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Roster Announced for Inaugural Sidewalk Film Festival Narrative Lab

David Rocchio

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Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the roster for its inaugural narrative lab at the Sidewalk Film Festival.


The Lab will take place August 21-24, 2019 during the dynamic Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Congratulations writers, filmmakers, and creative producers participating in the First Annual Sidewalk Narrative Lab.

Participants in the 2019 Sidewalk Narrative Lab:

Anderson Boyd, Raleigh, NC / THE LEASE OF NATURE —Thriller Drama Feature

Michael Clohesy, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia / MIN MIN — Sci-Fi TV

Joey Connolley, Wilmington, NC / THE ASTRONAUT — Drama Short Film

Laura Day, Chicago, IL / SUGAR — Dramedy Feature

Shannon Davies, Edmond, OK / FRENCH RABBIT — Comedy Feature

Logan Freeman, Birmingham, AL / THE STRAYS — Horror Romance Feature

Kevin Hanna, Chicago, IL / TEENANDERTHAL — Coming of Age TV

Andrew Hartfield, Hudson, WI / SPECTACULAR, NEW YORK — Drama TV

Trey Jordan, Hanceville, AL / THE RETREAT— Horror Feature

Andrea Lawson, Valley Glen, CA / THE REBOOTS — Comedy TV

Karen Lothan, Chicago, IL / A WEDDING IN SORRENTO — Dramedy Feature

Michele Mathis, Raymond, MS / MOM MAFIA — Comedy Feature

Amanda McCann, Los Angeles, CA / RADIANT —Animated Comedy TV

Derek Nicoletto, New York, NY / THE HOMESTUDY — Dramedy Feature

Pete Sailor, Studio City, CA / PET — Animated Comedy TV

Carrie Schrader, Atlanta, GA / THE GRIND — Dramedy TV

Allison Stroud, Atlanta, GA / CLIPPED, THE AZREAL PROJECT—Dark Comedy TV

Aaron Wasserteil, Los Angeles, CA / PACK —Adventure Feature

Thank you to our 2019 Sidewalk Narrative Lab Mentors:

Darrien Michele Gipson, California. National Director of SAGindie/Creative Producer

Anne Hubbell, New York. Creative Producer

Rachel Raimist, California. Television Director


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Stowe Story Labs Announces 2019 PAGE and SAGindie Fellows

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the 2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and SAGindie Fellows to the 2019 Stowe Story Lab:

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The 2019 SAGindie Fellow

Shilpa Sunthankar, Portland, OR

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE — Thriller Feature 

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Logline: A backpackers’ dream trip turns deadly when Jenna, her sister Lynn, and their friends are taken hostage, forced to guide violent fugitives through the wilderness of the Continental Divide Trail.





The 2019 PAGE Fellows

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Sam Alper, Los Angeles, CA

FAITH BREAKER — Drama TV

Logline: Pearl grew up in a cult. Now she helps people leave them. But when the ghosts of her past return, a complex new case tempts her to break the rules. Based on the true stories of Deprogrammers and the Anti-Cult Movement in America




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Debbie Castanha, Santa Barbara, CA

WHITE KNIGHT — Drama Feature 

Logline: A dying black mailman's goal to win his local chess tournament is jeopardized when a young "shut-in" on his route rekindles troubling visions of his long-dead daughter, while around him his community struggles over a controversial Confederate war monument.

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SAGindie and PAGE Fellowship Finalists for 7th Annual Fall Narrative Lab Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce Fellowship Finalists for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and SAGindie Fellowships to the 2019 Stowe Story Lab:

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Devin Haqq, Brooklyn, NY; THE NIGHT MAN — Horror Feature 

Mitali Jahagirdar, Los Angeles, CA; CONTAINMENT — Drama Thriller Feature 

La’Chris Jordan, Los Angeles, CA; PINEY RIDGE — Historical TV 

Jennifer Kim, Pasadena, CA; NEWSERS — Dramedy TV

Shani Am. Moore, Los Angeles, CA; WAR & PEACEKEEPERS — Drama TV

D. Wilmos Paul, Crystal, MN; IMMIGRANT SON — Drama Feature

Amanda Samaroo, Parkland, FL; CIVILIZED — Historical TV

Chantel Simpson, Brooklyn, NY; IN HIS ABSENCE — Drama TV

Shilpa Sunthankar, Portland, OR; CONTINENTAL DIVIDE — Thriller Feature 

Gita Vatave, Venice, CA; SWEET ESCAPE — Romantic Comedy Feature


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Sam Alper, Los Angeles, CA; FAITH BREAKER — Drama TV

Selena Burks Rentschler, Cincinnati, OH; ROSE FROM CONCRETE — Drama Feature

Debbie Castanha, Santa Barbara, CA; WHITE KNIGHT — Drama Feature 

Ian Masters, Yeovil, Somerset, UK; THEY WALKED ALONE — Historical Crime TV

Cedrick May, Arlington, TX; THE GUARDIAN — Superhero Action TV

Claire McClanahan, Metuchen, NJ; CARBON — Sci-Fi Drama Feature

Laura Neri, Brussels, Belgium; THE HIDDEN WAR — Drama Feature 

Barbara Nunberg, Santa Monica, CA; AMERICA FIRST — Historical Drama TV

Amelia Phillips, West Hollywood, CA; CARLA MARGO — Historical Dramedy TV       

Michael E Spitz, Los Angeles, CA; KILLING ME — Thriller Feature 


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Congratulations to all for wonderful projects, talent, and motivation.

