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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Danielle R Erlich's fantasy saga LEGACY has racked up its 37th award!!

Danielle R Erlich's saga LEGACY and the origin story that sets it up entitled LUANA has now won 37 awards. LUANA was chosen as the 1st place winner for the fantasy genre, and LEGACY won 2nd at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. It was chosen as one of the Top Finalists in The DaVinci International Film Festival, Filmmatic's Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship, and is one of the Top 6 Finalists in the fantasy genre at The Las Vegas International Film Festival with the winner TBD.
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Stowe Story Lab ISA Fellowship

Valerie Bischoff has been selected for the ISA Fellowship for the 2019 Stowe Story Lab, with her thought provoking drama feature TRUE PATRIOTS. The ISA Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding screenwriter, filmmaker or creative producer who is a member of the ISA, presents a meaningful character-driven story, and who demonstrates the talent and skill to thrive in the collaborative art of film and TV. The ISA Fellowship recipient will be awarded a free evaluation for the ISA Development Slate in addition to the other prizes mentioned.

Representation Success

As of July 2018, Jason Vaughn has been repped by Whitney Davis of Whitney Davis Literary.
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Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Up 29th Win

THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay at the True Story Screenplay Competition. The screenplay is optioned in a mid-six figure deal thanks to Max Timm at the ISA. Steven is still not represented.
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Ted Campbell's suspense thriller HARM'S WAY Capital Fund's Top 100

Ted Campbell's suspense thriller HARM'S WAY has made the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition's HOT 100 WINNER's list.
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NOW HIRING - filming completed.

Sandra Bolton's short indie film NOW HIRING has been completee, directed by Sandra Lee Bolton and filmed on location Cape Cod Massachusetts.

TURNING TABLES - actors attached.

Terri Belle's TURNING TABLES had a very successful table read with all 24 cast members present, including Debra Wilson, as well as 60 audience members that included Donna Lawrence. As a result of her attendance, her son Joey Lawrence, agreed to sign on too.

COMANCHE CARL Optioned.

James Schlicker's Revenge Crime Drama COMANCHE CARL, set in Dublin, Ireland was first optioned in 2016 by Fever Kid Films and now again in 2018 by Two Joker films in Ireland.

Horror comedy LONEROCK AFTER MIDNIGHT tops Black List's trending scripts

Buoyed by a strong rating and interest, Troy Widner's horror comedy LONEROCK AFTER MIDNIGHT has remained perched on several of the Black List website's Top Lists since trending as number one, during the June 13-16 timeframe.

Pitching GOD AND FAMOUS to Talent Agencies and Production Companies.

This script is currently at UTA with Spencer Grammer attached to star as female lead. The script has been sent to Oscar-winning producer, Mark Johnson from Gran Via Prods and BAFTA-nominated producer, Lars Knudsen from Parts and Labor.

UCLA Long Novel Fiction Certificate Program

Robin Garland completed the three year certificate program in Long Novel Fiction with classes in Screenplay writing at UCLA, garnering straight A's.
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The Overnight Success...

9 years ago Travis wrote a spec called Day of Reckoning. It won some small contests and eventually a director picked it up to shop around. Nothing happened. Travis kept writing, and he'd check in with the director occasionally to see if he wanted to read new material. He politely declined every time. Late last year Travis reached out again. Again, the director declined but asked about DoR. Days earlier, a project had fallen out of pre-production at a company he knows. They read DoR and are now considering it for production in 2020. Nine years that script sat in a folder on Travis' desktop. Nine years he continued writing. DoR is now one of 4 features he currently has in development with four different companies. That's why you don't quit.
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Sold STAY OUT OF THE FUCKING ATTIC to Top Dead Center Films

Jason Goldberg sold the script and set to co-direct with co-writer Jerren Lauder. - $250k budget.
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Film Sold and Going into Production this Fall.

Jerren Lauder and Jesse Federman, along with ISA Top 25 Writer Jason Goldberg, sold a film to Gary Auerbach of Top Dead Center Films. Jason and Jerren will also be directing it. It is called STAY OUT OF THE FUCKING ATTIC and will be shot this fall on a budget of $250K. Because of this sale, they signed with Matt Prater of Citizen Skull Management and Production, who is now repping all three of them for this and some other deals. 

Hired to adapt NAACP award-winning play ROUNDS into a feature film

Mugs Cahill has been hired to adapt NAACP award-winning play ROUNDS into a feature film

Hired to write DOWN THE DEVIL'S ROAD

Liam has been hired to write a crime/thriller, DOWN THE DEVIL'S ROAD by an independent producer. 
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Hired to write LOST PARADISE

Liam has been hired to adapt the award-winning historical novel LOST PARADISE into a feature script for First Cut Films.
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Jeffrey Howe's THE COLDEST HORIZON takes top honors at festival

The 2019 International Horror Hotel Film Festival named THE COLDEST HORIZON Best Feature Script and Best Script Overall. The supernatural adventure, set at the South Pole, is also currently a finalist (Action/Adventure/Thriller) in the Story Pros Awards Contest.
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FIGHTING JOHNNY O BRIAN - successes

In addition to the contests cited in the "Awards" section, these 2019 awards: Big Apple Film Fest - Semi-finalist; Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle - Finalist --- "Highly Recommend" from Paul W. Cooper - "Little House on the Prairie," 3 Emmies, Writers Guild Award
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HORSE UP A TREE - successes

In addition to the contest awards listed under "Awards," the following 2018 contests: Harlem IFF- 3rd place; Firefly Film Comp -1st place; New York City Indie Film - Silver; Snowdance Film Awards - 1st place; Mindfield FF - Gold; Pinnacle Film Awards - Platinum; Jaipur, India Int. FF - Finalist; Nice, France Int. FF - Best Script Nomination; Kiev, Ukraine Int. FF - Finalist; Rome, Italy Indep. Prisma Awards - 1st place; Northeast, Georgia Int. FF - Finalist; Nadym, Russia Int. FF - Semi-finalist; Phenomenal FF (Philippines) - Semi-finalist. ----- "Highly Recommend" from Paul W. Cooper, "Little House on the Prairie," 3 Emmies, Writers Guild Award
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