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SAGindie and Stowe Story Labs Partner to Offer Fellowship to Stowe Story Labs

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SAGindie, an educational program dedicated to teaching independent filmmakers how to hire professional actors for their projects, and Stowe Story Labs, a non-profit organization that runs workshops and labs for top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers, today announce their partnership to offer a “SAGindie Fellowship” to the Stowe Story Labs.

The first SAGindie Fellowship will be awarded to an applicant to the 2017 Story Lab, to be held September 9 - 12, 2017, at the Helen Day Art Center in the village of Stowe, Vermont.

“SAGindie shares the vision of the Stowe Story Labs in helping emerging talents develop the skills and knowledge to gain a thriving career in the film industry. We are so excited to collaborate with the Labs on this new fellowship,” said SAGindie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson.

> Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Fall Lab.

“The Fall Lab is a fantastic opportunity for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to learn about the industry from a project-centric approach,” said Stowe Story Labs President David Rocchio. “The insights, relationships and direct, actionable feedback participants receive is invaluable,” he said.

Top Industry mentors take participants through all the various elements of story, such as theme, character, structure and dialogue. Stowe Story Lab Mentors help participants gain insights, build relationships, and advance their work.

“I am particularly excited to partner with SAGindie,” said Rocchio. “They work hard to demystify the process of making wonderful films, which is a fundamental goal of the Labs as well. I look forward to working with the SAGindie team for years to come,” he said.

The SAGindie Fellowship covers fees to attend the labs as well as a stipend to support travel and lodging to beautiful Stowe, Vermont. The 2017 SAGindie Fellowship will be awarded to a talented creative producer or director of color. The value of the Fellowship exceeds $2,500.

Now in its Fifth Year, Stowe Story Labs is dedicated to helping emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get good work made and seen.

> Click here to apply to this Fall’s Lab.

Applications close July 16.

Nice Article in SCRIPT About our Labs

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Stowe Story Labs’ David Pope tries to manage mentors Alex Boden (Cloud Atlas, Sense8), Molly O’Keefe (TFI), and Julie Keck (Seed&Spark).

Stowe Story Labs’ David Pope tries to manage mentors Alex Boden (Cloud Atlas, Sense8), Molly O’Keefe (TFI), and Julie Keck (Seed&Spark).

Remember The Shining? Writer Jack Torrance heads to an isolated resort to be the winter caretaker, hoping to cure his writer’s block. What could possibly go wrong? Just a few ghosts, a psychic son screaming, “REDRUM!” and an ax-wielding writer gone mad, trying to slash his wife. Not exactly the relaxing atmosphere to create a masterpiece.

Now take a deep breath and imagine the opposite of The Shining and you have Stowe Story Labs, set in picturesque Stowe, Vermont with its gorgeous fall colors and locally-made gin. Now, that is my kind of block buster.

I’ve always been curious about this particular Lab, so last fall, I popped up to Stowe to see if it’s something I’d be interested in attending one day – minus the ghosts and axes, of course. I was so impressed with the uniqueness of the five-day event, that I asked the Founder and President, David Rocchio, if I could share his retreat with our readers.

> Read the full article at Scriptmag.com
 

“I had, by then, fallen a number of times on my own face. I had a number of opportunities to put
together the project that I first showed to Charlotte Mickie. I actually started casting it with the
help of Ellen Parks. Jonathan Grey, a phenomenal New York City production counsel and producer, attached as well to the project. We were moving forward and then it just fell apart. I had learned on my own from getting beaten up repeatedly and thought, you know what, I should bring people to Stowe and take some of the pain out of the process.”
— David Rocchio

Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Story Labs Offer Vermonter Fellowship to Fall Stowe Story Labs

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The Helen Day Art Center, a non-profit contemporary arts organization, and Stowe Story Labs, a non-profit which runs workshops, mentoring and retreats for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers, are pleased to partner on a “Vermonter Fellowship” to the 2017 Stowe Story Lab. The 5th Annual Fall Lab will be held September 9 - 12, 2017, at the Helen Day Art Center in the village of Stowe, Vermont.

