2016-02-04 / Faith

‘Shrek’ writer shares wild ride

Successful screenwriter hosted by Jewish Academy


THE WRITE STUFF— Emmy Award-nominated writer David N. Weiss will share his personal and professional insights and stories Mon., Feb. 8 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. THE WRITE STUFF— Emmy Award-nominated writer David N. Weiss will share his personal and professional insights and stories Mon., Feb. 8 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. Emmy Award- nominated writer David N. Weiss (“Shrek 2,” the “ Smurfs” movies, “Rugrats”) will present an evening of personal and professional stories in “A Shrek of a Trek—The Wild Spiritual Ride of a Hollywood Screenwriter.”

The event takes place at 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 South Westlake Blvd.

Weiss’ presentation springs from his adventures as a nice Jewish boy raised in Ventura.

He spent years as a church youth worker before returning to his Jewish roots via a blockbuster screenwriting career.

“When you find yourself under a wedding chupah with a gorgeous blonde in a Presbyterian church being married by a Jews for Jesus rabbi, something has to give,” Weiss said.

Weiss also co-wrote “Clockstoppers,

Are We There Yet?” and Academy Award-nominated “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.”

He was nominated for an Emmy as co-head writer for the Rugrats series and has other film and TV credits, including “All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

Weiss recently completed work on the sequel to the Amy Adams musical “Enchanted.”

An award-winning short film director, Weiss is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and a former vice president of the Writers Guild of America.

He has also written several children’s books.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Eliana, and their two kids.

The cost for the talk is $12 for advanced paid reservations and $15 at the door.

For reservations and more information, call (800) 991-0991 or visit www.JewishAcademy.com.

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