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Stowe Story Labs and Champlain College’s Division of Communication and Creative Media Announce the 2018 Champlain College Fellows

David Rocchio

The Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) at Champlain College and Stowe Story Labs are pleased to announce the 2018 Stowe Story Labs / Champlain College Fellows to Stowe's September Narrative Lab.

 Sharp-tongued Freeman Fletcher

Sharp-tongued Freeman Fletcher

Freeman Fletcher is from South Berwick, Maine and has always loved film. Since he could remember, he’s had an unwavering desire to make movies. This trajectory brought him to Champlain College in 2014, graduating with a BFA in Filmmaking in May of 2018. In his time at Champlain he has written and directed many short films, his last two being Fear in Headlights and Thank God for Lighthouses. When he isn’t making movies of his own, he’s helping his friends on theirs. Freeman noted “My favorite class in college was Screenwriting and Stowe Story Labs sounds like a big ol' version of that but in beautiful Stowe so I'm very excited!”

 Mahwah's TeeJay Hannon

Mahwah's TeeJay Hannon

 

 

TeeJay Hannon is in his 4th year at Champlain College working on his BFA in Filmmaking degree. He is from Mahwah, New Jersey. He started acting on his passion for film in 2008 when he made a few stop motion videos for Youtube. He continues to produce, and was invited to be on a panel at the Online Video Convention Vidcon. He loves to entertain people and make them laugh.

 

"This is our fourth year partnering with Champlain to offer fellowships to the fall Lab, said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Labs. "We love this partnership. The College each year sends us wonderful writers and filmmakers just starting their journeys and we are dedicated to helping them get on their way. We are equally thrilled to work with the team at Champlain and to have TeeJay and Freeman with us this fall," he said.

“This year both Champlain College Stowe Fellows are working on comedies. TeeJay has been honing his comedy skills for years -- starting with a popular youtube 'vlog,' adventures in awesome, which was always filmed in his shower. TeeJay has a way of writing that immediately makes you fall in love with all of his real, flawed characters,” says Champlain Screenwriting professor Julia Swift.

“Freeman's characters have sharper tongues and wield them mercilessly in attacks against each other.  His comedy is more verbal and less situational. It's Freeman's lines that reverberate in my mind long after I read his words,” says Swift.

“We are delighted to again offer our students this fellowship opportunity and, in doing so, support our Filmmaking program’s mission to provide a relevant educational experience that integrates conceptual engagement, technical skills, artistic experimentation, and business training, says Paula Willoquet-Maricond, Dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media.


About Stowe Story Labs:

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Launched in the fall of 2013, Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collaborative bringing emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world to Stowe to help participants get work made and seen. For more information please visit www.stowestorylabs.org.


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About the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College:

The Division of Communication and Creative Media unites a community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and external partners in the study and practice of communication, creative media, and emergent media fields. Through our innovative curriculum, we guide and support students in finding their voice and developing their vision so they may thrive as creators, communicators, and innovators.http://www.champlain.edu/; http://ccm.champlain.edu

 

Stowe Story Labs is Pleased to Announce 2018 UVM Fellow

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs and the Film and Television Studies Program at the  University of Vermont are pleased to announce that Matt Schildkamp is the recipient of the inaugural UVM Fellowship to Stowe Story Labs.

 UVM's Matt Schildkamp brings trippy AERO LUNA to Fall Lab. Matt is inaugural UVM Fellow to Stowe Story Labs

UVM's Matt Schildkamp brings trippy AERO LUNA to Fall Lab. Matt is inaugural UVM Fellow to Stowe Story Labs

Matt was born in Middlebury Vermont and loves studying film at UVM. “I’ve a taste for many genres, but am still experimenting to find my true suit,” he said. “I’m fueled by creative exchange and am thrilled to share, challenge, and critique work with fellow screenwriters, so am excited to come to Stowe this fall.”

 Sarah Nilsen, an Associate Professor at UVM and Matt’s screenwriting professor, had this to say about Matt and his work: “Matt is a well deserving recipient of the first UVM Fellowship to Stowe Story Labs. He has distinguished himself in the Film and Television Studies Program as an excellent student, who embodies the best qualities and values of our program. He is engaged and focused, with a disciplined work ethic and persistent drive for excellence in his writing that has distinguished him among his peers. Matt committed himself passionately to mastering the art of screenwriting and worked with other equally dedicated writers in our program to develop and refine his skills, and extended his skills to explore multiple genres and formats. With his original and vibrant voice, the Stowe Story Labs fellowship will enable Matt to experiment with in greater depth the complexity and richness of creativity and imagination that he has already exhibited in his first screenplays.”

