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www.rumhouse.net   for  detailed information on M B's  catalog of award winning content.   Dubbed the 'King of Cry' for his strong dramatic scenes, M B  is a produced writer whose scripts have been requested by executives with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and personally requested by Academy Award Winning Actor Jeff Bridges.  "Mr. Sieve's first ever screenplay 'Rum House' was 1 of 3 feature script winners of our festival contest of over 1100 submissions. 'Rum House' was easily the best screenplay out of the three and perhaps one of the best written scripts we have ever performed at our festival event. Michael is definitely a writer on the rise and a true talent." -Matthew Toffolo, Festival Director,. Over 60 Film Writing Awards including Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the...
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M. Elizabeth Eller, or MLiz, is an award-winning Los Angeles based writer-director who originally hails from Seattle. Her independent web series, Manic Pixie Dream Wife, toured the world at multiple film and web festivals, winning awards for Best Local Series and Best Writing at the Seattle Web Fest, Dailymotion Best Series at Vancouver Web Fest, Best Webisode at LA Femme International Film Festival, and Best Lead Actor at Raindance Web Fest. It was also nominated for Best Writing at Raindance.   MLiz began her career in theatre, earning a BA in theatre arts and receiving recognition from The Kennedy Center for her play Stepping In. In addition to writing, she worked as a director and designer on many stage productions in her native city of Seattle. Since moving to LA, she has been working on several television...
David Sullivan is a horror writer. Blending folklore and mythology with contemporary social issues, he crafts thought-provoking pieces of entertainment with highly specific world-building, shivery fun and a unique language of horror imagery. He has been an ISA Stowe Story Labs Fellow and a Finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.
Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen is a songwriter turned screenwriter. As the daughter of an American author and South African mother who created South Africa’s first TV talk show, it was this backdrop where Lindiwe learned the power of words, media, and the arts, to share stories that impact our world. “Growing up as a latchkey kid in a white neighborhood, television was my most supportive parent imaginable. Seeing people that looked like me, made me feel seen, heard and understood,” explains Lindiwe. Her characters are the freaks that fight to break stigmas, the outcasts that show their human spirit rise up time and time again, and the rebels that stand up against social norms of society.  Her first short film, Desmond’s Not Here Anymore,...
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Victoria Lucia was born and raised in Springfield, MA. A graduate of Hampshire College, she majored in video production and screenwriting. While at Hampshire, Victoria wrote, directed, and starred in Couch Girls, a meta web series about two twenty-somethings trying to achieve YouTube fame.  Victoria has written shorts, television pilots, and has just started in on her second draft of her first feature length script. Her scripts have advanced into later rounds in various competitions and programs including Atlanta, Austin, ScreenCraft, ITV Fest, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and winning the Berkshire Film and Media Short Screenplay Competition. In 2019, she’s proud to have been selected as the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow at the Stowe Story Lab’s Narrative Lab. Victoria is also...
Jeffrey Howe lives and works in the scenic Black Creek Bottoms area near St. Louis, Missouri. His feature and short screenplays have won or reached the finals of over 100 competitions since June 2015. His drama feature script "Flat-rate Frank" was a top 50 semifinalist for the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship. His first produced script, "Past Partum" won Best Horror Short at the 2019 Toronto Independent Film Festival. His short fiction appears in One Teen Story, in the anthology Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem at the Edge of Space, at Untreed Reads.com, in the quarterly anthology The First Line, and at Smashwords.  Favorite themes in his work include second chances and what people do with them, since everyone needs the occasional shot at redemption. Podcast interviews about his screenwriting are available at...
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Carolyn is a writer for screen and stage based in Los Angeles.  Carolyn recently won: New York Television Festival Official Selection, Table Read My Screenplay Austin 2nd Place, and Emerging Screenwriters Competition 3rd Place for pilot In Chambers, a legal procedural series; First Place Comedy in Vail Film Festival’s Screenplay Contest for New Reality, a Silicon Beach-set feature screenplay for Noggin Sauce Pictures; and C21/Content London official selection for pilot The Second City, a crime drama series set in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire.  Academy Award winner Melissa Leo headlined the reading of Carolyn’s screenplay Magnetic at the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab.  Magnetic received the Plume and...
