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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Since being a Top 25 Screenwriter to watch Mark Grisar's script CLEANING HOUSE, has been optioned, green lit, and lost its financing.. Life is a rollercoaster. It was also a finalist in the Your Screenplay Produced Screenwriting Competition in 2019. ------ "The ISA has consistently been the most professional, generous and nurturing organization for Screenwriters I’ve experienced throughout all the stages of my writing." - Mark Grisar
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Since becoming an ISA Top 25 Writer, Rob Ripley has optioned his one-hour pilot, SUGAR LAND and he is about to go out with two new pilots in early 2020. He has also been hired for three feature writing assignments - two rewrites and one adapting a short film script into a feature. ------ "If you're looking for an organization that provides you with candid, helpful feedback on projects, amazing networking opportunities, and a supportive circle of professionals. then I can't recommend ISA enough." - R.B Ripley
Since Ben Maraniss become a Top 25 Writer he has had three separate projects advance in the Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, and ISA Fast Track Fellowship. Most recently his pilot WEIMAR was a selected project at the Stowe Story Labs in 2018 and has made the 2019 quarterfinals in the Shore Scripts Pilot Competition; SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL is a semifinalist in the 2019 Emerging Screenwriters Competition; and IVAN'S HAMMER is a quarter-finalist in the 2019 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition. ------ "The ISA is invaluable in that they provide support for every part of a writer's career: from development feedback, to contest recommendations, through professional promotion." - Ben Maraniss
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With ODIUM winning Table Read My Screenplay, and Annika being a Top 25 Screenwriter, she and her team got into the WIF/SUNDANCE finance intensive where they pitched to 7 companies, including Endeavor and Big Beach. They ended up signing a shopping agreement with Amy Ahn (formerly WME/Endeavor), to accumulate financing at 1.2 million, with Annika set to direct. They have also since signed a co-production/ co-finance agreement for 300k with a wonderful producing team. ------ "A beautiful organization that genuinely cares and won't leave you alone in the best way:). You think winning a contest is the end of it? Nope, thats just the beginning.:)" - Annika Pampel
During the year, Steven’s THE NIGHT WITCHES won four screenplay competitions (Feel The Reel International, Moondance International, Filmstrip International and the True Story Screenplay Competition), taking its total to thirty wins. It also was an official selection in nine other competitions, taking the grand total to fifty-three. Thanks to the ISA, Heidi Jo Markel (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN franchise) is now attached as an executive producer. ------ "A team that works hard to promote writers on a personal level as opposed to the usual spam-engine websites - you know who they are." - Steven Prowse
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Since making ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, horror writer Jason Goldberg has had an extremely productive year. He completed four original feature-length screenplays, a spec for The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors and 4 short film scripts. He sold STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC to Top Dead Center Films, which is currently in post production and had his short, WHERE THERE'S SMOKE... released on Halloween. In addition, THE HOME and PROJECT PEQUOD have placed in top genre competitions. He completed an assignment for Blumhouse’s “Into the Dark” series and attached Andy Palmer to direct FLATWOODS. ------ "ISA is an organization that has a writer's best interest in mind. Their mixers are welcoming and panels enlightening."
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Since being named to ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, Erica Tachoir landed her first open assignment and she is now attached to write the American remake of a foreign romantic comedy for a female-driven production company in Los Angeles. She completed a lab through the New York Women in Film & Television to help prepare her to direct her first feature, SCATTERING JAKE. Erica also directed two short films (that she also wrote), which are now being submitted to festivals. ------ "The ISA is an organization that runs various contests and provides resources to screenwriters looking to navigate their careers." - Erica Tachoir
Sean won the ISA Fast Track Fellowship in 2018 and signed with a manager. After then being selected as an ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch, Sean has had a string of successes. He landed on the Austin Film Festival's Top Writers to Watch and placed as a finalist in Screencraft's Pilot Launch with THE SECRET LIFE OF INBRED MUTANTS, a 30-minute comedy pilot. He also placed as a finalist in WeScreenplay's TV Pilot Competition with his 60-minute pilot, LOST IN THE FLOOD, and was a finalist for ABC/Disney's Writers Program earlier this year. ------"The ISA is rocket fuel for your screenwriting career -- 7 months after winning the Fast Track Fellowship, I was in Los Angeles, I had a manager and I was taking general meetings!" - Sean Collins-Smith
Since becoming an ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch, Jamie has written, directed, and produced three award-winning short films, receiving awards that include Best Director and Best Dark Comedy. She currently has a comedy feature in pre-production, and a comedy television pilot in development. Jamie was recently acknowledged by Vivaglam Magazine as a "The New Female Director to Watch For in 2020".
