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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Joey Day Hargroves screenplay HIGHWAY TO HECK was optioned by Current Flow Entertainment after it made the top 50 for the Nicholl. An A-level actor is now attached to produce and star in the film.
The ISA Development Team set up an awesome general meeting through their Diversity Initiative for Development Slate screenwriter pp Hsiung with Miramax. The ISA Development Team works to promote and create opportunities for the talented writers on the slate, and pp's hard work is paying off.
Fast Track Fellow Ariane Hahusseau's screenplay THE UNFINISHED SONATA was optioned by one of the mentors she connected with during her fellowship week. Winning the Fast Track Fellowship meant that she was invited onto the ISA's Development Slate, as well as meeting the 8 mentors, one of whom is now shopping her feature screenplay.
Brian Schwab was named Head Writer and Creator for Dapper Bird Entertainment, a small, but ambitious, up-and-coming production company out of Burbank, CA. The production company has already optioned two of his scripts and Brian hopes to find representation who can help sell any one of his multiple award-winning screenplays to fund these upcoming projects.
THE REAL THING was a Winner: Best Australian Screenplay, Best Script Awards (2022) London, GBR.
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This summer, Chris Courtney Martin's "cerebro-scandalous" Dramatic Thriller feature script PRODIGAL has come under a shopping agreement with Creative Screenwriter Productions. The script was previously a Finalist in the Diverse Voices Contest from WeScreenplay. LOGLINE: A repressed graduate student's life implodes when her troubled stepbrother's return from rehab disrupts the stability of her political family.
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Sean Mick's latest screenplay, the Horror-Thriller WHISPER just took the "Best Drama" category at the 2022 Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's MegaFest. When asked about the change of genre (the script was originally entered in the "Horror" category), Festival coordinator Theresa Weston explained: "...although you entered it in that genre, our readers/judges felt the dramatic element/overall was award worthy. The Award is correct and deserved." A Semi-Finalist in the 15th Annual StoryPro Awards, "Whisper" is also currently a Quarter-Finalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards... and still in contention! Kudos!
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Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's new sci-fi horror short, TALL MAN, SHORT MAN official selection status upgraded to Honorable Mention in the Paris Film Awards.
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Jim Grieco is honored to have his feature length Rom Com, AMERICAN DAYDREAM, selected as a Finalist at the Catalina Film Festival (2022).
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ACTION MAN was selected as a finalist for ComedyPRO's Stand Up & Pitch Contest at Just For Laughs in Montreal. As a finalist, Molly Brady, was invited to attend Just For Laughs and pitch to ComedyPro's esteemed panel of judges including the Vice President Content Development at Hulu, Senior Vice President Animation at FOX Entertainment, and the Vice President Original Programming at HBO. Along with the opportunity to pitch and receive feedback from the panel, she took a series of meetings with industry power brokers, and enjoyed everything the 40th edition of Just For Laughs had to offer with my industry pass. Molly said "Thank you to ISA for reaching out and recommending me for this amazing opportunity!"
On July 27th, 2022, SPY V SPIA, a web pilot that inspired the half hour comedy pilot of the same name, premiered at the Oscar/ BAFTA/ Canadian Film Awards Qualifying Film Festival, the LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL at the Laemmle 7 in North Hollywood.
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Development Slate Writer Michael V Lipoma, pitched a TV series based on IP to an executive at a production company after which the exec obtained an option on the material from the original author. Currently working alongside the exec to develop a formal pitch to take to the industry.
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CITIZEN DETECTIVE, a one-hour true-crime pilot by Hillary Stringer and Matthew Davis, was selected as the PNW category winner at the 2022 SIFF Bigfoot Script Challenge.
Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's new sci-fi horror short, TALL MAN, SHORT MAN, places as a finalist in the 13 Horror.com Film and Screenplay Contest.
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As part of his Grand Prize award in the Emerging Screenwriters Drama Screenplay Competition for his script THE FLID SHOW, Richard Willett had a very productive meeting with ISA's Felicity Wren and Jordan Tripper, in which they discussed the script and its future.
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Writing team Kate Beacom & Lacey Jeka (ISA's 25 Screenwriters to Watch 2022, Development Slate) first collaborated on the indie buddy comedy REHAB CABIN written and co-directed by Kate and starring Lacey. The movie explores the darker side of celebrity worship, when two slacker BFFs decide they can "fix" their fave childhood-actor-turned-trainwreck and help her get her career back on track. REHAB CABIN will be released on August 2, 2022, distributed by Gravitas Ventures. It will be available on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes/Apple TV, Redbox On Demand, and more. Preorders are available now on iTunes/Apple TV.
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ISA Development Slate writer Larry Coleman's sci-fi action adventure feature, ASSEMBLE THE CREATORS, wins H.G. Wells Platinum Award in the LA Sci-fi & Horror Film Festival.
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DELIVERANCE, a tongue-in-cheek short Sci-Fi thriller, became a Category Winner (Golden Nib) at LET'S MAKE IT! Screenwriting Contest. It is presently ranked #4 among all Sci-Fi shorts on Coverfly and is Top 1% in its genre/format.
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THE PASSAGE OF SUN, a historic screenplay about three brothers fighting the Convict Leasing System of railroading African American men into prison, post Civil War, has advanced to the finals round of the Nashville Film Festival. "This is quite an honor to reach the finals of such a prestigious festival. My other screenplay, The Longest Goodbye, about an elderly mother's battle with dementia, made it to the semi-finals, so I'm just over the moon. This reaffirms I'm meant to be in this landscape and that no matter what the obstacles, I'm not quitting till I win!" Founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and one of the largest in the South.
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ISA Development Slate writer Derek Weissbein was hired to adapt the non-fiction novel, COURTING DANGER into a feature screenplay for production company Maven Pictures and actress/producer Olivia Cooke who will star as pro-tennis player turned WW2 spy, Alice Marble.