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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Band Fags! and Drama Queers!, Frank Anthony Polito, is working with Joe Riley of Zero Gravity Management. Polito's coming-of-age rom-com, PEASANT RIDGE, is a modern-day take on the classic John Hughes story Pretty in Pink -- but featuring a trans Molly Ringwald, an actual gay Duckie Dale, and a forty-something Black drag queen in the older mentor role. The script was originally developed with the help of Peter Spears, Oscar-winning producer of Nomadland and Call Me By Your Name, and is currently a quarter finalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices (Spring 2022) competition.
THE REAL THING was a Semi-Finalist, Scriptation Showcase (2021) Los Angeles, California USA.
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Development Slate writer, Larry E. Coleman's animated comedy, The Magnificent Harry Fly, advances to the quarterfinal round of the 15th Annual StoryPros International Screenwriting Competition.
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ISA Development Slate writer Crystal's, TV pilot, LOOPHOLE was selected for a table read for Breakthrough Reading Series for the December 2021 showcase.
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KIM HORNSBY's proof of concept Short Script DREAM JUMPER, was a finalist (Top 5) at Seattle Film Summit's Short Script Contest and was awarded a LIVE Streamed Virtual Table Read at the Summit in September. The recording is at the SFS site. From that, the 10-minute read went on to win Audience Favorite Award and was awarded another Table Read at the SFS Appreciation Party and Awards Ceremony in November 2021. A Romantic Suspense, the script details the pivotal moment that led to events featured in the multi-award winning Feature Script, THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE.
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THE PASSAGE OF THE SUN, Aaron Braxton's historical screenplay about 3 brothers fighting the Alabama Convict Leasing System post Civil War has won the San Diego Movie Awards. This is quite an achievement for a writer who earlier this year was told to concentrate on his stage plays. "This is an important American story. I'm ecstatic that it's being so well received."
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NEAR DEATH, a short film / proof of concept for the larger series written by Carlo & Erin Carere, has received distribution through PLEX TV as well as Typhoon TV and Vimeo on Demand.
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Aaron Braxton's historical screenplay, THE PASSAGE OF SUN, about three brothers combating the Convict Leasing System of railroading African American men into the Alabama Prison System post Civil War, recently won the 2021 Sherman Oaks Film Festival. "This is an important story," states Braxton. "It highlights the origins of African American's sinister induction into the prison system. Before the Civil War we represented 4% of the prison population. With the introduction of the Convict Leasing System, our numbers shot up to 40% and have never decreased since then."
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Kathryn Orwig is honored that her supernatural horror TV Pilot, BeTwIxT, was selected to be included in this year's Diabolical Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Anderson Boyd's Western odyssey MESCALERO traveled to the 2021 Stowe Story Labs Writer's Retreat in Palm Springs earlier this November.
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The producer was initially interested in optioning another short by Daniel Broderick, but he also included his short OH NO, YOU PULL IT, which he liked more and offered an option on, which Daniel accepted.
ISA Development slate writer Jason Goldberg sold his Horror/Comedy PRINCE CHARMING screenplay to New Zealand director Zac Lucas. The project is scheduled to go into production in early 2022.
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Larry E. Coleman, an ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch for 2021, has found placement with his new dramatic short script, SHE'S TOO YOUNG. The Screenwriters Network, Short Film Screenplay Competition has advanced the short into its quarterfinal round.
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HIGHWAY OF TEARS, a horror feature written by Philip Elliott, was optioned to producer Joel McGuire of SISU Studios. Set on the real-life Highway of Tears in Northern BC, Canada, where over recent decades dozens of mostly Indigenous women have gone missing or turned up murdered, the film follows a young Native woman and a small-town cop during the snowy, freezing winter as they grapple with the dark truth at the heart of the highway -- and the sinister evil lurking therein.
In April Philip Elliott was hired by producer Uri Singer of Passage Pictures to write a feature-film adaptation of The Economist article "Too Big to Jail." Resulting screenplay THE BAD INFORMANT is in development with actor John Leguizamo (CARLITO'S WAY) and director Mark Neveldine (CRANK) attached.
Producer Alex Azmi has hired Richard Willett to write a short screenplay with him from the producer's story.
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Following an introduction by the ISA Development Team and after reading Jordan's existential dramedy about a man slipping into alternate dimensions, Joe Wiggins of Intrigue Entertainment requested a general meeting as well as three of ISA Development Slate writer Jordan's latest projects.
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Denise A. Agnew and Marie D. Jones have sold their thriller screenplay HOUSE OF LIES to producer Peter Foldy. It is in preproduction in Oklahoma. They would like to thank manager Italia Gandolfo and agent JoAnn Carol of Gandolfo Helin and Fountain Literary Management for overseeing this process.
Kare Hawkes script WALKING ON THE WINGS OF BUTTERFLIES made the 2nd Round of the 2021 Screenplay Competition - top 20% 0f 14,600 entries!
Aaron Braxton's historical screenplay, THE PASSAGE OF SUN, about 3 brothers fighting the Convict Leasing System of railroading African American men into the prison system post Civil War has won the San Diego Movie Awards!
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