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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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ISA's Development Slate writer Chris Courtney Martin has sold the third short film script of their career, a supernatural thriller called GRANDMA'S HANDS, to a producer based in New York. The short film is slated for a Fall production. Martin's previous short script sales include comedy ROCK BOTTOM and supernatural horror EDIE to LA-based Milepost 42 Films. All three scripts received glowing reviews via Script Revolution's SHOOTIN' THE SHORTS review series.
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Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's sci-fi drama, SWIRL CITY was selected as the Best Sci-fi Screenplay for the 2022/2023 Summer Edition of the New York Script Awards.
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Gallo & Harris are honored to share they've been invited to join the ISA's Development Slate of top tier writers. They were contacted by the ISA Development Department after a run of success for their female-driven, teen comedy CHEATERS and since meeting with the incredible ISA team, Gallo & Harris are thrilled to have been selected to join the slate among so many talented writers. They eagerly look forward to this new venture with ISA!
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Following a fantastic world premiere at Fantasia in Montreal, GLORIOUS is now officially available to stream on Shudder. The film stars J.K. Simmon and Ryan Kwanten. Rebekah McKendry directed the script penned by Josh Hull, Todd RIgney and David Ian McKendry.
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Joey Day Hargrove recently submitted her rom-com feature ROMEO & JENNA to an ISA Writing Gig and was discovered by the ISA Development Department. After meeting with the ISA Team, and discussing her work, aspirations and future projects she has now been invited on to the ISA's Development Slate of top tier writers. She is so excited to have been selected to join the slate and eager to see where this amazing opportunity may take her.
Development Slate writer L.E. Coleman's comedy short, A RAUNCHY CHILDREN'S STORY was selected for inclusion in The Austin Comedy Film Festival.
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Brian Schwab’s horror-comedy, OUT OF THE WOODS wins ‘Best Original Comedy Script’ at the Richmond International Film Festival! OUT OF THE WOODS has now won awards in two different genres after being named ‘Best Horror Script’ at the Creative World Awards just months prior.
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.