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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Aliya Jackson thought she was going to be a veterinarian. She would have never thought God would change her dreams in a blink of an eye. After seeing Ophra Show for the second time on the subject of "Men On The Down Low," she felt people weren't comprehending their journey. It began with a 5-page "raw" story. After great reviews from people, she sent it to Bill Duke, and then it took off. The script called INVISIBLE at the time, took one month to write. In 8 months, it was produced by AIS and Duke Media. Aliya couldn't believe COVER was now in selected theaters and the Pan African Film Festival, which sold out. She loves to blend reality into her writing with a twist.
A.W. Scott's satire film REPRESENTATION MATTERS? has been selected as an official short film selection by four film festivals: Best of Latin America Film Festival; the Pinewood Studios "Lift Off Sessions"; Film 4 Fun International Short Film Festival; and the Flickfair Film Festival.
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Shaunia McKenzie's feature script THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL has secured a place on The HOT 100 list in the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition. This well respected list is published and provided to film industry financiers around the world and includes the top 100 Scripts of the year. The scripts are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide including AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Shanghai film markets.
Anderson Boyd's screenplay MESCALERO, a Western saga, placed 22nd in the Capital Fund's Hot 100 list and is a current Top 16 Finalist with Sidewalk Film Festival's - Sidewrite Competition.
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Tammy Olsen's short script THE LITTLEST VOICE reached the Top 100 for the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition. 
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Boyd's Western Adventure/Drama MESCALERO is a current Semi Finalist within the tenth HUMANITAS New Voices Program!
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BROKEN THREAD is a Feature film produced by Deepak Nayar and directed by Mahesh Mathai. Shot in India and the UK. Logline: A half-Indian, half-English businessman is haunted by a mysterious woman from his past who threatens to wreck his marriage and comfortable family situation. The BROKEN THREAD screenplay was based on the original story and full length play entitled "The Sacred Thread" by Harris W Freedman.
This week Amy signed with Anouk van Ghemen of One Four-Films. Amy and Anouk met when Amy approached One Four-Films with a question about international co-producing. Anouk, intrigued by Amy's concept, asked to read the script and pitch deck. From there it was a short path to Anouk signing Amy on as one of her clients in this boutique agency and film financing consulting company based out of Germany.
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The short film TOGETHER was completed in early 2019, and over the last twelve months has won multiple awards at significant film festivals including: Best Narrative Film; Most Inspiring Film; Best Drama; Best Producer; Best Screenplay; Best Actor; and Best Actress. The short, which was A.W. Scott's first film, was produced as a proof-of-concept for an already written feature, and has led to a commitment for equity financing for 50% of the budget of the feature film. The feature is expected to be cast in late spring 2020, and filmed in fall/winter 2020 with A.W. Scott directing.
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Lisa Jay's screenply THE DOMOVOI was chosen as the Final Draft Fellowship winner for Stowe StoryLabs Fall 2020.
Terence Brody's screenplay RENOVATE MY HEART has been optioned by Oren Kamara, with Fade To Black Films. He found the script through ISA "Writing Gigs." Kamara intends to go into production in September. Thanks ISA!
Jeffrey Howe's script PERSONA was named the Best Narrative Fiction Screenplay by the 2020 New Hope Film festival, and included in the festival's annual promotion in Variety magazine. The sci-fi thriller was also a finalist in the 2020 Story Pros Awards.
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After finishing the room for the first season of the new Gossip Girl on HBO Max, Elaine was hired on another sexy, scandalous Fake Empire show - Dynasty!
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Natalie Bergman's screenplay, ANGELS OF WAR grabs a place in the finls of The Golden Script Competition. The untold true story of a group of American nurses trapped behind enemy lines for over three brutal years in the Philippines during World War II. The screenplay follows their heroism, relationships, endurance and survival.
Ted Campbell has secured representation with Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity Management. Prior to becoming a literary manager, Cubbison worked as a freelance reader and story analyst for ten years, writing agency and production company coverage, and is the co-founder of ScreenCraft. Ted Campbell recently won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced's screenplay contest. And is slated to direct the heist thriller UNDERGROUND (co-written with legendary filmmaker John Boorman) later this year.
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David Timothy Duty has just been notified that his feature length screenplay, WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND, has been selected as a semi finalist in the 2020 Page Turner Feature & TV Drama Contest! Out of the hundreds of entries received, his script placed in the Top 15. This is the final judging status.
Producer Noah Lang ("The Climb") has optioned Christian Lybrook's thriller script IN GOD WE RUST. The story centers around a missing $7 million gold coin. 20 years after the robbery, the architect of the heist races to find the missing coin before his murderous accomplice, freshly released from prison, exacts revenge on everyone involved.
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THE WEASEL by Brianna Cohen recently placed as a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft Comedy Script Competition. THE WEASEL is a raunchy coming-of-middle-age story of a woman who swears off sex for a year on the eve of her 30th birthday. Brianna is looking forward to completing her other projects and participating in more competitions.
The Stowe Story Lab has selected LUCKY 13 for a $1000 development grant for the 2020 Fall Lab in Stowe, VT. LUCKY 13 is the inaugural recipient of a Sloan Foundation development grant. The script won the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in 2017 and has also been a finalist for The Writers Lab, the Nashville Film Festival and placed in the Next 100 for the Nicholl Fellowship in 2019.
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Julia Skikavich has received the 2020 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award. She is incredibly honoured to join this amazing group of emerging Canadian talents. Five winners are selected annually for the mentorship program created to support emerging screenwriters from diverse backgrounds through mentorship, networking with Canadian television professionals, and exposure to leaders in the field of screen-based writing. Julia will be mentored by Canadian screenwriter Duana Taha during the 3-month program, where she'll further develop her award-winning serialized drama SURVIVORS: B.S.. Julia is grateful to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and Magee TV for supporting this opportunity to grow her career.
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