“The Art Center has had the pleasure of working with Stowe Story Labs for the past five years, and I am excited to deepen the relationship with this fellowship,” said Helen Day Art Center Executive Director Rachel Moore. “Emerging talents and top film professionals come to the labs from around the world each year. Making sure a Vermonter has the chance to be a part of the process is important to our mission,” she said.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Fall Lab. 

“The Fall Lab is a fantastic opportunity for participants to learn about the industry from a project-centric approach,” said Stowe Story Labs President David Rocchio. "The insights, relationships with top talents from around the world and the direct, actionable feedback participants receive is invaluable,” he said. Top Industry mentors take participants through all the various elements of story, such as theme, character, structure and dialogue. They also cover and conduct exercises on how to talk about story within the industry; how to package a project; the art of collaboration required to make a film; and the elements of production, sale and distribution.

The Vermonter Fellowship covers fees to attend the labs and most meals, as well as other benefits. Lodging in Stowe is provided through our lodging partners, who offer steep discounts. The value of the Fellowship is approximately $2,000. Read more about the Vermonter and other fellowships here.

Now in its Fifth Year, you can read testimonials about the program here. Lincoln Hayes, our 2016 Vermont Fellow, had this to say about the experience:

Being part of the Labs is a highlight of my time living in Vermont. To be around so many talented writers and creators was exhilarating! The mentors were insightful, inspiring, and wonderfully down-to-earth. I couldn't believe I was in the same room with such industry rockstars! All the participants’ work was incredible as well; I loved listening to their pitches. Seeing everyone light up as they spoke about their work was inspiring. I've maintained relationships from the Labs, and am actually working on two of their projects this year as an actor! I would attend the Labs again in a heartbeat. Do not miss your chance!

Stowe Story Labs and Seed&Spark Announce Partnership to Sponsor Filmmaker for Fifth Annual September Story Lab

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs, a Vermont-based non-profit which runs Labs and Retreats for top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers, announce a partnership with Seed&Spark - the only entertainment platform that not only supports filmmaking careers with education, fundraising tools, and data, but also actively increases diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. Together they will sponsor a fellowship to the 5th Annual Stowe Story Labs, to be held September 9 – 12, 2017 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.

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Lab Application Process Open

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Applications Being Accepted for September Story Lab

Stowe Story Labs, in its fifth year running Labs and Retreats for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers, is now accepting applications for the September Lab - September 9-12, 2017, to be held at the Helen Day Art Center in the village of Stowe, Vermont. Admissions are made on a rolling basis starting June 1.

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Working with top industry professionals, lab participants gain insights, build relationships, and advance their work. You can apply to the Fall Lab here.

Starting this fall, the September Lab is the entry point for a year of ongoing mentoring and programs to help prepare your project to be made into a film or show. Competitive Fellowships are available. All fellows are granted a fee waiver and receive a free copy of Final Draft 10.

Here is a testimonial written by Final Draft Ambassador, Filmmaker Jonathan London to the team at Stowe Story Labs:

“Now that I am back in Los Angeles I wanted to write to express how profoundly valuable the past few days have been to me as a storyteller. Thank you for everything you have done. The program not only helped my next draft but my outlook, approach and work ethic moving forward. I welcome the chance to work with you again.”

Jonathan London, Stowe Story Labs / PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellow, Sept. 2016 (returning May ’17 to Stowe Story Labs’ Writers’ retreat)

Click here to apply to the Labs. We wish you the best of luck in that process.

BENEFIT SCREENING OF 'THE GUN SHOP'

David Rocchio

PRESS RELEASE

STOWE, VT – Stowe Cinema, located on the Mountain Road in Stowe, will be the venue for a one-time screening of The UK’s Channel 4 documentary, THE GUN SHOP, on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:30 PM. The screening is a benefit for the non-profit Stowe Story Labs and Helen Day Art Center.

Co-produced by Stowe resident, David Rocchio, THE GUN SHOP is a documentary about guns in America from the perspective of one gun shop and the community around it. The show was filmed in Battle Creek, Michigan. The documentary received 4- and 5-star reviews throughout the UK when broadcast November, 2016.

