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Lorene Scafaria survived New Jersey, where she dabbled in improv comedy and community college.
She began as a playwright, putting up Max Fischer-esque shows, and later did extras work for the glory. After two years of being broke in New York, she packed her car and drove to Los Angeles. She got dogs.
Three years later, she set up her first spec, The Mighty Flynn, at Warner Bros. Since then, Ms. Scafaria has worked on comedy, drama, and musical screenplays for Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures. She adapted Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s young adult novel into the screenplay Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist for Mandate Pictures and Sony, which was directed by Peter Sollett and released in 2008. The movie starred Michael Cera opposite Kat Dennings.
She is producing a movie written and to be directed by Christopher Storer; Relanxious will star Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson, and Fred Armisen.
Ms. Scafaria is also a singer/songwriter. Her song “28” was featured in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It!; “We Can’t Be Friends” and “Girls Aren’t Supposed To” were part of the soundtrack of Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics. Her album This Time Last Year is a collaboration with others and was released MUCH too soon.