Valerie Thomas

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Valerie Thomas
BornBerkeley, California
🏫 EducationColumbia University School of Journalism (M.A.)
Reed College (B.A.)
💼 Occupation
Writer
Filmmaker
Notable workFiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Morgenthau: Three Men, Three Generation, One Fight
Subway Stories
Ulee's Gold

Silence of the Lambs (film)

Valerie Thomas[1] is a screenwriter, producer, and author. She is known for her work on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), Ulee's Gold (1997), Morgenthau: Three Men, Three Generations, One Fight (2013), and Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro (2016).[1][2][3][4] Thomas received her B.A. from Reed College and her Masters from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.[4][5] Most recently, she helped write and produce the two award-winning documentary films: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, as well as The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte hosts the Tonight Show.[1][3][6][7] Additionally, Thomas has written two books with her writing partner Stacy Kramer: Karma Bites (2010) and From What I Remember (2013).[4][5]

Career[edit]

Films[edit]

Thomas started out her career in film by being an assistant for Jonathon Demme, helping work on his film The Silence of the Lambs.[4][5] After the film's success, she kept working for Demme as a Director of Development and eventually gaining the position of Vice President of Development, aiding in the creation of many movies including: Philadelphia (1993), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Beloved (1998), and Adaptation (2002).[1][2][4][5] She went on to become a producer alongside Demme, producing Ulee's Gold (1997), Subway Stories (1997).[1][2][3][4] After she stopped working with Demme, Thomas went on to produce and write films such as: Morgenthau: Three Men, Three Generations, One Fight (2013), Morgenthau: Three Men, Three Generations, One Fight (2016).[1][3] Most recently, she has helped write and produce two award-winning documentary films: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) and The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte hosts the Tonight Show (2020).[1][3][7][8]

Author[edit]

Thomas began her career in writing by writing her first book, titled Karma Bites, with her writing partner Stacy Kramer.[4][5][9][10] She went on to write another book titled From What I Remember which came out in May 2021, which later on had its film right optioned by Paramount Pictures.[4][5][11]

Education[edit]

Thomas received her Bachelor's from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and her Master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.[5]

Television[edit]

Thomas has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, as well as on an episode of The ReidOut to discuss and promote The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte hosts the Tonight Show.[8][12]

Awards[edit]

Thomas had been nominated for an Outstanding Historical Documentary News & Documentary Emmy Award for her role in Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro.[13] Additionally, she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Documentary, for her role in The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte hosts the Tonight Show.[14]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Thomas, Valerie; Kramer, Stacy (2013). From What I Remember. Hyperion Books.
  • Thomas, Valerie; Kramer, Stacy (2010). Karma Bites. HMH Books for Young Readers.

Films[edit]

  • Lewkowicz et al. (2019). Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, published by Roadside Attractions.
  • Lewkowicz et al. (2016). Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro.
  • Lewkowicz et al. (2013). Morgenthau: Three Men, Three Generations, One Fight.
  • Jonze et al. (2002). Adaptation, published by Sony Pictures Releasing.
  • Demme et al. (1998). Beloved, published by Buena Vista Pictures.
  • Guay et al. (1997). Subway Stories, published by Home Box Office.
  • Demme et al. (1997). Ulee's Gold, published by Orion Pictures.
  • Franklin et al (1995). Devil in a Blue Dress, published by Sony Pictures Releasing.
  • Demme et al. (1993). Philadelphia, published by TriStar Pictures.
  • Demme et al. (1991). Silence of the Lambs, published by Orion Pictures.

Television[edit]

  • The ReidOut (2020), Guest.
  • Today Show (2019), Guest.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Valerie Thomas". MUBI. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Valerie Thomas". TCM - Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2021-07-22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Valerie Thomas". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 http://www.freshfiction.com, info@freshfiction com-. "Valerie Thomas". freshfiction.com. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "valerie thomas". author intelligence. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  6. "Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles – SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS". Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles – Review and Interview with Valerie Thomas | Selig Film News". 2019-09-06. Retrieved 2021-07-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "'Fiddler on the Roof' lyricist on why the movie still resonates". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  9. "Karma Bites by Stacey Kramer & Valerie Thomas". Novel Novice. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  10. "Valerie Thomas | HMH Books". hmhbooks. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  11. "Valerie Thomas Archives". That Artsy Reader Girl. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  12. "Transcript: The ReidOut, September 9, 2020". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  13. "Nominees for the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Announced" (PDF). New England Emmy. Retrieved 2021-07-22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "2021 Nominees". NAACP Image Awards. Retrieved 2021-07-23.

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