  A former ballerina, published fiction author and sometimes film instructor at the University of Notre Dame, Devi is a proud alumnus of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and invited participant to the 2017 inaugural AFI/Fox Studios Bridge program. Her screenplays have placed in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowships, Slamdance and PAGE Awards, and her films have screened at over 500 festivals worldwide, garnering awards, distribution and critical acclaim. When she’s not writing and directing, she chases monkeys around the world with her anthropologist partner. She is also a co-founder/writer of Beyond the Bechdel, a newly launched feminist cinema blog.    
Jesse and Jerren specialize in writing genre films that thrust well-drawn characters into high-concept premises. Horror flicks and action thrillers that deliver the goods fans of these genres crave, but rounded out by crisp, clever dialogue, humor, and fully realized people dreaming, scheming, and screaming their way through the stories. They like entertainments, big and small, that can sneak in themes about the world. To them, RoboCop is a perfect movie. A smart, violent, even thoughtful sci-fi/action movie seething with satire that makes it timeless. More recently, they’ve loved the elevated genre-bending of films like The Invisible Man, Upgrade, Snowpiercer, and Knives Out. They recently completed post-production on their first feature film, which Jerren directed,...
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After collecting degrees from Stanford and UC Riverside, Mr. Peters set out to fulfill his lifelong dream: to become a starving artist. He was immediately successful. As an actor, he burst onto the stage, then blazed his way into films, TV, and commercials. Inexplicably, he has spent a inordinate slice of his career on hiatus. As an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, he has had the privilege of seeing his plays performed on stages from coast to coast. Yet in a cruel twist of fate, his brilliant screenplays have languished for years in Option Hell, though in the words of the author, they “reek with promise.” He's won or placed in over 40 screenwriting contests (including the Nicholl, StoryPros, ScreenCraft, and BlueCat), has been selected for the BloodList, received numerous option offers, and...
Bonnie Gross is a proud Ravenclaw, popcorn enthusiast, and avid watcher of every season of Survivor since it aired in 2000 (she may have even tried out for the show). She is a comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. Her work is inspired from personal experiences, which she writes about in depth on her blog at www.bonniegross.blog. Bonnie hopes to change the conversation revolving around female health care and sexuality with her most recent script, “Lady Parts,” but also wants to push the boundaries of how we view young women in today’s society. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she decided to journey to the University of Alabama for her undergrad. Roll Tide! In June 2017, she bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in...
Dale Winton is an awarded advertising copywriter by day and a passionate screenwriter by night and weekend. He loves creating fresh, provocative and topical stories that challenge the status quo, often told from a minority’s POV. It’s why you’ll find streetwise drag queens, drug-dealing Nigerians, closeted bisexuals and strong female leads helping to explore his themes. Dale has been a finalist in numerous top screenwriting contests, he holds an evaluated score of 8 on The Black List, has two scripts on Coverfly's Red List, pitched several show ideas to Netflix International Originals and is a Stowe Story Lab alumnus.  Nowadays, instead of trying to move products off shelves, Dale prefers to pen scripts that move people’s hearts and minds.    
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David Wappel is a Jersey-born, North Carolina-raised feature writer. Wappel's work will be featured in this year's HBO New York Latino Film Festival in the film Long Gone By for which he wrote the shooting script. He has also story consulted on a number of documentary projects, including Quest of the Muscle Nerd. Wappel's latest screenplay, The Last Farm, was a Semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival in the HUMANITAS Originals Category, and was also accepted to the Fall 2019 Stowe Story Lab as an Honorable Mention for the ISA Fellowship. Wappel's work often includes themes of sibling relationships, reluctant leadership, and private courage.  Non-screenwriting projects include the twitter handle @ScriptByShakes where Wappel translates famous movie lines into the Elizabethan tongue, as well as Lightning...
