Denise Meyers began her professional career at the William Morris Agency as an assistant to literary agent, Judy Scott-Fox after graduating from Oregon State University in 1982 with a degree in broadcast communications.
After working as a freelance story analyst for independent film and distribution companies, Meyers became a screenwriter herself, but after twelve years in the film business with nothing but a handful of free options to show for her efforts, she moved to Utah to pursue a successful career as a full-time artist. When the economy bottomed out in 2009, Meyers returned to what she calls “the dream that wouldn’t die”.
Her short film, THE DARK OF NIGHT (a Table Read my Screenplay Grand Prize Winner, Austin Film Festival 2015) was directed by Robin Wright, and stars Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell. The film had its red carpet premiere at the 70th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017 and is an official selection for the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, the LA Shorts Fest, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the Savannah Film Festival.
Meyers is the only writer in the six year history of the Athena Film Festival to have two screenplays make it to the finals; RIDE THE WIND: The Bessie Stringfield Story, about the only African American woman to serve as a motorcycle dispatch rider in World War Two was an Athena List winner, and LUCKY 13, an Athena Finalist, is about the first American women to fly military aircraft in wartime and the significant role they played in training male pilots how to fly the B26 “Widowmaker” in advance of the D-Day attack on Normandy). Lucky 13 was an Atlanta Film Festival winner, a Nashville Film Festival finalist and placed in the top fifteen percent of scripts submitted to the Nicholl fellowships in 2016.
This past July, Meyers was chosen for an invitation only mentorship program through NY Stage and Filmmakers Workshop through the Powerhouse Season at Vassar College. Her TV pilot, based on the short film THE DARK OF NIGHT was selected for a week long intensive program with mentors like Geoffrey Gilmore (former head of the Sundance Film Festival and current head of the Tribeca Film Festival), actress Jennifer Westfeldt, and TV producer Lilah McCarthy.
Meyers recently optioned three projects with actor/producer Jay Ellis (INSECURE) and Aaron Bergman including a web series about her experiences as an award winning screenwriter who works with her husband in the RV business they own to pay the bills while waiting for her big break. Her win for the Table Read My Screenplay Austin had a lot to do with moving the needle forward, and so has the unflagging support of the ISA team.