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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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KIM HORNSBY's award-winning short script, CHAT, that reached the top ten in Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Short and was a quarterfinalist in HollyShorts, has cast ERYN REA of Grey's Anatomy and Amazon Prime's The Scottish Play in the lead role of a woman entering a dangerous chat relationship online. The film will shoot in Seattle in May with Devious Maid's JOSH PRICE playing the male lead. Directed by BRAD M JOHNSON with MADELINE DOWN as the cinematographer, CHAT is produced by Kim and Brad and they vow to have at least half female cast and crew. The Seed & Spark campaign begins mid February.
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A successful pitch meeting with Matt Rosen has led to him enthusiastically requesting VERITY'S GAME to read this week. His thoughts on the pitch: "I loved how high concept this pitch is. Mr and Mrs and Smith in Mexico City - BOOM I GOT IT! Loved the action and the female characters going after each other. It sounded really fresh and cinematically exciting. I loved that it's a cat and mouse game and their methods of killing are different from the others so they have to continue to adapt the entire movie. The story sounded wildly entertaining and fun." Updates to follow.
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A table read of Eliot John Hagen's screenplay NISEI was held at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, CA. Starring Roy Huang, François Chau, & Tamlyn Tomita.
DARK MATTER, a thriller TV pilot by Olga Holtz, has received an Honorable Mention (a runner-up placement) among the finalists of the 2022 WeScreenplay TV Contest and a finalist placement at the 15th StoryPros International Screenplay Awards. DARK MATTER is presently on four Red Lists, including Coverfly's top 20 TV thriller pilots of all time.
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From being invited onto the Development Slate, after his ISA Diversity Initiative selection, Alan Baxter has found more success. Fresh off directing a new AMC+ series, a TV Director discovered Baxter’s dark, crime procedural, GLACIER POINT, and now has officially come aboard to helm the series.
On April 5, 2018, Matthew Tolbert submitted his script (THE STARTER MARRIAGE) to an ISA Writing Gig. In July 2018, he signed an agreement. On December 14, 2021, the movie based on his script was released nationally to a variety of streaming and On-Demand platforms. Matthew said 'It pays to respond to ISA opportunities, and it pays to be patient.'
Marcus Stricklin submitted his script ALONE TOGETHER, for the 2021 ISA Diversity Initiative. He felt inspired to enter because he wanted his diverse voice and perspective to be heard. Marcus is absolutely thrilled to have been one of the three selected writers to be chosen for the Initial ISA Diversity Initiative. After meeting with the incredible ISA Development Team, and discussing his work, goals, aspirations, and future projects, Marcus has now been invited on to the ISA's Development Slate of top tier writers. He thinks it's truly an honor to be part of the Development Slate, and looks forward to working with the team going forward.
Zack Morrison's script CANUSA STREET was announces as the winner of 'Best Comedy Screenplay' at the 2021 Catalyst Episodic Festival (formerly known as iTV Fest).
Elizabeth was hired in December 2021 by Voyage Media to create an outline, pilot and series treatment based on IP.
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Jim Grieco is honored to have his feature length dramedy, AMERICAN DAYDREAM, win Honorable Mention at the Winter 2022 Los Angeles Movie Awards.
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RAINBOW CRYSTAL won BEST FANTASY Screenplay with NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS for December 2021.
MANO NERA won BEST DRAMA Screenplay with NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS for December 2021.
Alan R. Baxter recently submitted GLACIER POINT into the ISA Diversity Initiative. He was inspired to enter because the current entertainment landscape lacked true AAPI representation. Glacier Point features a strong female Chinese-American lead and it draws from his own experience as a 2nd Generation Chinese-American. He is thrilled to receive an Honorable Mention in the Diversity Initiative and be included among the many other talented writers.
Ranelle Golden's feature film HARVEY has been picked up for distribution. It will release in January 2022 through MidNight Releasing, distribution is through Acort International.
Ranelle and Shawn were hired to write a feature film inspired by a true story, about one man's journey from Entertainer to Chief of Police. The 1st draft was completed in December 2021, and co-writer Ranelle Golden is slated to Co-Direct this one.
Buffalo 8/BondIt Media Capital has agreed to represent award-winning screenplay WILD DATURA. The feature is a female-driven, LGBTQ+ western written by ISA Network member, Bernadett Belinda York, who won the 2021 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition in her genre and placed in the following contests: Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition, Stowe Story Labs/ISA Fellowship, The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. The project received a financial score of 90/100 from Slated, made The Red List Top 20 Western Features, and is a Top 5% discoverable project on Coverfly. WILD DATURA is currently in the pitch phase, having a preliminary schedule set for Spring 2022.
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Jim Grieco is honored to have his feature length dramedy, AMERICAN DAYDREAM, win Best Feature Screenplay at the 2021 Los Angeles Film Awards.
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Mehul Desai has been hired by Voyage Media (Los Angeles) to adapt an original science fiction treatment into a feature film screenplay. Working with Producer Robert Mitas (Beyond The Reach, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Flatliners, Ratched).
Suzanne Griffin has been selected a one of 16 women for the Writers Circle of the 2022 Women in Film Mentoring Program. Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the entertainment industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts, and hone skills as they work with experienced industry mentors for an entire year.