A donation of $35 or more will provide admission to the reception, screening and Q&A to follow. To buy tickets click here. There will be a reception at 7:30 PM. The screening is slated for 8:30 PM with a Q&A immediately after with co-producer David Rocchio and Director John Douglas

“I am so pleased our sales agent gave us the right to screen the film in Stowe,” said co-producer David Rocchio. “My purpose in making this doc was to create a window into a gun shop, the people who pass through it and the issue of guns in America. My idea was simple: I love going to Parro’s in Waterbury and also believe in strict gun control. I cannot stand how we allow different opinions on things like guns to be used to divide us so deeply,” he said. “We need to restart dialogue in America and a conversation starts with listening,” he said.

Helen Day Director Rachel Moore said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to further our partnership with Stowe Story Labs and collaboratively support the production of relevant issues through film and through the arts – a core part of our mission.

 ABOUT STOWE STORY LABS AND HDAC:

Stowe Story Labs is a Stowe-based non-profit dedicated to bringing the world’s top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to Stowe for workshops, labs and ongoing mentoring to get work made and seen.

Helen Day Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts organization that offers cutting edge thematic exhibitions and an extensive adult and youth education program.

BIO OF JOHN DOUGLAS:

John Douglas - Director

Director: John Douglas is an award-winning series director and producer for BBC and Channel 4. His credits include the fixed rig series 24 Hours in A&E, Life and Death Row, Our War, Dog Borstal and Olympic Dreams.

 

Australian Directors' Guild Awards Rebecca Ingram Fellowship to Attend Stowe Story Labs '17

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Very pleased to share the news Australian Screenwriter Rebecca Ingram has been awarded an ADG Metro Screen Fellowship to attend the 2017 Stowe Story Labs.

You can read more about the fellowship here.

Rebecca will work on her feature script DOG BOX, a chilling thriller about four young girls from very different backgrounds thrown together in an under-resourced, inner-city juvenile justice detention centre. When they are all implicated in the murder of a young girl, secrets and incidents collide in chilling ways - and survival is no longer assumed.

STOWE STORY LABS PARTNERS WITH SEED&SPARK TO TELL AMERICA'S STORY THROUGH FILM

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We are pleased to deepen our partnership with Seed&Spark in 2017.

Seed&Spark's #100DaysofDiversity initiative gives us all a chance to say what it means to be America and American. All our voices make a great cacophony of sound: different viewpoints, backgrounds, heritage, race, orientation, favorite ice-cream. It’s all good and it all needs to be told through story. That's why we've joined the effort. Between now and April 29th, Seed & Spark is focused on artists prioritizing inclusion in front of and behind the camera. Details here.

Our support for this effort will continue throughout the year, and will include a Seed & Spark Fellowship to this Fall’s Fifth Annual Stowe Story Labs. We'll have more to say more about that later this winter.

For now, we wanted you all to hear about this effort and ask you to join us by:

  • · Spreading the word about #100DaysOfDiversity on social media
  • · Subscribing to Seed&Spark to stream and support bold films and shows
  • · Crowdfunding your films on Seed&Spark
  • · Streaming your films on Seed&Spark

Added bonus from Seed&Spark: if you start your crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark before April 29 you become eligible for over $20k in perks, including a yearlong fellowship with the platform. Learn more about #100DaysOfDiversity perks here.

We admire the team at Seed&Spark for their vision, audacity, positivity, naïve optimism, tremendous talent and, yes, their diversity. It’s all so damn American. We are excited to be part of the team and hope you all will check out their plan.

Shoshana Rosenbaum's Stowe Story Labs experience...

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For those wondering if the Stowe Story Lab experience is for you, Shoshana Rosenbaum shares an excellent first person view of what it's like to attend. We are so happy to be part of another positive creative journey... Thanks Shoshana!

