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Ridge Writers explore The Power of Storytelling Thursday, October 5

Ridge Writers Eastern  Sierra Branch Donna Rosenthal–

Author, writer, and director/producer Robert Rippberger will speak about “The Power of Storytelling: Social Impact Entertainment” and his new book by the same name, at the Thursday, October 5, Ridge Writers general meeting that starts 6:30 pm in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores, public invited, no admission fee.

He will discuss how entertainment and media have had a positive and negative impact throughout the last century and will provide unprecedented insight into how a simple narrative can change the world.

With a broad array of creative and executive experience, Rippberger most recently wrote and directed the feature “Those Who Walk Away.” Previously, he directed and produced the Harlem drama “Strive,” with Danny Glover.

In 2016, he directed/produced the documentary “7 Days in Syria,” a look at the human side of the war in Aleppo, a film championed by Angelina Jolie and screened at Britain’s House of Lords, to senior members of the U.N. He serves on the Producers Guild of America’s Social Impact Entertainment Task Force.

Current projects include producing the documentary “How to Build a Truth Engine” with Executive Producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the documentary “The Mouse That Roared” from Academy Award-nominated director Judith Ehrlich, and producing the stop-motion animated film “The Inventor” from “Ratatouille” writer Jim Capobianco.

Q&A and a book signing will follow the program. Remember to bring your friends.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 114-year-old California Writers Club ( that has 22 branches throughout the state and traces its roots to Jack London and friends in the Bay Area.