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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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CHASE & THE PANDA Takes 2nd at The LAIFFA

The pilot script for Casey Laing's animated web-series, CHASE & THE PANDA, takes 2nd Place at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. In this series, two detectives plumb the depths of depravity in a modern metropolis. Also, one is a panda.
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WINNER - STAGE 32 TV Writing Contest

David Kushner's pilot BLOODLANDS has been honored as a winner (Top 10) in the STAGE 32 TV Writing Contest 2018.
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Bloody Horror BUZZARD HOLLOW BEEF streaming release.

Tara Hall's horror feature BUZZARD HOLLOW BEEF is now available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Vudu. Blu Rays and DVDs coming soon.
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PIGJUICE Squeals into The StoryPros Awards Quarter-Finals

Casey Laing's latest feature script, PIGJUICE, an emotionally charged family romp has been selected as a Quarter-Finalist in the 11th Annual StoryPros Awards.
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Jason Fisher sells his Script to Paramount Pictures

Fisher optioned and sold a script he co-wrote titled  6TH STREET BOYS to Paramount Pictures.

ELLE Wins Best Screenplay of the Year at Top Shorts!

At the 2018 Top Shorts Film Festival, Casey Laing's script, ELLE took Screenplay of the Year! The festival director had this to say about the script. "In the near future Paul Johnston, a 29 year old man, meets Elle, the AI elevator announcer. Casey Laing is a gifted writer who gives attention to the smallest details in the story. The motivations were clear, the structure was near perfect, the dialogue was sharp and clever and the overall experience was fun and engaging. Above all, the story was intriguing throughout and very original. Paul's relationship with Elle was so special, that at some point I forgot she wasn't even human (apparently, Paul forgot that too!) Beautiful ending. I wanted to read more!"- Top Shorts Director, Roy Zafrani
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THE RESURRECTIONISTS Starts on a High

Travis Opgenorth's 1hr pilot THE RESURRECTIONISTS recently won Best 1hr Drama Pilot in the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Contest. It also advanced to the second round of judging in the Sundance Episodic Writers Lab. Travis also recently learned that Oxford University was founded almost 400 years before the Aztec Empire. True story.
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STONE WOMAN named Quarter-Finalist

STONE WOMAN, a fun, female-led adventure set in the jungles of Belize, was named a Quarter-Finalist in ScreenCraft's Fifth Annual Screenwriting Fellowship in 2018. In 2014 it was also a Quarter-Finalist in both ScreenCraft's Family-Friendly Script Contest and Action & Thriller Script Contest, and was a Semi-Finalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Contest in 2016.
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Hewes Pictures LLC aquires EMBODIMENT for Amazon, Theatrical & TV Broadcast

Hewes Pictures LLC of New York City has recently partnered with Amazon in spring of 2018. In so doing, all of Hewes Pictures's acquired films are now available and streaming on Amazon Prime in the USA, UK, Germany and Japan including Mark Anthony Ramitt's directorial debut film, EMBODIMENT (his first produced script). It is free to watch with ads: http://a.co/d8XcuuA Additonally, a limited US theatrical run in summer 2018 and a confirmed TV placement on Direct TV in North America is scheduled for Mark Ramitt's Embodiment film.

Julia Skikavich lands a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices semi-finalist slot

Julia Skikavich's darkly funny, one-hour drama SURVIVORS: B.S. has placed as a semi-finalist in WeScreenplay's Diverse Voices contest. The pilot has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centered around wholly relevant discussions tied to sexism, rape culture, the #MeToo movement, and the harsh realities of dealing with a serious medical issue and disability as a young, struggling professional.
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THE SUMMER OF CRUD - Finalist in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award

Jonathan LaPoma's psychological coming-of-age novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD is a finalist in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award, which "honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing." The novel was recently the #1 Psychological book on Kobo, and has been at the top of the Literary list as well for the last week.
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Katherin Cooper's work published on Amazon

After Cooper placed as a finalist in the 13Horror.com Short Screenplay Competition with her script entitled AT DEATH'S DOOR, Dizzy Emu publishing will publish her feature, ABANDON ALL HOPE, as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. A website and trailer will also be created to promote the screenplay.

NIGHTINGALE Wins 2018 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition

Amanda J. Bermudez is honored to have been announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition. Her film, NIGHTINGALE, follows Joseph Reyes, a rising star surgeon who has ascended from abject poverty to the height of the medical profession. When the ill-fated surgery of a New York senator costs him his medical license, he returns to the dark, crime-ridden neighborhood of his past, only to find a new outlet for his skill set: as resident surgeon for the brutal gangs of inner Baltimore.

Co-Writer on Script Optioned by Wisenheimer Films

Michael Kenney & Diane Burrell's sexy, dark comedy THE DIRECTOR'S GIRLFRIEND, has been optioned while the producers set up financing.

Julia Skikavich a finalist for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award

Julia Skikavich was named a Top 10 finalist for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award, a mentorship and bursary program sponsored by Canadian writer/producer Al Magee, directed at emerging diverse screenwriters. Julia submitted the concept, synopsis, and pilot script of her darkly funny, one-hour drama SURVIVORS: B.S. for consideration. The series has been hailed for its approach in tackling timely issues, centered around relevant discussions tied to sexism, rape culture, the #MeToo movement, and the harsh realities of dealing with a serious medical issue and disability as a young, struggling professional. Her placement as a finalist will allow Julia to attend the Toronto Screenwriting Conference in June 2018.
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Three More Wins for fantasy thriller PAROUSIA

Todd Sorrell's fantasy thriller PAROUSIA won Best Original Action Screenplay at the 2018 Richmond International Film Festival last month. It also was co-winner at the 2018 Depth of Field International Film Festival and 2018 NYLA International Film Festival for Best Script.
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40 BUCKS Screens at Somerville Theater IFFBoston 2018

Amy Quick Parrish's short film, 40 BUCKS, screened during IFFBoston's Open Screen event at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA.

40 BUCKS Premieres at the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival

Writer/director/producer Amy Quick Parrish screened her short film, 40 BUCKS, at the HOTYSFilmFest in Asbury Park, NJ April 21, 2018. Parrish and actress Sonya Nguyen were in attendance for the packed screening. Dennis Cahlo of the Cary Allen Picture Show called the film "gritty." The podcast will be available online soon.

Bud Gorman's SERVED COLD script selected.

SERVED COLD is a feature drama that was selected in 2016 by WILDsound to be table read by actors in Toronto. The judges comments for the script were as follows: This is a well written and thought provoking script which has a balance of humour and drama. The central plot line is strong and told in an inventive and cinematic way, evoking different periods during the 20th century allowing for a diverse visual vocabulary. Each main character is clearly defined and developed, with their own individual voices, goals and backstories. Overall this was an enjoyable read and a very engaging script. It is a light drama which draws on icon eras of the past and as such could find a strong audience.
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CYCLONE SANTA wins Script to Screen.

Robyn Opie  Parnell's screenplay, CYCLONE SANTA, won the Script to Screen 2018 competition. The Writer thanks AWG and MRC for this fabulous opportunity. Script to Screen offers the chance for the winning script to be directed, rehearsed and then read by actors in front of an audience in the Mercury Cinema on the 1st of June 2018.