It was scary. It was a leap. (My words were: atmospheric; engaging; heartfelt. I hesitated on that last one because I was worried it was cheesy, but I said it anyway.) And here’s the thing: everyone saying their words transformed the room. We’d taken a risk, collectively, and we were a tiny bit closer because of it. We were in this together.
— http://www.scriptmag.com/features/story-broads-trip-stowe-story-labs

"When I first heard about Stowe Story Labs, I liked what I saw on the website: a community of screenwriters and filmmakers learning together in a beautiful place. Initially, I was put off by the cost ($1,250 for the fall lab, although about a quarter of all attendees are awarded fellowships through organizations like PAGE, ISA, and Tangerine Entertainment.) Last year, I started hearing more about Stowe from the women in my screenwriting group (the Story Broads), so I gave it another look. I submitted a feature screenplay and was selected for the 2016 Fall Narrative Lab.

The project I brought to the Lab was one I’d pitched in the finals of the Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition and developed briefly with a production company, but now it felt stalled. Would four days in Stowe help?"

Read the full article here >


Shoshana Rosenbaum is a writer/director and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning short film THE GOBLIN BABY has screened at festivals around the U.S. and internationally. She was an invited filmmaker at Stranger With My Face International Film Festival’s inaugural 2015 Attic Lab with her supernatural thriller script THE GOBLIN CHILD. Her Goonies-for-girls script THE CREEPY HOUSE was a selected project at the 2016 Stowe Story Labs. Her screenplays have been finalists in the Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition, Nashville Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, and Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Follow Shoshana on her website, Facebook and Twitter: @shoshanarosenba

VermontPBS Supports Stowe Story Labs' DocDay

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A new collaboration between VermontPBS and Stowe Story Labs is aimed to encourage Vermont filmmakers to attend DocDay and will allow a young documentarian to attend Stowe Story Labs' DocDay for free. 

Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collaborative bringing emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers together with top industry professionals to get good work made and seen.

"Although the Labs draw participants and mentors from around the world, a core element of our vision is to be a resource for Vermont-based emerging talents seeking access to the international, independent film industry," said David Rocchio, founder and president of the Labs. "I love the idea of collaborating with VermontPBS because their vision is to support and broadcast the work of local and regional talents while  plugged into the larger industry," he said. "I see VermontPBS as a critical bridge between where we live and work and the audiences we can find worldwide for our efforts," he said.

TFI's Jose Rodriguez talks story

TFI's Jose Rodriguez talks story

Stowe Story Labs first DocDay is a one day exploration of documentary filmmaking and financing and is a collaboration between Stowe Story Labs and the Tribeca Film Institute. Mentors from TFI and independent producers and documentarians from New York and London will take participants through all of the steps of building a documentary, including how to get it financed. It follows the fourth annual Stowe Story Lab, which runs from Sept. 10 - 13. 

The fee to attend the full day of DocDay is $295 and attendance is capped at forty participants. As part of its collaboration with VermontPBS, Stowe Story Labs is offering a 50% discount to Vermonters to attend the program. Participants must register in advance and the final day for Vermonters to register is Friday September 10. To register to attend click here and use code VTDocDay.

"We are excited to partner with Stowe Story Labs as part of our Made Here initiative to share local content with viewers," said VermontPBS CEO Holly Groschner. "We identify with the Lab’s vision to bring the dynamic international, independent film community to Vermont and to create opportunities for Vermont's talented film community to participate in this broader film community," she said. "I look forward to this collaboration  to help the world discover Vermont filmmakers," she said.

To learn more about DocDay click here. 

To register to attend click here and use code VTDocDay.

 

Story Lab Alum Supports DocDay with Donation

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Stacey Davis, an alum of Stowe Story Labs and the Stowe Story Labs' Writers' Retreat, has made a generous donation to Stowe Story Labs. This donation allows 2016 Stowe Story Lab participants to attend the full-day DocDay program for no additional fee.

Stacey is a screenwriter, producer and entertainment lawyer specializing in the film and TV industries. Stacey came to the lab with her action-comedy script 'Where Are They Now?', which is about misfit former teen TV stars being forced back together to thwart a real villain.

In addition to allowing any 2016 Stowe Story Participant attend the full DocDay for no additional fee, each 2016 Stowe Story Lab Fellow has the option of a 1-hour consultation with Stacey on a pending project. Further, Stacey is committed to supporting the Labs for three years.

