Shining a Spotlight on Emerging Talent

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Shane Elizabeth is an award winning writer with a background in development and story producing for unscripted television. She has worked on shows such as Anthony Bourdain's The Taste and Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days, Project Runway, and The Real World. Shane holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, and has completed UCLA's two-year Graduate Program in both Screenwriting and TV writing. She is currently writing for two VR companies and continues to pursue  her novel as well.  Shane was born with a hearing disability, but knew she was a writer at a young age when the words she couldn't always hear flew onto the page.  After writing her first book at age eleven, Shane went on to become the Editor-In-Chief of her high school's literary...
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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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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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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...
  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.    
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.  
Valerie Bischoff is a film director and writer whose humanistic stories about outsiders from the modern American West have garnered awards and recognition. Her short film “Derby Kings,” (2012) about Native American demolition derby drivers, won the prestigious 2011 Princess Grace Graduate Film Scholarship and premiered at the 2013 Palm Springs Short Film Festival. After after a successful festival run, “Derby Kings,” was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Her short film “Veterans,” (2010) an unsentimental day in the life of a woman working as a career prostitute in a Nevada brothel, won the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director and screened internationally. Bischoff’s documentary credits include MTV’s “Rebel Music: Native...
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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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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,...
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.     
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...
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,...
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...
Hi, we’re Jerren and Jesse. We were writers on the PBS Kids show Bug Bites (https://www.kcet.org/shows/bug-bites). We’ve created, written and produced a comedic web series for Machinima (VGPD: 8-Bit Detectives, animated) and a series for Fox Digital (Jacked On 'Roids). We’ve written an action-comedy for Canadian producer Terri Hitchcock (Solo-Duet, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5331176/?ref_=nm_knf_t1). We’ve also written on national ad campaigns for Chili’s, Westin Hotels and Lake Tahoe. We’ve been selected as part of Geoff LaTulippe’s/The Black List’s Six Week Spec project, where LaTulippe wrote: "What I'm saying is, if someone doesn't buy Jerren and Jesse’s script, I will hunt them down and set them on fire for making a fool of me."...
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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...
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...
Hi, we’re Jerren and Jesse. We were writers on the PBS Kids show Bug Bites (https://www.kcet.org/shows/bug-bites). We’ve created, written and produced a comedic web series for Machinima (VGPD: 8-Bit Detectives, animated) and a series for Fox Digital (Jacked On 'Roids). We’ve written an action-comedy for Canadian producer Terri Hitchcock (Solo-Duet, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5331176/?ref_=nm_knf_t1). We’ve also written on national ad campaigns for Chili’s, Westin Hotels and Lake Tahoe. We’ve been selected as part of Geoff LaTulippe’s/The Black List’s Six Week Spec project, where LaTulippe wrote: "What I'm saying is, if someone doesn't buy Jerren and Jesse’s script, I will hunt them down and set them on fire for making a fool of me."...
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 eighty competitions since June 2015. 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.  His first produced script, "Past Partum" won Best Horror Short at the 2019 Toronto Independent Film Festival. 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 Script Shop (http://scriptshopshow.com/robo4ce-jeffrey-howe-script-shop-episode-018/) and Shriekfest Radio...
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Bonnie Gross is a proud Ravenclaw, popcorn lover, and avid watcher of every season of Survivor since it aired in 2000. She’s originally from Philadelphia, PA, but journeyed to the University of Alabama for her undergrad. Roll Tide! In June 2017, she bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a television comedy writer. In 2018, she graduated the UCLA Professional Program for comedy television writing while working full time as a post production supervisor at Encore Hollywood. In October 2019, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work as a comedy writer/producer on It’s a Southern Thing. You can find all their information and videos at https://www.southernthing.com. For more information please check out her website: https://www.bonniegross.info/
David Sullivan grew up homeschooled in an isolated mountain town. Knowing this hardly qualified him to write about the world, he decided to travel it first. He taught English in Hong Kong, worked as a deckhand in the Mediterannean, and generally followed in the idea of life etched on the page once upon a time by guys like Hemingway and Melville. He has been an ISA Stowe Story Labs Fellow and a Finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.
Amy is an American writer living in Oxford, England with her husband, two sons, and three cats. She has been writing since about 2008 when circumstances forced her to stop acting & directing and she needed to find a new creative outlet. Since then she has had an educational animated series produced, been optioned four times (2 pilots, 2 features), and had one TV project in development. Her latest project, WHEN IN ROME, is a fantasy teen sitcom inspired by her time in an all-girls Catholic boarding school in the 80s in Italy. She worked with the super smart environmentalists at University of Oxford creating a murder mystery-style game to teach people about climate change and adaptation. Currently, she is working on another murder mystery project for the University of Oxford, a romcom and an animated feature...
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T. Siena was thrilled to have her screenplay, Border Dogs "el Corrido de los Perros" chosen as one of the ISA's Fast Track grand prize winners for 2019. This TV drama series pilot was also a quarter-finalist for Bluecat 2019 and received Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest screenplay competition in 2018. Born in the US to a mother who was a religious zealot and a father who was an international arms dealer, T. Siena grew up with a sharper than average survival instinct and a healthy dose of moral ambiguity. The "good guys" in her world were animals and the "bad guys" wore uniforms or promised salvation, or both. As a child, to escape her chaotic and often violent homelife, she would create worlds in her mind and people them with characters she wish really existed. When she began writing her stories, she...
Rachel Kempf is a Los-Angeles based screenwriter with a passion for kick-ass female-driven comedy 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. Her most recent romantic comedy, Dirty Words, earned her a development deal from Gidden Media, and she is currently at work with them on a romantic comedy for people who hate weddings. Dirty Words will receive a live table read at this year's Austin Film Festival as a result of winning the Grand Prize in the 2019 Table My Read Competition. In addition, her comedy feature and pilot scripts have gained...
I'm an award-winning screenwriter and director of many things, but people seem to really like that one about the dog (http://johnfilms.com/my-work/la-vie-dun-chien/). My work has screened and taken awards at top-tier festivals around the globe. There are trophies. Areas of interest include comedy and imaginative sci-fi, and my work often checks both those boxes. Available for hire or collaboration on interesting projects - what have you got? Concept development, script analysis & rewrites. Producer & successful crowdfunder. Background in visual arts, marketing and communications.
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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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 Entertainment 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...
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