“We are thrilled both to have Matt join us this fall - his trippy-script for AERO LUNA is terrific and bold, and his vision for his life in the industry is audacious but achievable. We are excited to work with Matt and bring him into our community and to have UVM partnering with us, to help excellent students becoming meaningful members of the international film and television industries,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. "We now have four Vermont-centric fellowships to the labs, which is deeply meaningful to me and directly aligned with our vision. We thank UVM for seeing the value of our program and joining us on the journey."

Deb Ellis, the Director of Film and Television Studies Program at UVM, said, “it makes sense that Matt received the first UVM Fellowship to attend the Stowe Story Labs. Matt has worked incredibly hard and put in his time while at UVM. And, I’m so happy that future students will have this fellowship to work toward in the future.”


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About Stowe Story Labs:  Launched in the fall of 2013, Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collaborative bringing emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world to Stowe to help participants get their work made and seen. For more information please visit www.stowestorylabs.org.


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About UVM Film and Television Program: The UVM Film and Television Studies program is dedicated to producing critical media thinkers and producers who are capable of working and contributing to our increasingly diverse and technologically sophisticated society. https://www.uvm.edu/cas/filmtv/discover-film-and-television-studies

 

Robyn Greene Arrington Joins Stowe Story Labs Board

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce Robyn Greene Arrington has joined its Board of Directors.

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Robyn is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in content creation.  As Interim Head and Vice President of Original Programming & Production at TV One, Greene Arrington is a key member of the core team that shapes the network’s creative vision. For more than a decade, she has been a driving force behind some of the network’s most acclaimed original content, including Unsung, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story and Fatal Attraction. Her most recent TV One ratings and trending successes are Uncensored, an intimate celebrity documentary series; Bobbi Kristina, an innovative biopic; and Two Sides, an investigative crime & justice limited series, executive produced as well as narrated by Viola Davis.

Prior to her tenure at TV One, Robyn contributed to HBO, Lifetime, A&E and BET. Her film work includes Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and the indie cult classic, Hav Plenty, which Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds executive produced and which was distributed by Miramax.

Robyn mentored at Stowe Story Labs' May 2018 Writers' Retreat and is collaborating with Stowe Story Labs and Stowe's Helen Day Art Center on the Helen Day's Summer Exhibition, Reclamation.

“I have fallen in love with Stowe.  It’s an oasis for creativity," said Greene Arrington. "I am honored to be asked to share my experiences as a content creator. Being a mentor for Stowe Story Labs was a magical experience for me. I am eager to continue creating magic with this imaginative assemblage of visionaries who love the written word as much as I do."

"We are thrilled to have Robyn join our Board. She brings a tremendous, positive energy to all she does," said David Rocchio, founder of the Labs. "She is aligned with our mission, bursting with ideas, and is herself a screenwriter and creative producer with vast experience," he said.

As a member of the Board, Robyn will continue to mentor for the Labs and as well help expand the network of film and TV industry leaders partnering with the Labs to help top emerging filmmakers, screenwriters and creative producers get work made and seen.

SAGindie Offers Second Annual SAGindie Fellowship

David Rocchio

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(June 20, 2018) Stowe Story Labs and SAGindie are pleased to announce the Second Annual SAGindie Fellowship, to be awarded to a top emerging filmmaker of color to attend the 2018 Stowe Story Lab in Stowe, Vermont.

The 4-day Fall Lab is the cornerstone of Stowe Story Lab’s programming. It is held annually at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont and brings selected participants together with top industry mentors to work on craft, demystify the international film and television industry, and help participants get their work made and seen.

This year’s lab will be held September 8 – 11. To learn more about the Lab, please click here

The SAGindie Fellowship covers fees to attend the Lab and provides as well a contribution toward travel and lodging expenses, among other benefits. To learn more about Stowe Story Labs Fellowships, click here.

Stowe Story Labs is reopening its application season for a short window to allow any screenwriter, filmmaker, or creative producer interested in the SAGindie Fellowship to apply to this Fall’s Lab by clicking here, using code SAGindie, to reduce the 'out of season' application fee to below the regular fee. This window will be open until July 15.

