Shooting a Sizzle Reel with AJ Bermudez, Shoot Your Sizzle Grand Prize Winner

International Screenwriters' Association • 1 year ago

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A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the LBGT Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and in a number of literary publications, including McSweeney’s, The Masters Review, Hobart, Black Static, Gertrude Press, Conc?s, Sick Lit, White Hot, Exposition Review, Cheap Pop, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, The Offing, The Baltimore Review, Columbia Journal, and more.

In addition to writing and filmmaking, Bermudez is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of power, the architecture of language, and the dynamics of privilege. She is a Writer’s Digest National Award Winner, recipient of the Jameson Prize, a National Merit Scholar, nominee for the Spotlight Culture & Heritage Award, winner of the 2017 WILDsound Film Festival, and winner of the 2018 WeScreenplay Grand Prize. She was recently named Artistic Director of The American Playbook, an emerging podcast and virtual library of plays and interviews with writers, and is co-host of the podcast Two-Person Book Club. Her first solo-written feature film premiered in 2018, and she was named one of the ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019.