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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

David Rocchio

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

David Rocchio

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...

shan palmer

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

David Rocchio

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

David Rocchio

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

David Rocchio

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

David Rocchio

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

David Rocchio

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.

2016 ISA / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship Finalists Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs and the International Screenwriters' Association are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 ISA / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship.

The finalists are:

Grace Bennett - LET US GO, THEN / Drama

Kate Hackett - PURIFY MY HEART / Drama

Rachel Liebling - TRANSIT OF VENUS / Drama

Matt Minson - DOWN AT THE BALINESE / Action

Olga Rojer - BUENOS AIRES / Drama

The ISA is a membership organization dedicated to the support of writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members.

Stowe Story Labs' mission is to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.

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

Congratulations to these finalists and thanks to all who applied to the 2016 Stowe Story Labs.

Vermont Film Foundation Fellow Named

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs and the Vermont Film Foundation are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Stowe Story Labs VTIFF Fellowship is Lincoln Hayes with his script, TAYLOR FUNERAL, 12 PM.

TAYLOR FUNERAL is a dramatic comedy about a mourning family's discovery their dearly departed had a second family.

Lincoln is a Coloradan who arrived in Vermont via a stint in New York City. He is a writer, filmmaker and actor.

"We all loved TAYLOR FUNERAL and are excited to work with Lincoln. We are also pleased to have yet another strong VTIFF Fellow attending the fall labs," said David Rocchio, founder of Stowe Story Labs. "Giving Vermont's emerging talent exposure to the world-wide independent film and TV industry is a critical goal of the labs and the partnership with VTIFF helps us meet that goal," he said.

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

Champlain Fellows Named

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs and Champlain College’s Division of Communication and Creative Media Announce the 2016 Champlain College Fellows

(Stowe and Burlington, Vermont) – August 2, 2016 – The Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM) at Champlain College and Stowe Story Labs are pleased to announce the two Stowe Story Labs Champlain College Fellows to the September Narrative Labs.

The 2016 Champlain Fellows are:

Jackie Carroll - Jackie is a 2016 graduate of Champlain College’s BFA in Filmmaking who made a tremendous mark in both screenwriting and filmmaking at the College. She attended Champlain's intensive Montreal Filmmaking Summer Program this past Summer and worked as a Teaching Assistant in two Screenwriting classes during her time at Champlain. She has written, directed and starred in her own short films,  "Last Night" and "Grandma”. Her script Best Behavior is an edgy comedy about a young woman’s failed attempts at fame and adulthood. Jackie plans to move to New York City and pursue a career in comedy writing. “I’m really honored to have been awarded the Stowe Story Labs Fellowship. It is an amazing opportunity to work with some extremely talented people.”

Sean Goodwin - Sean is a 2016 graduate of Champlain College’s  BFA in Filmmaking  who was awarded the Senior CCM Excell Award for Filmmaking upon graduation. Two of his films screened at festivals this year, “Forgive Us Our Trespasses" screened at the White River Indi Films Festival,  and "The Mirror" screened at the Green Mountain Film Festival.  His comedy screenplay, “The Marathon Runner”, chronicles the final days leading to a local marathon during which Orson Fortunato hopes to erase his legacy as the infamous “Marathon Pooper,” and win back the girlfriend he lost in disgrace.  In addition to screenwriting, Sean is currently writing a Young Adult novel and saving money to produce a micro-budget feature.  Sean interned at the Stowe Story Labs’ Writers’ Retreat in May along with Jackie Carroll. “I’m excited to get back to Stowe,” Sean said. “I miss being in a room full of writers. It’s a wicked creative and productive atmosphere that’s hard to recreate anywhere else,” he said.

“We are thrilled Jackie and Sean will be joining us this fall,” said Stowe Story Labs Founder David Rocchio. “They interned with us at the May Writers’ Retreat and were such an important part of the community which makes up the Labs. They are both talented writers and artists and people. I know mentors and returning participants are excited to work with them both.”

“We are excited to partner up once again with Stowe Story Labs in offering Fellowships to two outstanding Filmmaking alumni,” said Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, Dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media that houses the Filmmaking program. “Jackie and Sean are very talented and engaged rising filmmakers. We are proud to be able to support them.”

Julia Swift, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking at Champlain College, added that “the Stowe Story Labs offer our students a unique opportunity to show professional writers and producers all that they have learned as well as to see firsthand that when it comes to filmmaking, learning is a lifelong endeavor.”

About Stowe Story Labs:

Launched in the fall of 2013, Stowe Story Labs is a nonprofit collaborative which brings emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world to Stowe to get work made and seen. For more information, and a full schedule of labs and workshops, please visit www.stowestorylabs.org. The September Narrative Lab will be held at the Helen Day Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont, September 10 -13. Participants in the Narrative Lab are also invited to attend the Stowe Story Labs “DocDay” - a one day exploration of documentary made in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute.

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://ccm.champlain.edu

Contacts:
Champlain College Division of Communication and Creative Media:
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi – (802) 865-5429 // pwilloquetmaricondi@champlain.edu

Stowe Story Labs:
David Rocchio – (802) 279-1258 // info@stowestorylabs.org

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

Stowe Story Labs Partners with Tribeca Film Institute to Offer First Annual "DocDay"

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to open registration for its First Annual ‘DocDay’, to be held September 14, 2016, in Stowe, Vermont.

DocDay will be an all-day exploration of how to build a documentary, from idea to exhibition.

The program will be run by Jose Rodriguez, Director of Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), a non-profit arts organization that champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.