“We are excited to partner again with SAGindie,” said David Rocchio, President and Founder of Stowe Story Labs. “We are 100% aligned on mission, which is to support filmmakers to make meaningful work and bend the world a bit through film. We appreciate SAGindie’s commitment to our work,” he said.

“Independent filmmaking has long been an avenue for marginalized voices to tell their stories,” said Darrien Michele Gipson, SAGindie Executive Director. “We are so excited to once again partner with Stowe Story Labs to help an emerging storyteller hone their voice,” she said.

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Stowe Story Labs is a Vermont-based 501 (c)(3) charity dedicated to helping the world’s best emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

SAGindie is an educational organization that promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate independent filmmakers. As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget.

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Stowe Story Labs and Final Draft (a Cast&Crew Entertainment Company) Announce Final Draft Fellowship

David Rocchio

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Stowe Story Labs and Final Draft, a Cast&Crew Entertainment Company, are proud and excited to announce the launch of a “Final Draft Fellowship” to the 6th Annual Stowe Story Lab.  

The Non-Profit Stowe Story Labs was founded in 2013 to help top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world get work made and seen. Applications are now being accepted to the sixth-annual Lab, held at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, on September 8 - 11, 2018.

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Final Draft has supported Stowe Story Lab fellowships to the Fall Lab for several years, with copies of Final Draft 10.  

Starting in 2018, Stowe Story Labs is offering a “Final Draft Fellowship” to the Fall Lab.

 The Final Draft Fellowship will go to a top deserving applicant to the Lab and will receive a fee waiver and other benefits. To learn more about the fellowship, please click here. (There is no separate fellowship application.)

The Annual four-day fall story lab is the entry point to Stowe Story Labs’ programs. The Lab provides four days of

  • small group workshops with industry mentors;
  • peer-to-peer group sessions; in-conversation interviews and Q&As;
  • skill and craft workshops;
  • conversations about production, financing, and distribution systems;
  • structured networking and social time with peers and mentors.

Other Stowe Story Labs programs include -

  • Writers’ Retreats offering detailed script notes
  • Ongoing one-on-one mentoring
  • Market Participation programs
  • Other programming and collaborative tools to help get work made and seen.

The Fall Lab is the only program available through open application process. All other elements are available by invitation only. 

“We are thrilled to initiate this fellowship,” said Stowe Story Labs President and founder David Rocchio. “Final Draft has been integral to breaking down barriers to entry to the film and TV Industries through its intuitive, industry-standard screenwriting software,” he said. “We are aligned with Final Draft to enable the best emerging talents to advance their work and are excited to add a Final Draft Fellow to our fellowship program,” he said.

About Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 25 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit: www.finaldraft.com

More information about the labs can be found here.

The earlybird application deadline is April 14.

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Applications Being Accepted for Vermonter Fellowship: Fall Lab and One Year Ongoing Mentoring

David Rocchio

The Vermont Community Foundation, The Alchemist Brewery and Stowe Story Labs are pleased to announce the Vermonter Fellowship to the 6th Annual Stowe Story Labs, which will be held September 8 – 11 at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.

The year-long fellowship includes full tuition for the September 2018 Narrative Lab, a year of ongoing mentoring with a Stowe Story Labs mentor, a travel stipend, and other benefits, including a copy of Final Draft 10 screenwriting software and StoryBoard Quick storyboarding software.

The goal of the Vermonter Fellowship is to identify an exceptional Vermont applicant with a compelling story idea – regardless of prior experience or education in film or TV – and create an opportunity for the Fellow to meaningfully advance their work and enter the dynamic international, independent film and TV industry. The program is for film or TV narrative projects.

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“We are excited to partner with Stowe Story Labs and the Alchemist Brewery to offer this remarkable opportunity. Vermont is rich in the art of storytelling, and we hope this fellowship offers the chance to develop the skills and knowledge to build a career telling the stories that connect people to that legacy,” said Dan Smith, President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation.

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“The Alchemist is proud to support Stowe Story Labs and the Vermont Fellow Program,” said the Alchemist’s Jen Kimmich. “David Rocchio has created a unique and powerful program that supports Vermonters by giving them the tools they need to elevate their voices and share their stories,” she said.

The Labs bring talented emerging screenwriters from around the world together with top industry professionals to focus on story, production and packaging of their feature films and television projects.

