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David-Matthew Barnes

Screenwriter

Biography

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of sixteen novels, three collections of poetry, seven short stories, and more than seventy stage plays that have been performed in three languages in twelve countries. To date, he has written six produced screenplays, including the coming-of-age indie drama Frozen Stars and the award-winning Dutch film Wagon. He writes in multiple genres, primarily young adult, romance, thriller, and horror. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best 10-Minute Plays, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, and several collections in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. For his work as a screenwriter, David-Matthew has placed in many screenwriting contests including Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest, the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) Fast Track Fellowship, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, the ScreenCraft Feature Competition, the Scriptation Showcase Script Competition, and the WeScreenplay Shorts Contest. He is the winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award for playwriting, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and two Elly Awards for playwriting from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. He was named a finalist for the Sundance Institute - YouTube New Voices Lab. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee. He was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. An avid movie reviewer, David-Matthew is the host of the film review web series Filtinsel. His expert film knowledge covers many genres, including film noir, classic movies, 1950's sci-fi films, Disney movies, holiday classics, 1980's slasher films, and horror movies. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Make It 'til Dawn
Short
  • Comedy .
  • Horror .
  • Romance
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Cups and Saucers
TV Pilot (One-hour)
  • Dramedy .
  • Science Fiction .
  • Family
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Passengers
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  • Drama
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Her Other Life
TV Pilot (One-hour)
  • Mystery/Suspense .
  • Thriller .
  • Dramedy
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David-Matthew Barnes

Screenwriter

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