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Jesse and Jerren specialize in writing genre films that thrust well-drawn characters into high-concept premises. Horror flicks and action thrillers that deliver the goods fans of these genres crave, but rounded out by crisp, clever dialogue, humor, and fully realized people dreaming, scheming, and screaming their way through the stories. They like entertainments, big and small, that can sneak in themes about the world. To them, RoboCop is a perfect movie. A smart, violent, even thoughtful sci-fi/action movie seething with satire that makes it timeless. More recently, they’ve loved the elevated genre-bending of films like The Invisible Man, Upgrade, Snowpiercer,  and Knives Out. They recently completed post-production on their first feature film, which Jerren directed,...
Rachel Kempf is a Los-Angeles based screenwriter with a passion for kick-ass female-driven projects and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). She received a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, she co-created the webseries Texting with Gosling and was listed in Variety Magazine’s 110 Students to Watch list. Since then, her scripts have gained accolades from Slamdance, Cinestory, Austin Film Festival, Script Pipeline, Hollyshorts, Final Draft Big Break, and the PAGE Awards. In 2019, her feature rom-com Dirty Words caught the attention of Gidden Media, who hired her to write a romantic comedy based on her and her husband’s love story. Most recently, she was named one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch for...
We did a lot of camping when I was growing up — most of it inside the condemned houses my hippie-ski-bum parents were working to restore. As they tried to establish themselves as custom home builders, my parents chose freedom over security every time. To them, spending the winter snowbound in a leaking trailer with me and my two siblings was better than working in a fluorescent lit cubicle. My life has been shaped by people like them that bucked society’s expectations and chose their own path. This is why I am consistently drawn to the lives and stories of outsider characters. My narrative and documentary work has focused on people going against the grain of mainstream American society — from the Paiute demolition derby drivers of Pyramid Lake, to the career prostitutes in Nevada’s brothels....
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John is a writer/director whose work has screened on PBS and at top-tier festivals. He often blends imaginative sci-fi with smart comedy, as in his short film LA VIE D’UN CHIEN. This tale of a French scientist transformed into a dog took home numerous festival trophies and was described as “clever, funny and profound social satire” by the Boston Globe. He co-authored THE SENSITIVITY PROGRAM, awarded Best Feature Screenplay (Science Fiction category) at the Austin Film Festival. John is available for hire for script development or as a director. He studied film at Sonoma State University, and has a background in visual arts and marketing. He is currently developing UNEARTHLY, a feature script he plans to direct. In his spare time he enjoys writing about himself in the third person. You can see...
Emily Tomson’s background spans the arts and cultural studies. She studied Experimental Theatre as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting her degree in cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. After five years in advertising, she began directing and writing for film in 2013. Emily’s work is noted for a distinct feminine perspective, characters driven by moral ambiguity, and visual storytelling that looks the way it feels. Emily has directed several short films and music videos, and made her festival debut with KATE IN OXNARD, which premiered at the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film, going on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Bend Film Festival, and others. Her feature screenplays have been given multiple awards and industry recognition,...
Steve Feld is a 7-time Emmy Award-winning producer/writer/director. His dramedy, "Take My Wife, Please" was awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's 2019 Emerging Screenwriters competition. His film, "40 Minutes Over Maui" was awarded Best Comedy Short in the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival, Best of Fest in the 2019 Dam Short Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Fade-In Short Film/Short Script competition. It is an Official Selection for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. His marriage equality romantic comedy, "And Then, This Happened" has won several film festival awards including Best Screenplay at the 2018 Romance Film Festival and the 2018 LGBTQ Film Festival. His sitcom pilot, "Now What?" was a finalist for LiveRead/LA.  
