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Despite Clockwork's attempt to jest while previewing the Council on American-Islamic Relations' "Writing for Hollywood" seminar and pat its own back for getting inserted into the New York Times' coverage of the event for aspiring Muslim screenwriters (as well as some unkind reader comments to our posts), the actual gathering in Los Angeles Tuesday was a "tremendous success," according to CAIR, the featured speaker and at least one of the 20 aspiring filmmakers and writers.
Calling the seminar "awesome," Nida Chowdhry said Traitor writer/director and The Day After Tomorrow writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff "was so insightful and inspirational for young Muslims who are interested in the film and media industry."
"The workshop provided realistic advice about Hollywood," Chowdhry added, "and it was a great opportunity to network with other Muslims who are also aspiring to do what they love and bring something positive to the industry along the way."
The event was held at the Media Shop production company in LA after the Writers Guild of America-West, which was to host the seminar, backed off as an official sponsor after members complained about CAIR, which the Fox News crowd has demonized for years (as did the Bush-era FBI).
Despite the last minute roadblock, "The tremendous success of Tuesday's event shows that American Muslims are artists, writers and great storytellers," according to CAIR-LA Communications Manager Munira Syeda. "We must nurture the talent among our youth and share our story of hope and hard work with the rest of America."