“We are thrilled to offer this fellowship,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. “Introducing Vermonters to the international film and TV industry is a critical part of our mission. Giving all Vermonters access and the tools they need to achieve their personal vision, whether in this industry or any one of a million others, is critical. We are excited to be part of the Vermont Community Foundation’s and the Alchemist’s efforts to support Vermonters in this way,” he said.

Lincoln Hayes, the 2016 Stowe Story Labs Vermonter Fellow, said of being at the Labs, “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 some of the projects as an actor! I would attend the Labs again in a heartbeat. Do not miss your chance!”

In addition to the Vermonter Fellowship, Stowe Story Labs offers twelve fellowships to the labs. Fellowships are listed here.

Now in its 6th year, the labs draw people from throughout the US and the world (including (so far) Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, New Zealand and U.K.).

Stowe Story Labs mentors are top-industry professionals, including Academy-Award Nominated Screenwriter David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND, LIFE OF PI, MARY POPPINS RETURNS), Academy-Award Nominated Creative Producer and Director of the Tribeca Film Institute Amy Hobby (SECRETARY, WHERE IS MISS SIMONE?), storied Casting Director Ellen Parks (SECRETARY, SIDEWAYS), and award-winning UK-based Creative Producer Alex Boden (CLOUD ATLAS, SENSE8). Stowe Story Labs mentors are listed here.

In addition to the fall lab, Stowe Story Labs offers invitation only writers’ retreats, ongoing one-on-one mentoring, fiscal agency, and film market experiences.

The Fall Lab is the only element of the program with an open call for admissions. Applications to the Fall 2018 Lab are now being accepted. The application is here: http://bit.ly/1RdDhvP (There is no separate fellowship application. All Vermonters applying to the Labs will be considered for the fellowship and can use discount coupon VERMONT for 15% off the application fee.) Early bird deadline is April 14; Regular Deadline is April 30. Anyone interested in the labs or the fellowship can find information at www.stowestorylabs.org or by emailing info@stowestorylabs.org.

 About Stowe Story Labs:

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The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Stowe Story Labs runs labs, retreats, ongoing mentoring programs, film and TV market experiences, and other programming for top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world.

The mission of the Labs is help top emerging talents get good work made and seen and through that to bend the world a bit through story. For more information about Stowe Story Labs please visit www.stowestorylabs.org or email info@stowestorylabs.org.

About the Vermont Community Foundation:

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. We are a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. The Community Foundation provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and inspiring, while also responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector strong with grants and other investments in the community. Visit http://vermontcf.org/ or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

About The Alchemist Brewery:

The Alchemist, of Waterbury and Stowe, is a family owned and operated craft brewery specializing fresh, unfiltered IPA. The Alchemist is committed to a healthy and clean environment, strong communities and the highest-quality craft beer. alchemistbeer.com

About the Helen Day Art Center

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Helen Day Art Center is a 501c3 organization that was established in 1981 to “enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” The Center pursues its mission through programming that asserts the value of art and engages its audience as visitors, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Art Center is the primary fine arts contemporary resource for children and families in Lamoille County and the surrounding region. For additional information visit helenday.com or call 802-253-8358

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 This postcard was designed by Stowe Story Labs alum Jen West. Words are from scripts written by other lab participants. To learn more, click here.

 

APPLICATION SEASON OPENS FOR SIXTH ANNUAL STOWE STORY LABS

David Rocchio

Applications are now being accepted for the Sixth Annual Stowe Story Lab, to be held September 8 - 11 in Stowe, Vermont. Acceptance to the Lab is through this competitive application process. To apply, click here.

We founded the Non-Profit Stowe Story Labs in 2013 to help top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.


Now entering its sixth year, the Fall Narrative Lab is the entry point to a program of

  • labs,

  • writers' retreats,

  • workshops,

  • ongoing mentoring,

  • development/production support, and

  • market participation for selected participants.

The Lab is held each year in Stowe, Vermont, at the storied Helen Day Art Center.

Stowe Story Labs is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.For more information, reach out anytime:

info@stowestorylabs.org

Stowe Story Labs, Inc.

