LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2015 – ScreenCraft is excited to announce the recipients of the 3rd annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Presented by Final Draft, the fellowship is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives.
The recipients are:
- Dante Russo, for his half-hour pilot Haters
- Nancy Duff, for her hour pilot Dead Drop
- Heidi R. Willis, for her feature Black Sunday
Haters, a biting dramedy, centers on Kimberly Noh, a self-destructive millennial who discovers that not much has changed when she returns home to Long Island for the funeral of her high school best friend and former ringleader of her disparate clique of “haters.” Disillusioned by the reality of adulthood, she discovers that confronting the past she’s been trying to escape is the only way to take charge of her future.
In Dead Drop, 14-year-old Alexandra Sawyer finds herself placed in Gilbert Hall after her father suddenly goes missing. To outsiders, Gilbert Hall is a group home. To the GH5 Special Forces unit of the CIA, it’s a highly guarded safe house for orphaned offspring of the CIA’s elite. Alexandra must now come to terms with the startling truth about her parents while being trained with her peers as a junior agent and pursuing her own agenda.
Based on true events, Black Sunday tells the harrowing story of a Depression-era family that gets trapped in their rural Oklahoma farm house by the worst dust storm in U.S. history, only to find their safe haven turned into a house of horrors when they take in two disturbed drifters seeking shelter from the storm.
Selected from over 2,000 writers who submitted features and pilots globally, Russo, Duff and Willis will each receive a $1,000 writing grant and be gathered in Los Angeles to meet the following mentors: Geoffrey Fletcher, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Precious and Violet & Daisy; Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Brokeback Mountain; Robert Moresco, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby; Lawrence Grey, producer with two recent seven-figure spec sales to his credit; Michael Colleary, award-winning writer of Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Firehouse Dog; and Ari Lubet, literary manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the company behind such TV shows as Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, Louie, The Mindy Project, Silicon Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and more.
These winning writers will also meet with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm) to discuss their projects. They will also receive complimentary passes to Robert McKee’s legendary STORY seminar in either LA, NYC or London, and three months of one-on-one consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft team and network of entertainment industry mentors.
The runners-up of the 3rd Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship reflect a distinctive slate of genres and voices and are listed as follows:
Angel In The Marble by Jason Pittock
Blackland Salvage by Cullen Metcalf-Kelly
Butterfly Children by Melanie Schiele
Deadtention: Deader Than Dead by Casey DeVargas
Dig by Melanie Toast
Elle by Kaitlin Puccio
Fairfax & Waldo Fly The Coop! by Zeke Farrow
Faithful by Eric Schneider
False Flag by Mathew Grodsky
Gagarin by Robert D. Cain
Incurable by Jeff York
Kingwood by Gus Avila
Oliver Clark & The Future Unknown by Nick Shepherd & Toni Wynne
Ripple by Heather Faris
Sweet Souls Atrocious by Tracey Bradey
Terminal Doubt by J.C. Carleson
The Appeal by Yoav Potash
The Courage Inside by Melissa Emery
The Fairer Sex by Lori J. Rowton
The Scoundrels Club by Jeff York
True Fiction by Braden Croft
Where The Men Are by Wendy Wilkins
Winters of Kashmir by Danish Renzu
Virtual Witness by Diana Osberg
Berkeley by Nadia Selvaggi
Chasing Rainbows by Micah Cohen
Coldwater by Craig Berger
Hoover’s Men by Chris Cornwell
Patient by M. Rowan Meyer
Reconstruction by Jeff Bower
Safety Force Squad by Brian Barnes & Matthew Merenda
Savage by Stephanie Bousley
Shining City by Douglas Stark
Socio-Pam by Rowan Wheeler
The Relief by Ross Denyer
Use Your Words by Julia Batavia
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