Born in the US and raised in a rural Italian village, T. Siena’s perspective could best be described as a refined mixture of Old world and New. As the oldest child of an arms dealer and a religious zealot, she grew up in an extremely polarized and often violent home. Her deepest emotional attachments were to the animals she rescued and the imaginary character-friends she created in her mind. She didn’t know these were the precursors to Story, nor that story would become the greatest love of her life. In school she found her next great love, Science, and took solace in its constancy, the logic and reason that contrasted so dramatically with her home life. From these beginnings, and the catharsis she experienced from reading the stories of others, Siena began to create her own. After many years of...
Andy Maycock grew up in New York, went to college in Ohio, got a Finance job in Pennsylvania, and in 1994 returned home to get his Master's in Education. He teaches English, Cinema, Acting, and Screenwriting in a suburban high school where he is also the Media Director. His work includes the screenplay The Best Man's Privilege, which caught the eye of writer-producer-director Josh Stolberg ("Good Luck Chuck”). Josh played a big role in helping Andy develop the script, which eventually became a semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival. Andy's teen-driving adventure Getaway, Inc. was a top-ten finisher in the Writers on the Storm Contest, and more recently, his noir thriller The Hitchcock Murders won the Grand Prize at the ISA Table Read My Screenplay Competition, which got him a trip to Sundance and a...
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When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a bit cheeky in the process. Ghosts, goddesses, demons and ethereal cats populate my magical worlds.  A bit about me, the person: I'm an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I've lived all over the world - in 6 countries outside of the US and 8 States. So far my favorite place is Florence, Italy with Cornwall, UK coming in at a close second. I was a theater major at Northwestern Univ and am full of Purple Pride! Now about writing: I started in 2008 when life circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and find a new creative outlet. My sometimes writing partner and I thought it would be a good idea to write a sequel to 'Northern...
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Jasmine Leyva is a filmmaker and actress based in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in TV, Film and Media and a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from California State University (Northridge), where she taught undergrad screenwriting.  She was the recipient of the 2019 ISA Hollywood Writer Award and the grand prize winner of the 2019 WeScreenplay competition.  Leyva worked as an Associate Producer on the NAACP Award winning docu-series, Unsung, and was subsequently a writer and producer for Being, a docuseries highlighting dynamic entertainers in film and music. Leyva was also an Associate Producer for a variety of unscripted television. In front of the camera, Leyva has appeared in commercials and print ads for major brands including American Express, Apple, BlackPeopleMeet.com, Credit...
Shane Elizabeth is an award-winning writer who lives her life fueled by the words she writes. Her ability to jump off the page, right along with her characters, through a unique signature style of writing brings integrity, laughter, and attitude back to the written word. Shane's genre of writing focuses on showcasing strong female-driven characters battling adversity within niche subcultures of America. Adopted at birth and born legally deaf, Shane is diverse through a disability she has turned into an ability. This lack of one sense has caused her others to heighten, allowing Shane to observe life in very detailed ways, which in return, she uses in her characters and storytelling. She reads lips and uses hearing aids which allows for this “lack of” to go virtually unnoticed by others. Whereas, her...
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Skye Emerson is an accomplished screenwriter and filmmaker, recently receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She is passionate about all things art and storytelling, emphasizing in her work strong female protagonists and members of the world minority. She's an advocate for the oppressed, a voice for the voiceless, and believes that film has the power to change minds and lives. Skye's feature drama script, Challenger, was recently awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Competition, and was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Grant from both UCLA and the Sundance Institute.   Skye was recognized as a Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020 from ISA.     
Jack Matosian is an award-winning screenwriter, with writing credits for the Disney Channel, who is motivated by his desires to make people think and to make people laugh.  With his screenplays, Jack explores questions that he (and likely many others) have pondered over the years: “What if I woke up tomorrow with a great singing voice?”   “What if people lived forever, without having to worry about aging, getting sick or falling off a cliff?”  “What if a hockey team really did bring in a sumo wrestler to play goalie?”  Taking a thoughtful, humorous look at scenarios like these are the common elements across all of Jack’s feature screenplays, which include Ice Saki, named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Creative Screenwriting Contest and Evitable,...