P.O. Box 513

Stowe, VT 05672

USA


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Killer 2018 Stowe Story Labs Postcard Design by Alum Jen West

David Rocchio

Alum filmmaker, screenwriter and graphic designer Jen West designed our 2018 postcard with a little help from her 2017 Lab compadres. Here is Jen's design and description of her process. It's always interesting to hear how art happens. Thank you Jen!

 2018 Stowe Story Labs Postcard, design by  Jen West

2018 Stowe Story Labs Postcard, design by Jen West


How It Came To Be:

When David Rocchio asked if I might be interested in creating some art for the 2018 Stowe Story Labs, I jumped at the opportunity. My experience in the 2017 lab was an incredible one, so this was a great chance to give back to the community in a meaningful way. I had several concepts working when it occurred to me that the real art was already out there, written by all of you. I reached out to a handful of 2017 Stowe Story Lab participants and asked for a line that really stood out to them from their own scripts as a stand-alone, and requested that it be sent over in their own handwriting. Pieced together, they create a unique fingerprint of the energy from last year's lab. It's a challenge to fully express the Stowe Story Labs experience to someone unfamiliar, and I think this art captures a special essence of what happens there.
Many thanks to Story Lab Alums April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner for their writing and participation. 

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When Jen West isn't traveling the country in her converted school bus, she is deeply immersed in creating films based on bold female characters, oftentimes from the Deep South. She is known for writing and directing short indie films like Piece of Cake, Crush, Bubble, Little Cabbage, and the St. Paul and the Broken Bones' music video Call Me. West also produced The New Orleans Sazerac and Bottomless, which were official selections of the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the American Pavilion as part of the Cannes Film Festival. She is the first filmmaker to have two projects accepted in the same year to the program. West was a Stowe Story Labs 2017 fellow with her feature screenplay Electric Bleau, of which was also named a Finalist for the 2018 Park City Table Read competition.
 

Announcing Roster for 5th Annual Stowe Story Labs, September 2017

David Rocchio

Excited, proud, pleased and honored to announce the 2017 Stowe Story Labs Roster. Congratulations to all.

Beyond those named below, thank you to all of the talented screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers who applied into a tough, tough pool. 


Sarah Brockmann, Scituate, MA. FREE INSIDE!, Family

Susan Brunig, Oakland, CA. HARD IS THE GOOD, Drama (PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellow)

Mugs Cahill, Santa Monica, CA. JOOK, Thriller

Benedict Campbell, Bronx, NY. THE HIGH BRIDGE, Drama

Jill Campbell, Brooklyn, NY. AFTER TOMORROW, Dramedy

Shari Lynette Carpenter, New York, NY. HEAVY PETTING, Dramedy

Melody Cooper, Hastings, NY. THE SOUND OF DARKNESS, Thriller (Tangerine Entertainment Fellow)

Cassandra Crowley, Arlington, MA. FAMILY BUSINESS, Comedy / Family (Champlain College Fellow)

Maria Cruz Matteoli, Arcata, CA LADY OF THE CANYON, Drama

Cat Dale, Englewood, CO. MOUNT PLEASANT, TV Pilot, Drama

Jeremy Dehn, Littleton, CO. BEASTS UNDISCOVERED, Comedy

Muffie Dunn, Greenwich, CT. MERCEDES MAN, Drama

Dina Fiasconaro, Baltimore, MD. DAYS IN THE WAKE, Drama

Zoë Furlong, Burlington, VT / Seattle, WA. MILL CREEK, Drama (Helen Day Art Center Fellow)

Suzanne Griffin, Brooklyn, NY. BLOOD AND DREAMS, Drama

Reeyaz Habib, Los Angeles. CLEMENTINE, Thriller (Seed&Spark Fellow)

Andrea Higgins, Walpole, MA. QUINTESSENCE, Drama

Brian Holder, Tampa, FL. THE ANDROYS, Sci-Fi / Family (Champlain College Fellow)

Rebecca Ingram, Wilsons Creek, NSW, Australia. DOG BOX, Thriller

Nikhil Kamkolkar, North Brunswick, NJ. ASSASSIN JANE, Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Danielle Karagannis, North Hollywood, CA. INSOMNIA, Comedy

Joel Karlinsky, Newton, MA. THE MAGIC HOURGLASSES, Fantasy

Nicole Kempskie, Auburn, MA. HELEN ON 86TH ST., Dramedy (NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow)

