White, a Stephenville native, was approached by a producer in 2004 to write a feature film. She had recently finished writing the screenplay for “Crackie,” her award-winning 2009 feature, and was keen to start another project.
“She basically put a picture of Maud Lewis in front of me and said, ‘What about her?’ Immediately I was drawn to this woman. I recognized some of her paintings, but I didn’t know much about her, and as soon as I started looking into her, I found her completely intriguing and a very beautiful character that was very worthy of building a story around.”
It took White 10 years to finish the “Maudie” screenplay, between writing for many TV projects (she’s currently in L.A., working on the new ABC TV series, “Ten Days in the Valley,” starring Kyra Sedgwick).