“Film is my passion,” said Davis, founder of The Law Firm of Stacey A. Davis. “Whether I am developing one of my own scripts or assisting a producer on an actor deal memo, I’m drawn to the collaborative spirit of the business.  Stowe Story Labs has been an incredible asset to me as I’ve developed my craft and I’m beyond excited to collaborate with them to provide even more resources to their Labbers,” she said.

"We are thrilled Stacey is supporting the Labs and Labbers with this contribution," said David Rocchio, founder and president of the Labs. "There is no better validation of our work than to see alum return for follow-up sessions, introduce us to new mentors and participants and ultimately support the labs with contributions of time and money," he said. "Stacey has now done all three for which we are very thankful," he said.

DocDay is a one day exploration of making and financing documentary films. The program is made possible through a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute. DocDay will be facilitated by the TFI's Director of Documentary Program, Jose Rodriquez. Mentors at DocDay include Academy-Award nominated Creative Producer Amy Hobby (WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?), Award-winning Creative Producer Alex Boden (PULP), and Award-winning Documentarian and Producer James Rogan (MAYFAIR, MONTY PYTHON AND THE MEANING OF LIVE).

To learn more about DocDay click here. To register for DocDay click here.

Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collective dedicated to helping emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

Middlebury College / Stowe Story Lab Fellow Named

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Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce Abigail Woolf has won the inaugural Middlebury College / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship to this September’s Lab.

ELEMENTARY HEIST is a drama about an ill-conceived high-jacking of a school bus. Abigail Woolf is a film and biology student at Middlebury College. She also is a serious brewer and rock-climber, making Stowe a good destination for a writing retreat.

“I'm really excited about attending the Stowe Story Labs this fall,” said Abby Woolf. “This is a great opportunity for me to speak with professional screenwriters and to hear what it is like to work in the business,” she said.

“The Department of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College is thrilled to sponsor the inaugural Fellowship and looking forward to a continued collaboration with the Stowe Story Labs”, said Ioana Uricaru, filmmaker and Assistant Professor at Middlebury. “Our students are talented and passionate about screenwriting, and the Labs offer a dream opportunity for them to start exploring the industry. Congratulations, Abby!”

“We are thrilled to be working with Middlebury’s film program on this fellowship,” said David Rocchio. “Luckily for us, a participant in the lab last year, Ethan Murphy, is a Middlebury staff member and made the introduction. We have met tremendous young writers through the process of selecting a fellow and hope to work with a number of them,” he said. “Abby will be a particularly good fit for the labs given her devotion to brewing and climbing!”

Stowe Story Labs runs from September 10 - 13 in Stowe, Vermont. The Labs are a nonprofit collective working to help emerging filmmakers, screenwriters and creative producers get work made and seen.

2016 Tangerine Fellow Named

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Tangerine / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship is Grace Bennett with her drama script, LET US GO, THEN.

"When I first sat down to write this script I was at a pivotal point. I needed something to help me get through the changes and hardships I faced and I found the help in writing this piece. The story morphed along the way and became more than a file on my desktop. It became something that I thought could maybe reach, and help, other people,” said Grace.

LET US GO, THEN is about a disgraced Wall Street reporter who finds himself thrust into the world of suicide survivors and must decide whether to write what would be the story of a lifetime or simply live a life.

The Tangerine fellowship provides Grace with a spot at this fall' Story Lab and next May's writers' retreat as well as a year of mentoring with the Tangerine team. 

Tangerine Entertainment was founded in 2013 by Academy Award® nominated producer Amy Hobby and distinguished industry executive and creative producer Anne Hubbell. Tangerine is a production company and community builder for work by women directors.

“The Labs is so much richer working with the Tangerine team,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. “They see in Grace’s script and application a story worth telling. Now Grace will have the benefit of mentoring with Tangerine for a year. Hopefully a wonderful film will result,” he said.

“I truly believe the Tangerine fellowship is the first crucial step toward bringing Let Us Go, Then to life,” said Bennett, “and I'm so honored to attend the Stowe Story Labs next month,” she said.