Alicia Keyes, Albuquerque, NM. coHERcive, Drama

Steven Lowery, Cincinnati, OH. PICKLE, Drama

Jude Lutz, Pasadena, CA. PYTHON, TV Pilot, Thriller

Phyllis MacBryde, New York, NY. CREATING ZINZI, Dramedy

Selena Mars, Los Angeles, CA. JULIA BELGROVE, Drama (SAGIndie Fellow)

Kahlil Maskati, Edison, NJ. AMIR WAS HERE, Comedy

M.S. McFarland, Los Angeles, CA. SPLENDID LITTLE WAR, Drama

Lisa Meserole, Norwalk, CT. THE JAZZ BIRD, Animated

Rebecca Mlinek, Upperco, MD. OUR AMERICAN, TV Pilot, Drama

Justin Neal, North Hollywood, CA. THE SKINS GAME Dramedy

Katie Orr, Atlanta, GA. THE OWL, Thriller

Katharine Parsons, Queensville, Ontario, Canada. A BEAUTIFUL FISH, Family

Jackie Perez, Los Angeles, CA. CIVILIZED, Horror

Joshua Rebell, New York, NY. BLACK MARKET, Drama

Tisha Robinson-Daly, Philadelphia. HIGH, Drama (SAGIndie Honorable Mention)

Elise Salomon, Glendale, CA. INSIDE, Horror

A.M. Sanchez, Austin, TX. DAUGHTERS LOST TO THE DESERT, Thriller

Nan Schmid, New York, NY. OPEN SEASON, Drama

Alex Simon, Los Angeles, CA. BARON OF HAVANA, Drama

Vicki Speegle, South Orange, NJ. LOVED ONES, Drama (ISA Honorable Mention)

Elizabeth Stuelke, Severna Park, MD. THE BID, Drama

Betty Sullivan, Frederick, MD. SAVING ESPERANZA, Drama

David Sullivan, Ashland, OR. DEVIL RIVER, Drama (ISA Fellow)

Johanna Wald, Dedham, MA. ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT, Drama

Shannon Walsh, Vancouver, BC, Canada. UNIDENTIFIED MINOR, Drama

Teresa Warner, Los Angeles, CA. HOW JANE AUSTEN RUINED MY LIFE, Dramedy

Jen West, Atlanta, GA. ELECTRIC BLEAU, Thriller

Debi Yazbeck, Frisco, TX. DEAD MOTION, Drama

Clifford Daniel Yost, Albuquerque, NM. MALCOLM X & JKF, Drama (PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellow)

Faye Yuan, New York, NY. OTTO AND I, Drama


Pleased to honor our fellowship partners:

Stowe Story Labs Announces Vermonter Fellow for 2017 Story Lab

David Rocchio

Zoë Furlong Named Vermonter Fellow to 5th Annual Story Lab

Zoë Furlong, Burlington, Vermont and Seattle, Washington (Drama, MILL CREEK) - A funeral brings a city girl back to the rural hometown she ran away from, but in facing her past, she realizes that the present isn't what it seems. Zoë is a young Vermont-based filmmaker who has worked in media non-profits, feature films, commercial video production, and has produced and directed her own short and mid-length films. Her work is often inspired by haunted landscapes, folklore, and the things we collectively sweep under the rug. Zoë plans to shoot MILL CREEK in Vermont.

Stowe Story Labs President David Rocchio said, "since we founded the Labs we have been dedicated to emerging talents grounded in Vermont attending the labs and are really pleased to continue that tradition."

This year Stowe Story Labs and the Helen Day Art Center are deepening their relationship by jointly promoting the Vermonter Fellowship. "The partnership with the Helen Day contributes mightily to the spirit of the Labs," said Rocchio. "We are so pleased to deepen our work together through enabling Vermonters - and stories based in Vermont to be developed through the labs," he said.

Helen Day Art Center Executive Director Rachel Moore had this to say about Zoë and the 2017 Fellowship: “In our five years partnering with Stowe Story Labs, we have seen the energy, talent and creativity of the world’s best emerging screenwriters and filmmakers come through our doors. We are extremely proud to now partner with the Labs to offer this fellowship to a filmmaker committed to the State of Vermont, and are very pleased to award the first Helen Day Stowe Story Labs Fellowship to Zoë Furlong for her script MILL CREEK."

