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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Caitlin McCarthy is one of eight filmmakers selected to participate in the second annual Women in Screen Workshop, an industry-focused lab led by female film and television professionals from Australia and the US to advise the next class of emerging filmmakers. Caitlin applied with her screenplay A NATIVE LAND. The lab will bring together and empower filmmakers via seminars, panels and “work-in-progress workshops” including topics on Negotiating Pay and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome & Key Skills in Leadership, Pitching, Business and Legal Affairs, Marketing and Distribution, Independent Producing, Financing, Scriptwriting workshops, PR Strategies and Podcast development with a 360 approach to storytelling.
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THE DEAD RINGER by Suzanne Lutas' script -  bearing an uncanny resemblance to the mistress of a London-based Chinese Triad boss, an ordinary waitress is trained by MI5 to infiltrate the gang and bring them down. A riveting read!
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Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired North American rights to the fantasy-drama SHEDDING. SHEDDING will be available to rent and own on DVD and North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on December 8, 2020. Freestyle Digital Media’s Director of Acquisitions, Caleb Ward, negotiated the deal to acquire SHEDDING with filmmaker Jake Thomas and Sebastian Twardosz of Savant Artists.
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It continues to be a banner year for ISA Development Slate and TV Sci-fi writer Johnny Gilligan. In the last week, all four of his 1-hour pilots REVELATIONS, SAVANT, RE.FORM(ED) and WOKE made the Quarter-Finals (Top 3%) of 2020 Final Draft Big Break Competition, WOKE and RE.FORM(ED) were both chosen as Semi-Finalists (Top 25) in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition and WOKE was selected to advance to the Semi-Finalist round of the 2020 Screencraft Pilot Competition.
Written well before the pandemic and the George Floyd murder, SWIRL CITY is a dystopian sci-fi script about the catastrophic race wars which came on the heels of protest and how an interracial couple with the help of an AI helped saved humanity.
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Jason's horrific drama about a failed suicide attempt has placed in Final Draft's prestigious competition. The story tackles mental health, perception of others, and moving forward after a traumatic incident. It's a mix between Cronenberg's "Crash" and Lynch's "Elephant Man." Here's hoping it makes more noise on the circuit.
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Dystopian thriller, WAR BANK, moves on to the ScreenCraft TV Pilot Screenwriting Competition semi finals.
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Warren Clarke's RELOCATION was named a semifinalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. The sci-fi thriller was also a semifinalist in these 2020 contests: Big Apple Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, StoryPros Awards and Page International Screenwriting Awards. Last but not least, the script was a quarterfinalist in the 2020 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition and the 2020 JumpStart Writing Competition, as well as a Second Rounder at the 2020 Austin Film Festival.
Warren Clarke's ATTACK THERAPY was named Grand Prize Winner at the 2020 Script Summit. The genre-bending psychological thriller also achieved a semifinalist placement in the 2020 Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition, as well as quarterfinalist placements in the 2020 ScreenCraft Drama Competition and 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.
SUZYQ premieres on The Tracking Board listed by Literary Manager Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company. 
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Shane Walsh-Smith's SURFACE TENSION pilot script has been named a winner at the Monochrome Film Festival. It's this script's fourth win in 2020, and its first win outside of North America. In total, Shane's scripts have won a total of eight contests so far in 2020, and placed as finalists in nearly thirty more.
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Western/Drama pilot DOWN BY THE RIVER by Teymur Faris scored its first official selection thanks to the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. After applying its first version of the script to the Historical category, DOWN BY THE RIVER secured its place among the competition's Quarter Finalists' list. Now with a new, revised draft we'll have to see where this script can go from here; but it's off to a good start.
Rollin Jewett's environmental action adventure comedy is Quarter Finalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenwriting Competition!
For the second year in a row, Deborah Syna has a Feature screenplay that placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival. In 2019, a crime drama involving a Nigerian Romance Scam SUGARLAND, and this year, a Supernatural Thriller TALON, set in the wilds of Bristol Bay Alaska. TALON was also a finalist in 2020 at VIWFF. Dr. Syna, A clinical Neurologist, is now working on a Crime Dramedy set in a Skilled Nursing Facility.
GB Hajim with his project THE BIG PIG was selected to participate in the year long fellowship culminating with a trip to the American Film Market. The Producers Immersive is a yearlong program includes five days of intensive work in Hawaii, followed with a one-year coaching program that supports participants in executing their material as individuals, and as a group. In partnership with the Producers Guild of America, the Producers Immersive is designed to empower producers to take their projects to the next level via one-on-one and small group coaching.
After a record number of submissions, HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS by Jayson Crittenden was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. Another humbling accomplishment for this remarkable true story.
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Chris Courtney Martin's Horror screenplay CHARCUTERIE was announced with a Spring 2021 shoot date. Colorlines released an exclusive story.
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Shane Walsh-Smith's TV comedy pilot script SURFACE TENSION was awarded Best International Screenplay at the 2020 Georgia Shorts Film Festival. This result marks Surface Tension's third win this year, and twentieth placement in a screenwriting contest.
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Rachel entered THE KILLING TIME for the Development Evaluation, the Development team responded to the TV Pilot, and Rachel was invited to join the Development Slate, and has signed a deal memo to allow them to send it to productions companies.
Development Slate and Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch Ted Campbell, will write and direct the dramatic thriller A DANGEROUS DEFENSE for MarVista Entertainment. The film will be produced by Robert Ballo and his Shadowboxer Films. VP of Development & Production at MarVista Entertainment Marianne Wunch will Executive Produce.
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