy animals -- bring'em on, I'll hug 'em. Not always though. I've got to like them first. I need to sense their innate goodness. But isn't that really most living things? Someone once said that a hug is like a handshake from the...

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