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Stowe Story Labs Pleased and Proud to Announce SAGindie Fellow to Fifth Annual Lab

David Rocchio

2017 SAGindie / Stowe Story Labs Fellow:

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photo by Laurie Brandt Photography

Selena Mars, Los Angeles (Drama, JULIA BELGROVE) - Based on truth of a tale of an unmarked grave, our story follows Julia, a former Vaudeville star and friend of Charlie Chaplin's. The film explores the mysterious circumstances of her disappearance and her frightening contest with reality.

Selena is an Actress, Filmmaker and Composer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has collaborated with over a dozen Grammy award winning artists and first began filmmaking by producing her own music videos. She currently has several film and TV projects in development. For more about Selena, please visit www.selenamars.com 

SAGindie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson said, "we are excited to partner with Stowe Story Labs to support these talented screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers and to  assist them as they advance their work. Selena Mars is a brilliant talent and JULIA BELGROVE in particular is a fantastic and timely tale. We are happy as well to honor Kai and Tisha and all the participants at this Fall's Lab," she said.

SAGIndie Honorable Mention, Kai Soremekun:

Kai Soremekun, Los Angeles (Dramedy Pilot, LUV SAVES THE DAY) - Lisa Luv is a hopeless romantic with an incurable case of lovesickness.  Devastated she can never fall in love, an odd sixth sense gets triggered in her and she decides to use this new gift to meddle winsomely in the lives of heart broken strangers. Kai Soremekun is a sensitive badass on a mission to be a force for good in the world through her projects. An award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Kai spends her days following her intuition, giving the finger to fear and creating stories.


SAGindie Honorable Mention, Tisha Robinson-Daly:

Tisha Robinson-Daly, Philadelphia (Drama, HIGH) - Haunted by an on the job tragedy, weary cell tower climber, Butch Robins, struggles to accept that the cost of living might be life itself. Tisha is a writer and director, who lives in a cozy, old house, filled with books, in a suburb outside of Philadelphia.  She is an avid reader, yogi and beet enthusiast, who uses her work as a platform to promote social change.

 


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Stowe Story Labs Announces Tangerine Entertainment and ISA Fellows to 5th Annual Lab

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Tangerine Entertainment Fellow:

Melody Cooper, Hastings, New York (Horror/Thriller, THE SOUND OF DARKNESS) - A blind musician and a deaf sculptor are haunted by a woman only they can see and hear, who leads them to save a missing girl. Writer/Director Melody Cooper was a recipient of the Meryl Streep Writers Lab and AMC Shudder Lab fellowships in 2016 and was selected for the 2017 NY Stage and Film workshop. She has signed a deal to direct a feature for Tandem Pictures, and is represented by Circle of Confusion.

In awarding the Fellowship Tangerine Entertainment’s Anne Hubbell said, “We responded to Melody's multidimensional characters and her bold use of genre writing to convey a political narrative.” Anne will be a mentor at this fall’s lab.


ISA Fellow:

David Sullivan, Ashland, Oregon (Drama, DEVIL RIVER) - When a submissive slave preacher is separated from his wife and child by a gambling professional, he chooses to team up with a mysterious black gambler and enter the cutthroat world of the Mississippi steamboats to learn how to win his family's freedom. David has had his work acknowledged by the PAGE Awards, the Austin Film Festival, and has been a finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.

The ISA had this to say about David’s script:

“This is an excellent script, and utilizes an original idea to explore slavery, persecution and the very human idea of family. It was formatted well, with interesting characters in extreme situations, and shows a tremendous amount of heart. This series has the potential on many levels to affect and educate the viewer, with the situations leaping off the page as Nat and the characters he encounters traverse between what is perceived to be right and wrong in order to survive and get his family back.”

ISA Fellowship Honorable Mention:

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Vicki Speegle, South Orange, New Jersey (Drama, LOVED ONES) - A precocious 11-year old struggles to win the love of her alcoholic mother, but her quest is threatened when the sister she never knew existed returns home. Vicki’s screenplay LOVED ONES was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She is currently in post on a documentary about her mother's struggle with faith in the wake of Alzheimer's.

The ISA had this to say about Vicki’s script:

“This script is written with love, it wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve from the first to the last page, the story of Allison continually doing her best to win her mother’s affection was touching and endearing, and she is a spectacular lead character. This exploration of childhood and imagination against the realities of having to make ends meet and the fall out of past mistakes made this a magical, but sad, relatable tale.” – Molly Kasch, ISA

Congratulations to Melody, David and Vicki.


