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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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As a direct result of receiving the ISA Fast Track Fellowship and winning the Drama Award for his screenplay, DEDICATED TO MORRIS BURKE, Jeremy had general meetings set up with potential managers at Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity Management, Writ Large, and Artists First.
Jeffrey Howe's first effort as a writer/director, the dark comedy short TA-SA!, had its East Coast premiere at GenreBlast VII in Winchester, VA on September 3, 2022, where it was nominated for Best Micro-Short. Jeffrey was also named one of two inaugural members of the GenreBlast Hall of Fame, in recognition of his work as a writer, filmmaker, and judge for the festival over the last seven years.
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After reading Hope Lasater’s award-winning feature script ADULT CONTENT, the ISA Development Department spent two years trying to get in touch her – there was a faulty old email address, naturally. When contact was finally made, Lasater was thrilled to be selected for the ISA's Development Slate of top-drawer writers.
Aaron Braxton's mega award winning historical screenplay, THE PASSAGE OF SUN, has won the "Best Dialogue," category at the 2022 Script Summit. Also a Finalist in the "Drama," category, this screenplay, about 3 brothers fighting the Convict Leasing System of railroading African American men into prison post Civil War, continues to find success in the festival and competition circuit. "All my screenplays; horror, drama, comedy, and faith-based, have received major accolades, but this particular one was God inspired. I could not be more proud and motivated to continue my journey despite the obstacles."
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After today's contract signing, Brian Schwab has officially been named an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on his psychological horror, LUCID. LUCID was optioned earlier this year after being named a FINALIST at the Creative World Awards. Brian was originally not meant to be a part of the production, but following a handful of creative meetings with the director and producers, the team was impressed enough to extend the offer. The film is currently under development and is scheduled to begin filming within the year.
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After a nine month development program in the Voyage Media 'Incubator', ICE AND GOLD was placed under a Shopping Agreement as of September 2022 with Voyage Media. ICE AND GOLD is a limited series, historical drama and period western, with 8 episodes in season one. It is inspired by true characters and events which took place during the Yukon Gold Rush of 1896-99 and is an odyssey about the change humans will make in their character when they are isolated from civilization’s constraints. ICE AND GOLD has a completed Show Bible and professionally created Look Book available. Completed for season one are the Pilot and 7 additional fully scripted episodes.
ISA Development Slate Writer L.E. Coleman's short comedy script, A Raunchy Children's Story, makes the Official Selection list in the Chicago Script Awards 2022/23 Autumn Edition.
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Ayisha M Henry's screenplay THE CYCLE had the pleasure of winning it's first festival award in the category of Best Dark Comedy Screenplay at the Broad Humor Film Festival.
WOULD YOU KISS ME, a screenplay by Muhamad Alfin Eka Rohadi, started its first submissions in 2021. The script has received placements with three established festivals/competitions: Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards, Barnstorm Fest, and Southern California Screenplay Competition. "Thank you for believing in this project. It has been a very good year," Alfin said. "Looking forward to the next year's achievements."
Both of ISA Development Slate writer, Dale Winton's, TV comedy pilots (POSITIVE LEE & SAUSAGE 'N SUSHI) are second-rounders at Austin this year. This is straight after becoming a Finalist at this year's Page contest.
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ISA Development Slate writer, Rachel McClard is thrilled to have signed with new manager, Christian Rodriguez of AAO Entertainment.
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Success in the Table Read My Screenplay competition has been a goal for Lita for awhile, knowing the benefits and gratification of hearing one's words lifted off the page by professionals. Lita and co-writer/sister Amanda entered their pilot script, The Work, in the Park City, Austin and Genre TRMS competitions. These entries nurtured and developed the project, with feedback from each driving new rewrites. The Work did a little better each time, as a Semifinalist, Top 100 and finally Grand Prize Winner! After meeting with the ISA Development Team, and discussing their work, aspirations and future projects Lita and Amanda are thrilled and honored to have now been invited on to the ISA's Development Slate of top tier writers.
Two screenplays by Thomas Yungberberg (UNSTUCK and I BRING THE SWORD) have both placed as semifinalists in the Emerging Screenwriters Competition in the Suspense and Adventure categories respectively. The screenplays have garnered attention outside the competition as well, and are being read by interested parties. Both screenplays are available to read and are hosted on the ISA's website.
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Colin Scott and Khris Burton's staggering true story about the sole survivor of the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption on the island of Martinique is a finalist for the NY-based Orchard Project's first inaugural Adaptation Lab.
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Anderson Boyd's in-development screenplay THE TIME TRAVELER'S GALA heads to Ireland in October as part of the inaugural Connemara Writer's Retreat from Stowe Story Labs.
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The Montana Film Office has awarded BEASTS UNDISCOVERED a six-figure Big Sky Film Grant for production in the state of Montana. The film, a feature comedy based on an award-winning screenplay co-written by Jeremy Dehn and Cat Dale, received the largest Big Sky Film Grant given to any production in 2022, which helped put it on course for principal photography in summer 2023 in and near Bozeman, where Cat also teaches film production at Montana State University. Jeremy is attached to direct, and Cat attached to produce, with Jim Henson's Creature Shop attached and building creature effects, and Myriad Pictures acting as Executive Producer. Casting is underway now. For more information, visit BeastsUndiscovered.com
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ISA Development Slate writer Xavier shadowed showrunner, Jordan E. Cooper, on Season 3 of BET+ The Ms Pat Show. | Paramount Viewfinder Program
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Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's sci-fi horror script, TALL MAN SHORT MAN, makes the Official Selection list in the International World Film Awards.
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Connected by Alberto Medina of WME, Jordan Trippeer met with produced horror director Barden R. Duemmler to dig into and strategize for her contained horror sci fi feature IN UTERO.
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