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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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Dale Winton and Lindiwe Suttle Mueller-Westernhagen's latest pilot POSITIVE LEE made it to the semis for both WeScreenplay and ScreenCraft contests. They were chuffed as it's the first time they've entered our script into any competition, and both times it came just shy of making the finals. Watch this space... or rather, this script.
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A new management company recently found LUCKY 13, FREEFALL, POWDERKEG and the TV pilot for THE DARK OF NIGHT on the International Screenwriters Association website and is now in negotiations with writer Denise Meyers to represent her material. Meyers is the 2019 inaugural recipient of a Sloan Foundation Development Grant in partnership with the Athena Film Festival and Barnard College, a development grant winner through the Stowe Story Labs and winner of the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
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Ted Campbell's feature writing and directing debut A DANGEROUS DEFENSE wrapped principle photography in Los Angeles this week. The indie thriller is produced by MarVista Entertainment and Shadowboxer Films. Next up, Ted is writing and directing another thriller for MVE. As well as directing his award winning heist thriller UNDERGROUND for Film Bridge International and New York based Choice Films. Ted was named a Top Screenwriter to Watch in 2018 and is a member of ISA's Development Slate.
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Virtual Reality Short Film MAN UNDER BRIDGE (writer/director) premiere at 77th Venice Film Festival, 2020
Jason Ginsburg co-wrote, co-produced, and performed in TALES OF TINDER, a comedy web series for Playboy.
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Jason Ginsburg produced the web series ASK THE ASTRONAUT with Mike Massimino for Science Channel: https://www.sciencechannel.com/playlists/ask-the-astronaut
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Jason Ginsburg was hired to write four low-budget screenplays, for production, all set in the same fantasy world. The first two films were based on existing pages and outlines. The last two were entirely his own ideas. The first film, The Sorcerer Beast, had its opening delayed by COVID, but will release this year. It stars Corey Feldman and Star Trek's Jeffrey Combs. IMDb: http://tinyurl.com/beastfilm. The second film, The Warlock's Curse, begins production this summer. It stars Michael Madsen. IMDb: https://tinyurl.com/warlockfilm
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Don Thompson's WWII Action-Drama KALTENHOUSE wins the Best Feature Screenplay Award at the New York Film Awards (December 2020). The script has also won other top awards at the Los Angeles Film Awards (2019) and Festigious Film Festival (2020). For more info regarding Thompson you can visit www.nextpixprods.com
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Tricia Lee's comedic drama feature script GOOD CHANCE was honoured on the 2020 Black List!
David Allen of Once Upon A Dream Productions found the script LAST FLAG ON OAK ISLAND and optioned it for audio production from writer Jordan Baines. David’s credits include “Woman on the Edge” and “Another Day in Paradise,” among others. This is Jordan’s first success through InkTip, and the script is still available for film production.
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In the three-episode series, host Erin R. Dooley takes people on long walks to hear their stories of forgiveness. The stories vary from a woman forgiving her father for abusing her as a child, a man forgiving his homeland, and a woman learning to forgiver herself after losing a long custody-battle. Watch the series here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R29GWQS
Ricardo Santiago Soto received his first screenwriting award placing 2nd as a 'First-Time Screenwriter' at Amsterdam International Film Festival. The screenplay titled, PLATFORMS: USING YOUR PAGEANTRY FOR A CAUSE won the Van Gogh Award. "We hope this commendation will go some way toward further cementing your status as one of the world's most innovative and talented contemporary filmmakers," declared Amsterdam International Film Festival director. "Demonstrated by your work, this is recognition that you richly deserve."
The 2020 Kairos Prize winners delivered two incredibly emotional stories that reached outside the traditional faith and family genre. This year’s Kairos Prizes® were spectacular... The Kairos Prize for Most Spiritually Uplifting Screenplay by a First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters was awarded to SEARCHING FOR SHEIDA by Anne Cattaruzza and Kim Feeney. Their script told the story of a Canadian journalist who after hearing about the persecution of a Christian woman in Iran, traveled across the world to save her, never imagining they shared an incredible bond. The script hit the mark with regard to this contest as it delivered an uplifting spiritual message deeply set in a strongly evangelical context. By Movieguide® Staff (2020)
Oliver Warren's pilot script MAMADUKES was selected as one of the TOP 10 COMEDY SCRIPTS in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. MAMADUKES has already caught the eye of incredible Exec Producer John Melfi (Sex & The City, House of Cards, The Morning Show). MAMADUKES is a 10 x 60min Comedy Drama Series about a heavily-pregnant freelance fashion designer, with a Peter Pan complex and combusting birth-plan, who opens her home to four other desperate soon-to-be single moms, and finds herself in a constant battle for the role of matriarch as they raise their newborns in a five-woman, five-baby, no men, East Village commune. Written and Created by Oliver Warren - One of the ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021.
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(Los Angeles, CA - January 7, 2021) - La'Chris Jordan's historical pilot PINEY RIDGE placed in the Top 10 Historical/Bio Category for the 2020 Emerging Screenwriting Genre Competition. Winners and finalists were announced today on the competition's website. A multiple award-winner in several high profile competitions, PINEY RIDGE is Jordan's first pilot. Inspired by true events, a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia who sets out on a mission of personal revenge after her husband is brutally murdered by the KKK, all while fighting the exploitation of the town’s wealthy landowners and the violent harassment of the local sheriff and his posse of unlawful men.
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Jeremy Dehn's pilot, BREAKWATER CITY, has won the Mystery/Crime genre in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. This tops off a great year for Breakwater City, as it also was a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break, became a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival, and got Jeremy invited onto the ISA Development Slate, where he was named one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021.
The 2021 Southern California Screenplay Contest has honored Steve's newest screenplay, EMPATH, with quarter-finalist and semi-finalist awards.
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REVOLVING DOORS, a half hour, original TV comedy pilot just finished as a Top 10 Finalist in the Lit Laughs International Film Festival. Contact Jim to read the script and/or the TV Series Bible.
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Justin’s horror feature screenplay has won Gold in the technical category for Best Dialogue and Silver in the main category for Best Feature Screenplay at the Fourth Quarter Queen Palm International Film Festival based in Palm Springs. As a result, the screenplay will advance to the Annual Awards Ceremony which takes place in February 2021.
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Michael was selected to be a part of a small, exclusive group of writers who are showcased on the Imagine Impact Creative Network and Marketplace.