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Champlain College Fellows to Fall 2017 Lab Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased and proud to announce the Champlain College Fellows to the Fifth Annual Stowe Story Lab.

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Cassandra Crowley (Heist/Comedy, FAMILY BUSINESS) - An heiress must team up with a thief after a mafia boss sets out to destroy the heiress's family company.

Cassandra is a recent graduate of Champlain College, where she studied filmmaking. She has a love for writing and a strong interest in producing.


Brian Holder, Tampa, Florida (Sci-fi/Family Comedy, THE ANDROYS) - The young daughter of a TV writer/producer has to go through many trials to help save her robotic actor friend and his family from the clutches of an evil studio head.

Brian is a 21-year-old Filmmaking major at Champlain College. He loves the writing and directing aspects of film, and dreams to one day work in the industry in New Zealand.

"Stowe Story Labs is so pleased to partner with Champlain College’s Division of Communications and Creative Media to present two filmmaking students with fellowships to attend the Fall Lab," said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Labs. "The energy, ideas and enthusiasm the Champlain students bring to the Labs adds tremendously to the program," he said.

“We are proud to present two students a year with fellowships to attend the Fall Lab," said Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Dean of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College. "Stowe Story Labs has been a tremendous asset to our Filmmaking program and we are thrilled that Cassandra and Brian are joining such a talented group of filmmakers in this transformative experience,” she said.

Seed&Spark and NewEnglandFilm.com Fellows to 5th Annual Lab Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased and proud to announce Reeyaz Habib is the inaugural Seed&Spark Fellow to the Fifth Annual Stowe Story Lab and Nicole Kempskie is the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow for 2017

Seed&Spark Fellow:

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Reeyaz Habib, Los Angeles (Dramatic Thriller, CLEMENTINE) - On the eve of the United States entering WW1, a black jazz musician finds his family murdered by a group of white American soldiers and must join the US Army in order to hunt down the killers in the trenches of Europe. 

Reeyaz is attending the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and is currently in pre-production on his first feature length film.

Seed&Spark’s Gerry Maravilla had this to say about Reeyaz, his project and awarded this fellowship:

The concept, subject matter, writing, and themes of Reeyaz's work resonated strongly with the team at Seed&Spark. Reeyaz's story showcases a commitment to diversity and inclusion through a unique historical lens. After seeing Reeyaz pitch this project at USC Talent Week, the team's excitement only continued to grow when we reviewed his strong script and stellar application. We are pleased to put forward Reeyaz as the inaugural Seed&Spark/Stowe Story Labs Fellow.

NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow:

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Nicole Kempskie, Auburn, Massachusetts (Dramedy/Musical, HELEN ON 86th STREET) - A quirky New York City tween desperately tries to get the coveted role of “Helen of Troy” in her school musical, believing that it will bring her absent father back home. 

Nicole is a Massachusetts-based writer, actor and educator who has worked extensively throughout New England, New York, and California.

NewEnglandFilm.com Director Michele Meek had this to say about Nicole:

Nicole Kempskie is a talented New England writer with abundant theatrical experience. Her project Helen on 86th Street has great potential. I'm thrilled to be able to award her the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship for the 2017 Stowe Story Labs to help her bring her project to the next stage.


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Stowe Story Labs names PAGE Fellows to 5th Annual Lab

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased and proud to announce the Stowe Story Labs / PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellows to the Fifth Annual Stowe Story Lab.

Susan Brunig, Oakland, California (Drama, HARD IS THE GOOD) - It is 1926. The Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance and Prohibition are in full swing. When three young women enter a controversial summer school for factory workers, they must face their fears, their biases and their dreams head on. Susan Brunig lives in Oakland California and writes character-driven narratives about damaged souls and the people who love them.
 


Clifford Daniel Yost, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Coming of Age Drama, MALCOLM X & JFK) - Running from a hate crime, a white boy forces a black man on a road trip/journey that reveals the devastating choices neither can outrun - and the unexpected redemption an estranged father provides a son. Clifford Daniel Yost is a New Mexico red chile loving, ex-Peace Corps idealist-turned-advertising madman. Trading his tattered soul for a sailboat, Clifford sailed the Caribbean as he wrote a screenplay that won The Page Award Silver Prize for drama.  Ahoy!



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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
 

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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