Doc Day will include industry mentors such as award- winning UK documentarian James Rogan (WELCOME TO MAYFAIR, MONTY PYTHON: THE MEANING OF LIVE); UK-based Creative Producer Alex Boden (PULP) and Academy Award®- Nominated Producer and Vice President, Artistic Programs, at TFI Amy Hobby (WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?).

“At TFI, we’re passionate about working with the next generation of filmmakers – whatever their age – and providing them with the professional guidance and support they need to help advance their careers,” said Rodriguez. “I feel honored to be participating in Stowe Story Lab's First Annual SSL 'DocDay’ and look forward to meeting and engaging with this year’s participants.”

In the morning participants will hear insights on how to create a documentary film; discover and secure grants; and showcase ideas to potential investors, including TFI. The afternoon will be dedicated to group round table discussions with industry mentors, creating an opportunity to gain individual insights and development tips aimed at participants’ own work. DocDay will conclude with the screening of a documentary film with a Q&A by the TFI and with the filmmaker led by Rodriguez.

The day-long event will take place on the heels of the Stowe Story Labs Narrative Workshop, September 10 – 13. Fall Stowe Story Lab participants are invited to attend the morning Doc Day program for no additional charge. The full day program will cost $295 and will be limited to forty participants.

Registration for Doc Day is open and people can register here. You can learn more about the program here.

“We have wanted to provide programming for documentarians since Stowe Story Labs began in 2013,” said Stowe Story Labs Founder and President David Rocchio. “Partnering with the Tribeca Film Institute provides us with a meaningful way into the world of building documentaries. We are excited to launch this program and expect terrific works to flow from it,” he said.

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

Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, we identify a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists and empower them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Further, our education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. We are a year-round nonprofit organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.

 

Tangerine Entertainment and Stowe Story Labs Offer One Year Fellowship

David Rocchio

New York, NY and Stowe, VT (May 24, 2016) – Stowe Story Labs and Tangerine Entertainment are pleased to offer the second annual Tangerine Fellowship for an Outstanding Female Screenwriter.  The year-long fellowship includes full tuition for the September 2016 Stowe Story Labs Narrative Workshop and the 2017 Spring Writers’ Retreat, mentoring from the Tangerine Entertainment team, and other benefits, including a copy of Final Draft 9. The goal of the fellowship is to advance the project and career of a talented female writer.

The Fourth Annual Stowe Story Labs Narrative Workshop will take place September 10 - 13, 2016, at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. The Labs bring talented emerging screenwriters from around the world together with top industry professionals to focus on story, production and packaging of their independent feature films and television projects for a commercial audience.

The announcement of the 2016/2017 Fellowship comes on the heels of another successful 5-day May Writers’ Retreat.  Participant, Diana Richardson said, “The Stowe Story Labs Writers’ Retreat offers an incredible environment to work on projects, receive invaluable mentor interaction and feedback, and most importantly, build long lasting friendships.”

Tangerine Partners Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell discuss taking a meeting at the Stowe Story Labs' May 2016 Writers' Retreat

Tangerine Partners Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell discuss taking a meeting at the Stowe Story Labs' May 2016 Writers' Retreat

In addition to the team from Tangerine (Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell and Elizabeth Kaiden), mentors at this spring’s retreat included award winning screenwriter Austin Chick (XX/YY, August), award winning casting director Ellen Parks (Secretary, Sideways), Parts & Labor development executive Lauren Haber (Adventureland, Beginners, The Messenger), award winning creative and executive producer Paul Miller (Lone Star, The Secret of Roan Inish, Snow Angels) and producer and production counsel Jonathan Gray (Station Agent, Precious, Birth of a Nation).

“We are pleased to expand our work with Stowe Story Labs and offer this important opportunity to emerging women writers,” said Tangerine partner and creative producer Anne Hubbell. “The Labs and Retreat help emerging screenwriters hone their craft and develop skills critical to succeeding in the industry,” said Hubbell. “And it’s fun as hell.”

Applications for the Tangerine Fellowship are now being accepted. Women who apply by the regular deadline of July 1 will receive 15% off the application fee by using the discount code TANSSL2016. For full description of the Fellowship (and other Stowe Story Lab fellowships) please click here.

“I cannot say enough how much we love partnering with Tangerine,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. “As mentors, the Tangerine team brings so much experience, wisdom and intelligence to the hard work of getting films made. They also are able to communicate their ideas thoughtfully to Lab participants. It is not lost on us they also get tremendous films made and seen. They are a perfect fit for the Stowe Story Labs community and help us achieve our vision. We hope and expect the Labs will help them make their dent in the universe as well,” said Rocchio.

The 2015 Tangerine Fellow Jodi Gibson said, "I came away from the Labs with a solid pitch and a plan for packaging my project with next steps. I made friends and met – I hope – future collaborators for a lifetime. Thank you." For more testimonials about Stowe Story Labs please click here.

Participation in the Fall Narrative Lab is determined by a competitive application process. Slots are limited to approximately forty participants. Including the Tangerine Fellowship, the Stowe Story Labs offer ten funded fellowships. Application to the Spring Writers’ Retreat is by invitation only. It will be held May 2017 and is limited to about eighteen writers. 

Amy Hobby Wins Peabody Award for 'Miss Simone'

shan palmer

Very pleased to announce the Liz Arbus Documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone' has won a Peabody Award for Best Documentary. 

The documentary was produced by Stowe Story Labs Mentor, Academy Award nominated Creative Producer Amy Hobby.  To view Amy's full bio and other projects click here.

Congratulations Amy and entire 'Miss Simone' team.