“We were taken by Grace’s script,” said Tangerine Partner Amy Hobby. “It speaks with honesty about difficult, life altering experiences," she said. "This fellowship will be an opportunity for Grace to further hone her craft in a focused and supportive environment. We look forward to meeting her and kickstarting the career of another talented female storyteller."

Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collective founded in 2013 to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers have opportunities to work with top industry talent to get work made and seen.

Stowe Story Labs and the International Screenwriters' Association Announce 2016 Fellow

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2016 ISA Fellow Rachel Liebling

2016 ISA Fellow Rachel Liebling

Stowe Story Labs and the ISA are pleased to announce Rachel Liebling has won the inaugural ISA / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship to this September’s Lab.

Rachel’s script TRANSIT OF VENUS dramatizes the very real and complicated world of Emily Dickinson, creating a world around the reclusive poet’s life.

Rachel grew up a few blocks from Dickinson’s home in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has always been fascinated by “the enigmatic 'Belle of Amherst,' the mysterious recluse who rarely left her house, yet managed to encompass the universe in her poetry."

“We are thrilled to have Rachel joining us this fall,” said Stowe Story Labs founder and president David Rocchio. “Her pilot script and story bible show great promise and her experience in the world of independent film will bring so much to the conversations and work at the Labs,” he said.

"TRANSIT OF VENUS is an epic true-life tale about mesmerizing people who lived extraordinary lives," said Rachel about her pilot script and story bible. "At the center of it all is Emily Dickinson, the brilliant poet who said, 'Nature is a Haunted House - but art - a House that tries to be haunted.' My screenplay is the blueprint for a spellbinding house. The Labs will bestow a team of wizards to help me haunt it," she said.

Stowe Story Labs' fellowship partner, the International Screenwriters' Association, said of Rachel's project, it is "an excellent script with beautiful writing and a confident, sensitive handling of the story."

“I am so pleased ISA is collaborating with us on this fellowship,” said David Rocchio. “Both the Labs and the ISA are dedicated to getting good work made and seen. We hope the labs helps Rachel achieve that goal with TRANSIT.”

The ISA’s Director of Development, Felicity Wren was particularly impressed with the quality of the scripts submitted for the fellowship. "There are a lot of incredibly talented writers waiting to be fully discovered, and programs like Stowe Story Labs are an excellent way to bring the writers and their work to the attention of the Industry," she said.

Stowe Story Labs runs from September 10 - 13 in Stowe, Vermont. The Labs are a nonprofit collective working to help emerging filmmakers, screenwriters and creative producers get work made and seen.

 The ISA is dedicated to supporting writers of all levels and backgrounds, who are proactive in developing their careers and willing to learn from the insights and expertise of community members. 

NewEnglandFilm.com / Stowe Story Labs Fellow Named

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Stowe Story Labs / NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow Amber Russell

Stowe Story Labs / NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow Amber Russell

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce Amber Russell of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is the 2016 NewEnglandFilm.com / Stowe Story Labs Fellow.

Amber's winning script MARGARET, a biographical drama, is a timely look at the rise and times of Margaret Chase Smith, a woman who moved through great personal crisis and trial to reign in the US Congress and Senate during the years both of Senator McCarthy's witch-trials and seismic societal change in America.

"I wrote MARGARET because I grew up not knowing how a woman from my own state rose to power and even ran for President. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was a woman who should not be forgotten and I am grateful to Stowe Story Labs and NewEnglandFilm.com for making me the first fellow from Maine and for helping me get MARGARET out there ."

Michele Meek, founder and Director of NewEnglandFilm.com, said, "it is a pleasure to help recognize and foster talented New England filmmakers and screenwriters through the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship. Again this year, we saw an impressive range of exciting projects, which always makes it challenging to choose. So many projects were fantastic. At the same time, I am very pleased to see Amber and MARGARET receive this fellowship."

Stowe Story Labs runs from September 10 - 13 in Stowe, Vermont. The Labs are a nonprofit collective working to help emerging filmmakers, screenwriters and creative producers get work made and seen.

 

 

Stowe Story Labs / PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellows Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards  / Stowe Story Labs Fellows for 2016.

