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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an Industry Pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status. 31 Success Stories Listed.

Shaunia McKenzie's feature script THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL was listed as a semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition.
Larry E Coleman's period war drama, THE ABYSSINIAN finished in the top 10 in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition 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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THREE projects by screenwriter, KIM HORNSBY, were recognized in Table Read my Screenplay by screenwriter. Her TV Pilot, MOODY & THE GHOST, reached the top 100 in Table Read my Screenplay as did her Features, NECESSARY DETOUR, and THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE. All 3 scripts are adapted from her Bestselling books. MOODY also reached the second round of Austin Film Fest as did her Short script, CHAT. Her feature, THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE quarter finaled in Page Turner Screenplays and Moody was in the top 20 of Adapted Screenplay Contest. Kim is represented by JD DeWitt of 5x5 Literary Management
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"We think the market has caught up to this amazing script," says Producer Darin Dusan when he optioned screenwriter Michael Graf's historical sports drama about a group of Native American children that are kidnapped by the US Army and go on to invent the modern game of football. "This is an amazing story and it needs to be told." The screenplay has been making waves around the world, winning dozens of awards and accolades. It also has been a part of the ISA Development Slate.
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DELIVERANCE, a short Sci-Fi thriller by Olga Holtz, made it to the top 25 shorts at Table Read My Screenplay 2020 Genre Competition.
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Xavier Burgin's drama Feature ON TIME was chosen as the 2020 ISA Table Read My Screenplay Drama Category Winner.
Don Thompson's WWII action-drama screenplay KALTENHOUSE has won top awards, including 'Best Drama Screenplay' at the Los Angeles Film Awards (2019), 'Best Action Screenplay' at the Festigious International Film Festival (2020), and 'Screenplay of the Month' at the Festigious International Film Festival (July - 2020).
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Crystal found ISA's Virtual Pitch challenge through a fellow writer, and literally submitted the pitch a day before the deadline. The next week, she learned she was 1 of 4 winners. Since then, things have been moving very quickly! She was accepted onto ISA's Development Slate, and has been working with Jerren and Felicity on the project. Two weeks ago, she was introduced to Matt Prater from Citizen Skull Productions. They had a great talk about life in general and (of course her writing). She sent Matt her pilot that night, and the next morning, he called her to discuss it and her dreams for her career. The conversation was insightful; he gave her GREAT feedback on ways to elevate the story structure. What she liked about Matt is that he was invested in her story. Happy to announce that Crystal is now repped by Matt...
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JIMMY LYNCH a working class romantic comedy by NYU Alum and former Stand Up Comic, Robert Rossetti, was recently announced as a Semi Finalist in the Page International Screenwriting Awards. Bob is a hardworking prewga comedy writer with two scripts that have both placed multiple times in the contest circuit. Thanks to ISA for all their help & support!
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ROSES IN THE WATER placed among the Top 10% for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. A record-breaking 7,831 entries were received this year.
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FLAT-RATE FRANK, Jeffrey Howe's historical coming of age drama, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It also entered the semifinal round at the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition.
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After Datura Studios read Cannabiz, thanks to the ISA, they hired Shane to write a biopic feature about one of Houston's first African-American millionaires. This marks Shane's first official PAID job for a feature as a screenwriter. She started it at the beginning of the pandemic and is currently working on revisions with the intention of moving into development soon! THANKS ISA for the recommendation.
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Thanks to Felicity and the ISA, Shane has also made a great connection with Double Eye Studios. They have officially hired Shane to come on board as a writer for the larger-than-life, LIVE Interactive Virtual Reality Theater Performance: Finding Pandora. She is currently writing scenes and developing character's voices for the soon to be seen experience. Officially premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2020.
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Leslie Nipkow's pilot, CRUMB BUMS, was chosen for the 2020 Athena Writers Lab.
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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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Lisa Jay's screenply THE DOMOVOI was chosen as the Final Draft Fellowship winner for Stowe StoryLabs Fall 2020.
Julia Skikavich has been named a 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellow. Julia's pilot scripts -- MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S. -- were the basis of her selection. Fellowship judges said Julia's "writing is personal yet entertaining, gripping and compelling, wildly specific and yet also relatable." Julia is an award-winning screenwriter, online producer, and journalist. Both scripts have previously won and placed in several contests and have been hailed for their women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centred on wholly relevant discussions. Julia holds degrees in screenwriting, journalism and political science. She has worked on a variety of news programs, factual entertainment and reality series.
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Josh's new script THE MOST HATED MAN IN NEW YORK was a Top 50 finalist in the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship.
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A SEASON OF STRAWBERRIES was considered for the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship and placed in the Top 50. This coming-of-age thriller has also been entered in the Los Angeles InRoads Screenwriting Fellowship and the FilmNorth McKnight Fellowship in her home state of Minnesota.
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Western screenplay MESCALERO was invited to the Stowe Story Labs April Writer's Retreat prior to postponement, finished as a Quarterfinalist in Fresh Voices, a Quarterfinalist in Richmond International Film Festival, and placed as a Semifinalist in the Atlanta International Screenplay Awards. Wishing all great health and safety during this time.
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