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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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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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Kirkus Reviews has recommended Jonathan LaPoma's surreal, psychological epic literary novel, The Soul City Salvation, calling it, "A highly readable tale of a struggling but well-meaning schoolteacher." Almendro Arts will publish the novel on March 24, 2020.
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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JIMMY LYNCH a comedy written by NYU Tisch Alum and former NYC Stand Up Comic, Robert Rossetti, recently placed as a Quarterfinalist in the 2019-2020 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. This is Contest Placement #4 for JIMMY LYNCH after placing as both a Semifinalist in the 2019 Screencraft Comedy & 2019 Emerging Screenwriter's Comedy Competition as well as a Quarterfinalist in the 2019 Shore Scripts Feature Competition. Rossetti is a hungry monkey chained to a typewriter working every morning to create the World's Greatest Comedy. Check out more of his funny comedy scripts on his ISA Profile
Caitlin McCarthy's thriller A NATIVE LAND has won the Feature Screenplay category at the 2020 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. Along with being honored at the awards show on March 7th, an excerpt from A NATIVE LAND will be performed at the event.
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Boyd's crime saga THE LEASE OF NATURE was selected for the inaugural Sidewalk Feature Narrative/Stowe Story Lab in Birmingham, AL, August of 2019.
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Boyd's crime saga THE LEASE OF NATURE won Grand Jury Prizes at Richmond International Film Festival and River Bend Film Festival, and won 2nd Place at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. The script placed as a Finalist with Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival and as a Top 10 Finalist with Visionfest. As a Semi Finalist, THE LEASE OF NATURE placed with Final Draft Big Break, ScreenCraft Drama Contest, ScreenCraft Film Fund (Spring 2019) and the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards.
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Boyd's Western Adventure MESCALERO awaits further consideration as a Top 50 selection with the Cinequest Screenplay Competition and Finalist within the ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Contest. MESCALERO also finished as a Top 20 Finalist within the latest season of the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards.
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Boyd's crime saga THE LEASE OF NATURE took the top prize at the 2019 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest.
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Christopher Hlas' script SCARE ME is a Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist and got shortlisted to the top 50 scripts in the competition.