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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Screenwriter Christian Lybrook has been hired to write a biopic about a millennial bitcoin multimillionaire and the breathless run-up to bitcoin hitting nearly $20,000 in the winter of 2017. Other details about the project remain under wraps, but the script is expected to be finished in early 2021.
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Neal Wiser's, FRANKENSTEIN UNLEASHED, has been garnering awards in competitions. Since May, he's won two competitions, and been a Finalist in two more, and is still in consideration for several others. Feedback has been the stuff that dreams are made of and FRANKENSTEIN UNLEASHED is being shopped around town with an A-List Show Runner showing a lot of interest. Only time will tell, but for someone who never won anything, receiving recognition at this level has been both humbling and inspiring for him. He says 'To all my fellow writers out there, sure it's not easy, but it can be done. Keep writing!'
TWO of Joann Buckley Collins' historical drama feature screenplays advanced to the second round of the 2020 Austin Film Festival. Elsa, the story of the world's first performance artist, and the unsung muse behind the Dada art movement of the early 20th century. The Importance of Being Constance, the little-known story of the wife of Oscar Wilde.
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After his 1-hour Sci-Fi Pilot REVELATIONS won the Horror/Sci-Fi Category of the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay competition, Johnny Gilligan was invited to join ISA's Development Slate. REVELATIONS joins Johnny's two other 1-hour Sci-Fi pilots SAVANT and WOKE to take the top 3 positions on Coverfly's RED LIST (Sci-Fi TV 1 Hour) this month, positions 2,3 and 4 for the year.
Yvonne Paulin scores a top 50 laurel for her script, THE TRAIL, a thriller that tells the story of a scientist with a tragic past who discovers a body while collecting samples in the remote regions of the Pacific Northwest. The idea first came to Paulin years ago while working in an Environmental testing lab in Portland, Oregon. What began as a character sketch and tucked away in notebooks that travelled across the country with her, roared to life when Paulin took NYU’s Screenwriting Bootcamp in 2014. Paulin’s writing reflects her passion for science, her love of thriller/action/horror movies, and her belief that women’s voices wield extraordinary power to to expand the collective consciousness and engage audiences in new experiences.
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Writer and Environmental Scientist, Yvonne Paulin, hits it big in the ISA Fast Tract XII competition. A Genre Win in the Action category goes to her script, 13 MINUTES, a Sci-Fi action/thriller that pivots on the communication delay between Mars and Earth. Paulin, fascinated at the speed with which we are gearing up to colonize Mars, became obsessed with the new “space race” and began work on 13 MINUTES. The external narrative is a story about the will to survive in dangerous and uninhabitable worlds. Paulin uses this framework to probe deeper into themes of environmental degradation, hubris, loss, betrayal, and redemption through self-sacrifice. Paulin’s writing reflects her passion for science and her love of action/horror movies.
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THE REAL THING is chosen as Winner: Screenplay at 'FILM LOT' The Film Club Australia (2020) Melbourne, AUS. A 'home game' for Matthew, and the 33rd Winner placement for his screwball comedy screenplay since June 2019.
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THE REAL THING chosen as Winner: Honorable Mention - Movie: Comedy at Screenplay Festival (2020) Sherman Oaks, California USA. With this win, Matthew's screenplay brings up its 32nd Winner placement since June 2019.
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THE REAL THING placed as Finalist for Best Student Screenplay at Student Los Angeles Film Awards (2020), Hollywood, California USA. The event aims to highlight high school, undergrad and graduate student films (and screenplays) worldwide.
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Larry E Coleman's period war drama, THE ABYSSINIAN, is a Big Apple Film Festival Semi-Finalist in the Historical/Biopic category. This script brings new life to World War II dramatic film-making because its' backdrop doesn't focus on popular settings like Normandy, but instead, on the invasion of Africa, and is seen through the lens of an African, an Ethiopian POW.
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The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time.
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This female-driven, well-researched, western drama series pilot placed as a Top 50 Finalist in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship!
COLE & COLETTE accepted to and screened at the Hollywood Blood Horror Film Festival.
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EVERYTHING AND NOTHING, based on the true story about a female jockey who agrees to train a mounted anti-poaching unit in the Eastern Cape, was selected by the ISA Fast Track Fellowship as a Genre Winner (Drama).
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A historical drama that is relevant to our current times -Ramona Taylor’s BLIND JUSTICE one of many entries received by the Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival. The Screenplay inspired by a racially charged 1912 murder case was named Best Screenplay. Taylor’s work will be part of a marketing showcase at CANNES in the Spring 2021. The screenplay also was a winner of the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Competition,as well as 2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Semifinalist, a Finalist in the 2020 Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards. an Official Selection of Ink and Cinema’s Diversity Film Script Showcase, an Official Selection of the 2020 Trust Story Screenplay Competition, a ScreenCraft Drama Semifinalist,
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Under co-creator Lauren Monroe Jr., HORSE NATIONS was awarded The Sundance Institute Native Producing Grant. Sundance's Indigenous Program has built and sustained an indigenous film circle, which now spans over three generations. The cycle of work begins by scouting for and identifying indigenous artists, bringing them through the mechanisms of support at Sundance Institute to get their work made and shown, then bringing the filmmakers and their work back to native lands.
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After debuting in January 2020, MAESTRA broke into Quarterfinals for the Academy Nicholl Fellowships and the PAGE Awards, the Semifinals for the Austin Film Festival and the Screencraft Drama Screenplay Competition and was was a Finalist for the Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship and Official Selection for the Stowe Story Labs July 2020 Writer's Retreat. MAESTRA is repped by The Muraviov Company.
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Current Top 50 ISA Fast Track Fellowship winner Jordan Friedberg was named the 2020 Screenwriting Master for his comedy pilot script T-ROLL (screenwritingmaster.com). In addition to the cash prize, now when Jordan screams at random people on the street that he is the "Screenwriting Master," he has a trophy to carry around as further proof following all the awkward, disbelieving stares.
Carl Huebner's comedy short  DIVORCE BY COMBAT! has won a spot in the second season of Six-Page Scripts. One episode will be dedicated to the script, with analysis and ratings, and a full cast staged reading.