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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an industry pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status.

SMOKE (Sold to Relativity Studios)

Max Yaney & Luke Goltz sold the biopic feature spec SMOKE to Relativity Studios, with Andrew Panay and Adam Blum attached to produce (WEDDING CRASHERS, CHiPs, EARTH TO ECHO). SMOKE also made the 2015 Tracking Board Hit List. Producer Adam Blum is shepherding the project and attaching talent. Since the sale of SMOKE, Max Yaney & Luke Goltz have written and developed projects with Josephson Entertainment, Vinson Films, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Cheyenne Enterprises, Aldamisa Entertainment, and Stuart M. Besser (Executive Producer of Molly's Game, Mile 22, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Need for Speed...).Max Yaney & Luke Goltz are represented by Paradigm Talent Agency (Agent), Artillery Creative (Manager), and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman (Legal).  They write both feature and TV...

Steven Laflamme Finalist in the Creative World Wards

THE B-FILES was a finalist in the Creative World Awards.
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Steven Laflamme Finalist in The Richmond International Film Festival

THE B-FILES is a Finalist in The Richmond International Film Festival.
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THE B-FILES Recommend/Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival gave Steven LaFlamme's TV Pilot THE B-FILES a Recommend. This great honor is rarely given out, and can be an indication for intersted companies of future financial and critical success!
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TRIUNE (SciFi Drama Series) Gaining Momentum, Producers Signed

TRIUNE has been a 10-year labor of love on the part of showrunner Willow Polson, and it's looking like all that hard work is about to pay off. The pitch reel that got a lot of attention at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018 was recently shown at the Bay Area Film Mixer, one of six shorts selected out of 80 entries. The audience gasped, applauded, and asked smart questions afterwards. Now, to add even more eye candy to the pitch package, a new short scene is about to be filmed, showing the emotional struggle between two of the three brothers who star in this one-hour drama described as "Heroes meets Supernatural." The producing team has come on board to help pitch because they love the material and see the immense potential here.

Lucy Luna Repped

On August 2018, Lucy Luna signed with manager Sonia Gambaro and her team at Equitable Stewardship for Artists (ESA).

WE'RE ALL HERE screened at Morelia International Film Festival

Lucy Luna's short film, WE'RE ALL HERE, made the official selection of the Morelia International Film Festival last October. Seeing her work on the big screen for the first time was one of Lucy's biggest highlights from last year. In addition to this, WE'RE ALL HERE has been selected in a few other festivals and has taken home a couple awards including "Best Actress" and "Best Horror Short"

Julia Skikavich featured in Creative Screenwriting Magazine

Julia Skikavich was recently interviewed by Creative Screenwriting Magazine regarding her placement on the International Screenwriters' Association's list of TOP 25 Writers to Watch in 2019. Julia had the chance to discuss some of her projects and scripts and to reflect on some of and her inspirations and motivations in screenwriting. The full article can be found here: https://creativescreenwriting.com/julia-skikavich-talks-missing-pieces
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Screenplay THE KINDRED optioned by Parkhouse Pictures.

Christian Hearn's Supernatural thriller THE KINDRED has been optioned by Parkhouse Pictures, producers of BAFTA nominated "Anna and the Apocalypse".

ONE SHOT wraps production

Richard P. Alvarez short script ONE SHOT wrapped production in Atlanta in February. Directed by Chris Miller and produced by his company Rellim Entertainment. Look for it on the festival circuit later this year.

ESCAPE ROOM releases nationally and internationally

Peter Dukes horror/thriller film, ESCAPE ROOM, which stars Skeet Ulrich and features Sean Young, released theatrically in several countries overseas before opening in the US on Redbox and other VOD platforms. It also opened up as the number 1 DVD/streamed movie in the UK. IMDB placed it in the top 50 highest rated horror films of the year.

Baines' Edited Translations of Chinese Bestselling Novels to Film, Series

Jordan Baines is a freelance writer and editor (ghostwriting with NDA). She has edited three novels for an English audience, which are now a series in China, by bestselling police/crime/thriller author Lei Mi (Fang Mu series). She also edited the English version screenplay of Diao Yinan's thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice (originally Daylight Fireworks). The final Chinese version won the Golden Bear award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
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Hired for Horror Script.

Travis Seppala was hired to do a rewrite on a horror script for Distant Star Pictures.

ISA Top 25 and Young & Hungry Lister Chris Courtney Martin signed to ROAR

On March 4th, Chris Courtney Martin announced that she is now managed by Gavin Levinson at ROAR. ROAR is a global media & entertainment company with a strong foothold in the Film, TV and Music industries.
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HAMMOND the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon Australia

Jonathan LaPoma’s new coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND, is the #1 Hot New Release in Sports Fiction and the #8 Hot New Release in Coming of Age Fiction on Amazon Australia.   It’s also the #2 bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon UK and Australia, and the #3 bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon Canada.   HAMMOND is based on LaPoma's feature-length coming-of-age drama script, DELLWOOD, which is ranked 7th in the Sports category of MovieByte's Top 10 Contest Winning Scripts.
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A NATIVE LAND advances to SFs in Atlanta Film Festival Script Contest

A NATIVE LAND, a crime thriller by Caitlin McCarthy, advanced to the Semifinals in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. This was an unprecedented year for the festival, which received over 1,200 screenplays. Semifinalists will be announced in the coming weeks. A NATIVE LAND was previously promoted as a "highly-rated script" by The Black List website. Caitlin McCarthy is represented by manager Barry Krost.

Produced Horror/Thriller FRACTURED Wins Multiple Awards

Christian Hearn's movie FRACTURED wins 6 Awards at the British Horror Film Festival, including Best Feature Film. FRACTURED also won best film at the London Independent Film Awards, as well as the Love Horror Award and Festival Director's Choice at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival.

LUANA was nominated twice at LAFA

Danielle R Erlich's prequel LUANA has now been nominated at the Los Angeles Film Awards for not just BEST FANTASY SCREENPLAY, but they enjoyed it so much they nominated it for BEST ACTION SCREENPLAY as well!!
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Julia Skikavich short-listed for Toronto's FEM Script Lab

Julia Skikavich landed on the short-list for the winter season of FEM Script Lab. The Toronto-based incarnation of the writing lab is a program aimed at nurturing female and non-binary screenwriters who are developing female-driven stories. The lab provides mentorship, peer feedback and actor reading sessions. Its aim is to encourage innovation and creative risk-taking in writers. Julia submitted SURVIVORS: B.S. to the lab for consideration. The darkly funny TV pilot has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues. The story left a 'strong impression' on FEM Script Lab, and though not selected this time, the script was placed on the winter season's short-list.
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Steven Prowse's THE NIGHT WITCHES Notches Up 29th Win And 6th Second Place

THE NIGHT WITCHES (WW2 true action story about all female fighter pilots) has been awarded Best Screenplay at the Feel The Reel International Film Festival as well as Filmstrip International Film Festival. It also placed second in The Monthly Film Festival. Earlier this month, it was officially selected at the Beverly Hills Film Festival (the results are due in April) and was a semi-finalist in the West Field Screenwriting Awards. 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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