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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. 3476 Success Stories Listed.

Anand Tucker of S7ories has optioned Sam Peters trilogy of SF novels that started with From Darkest Skies for development as a TV series.
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Gustavo Calenzani was hired to write a feature screenplay in November to shoot in January, and now, it's in post-production. He was fortunate enough to attend on the set as a production and art department assistant, using his advertisement years experience, both as director and writer.
Kim Hornsby's short script CHAT has made the Top Ten list in Emerging Screenwriters SHOOT YOUR SHORT Contest. This is Kim's first and only short script but possibly not her last. Also an Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder, CHAT is available for industry pro reads on Coverfly's Red List for Thriller Shorts. Kim is a sold, optioned screenwriter in Features.
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Kyle Curry's feature spec HURRICANE TARA swept through several competitions. The female-led adventure won 1st place at the Visionfest, 2nd place at Zed Fest, and is among the Top 5 Action/Adventure Finalists in the Final Draft Big Break competition.
The sci-fi dystopian short script, EBO, makes the semifinals in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. The placements moves EBO back into the Coverfly Red List for sci-fi shorts for the month of February 2021.
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Jayson's historical pilot which tells the true story of the HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS was featured on The Red List's Top 20 for the month of February.
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KILLED TWICE IN TEXAS by Jayson Crittenden awarded honorable mention by Barnstorm Fest. This revisionist Western was also featured on The Red List during the entire month of January and into the first half of February.
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Additional awards acquired that are not listed with the Across the Veil script listing. Austin Revolution Film Festival is still an ongoing festival, finaly results announced Summer 2021.
ISA Development Slate writer, and Top 25 Screenwriter to watch was recently signed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
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Coverfly adds WILD DATURA script to The Red List's top 20 for Western Features in 2021
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Mark Hughes scripted several episodes of the "In View with Larry King" series.
Bernadett Belinda York pitched her high-concept, female-driven loglines to execs at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group. Bill Benson and Senior VP Shannon Hawes Perry showed elevated interest in Dark Comedy Series "Hollywood CULTure" about two frenemies who uncover a dark Hollywood secret while reluctantly searching for a mutual acquaintance.
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ISA verified producer/director, Star Victoria, requests Bernadett Belinda York's WILD DATURA script. The emerging writer submitted to the industry pro's call for High-Concept, Female-Driven features and is considering after reading the film's logline and synopsis. The Drama, Western, Thriller is a unique narrative centered around a female couple's survival of the male-dominated Gold Rush era. Swirl Films is a leading independent film & TV production company focusing on diversity inclusion with projects distributed by Netflix, BET, Lifetime, etc.
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Solipsist Films Taps Up-and-Comer Sean Wathen to Adapt Graphic Novel INSTINCT.
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2014 Young & Hungry List screenwriter Sean Wathen has continued his recent hot streak with the option of his time travel thriller SECOND SHOT. The rights to the script have been picked up by producers Lauren De Normandie and Timothy Woodward Jr. of Status Media & Entertainment. The story centers around a covert agent who is sent five years into the past to prevent the assassination of a high ranking government official, but as his mission unfolds he discovers those behind the attack were simply pawns in a larger conspiracy.
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Theo Rossi and Shane West are joining Umbrella Academy actress Jordan Claire Robbins in the cast of feature thriller Escape The Field, which is currently in production in Toronto. Luke Cage and Sons Of Anarchy star Rossi recently wrapped shooting Zack Snyder’s big-budget Netflix feature Army Of The Dead. Nikita and Salem star West was most recently seen as Bane on the final season of Fox’s Gotham. Escape The Field is the story of six strangers who wake up disoriented and trapped in an endless cornfield only to discover that something mysterious is hunting them.
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Paranormal Dark Comedy series, PARANNOYANCE, starring co-writing and producing team Bernadett Belinda York and Kim Lupe-Smith, began production on their pilot episode in Los Angeles on November 2, 2019. A couple of months into post, the Industry shut-down due to COVID-19, and the independent project was no exception. After losing their entire post-production team, the first-time filmmakers were determined to move forward with everyone's safety in mind. No longer able to have a hands-on approach, they outsourced every key department head, and despite the challenges and circumstantial delays, they successfully finished the pilot remotely. The product is currently pitching to major network and streaming platforms.
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The feature thriller CAGED is now available on all major digital platforms and On Demand. CAGED tells the story of Dr. Harlow Reid who after being convicted of killing his wife, finds himself in solitary confinement where he is tormented by a ruthless guard. The cast is led by an amazing performance by Edi Gathegi as Dr. Reid, a terrifyingly understated turn by Melora Hardin as Officer Sacks, and Tony Amendola as the Warden. CAGED was directed by Aaron Fjellman who co-wrote the script with James Doc Mason, a familiar figure at the ISA Third Thursdays.
ISA Top 25 2021 Writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-fi 1 Hr TV Pilot script REVELATIONS takes 2nd place in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of 2021 Cinestory TV competition. As a result of the placement, Johnny will be joining the 2021 Cinestory TV Retreat at the end of March.
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ISA Top 25 2021 Writer Johnny Gilligan's Sci-fi 1 Hr TV Pilot script REVELATIONS wins the 2020 DUMBO New York Film Festival Competition. The win comes with a cash prize of $500, a writers retreat invitation and professional script consultations with the judges.
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