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Introducing the Mentors for the 3rd Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

By October 1, 2015 No Comments

We’re thrilled to announce the mentors for the third annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, presented by Final Draft: 

 

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Geoffrey Fletcher, Academy Award-winning screenwriter

Initially working with a video camera and cast of action figures, Geoffrey Fletcher began making films as a child. After graduating from Harvard University, Geoffrey received his M.F.A. in Film Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has also apprenticed under Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. Magic Markers, a short film Geoffrey wrote, directed, shot and edited, received accolades from numerous organizations including the Directors Guild of America and the Sundance Film Festival.

Geoffrey is also the screenwriter of Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire and received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010. He is the first African American to win in this category. Precious was presented by executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry and released by Lionsgate in November of 2009. Precious won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. It is only the third film to do so in the Festival’s twenty-five-year history. Precious also won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it the only film to win the top prizes at both Sundance and Toronto.

In addition to being honored by the Academy, Geoffrey was heralded by Variety as one of its “10 Screenwriters to Watch.”. He also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, the Black Reel Award for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted and the Best Adapted Screenplay award from the Chlotrudis, AAFCA and the Satellite Awards.

Geoffrey has been an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University and New York University where he taught courses ranging from “Directing the Camera” to “Developing the Screenplay”. This summer, he taught screenwriting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Lacoste, France. He now serves as the Honorary Chair of SCAD’s Dramatic Writing Program. Violet & Daisy, his feature directorial debut, was released in 2012 and received a SCAD Cinevation Award, which is given for imagination, inspiration and innovation in cinema. Geoffrey is currently writing projects for directors Antoine Fuqua, Doug Liman and Ed Zwick. He is also developing several projects to write and direct. 


 

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Robert Moresco, Academy Award-winning screenwriter

Robert Moresco co-wrote and produced the Oscar-winning film Crash. Moresco and Paul Haggis won the Oscar for co-writing the film. In addition to winning in the Original Screenplay category, Crash won additional Oscars for Best Picture and Achievement in Editing. Moresco also received the WGA, BAFTA and, Critic’s Choice awards for his work on the screenplay.

Moresco’s other features include, Million Dollar Baby (2005 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture), which he co-produced and developed with Paul Haggis; and 10th and Wolf, his directorial debut starring James Marsden and Giovanni Ribisi.

Crash, the film, served as the inspiration for the television series, also entitled Crash on the Starz Network. Moresco executive produced the first season, in addition to directing two episodes. The series starred Dennis Hopper, Eric Roberts, Ross McCall, and Jocko Sims, among others.

He has also written scripts for the television series EZ Streets, Millennium, and The Black Donnellys.


 

Diana Ossana

Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning screenwriter 

Diana Ossana, of Italian/Irish descent, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Diana attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in English/Political Science. She has published several short stories and numerous essays.

In 1992, at Larry McMurtry’s request, she left a career in law to begin a writing collaboration with Larry, which continues to this day. Their collective works includes two novels, Pretty Boyd Floyd and Zeke and Ned, numerous essays, as well as over forty feature film scripts. They were writers and executive producers on four award-winning miniseries: Streets of Laredo and Comanche Moon for CBS; Dead Man’s Walk for ABC; and Johnson County War for Hallmark Entertainment.

Diana and Larry received the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain (which they adapted from a short story by Annie Proulx), and was directed by Ang Lee. In addition to co-writing Brokeback Mountain, Ossana was also the producer on the film, joining cast and crew during filming on location in and around Calgary, Alberta.

She has served on numerous film committees and juries, including Film Independent and the American Film Institute’s annual selection of the Ten Best Films of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2011. Ossana also taught screenwriting and writing historical fiction at the University of Iowa and has served as a guest lecturer at Harvard University. She and Larry are developing three one-hour TV pilot scripts for series; developing a feature script with director Cary Fukunaga; and Diana has recently adapted the book Hope’s Wish into a feature screenplay. She is active in animal rescue and currently lives with her six dogs, her foster child, and Larry and Faye McMurtry.


 

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Lawrence Grey, producer & film executive

Lawrence Grey grew up in Montreal, graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1998, and got his start in Hollywood working as an unpaid intern for producer Scott Rudin.

Later, he rose to production executive, working at Zucker/Netter Productions, then Fox Searchlight Pictures and later Universal Pictures. After working as senior vice president of production at Universal, Grey joined Mandate Pictures, for whom he produced Hope Springs and Last Vegas.

While working at Fox Searchlight Pictures in the early and mid-2000s, he discovered the spec script for the Academy Award winner Juno.

As an independent producer, Lawrence Grey sold the screenplay for “Section 6” for $1 million after setting off a bidding war between the major studios. Six months later, in March 2014, he sold the screenplay for “Winter’s Knight” the same way, for another 7-figure deal. 


 

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Ari Lubet, literary manager 

Ari Lubet is a literary manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, which represents some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Company credits include The Day the Earth Stood Still, I Am Legend, A Scanner Darkly, Water for Elephants, Extract, and Edge of Tomorrow. 3 Arts Entertainment reps top level actors like Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, and Jessica Alba, as well as high profile writers and directors like Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment), Aaron Stockard (The Town, Gone Baby Gone), Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Conan the Barbarian) and Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying), and many more.


With thousands of applicants every year, the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship has quickly become one of the most important screenwriter discovery platforms for the entertainment industry. The chosen recipients receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key mentors, entertainment executives, producers and representatives. 

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Past winners of the ScreenCraft Fellowship have optioned their projects to top producers and signed with such companies as Anonymous Content, 3Arts Entertainment, Kaplan/Perrone, Paradigm, ICM and Bellevue Productions.