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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Top Five Finalist for Warner Bros. Contest

During the first ever company-wide Employee Film Showcase, Warner Bros. executives held a contest open to thousands of employees to submit their short film for a chance to be screened in the studio theater and receive mentorship from creative execs. After three rounds of judging, ONE ON ONE was selected as a Top Five finalist. The film screened on the studio lot on Nov. 28th, 2019. After its jubilant reception, writer-director Jake Thomas was invited by DC Comics publishers to visit their Burbank offices, thus completing a life-long dream for the filmmaker.

Danielle R. Erlich's prequel LUANA is a FINALIST in another festival

The prequel entitled LUANA to Danielle R Erlich's LEGACY saga was chosen as a FINALIST to compete in North Europe's International Film Festival - London Edition 2019!! LEGACY" & "LUANA have now been nominated 44 times and won 24 awards!
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11 short scripts produced

Bruno Gomes has contiunued success, with 11 short scripts that were produced in India(4) and USA (7).

Jason Scott Goldberg Lands on the Launch Pad's Young and Hungry List (2018)

After a successful year of placing in competitions, Jason lands on the Launch Pad's premiere list for THE CAREGIVER, FLATWOODS and 700 FEET.

LEGACY chosen to compete in FFF

The first installment in Danielle R Erlich's LEGACY saga was picked to compete in London's FutureFemmeFest: Screenwriters 2019. She is up for Best Sci-fi Screenplay and Best Female Screenwriter!
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LUANA chosen as a FINALIST in Israel

The prequel to Danielle R Erlich's LEGACY that is entitled LUANA was picked as one of the FINALISTS in the Best Screenplay Category at The Near Nazareth Festival 2018 in Israel. The winner is still TBD. LEGACY was a FINALIST last year in the same festival.
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ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS SEMI-FINALIST

David Kushner's A LOVE STORY has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships
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Meryl Streep Women In Film Writing Lab Winner

Peres Owino has been honored by the Meryl Streep, Iris and NY Women In Film Writing Lab.
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GLIMPSE to screen in the UK

Peres Owino's short film GLIMPSE was inspired by true events, and premiered at the LiftOff Film Festival in Sydney, Australia on Thanksgiving weekend and is next to screen in London, UK in December.
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BOUND: Africans vs African Americans

Peres Owino's hard-hitting documentary, BOUND: Africans vs African American, that looks into the little-known tension between Africans and African Americans won the WIF Lena Sharpe Award Winner - Seattle International Film Festival, the Best Documentary - Audience Award - Pan African Film Festival and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color African Diaspora Film Festival.
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SEASONS OF LOVE success

Produced by Taraji P Henson, starring Gladys Knight and Method Man, distributed by Lifetime Networks, SEASONS OF LOVE garnered Peres and co-writer Sharon Brathwaite, an NAACP Nomination for Best Writing in a TV movie.
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Steven Prowse’s THE CONCERT Notches Up 4th Win

THE CONCERT won Best Screenplay (Family) at the World Series Of Screenwriting. Synopsis - A group of kids try to prove their grandfathers' innocence of the largest theft of artwork in history.This is a family movie that focuses on family bonds and friendship and the sacrifices people are willing to make to preserve and protect them.  The story is inspired by true events - the theft of USD 500m of artwork from the Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 which remains unrecovered to this day. One painting alone, Vermeer's The Concert, is currently worth over USD 200m.

Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Up 27th Win And 5th Second Place

THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay at the Depth Of Field International Film Festival 2018. That takes it to 27 wins. It also won its fifth Second Place at the North American Film Awards. The screenplay is optioned in a mid-six figure deal thanks to Max Timm at the ISA. Steven is still not represented.

Quarterfinalist in the 2018 WeScreenplay TV Competition

Josh Sorokach's Pilot ROCK BOTTOM was a quarter-finalist in the The 2018 WeScreenplay TV Competition.
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Danielle R Erlich's fantasy saga continues to Impress

The first installment in Danielle R. Erlich's fantasy saga entitled "LEGACY" was chosen as one of the Top 10 Sci-fi Screenplays in The World Series of Screenwriting. The first screenplay in the saga was also chosen as a semi-finalist in Stage 32's Fantasy & Sci-fi Contest. It's now won 20 awards. It was nominated 11 other times on top of the 20 wins and was selected 6 more times on top of that. "LEGACY" is about a bullied teenager, who seeks refuge by an Irish castle. While there he is sucked through a portal. He travels to a magical world he never knew existed & where his long-lost father's a king. But the king has been kidnapped by an unknown assailant. Now, the responsibility to rescue him and save humanity falls to his clueless son.
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Greenbelt Films Options THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE

Brinton Bryan with Greenbelt Films found THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE, and optioned it from Steffany Lohn Sommers. Producing alongside Matthew Malek, Brad Johnson, and Melissa Cannon, Brinton will also direct the film, which begins shooting in Puerto Rico in March. Brinton's credits include the upcoming action/drama ACTS OF VIOLENCE, starring Bruce Willis. THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE was previously selected as a "Notable Project" by Amazon Studios.

Giancarlo Fusi's BIRTH Award Nominee at the Diabolical Horror Film Festival

BIRTH is nominated for a Carnage Award at the Diabolical Horror Film Festival. A review by the Under 5 Minute Film & Writing Festival calls BIRTH "a chaotic and atmospheric horror piece. A script that takes great pleasure in bloody carnage and the scenes make for a remarkable mix of the gruesome and darkly hilarious. Cult horror films such as The Evil Dead or Bad Taste come to mind. If the script did not erupt into a fountain of blood, one could imagine this as an atmospheric period horror akin to The Witch."
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Kirkus Reviews Recommends Jonathan LaPoma's Latest Novel, HAMMOND

Kirkus Reviews has recommended Jonathan LaPoma's latest novel, HAMMOND: "Overall, this is an earnest, hardscrabble story of restless youth, mental illness, and the saving grace of sports-inspired camaraderie . . . A compelling work of fiction that successfully captures the anger, frustration, and freedom of kids on the brink of adulthood."
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4-F: OPERATION UNDERWORLD Semi-Finalist in 2018 Creative World Awards

Greg Beck's TV Pilot 4-F: OPERATION UNDERWORLD was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Creative World Awards. This marks the ninth placement for the historical crime espionage drama.
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Giancarlo Fusi's VIOLETTE HAYES a Winner at 2 Festivals on 1 Weekend

VIOLETTE HAYES, a supernatural coming-of-age story, won 1st place in the Creeper Fest's Throw Up Thirty Screamplay Competition on Saturday October 6th. And on Sunday October 7th, it won 3rd place in the short screenplay category at the Glendale International Film Festival. A reading of the script was held at Glendale's Capital One Cafe as part of the festival.
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