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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Citizen Skull Productions optioned Judi Jordan's Historical Vampire Pilot and Series based on 'The Black Castle' Book one of five works by author/ DC anthologist, Les Daniels. Set in 15th century Spain, at the dawn of the Inquisition, the show follows a chivalrous Knight/Noble whose wife, a gifted Jewish Kabbalah alchemist accidentally renders him vampire while saving his life. Judi discovered Les' cult books and optioned all 5 for a TV series, wrote the pilot and Fresco Film, the Malaga Spain based production company for Game of Thrones, is on board to make the English-language series unforgettable. Lead talent from hit shows, including Versailles, El Ministerio del Tiempo, The Orphanage, Casa de Papel, Warrior Nun, among other shows, have signed on.
Boyd's crime saga THE LEASE OF NATURE places as a Semi Finalist and within the Top 30 of the Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition, now in its seventeenth year.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's horror, PHANTASMAGORIUM, has been optioned.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's sci-fi comedy PARENTAL CONTROL was a 2019 Finalist in the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's science fiction parody CODE & CREATION (aka CODE & CHEMISTRY) was a 2019 Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's science fiction parody CODE & CREATION (aka CODE & CHEMISTRY) was a 2019 Semi-Finalist in the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest.
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Jeffrey Howe's historical coming-of-age script, FLAT RATE FRANK was announced as one of the top ten finalists in the feature screenplay competition at this year's Cinequest screenwriting competition. He will be attending the event in San Jose, CA in March.
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Papa Octopus Productions (Badland, Any Bullet Will Do) has optioned Travis J. Opgenorth's micro-budget, modern-day western DAY OR RECKONING with plans to fast track it into production this summer. This marks the second option and fifth overall script under contract for Travis, a Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist, PAGE Awards finalist, CineStory Fellowship grand prize winner and ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's horror-comedy FANG HUNTERS has been optioned.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's fantasy FAITH & FAIRIES (aka THE TREE) was a 2001 Finalist in the People's Picture Show script contest. FAITH & FAIRIES was also a 1998 semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project contest, sponsored by Universal Pictures and Amblin' Entertainment. It made the semi-finals again in 2001.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's FAITH & FAIRIES (aka THE TREE) was a 2002 quarter-finalist in the Screenwriting Expo script contest sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's science fiction parody CODE & CHEMISTRY was a 2001 Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screenplay contest managed by Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Entertainment.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's horror comedy FANG HUNTERS was a 2006 Finalist in the AAA Screenplay Contest sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's mystery thriller, 'Embracing the Sunrise' (formerly entitled 'Harmless',) based on the true story of a little girl who was brutally murdered in 1969, has been optioned by producer-director Peter Engert in Florida.
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Christopher Sirmons Haviland's CODE & CHEMISTRY (SF) was a Semi-finalist in the 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting contest, among 129 out of 7,197 entries (1% best unproduced screenplays in the world according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences). This was the biggest contest of its kind to that date.
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Judy moved to LA for 3 months to network with film colleagues that resulted in offers to direct and produce Star Child. She collaborated on a rewrite with award-winning directors Scott McCullough and Pasha Patriki (Black Water, Gridlocked) who both signed on to direct. Agents requested exclusive contracts for their clients that included an actor from Game of Thrones. Matthew Helderman at Buffalo 8 has offered to submit the project to their financiers for funding. There was interest from independent producers and an offer to film in China. Script has been read by Isaac Florentine, Jennifer Connelly, Ozzie Devrish, Jacob Whitley, Patrick Wang, Pasha Patriki, Matthew Helderman, Lou Simon, Dempsey Tillman, Trisha Kirk
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A SEASON OF STRAWBERRIES was a pitch winner at the WildSound Film Festival in Canada and placed as a finalist in the Sundance-affiliated Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico. The script was entered in the Global Script Challenge category and chosen for immediate commercial development from more than 10,000 scripts. It was also a semi-finalist in the Los Angeles CineFest.
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Yellow Eye was a Finalist in the prestigious sci-fi FilmQuest in Utah. A low-budget version of the original script was commissioned by Chris Turner at Ballistic Films in Canada. His direction went into television and after 7 years of being shelved, the script was released.
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Feature screenplay, KING OF FREAKS, is a 2020 Saul Zaentz Fellowship Winner - the SZ Fund "Incubator Labs bring together creative leaders and experienced storytellers with Saul Zaentz Fellows to encourage risk-taking and boundary-pushing, to help identify and solve production challenges, and to foster community and collaboration."
2019 ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch and Development Slate writer Jason Goldberg optioned his Hit List script, FLATWOODS to Street Worth Media with Andy Palmer (The Funhouse Massacre, Camp Cold Brook, Witness Infection) attached to direct. Last year, Jason sold STAY OUT OF THE FUCKING ATTIC to Top Dead Center Films, which is currently in post production.
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