Entertainment Magazine: Film: Stardust & Moonbeams

Madelyn Ritrosky, Writer/Producer

Madelyn RitroskyMadelyn Ritrosky has a BA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and PhD from Indiana University in mass communication and culture. Her dissertation examined Loretta Young’s film and television career from the 1920s to the 1960s in the context of women’s shifting opportunities. 
 
As a contributing reporter with Entertainment Magazine, she covers film festivals and is attuned to women filmmakers and others whose work promotes entertaining yet thought-provoking approaches to representing gender, sexuality, social justice, and related issues.  Among many others, interviewees include Loretta Young, actor Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), and director Ken Kwapis (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). 
 
In addition to conference papers and Women’s History Month presentations, Madelyn’s work has appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Entertainment Today, Encyclopedia of Television, Museum of Broadcast Communications, and Max Yield.  Her background includes local video production, and college teaching credits include Women & Film, Film as Art, and Film & Society, among other classes.  She is a Reproductive Justice Task Force member at her local Unitarian church. 
 
Her novel Stardust & Moonbeams is co-written by Dena Huisman, PhD, communication studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  It is grounded in extensive research and has led Madelyn to write three adaptations based on the novel: this short film; Pants Only, a short play (based on different scenes) produced at Bloomington Playwrights Project; and, a feature screenplay she is currently writing.


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