Jeff was hired by Creative Screenwriting magazine in 2018 to be their film critic based on his work writing for The Establishing Shot and The Examiner online, and was invited by RottenTomatoes.com to be one of their featured critics in 2019. Jeff has had contest success with two scripts since becoming an ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2018, and an Oscar-nominated producer is currently considering his work. "Screenwriting is a complex undertaking, and trying to break into Hollywood is a Herculean task, so it's good to have a resource and advocate like the ISA in your corner." - Jeff York
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Julia Skikavich's female-centric serialized crime drama, MISSING PIECES, has placed as a semi-finalist in Shore Scripts' TV Contest. The script is one of 26 semi-finalists in the 1-Hour TV category. The gritty pilot has been hailed as a "kick butt script" that's "thoughtful" and "thrilling". Scoring big on the script evaluation, MISSING PIECES has been cited as a "high stakes story that will keep the audience invested."
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Ted Campbell's supernatural thriller ALMOST GONE has placed as a Semi-Finalist in Stage32's Search for New Blood screenwriting contest.
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HOTEL screened at numerous film festivals, one of which (The 33rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival) the director and the writer Genevieve Sipperley panleists after the premier. HOTEL also won Best Film at the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.
Ted Campbell's suspense thriller HARM'S WAY is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition.
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Ted Campbell's crime thriller BLUE MOTEL is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. BLUE MOTEL recently won the Grand Prize in the Your Script Produced screenplay contest.
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Julia Skikavich's darkly funny, one-hour drama SURVIVORS: B.S. has placed as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay competition. It is currently among the Top 25 Drama scripts under consideration for the 2019 prize. The pilot has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centered around wholly relevant discussions tied to sexism, rape culture, the #MeToo movement, and the harsh realities of dealing with a serious medical issue and disability as a struggling young professional.
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Screenwriter Phil Parker has been hired by Sine Qua Non Pictures to write FORTE, a music drama based on a true story and in the vein of Birdman/Whiplash. This is the second feature script Phil has been hired to work on this year. His previous writing assignment has two producers attached, including a BAFTA-winner, and will be shopped this year at the American Film Market. FORTE currently has a director and two producers attached also. Scripting begins in November.
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CRAWLSPACE, a contained thriller set in the moody Pacific Northwest, has placed as a Top Finalist in Round 4 of the 2019 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest.
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BAD WATER, an eerie eco-terror thriller by Jacob Wehrman, was named a Quarterfinalist in the Shore Scripts Feature Competition. After two rounds of reading, both judges gave the script high marks in hook, plot, pacing and marketing potential. BAD WATER advances to the next round of judging, among the Top 10% of all 2019 feature entries.
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Robert Rossetti, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and former NYC Stand Up Comic, has recently placed in 3 Contests with his Comedy Feature, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JIMMY LYNCH! a 90's Comedy about Worcester, Massachusetts. The Script placed as a Semifinalist in the 2019 Screencraft Comedy Contest and is currently a Quarterfinalist in the Shore Scripts Contest as well as a Semifinalist in the Emerging Screenwriter's Comedy Genre Competition. Bob, is an avid Comedy writer with three completed features, an original pilot, and an original sketch comedy show all in his portfolio!