STATON RABIN is a working screenwriter repped by Zero Gravity Managment, and a YA novelist (Simon & Schuster) with a global audience. In 2022, she wrote a screenplay based on another writer's novel, on assignment for Afterglow Pictures. She has two scripts on Coverfly's Red List, and in 2022 Coverfly chose her drama-comedy spec "Saving Mark Twain" for a live Virtual Script Reading. Staton finds remarkable true stories about famous people-- blends them with a lot of heart, a little magic, and a dash of comedy-- and creates warm, funny, poignant movies about relatable human beings. When the world is spinning out of control, her stories give us something to hang onto: what sustains us is love of family and friends, and our courage. If you miss seeing movies that make you laugh, cry, and root for the hero-- and remind you life is worth living-- you've come to the right place. As Austin Film Festival's report said of "Saving Mark Twain": "As you can tell, I loved this script. It’s the last script I’m reading for the festival this year, and it’s comfortably my favorite. There’s a richness of character and human behavior here that’s hard to come by. It’s got a keen sense of history, yet you don’t use it as a crutch. These people behave like real people. I think this script could be made as is [...] and it would be a great film for everyone to enjoy...It’s got a very broad appeal...this script is warm, considered, funny, bittersweet."
In addition to writing screenplays and books, Rabin is a freelance story analyst and writing coach (see: www.ScreenplayMuse.com). She writes original scripts, and screen adaptations of books and other material. Her YA novel BETSY AND THE EMPEROR (Simon & Schuster) is published in 16 languages globally, and was previously under film option-- along with her screenplay-- and in development with Al Pacino attached to star, as reported in "Variety". The novel is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and an American Booksellers' Association/Book Sense Pick for Teens. Her screenplay based on "Betsy and the Emperor" is the winner of "Best Unproduced Feature" at the Montreal Independent Film Festival, and also won an award from the Festival Napoleon in Paris.
Rabin's spec screenplay "Saving Mark Twain" is the Historical Genre Winner of the ISA Fast Track XII Fellowship, a Finalist in the 2022 WeScreenplay Feature Script Competition, the Winner of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition, a Top Ten Finalist in the Historical/Bio Genre for Table Read My Screenplay, a Semifinalist for the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, a Semifinalist in the PAGE Screenwriting Awards, a Top 5 Finalist in Mystic Film Festival Feature Screenplay Competition, and a Finalist in the SWN Screenplay Awards.
Rabin's YA novel published by Simon & Schuster, THE CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS, was recently named a Finalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition, and she wrote another YA time-travel novel, BLACK POWDER, for the same publisher. She's also written books for Viking (MR. LINCOLN'S BOYS) and Harcourt (CASEY OVER THERE), which received starred reviews in "School Library Journal" and "Publishers Weekly", respectively. Staton Rabin has taught screenwriting on occasion as a "sub" at NYU (from which she has a BFA in film), and elsewhere. She is a member of New York Women in Film & Television.