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Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's new sci-fi horror short, TALL MAN, SHORT MAN is officially selected into 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.
Bryce Hatch's screenplay ABSOLUTE ZERO just won top placement in the Toronto Lift-Off screenplay competition. Hatch said 'They even interviewed me for a cool write-up in their online magazine. This is the twelfth award the show has received in the last two years. At this point, I'm ready to secure a literary screenplay manager--so here's to the next step!'
THE PASSAGE OF SUN, about the Southern Convict Leasing System of railroading African American men into prison post Civil War, and THE LONGEST GOODBYE, about a son dealing with his elderly mother's early onset of dementia have advanced to the Semi Finals of the the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. "It's already exciting to have one screenplay move through the rounds, but two?! I'm so elated."
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Zach Jansen's Western feature screenplay HADLEYVILLE was named the 1st Place Golden Script winner of the 2022 Golden Script Competition. This is the second contest win for HADLEYVILLE which was previous named the winner of the 2021 Hollywood Jumbo Screenplay Competition. HADLEYVILLE follows a young Easterner in a rough old west town, where he gets hard lessons in the ways of the world when he falls for an innocent whore and his idealism sparks the wrath of the town's power brokers.
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La'Chris Jordan's horror feature POE'S DISCIPLE recently placed as a Quarterfinalist in the Horror Category for the Table Read My Screenplay Competition Summer 2022. The screenplay centers on Rebekah Cordoba, a 17-year-old girl who is being bullied by students at the prestigious prep school she attends. When a mysterious, caped man begins taking revenge on the bullies, Rebekah must confront her past in order to stop the vicious attacks. This marks the second award for the adapted screenplay which is based on author Dani Lamia's fiction novel "The Raven" scheduled for release by Level 4 Press in February 2023.
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ISA Development Slate writer Larry Coleman's sci-fi action adventure feature, ASSEMBLE THE CREATORS has been selected to be included in the LA Sci-fi & Horror Film Festival.
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Short film noir crime dramedy listed on Network ISA was optioned and then produced by an Iowa-based indie filmmaker. It's now in post-production and may be released this year (2022). https://spilledinkcinema.com/?page_id=1958