The winners are:

  • Jonathan London for his noirish Drama/Thriller COMMITMENT and
  • Laurie Weltz for her drama about a family tragedy, THE NIGHT SWIMMER.

COMMITMENT is "a relentless noir about a young husband discovering a dark past and confronting it in a way we'd all like avoid," according to David Rocchio, founder of the Labs.

THE NIGHT SWIMMER is tells the tragic tale of a young woman's discovery of her father's secret and how that unravels a life.

"We are proud to have Jonathan and Laurie as our 2016 PAGE Fellows, said Rocchio, "and prouder still to be continuing and deepening our wonderful relationship with the PAGE competition, a touchstone in the development process for emerging, new writers," he said.

"The PAGE International Screenwriting Competition exists to help top screenwriters enter this industry and thrive in it," said PAGE Executive Director Kristin Overn. "We congratulate Johnathan and Laurie. Stowe Story Labs complements our mission and is a wonderful resource for emerging writers," she said. 

Said PAGE Fellow Laurie Weitz, "I remember being at a Film Fatale meeting last fall, when a couple of my fellow filmmakers  were raving about what a wonderful experience they had just had at the Stowe Fall Lab.  Their enthusiasm was infectious, so I was delighted when I found out I had been accepted, and  even more thrilled and honored to have been awarded the PAGE Screenwriting Fellowship," she said. "I wrote my film, The Night Swimmer, to tell a story about intolerance. I have been amazed, like many others, about what has been happening in this country politically and about the hatred and racism that never seems to go away," she said. "I look forward to developing the project further during my time at Stowe."

Fellow Jonathan London said, "I needed to write 'Commitment' in order to explore questions that I had about my own anger over the death of my older brother 20 years ago and the residual effects his death has had on me going into adulthood, including my professional life, my friendships and my marriage. I'm excited to attend the Labs because it seems like the perfect environment to further develop the script and to get it to a place where I can think about my next step: production!"

Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit collective designed to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

Stowe Story Labs / Tangerine Fellowship Finalists Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the Finalists for its 2016 Tangerine/Stowe Story Labs Fellowship. The finalists are:

  • Grace Bennett - Let Us Go, Then / drama
  • Susan Polk - Becoming Terpsichore / comedy
  • Cathy Randall - Siblings / dramatic comedy
  • Natalija Vekic - Jane / historica drama
  • Leia Vogelle - Mooncurser / action adventure

Congratulations to our finalists and to all who participated in this year's application process.

 

All Stowe Story Labs fellows receives a copy of Final Draft 9, compliments of Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company.

2016 PAGE / Stowe Story Lab Fellowship Finalists Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce its 2016 PAGE / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship Finalists for this September's Stowe Story Lab. The finalists are:

Stowe Story Labs and the The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards are pleased to announce the finalists for the PAGE / Stowe Story Labs fellowships. The finalists are:

Rachael Blackwood - KINDRED, drama/thriller
Emma Lindley - ANCHOR BABY, drama/thriller
Jonathan London - COMMITMENT, drama/thriller
Christopher Maloney - DOGWOOD, drama
Matt Minson - DOWN AT THE BALINASE, action
Joy Regullano - SO YOU WANT TO BE KOREAN, comedy
Daniel Watchorn - BOOTLEGGER, dramatic comedy
Laurle Weltz - THE NIGHT SWIMMER, drama

Congratulations to our finalists and to all who participated in this year's application process.

All Stowe Story Labs fellows receives a copy of Final Draft 9, compliments of Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company.

NewEnglandFilm.com / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship Finalists Named

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs and NewEnglandFilm.com, the premiere online resource and magazine for film and TV professionals in New England, are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Fellowship to September's Stowe Story Labs:

The Finalists are:

Lyralen Kaye (Mass.) - RUN FROM FIRE, drama

Rachel Liebling - TRANSIT OF VENUS, drama

Caitlin McCarthy - (Mass.) - RESISTANCE, drama

Jim Picariello (Maine) - THE CULT OF US, romantic comedy

Amber Russell (Maine) - MARGARET, biopic/drama

All Stowe Story Labs fellows receives a copy of Final Draft 9, compliments of Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company.

Congratulations to our finalists and all of our applicants.