Screenplay Written for Tilli's Story
(June 2013) - A husband-wife screenwriting duo in Los
Angeles has written a screenplay for "Tilli's Story." Jared Drake is an
accomplished film director who is currently working on a movie
starring Lily Tomlin. His wife, Julia Drake, is a
book publicist with a master's in screenwriting who grew up in
Film producer Kathryn
Lekan, who has worked on "Deadwood," "The West Wing," and
other series, holds the film rights to "Tilli's Story." Lekan's
production company, Barn 38 Pictures, is based in Los Angeles.
Register Star covered the movie deal in its Dec. 22, 2010
Edition Now in Print
Polish translation of "Tilli's Story" is now available in Europe
through publisher Videograf. The Polish title is: "Marionetka
("Marionette of History"). Purchase
YouTube Video Now Available
In spring 2009, Tilli spoke to a Rock Valley College book club in
Rockford, IL. That talk was recorded on DVD (click
here if you are interested in purchasing it).
The question and answer period has been uploaded to YouTube. It is
three sections (since YouTube caps videos at 10 minutes):
• The authors signed a new film rights option contract earlier this
year with Hollywood producer Kathryn Lekan
(co-producer of HBO series "Hung" and owner of Barn 38 Productions,
independent film company) to turn Tilli's Story into a movie.
A screenplay is being written and negotations to secure financing
talent are proceeding.
Press Coverage of "Tilli's
• "Tilli's Story Reaches Milestone"
- Oct. 13, 2009 column by Mike Doyle in the Rockford Register Star
discusses Polish edition, movie progress, and DVD availability.
• Sue Stephens, news director for Northern Public Radio (WNIJ, 89.5
FM), interviewed Tilli and Lorna on Nov. 30, 2005. Listen to the interview here.
Rockford Register Star columnist Mike Doyle wrote about the
success of "Tilli's Story" in his column on Nov. 10, 2005.
• Sun City Herald reporter Kurt Begalka covered Tilli and Lorna's
appearance at Sun City in Huntley, IL, in
two-page article on Nov. 2, 2005.
The Elgin Courier-News also covered the appearance at Sun City in
Huntley, IL, on Nov. 2, 2005, with an article and column by
reporter/editor Debbie Moore, which appeared on Nov. 9, 2005.
The Fort Myers News-Press wrote about Tilli on October 18, 2005.
here to read it. Tilli and Lorna also appeared on the Tampa WB
newscast on Oct 17 at 10 p.m. and on the Fort Myers NBC and ABC
affiliate newscasts on Oct 19.
• Tilli and Lorna have been
doing radio interviews at a variety of stations around the U.S.,
beginning Sept. 30, 2005. Stations in Boston, Philadelphia, Grand
Rapids, Gainesville, St. Louis, Denver, upstate New York, and
throughout Wisconsin aired interviews. Many of these interviews are
posted on the
Listen To Tilli page.
• An article called "Telling
about Lorna's work on the book, appears in the fall edition of the
Northern Illinois University alumni magazine, Northern Now.
• The authors spoke to fifth graders in Wauconda, Illinois, last
spring. The event was covered by the Wauconda
• WREX-TV interviewed Tilli at an appearance before a Rockford,
Illinois, grade school last year. Click here
• Tilli's Story was excerpted in the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
July 4, 2004, through Aug. 22, 2004.
• "Tilli's Story" received an Independent Publisher Award in the
"Tilli's Story" was recognized in the annual Independent Book
Publishers Association IPPY awards program, receiving an
mention in the Autobiography/Memoir category.