Best of luck in the final round.


Stowe Story Labs Partners, Sponsors, and Collaborators:

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Stowe Story Labs Announces the 2019 NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow

David Rocchio

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Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the 2019 NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow to the 7th Annual Fall Narrative Lab.

Victoria Lucia, Springfield, MA; THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRANCIE PAGE - Drama TV

Logline: A young gay black man flees rural West Virginia seeking a new start, and soon finds himself swept up in the wild atmosphere of 1920’s Harlem where drink, drugs, and sex abound.

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About Victoria: Victoria Lucia was born and raised in Springfield, MA. A graduate of Hampshire College, she majored in video production and screenwriting. While in attendance there, Victoria worked as Assistant Director for the school's Global Education Video Crew. She also created a Meta web series following two 20something women trying to gain YouTube fame called Couch Girls.

After college Victoria has explored teaching, working with local non-profit, The Transformative Culture Project, introducing video production to high school students.

As a biracial woman, Victoria is interested in exploring “otherness” in her work. She’s attracted to writing about the characters that usually wouldn’t be deemed leading men and women. She describes herself as having a passion for “giving a voice to the voiceless.”

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Victoria was the winner of the 2017 Berkshire Film and Media Short Screenplay Competition, she was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2018 ITV Fest Script Competition. Victoria is always looking for new opportunities to learn, grow, and better her writing, and is working towards making screenwriting her full-time career. 








Screen Scotland Write Up of Lab and Retreat Experience

David Rocchio

Screen Scotland Lab Participant Shaun Hughes at Fall 2018 Stowe Story Lab

Screen Scotland Lab Participant Shaun Hughes at Fall 2018 Stowe Story Lab

We enjoy our collaboration with Screen Scotland to bring Scottish screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers to our labs and retreats.

Shaun Hughes is a BAFTA winning writer and filmmaker and also co-founder of Factotum Films. He wrote about his experience participating in our Fall 2018 Lab and May 2019 Writers’ Retreat.

You can read his piece here.

We’ve loved working with and getting to know Shaun, and appreciate him taking the time and making the effort to talk about his experience with our programs.

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Announcing Several Fellowship Winners for 7th Annual Fall Lab

David Rocchio

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Diverse Voices, Tangerine Entertainment, Final Draft, ISA, WIFV-DC, and Champlain College Fellowships.

It was an incredibly talented pool and we are grateful for all who applied.


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2019 Diverse Voices Fellow

Erika Valenciana, Chicago, Illinois

THE PUNK SHOW IN CHICAGO — Dramedy Feature

Logline: Belen and Alicia are two teenage Mexican-American best friends with biting wit and an obsession with punk rock, who embark on a journey to Chicago so that Belén can get an abortion.

Diverse Voices Honorable Mention

La’Chris Jordan, Los Angeles, California

PINEY RIDGE — Historical TV

Logline: Following a heart-wrenching personal tragedy, a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia sets out on a mission of personal revenge, all while fighting the exploitation of the town’s wealthy landowners and the violent harassment of the local sheriff and his posse of unlawful men.


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2019 Tangerine Fellow

Sabina Vajraca, Los Angeles, California

FOR BURAZ — Drama Mystery Feature

Logline: A gritty drama/mystery set in the dark underbelly of Florida’s Bosnian immigrant community FOR BURAZ tells the story of Kenan, a successful Bosnian-American banker whose younger brother dies under suspicious circumstances. When the police refuse to investigate, Kenan takes it upon himself to uncover what actually happened.


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2019 Final Draft Fellow

Lisa Cole, Los Angeles, California

QUEEN OF NEWBURGH (written by Lisa Cole and Veronica Moody) — Biographical Drama Feature

Logline: "Queen of Newburgh" is a narrative film based on the true story of Ronnie Moody, a bad-ass, vivacious 20-year old striving to live her best life in a tough Afro-Caribbean neighborhood in upstate New York

Final Draft Honorable Mention

Jonathan London, Sherman Oaks, California

TRUE NORTH — Drama Feature

Logline: After the death of his wife, Leo decides to re-home his wife’s beloved dog Crash. As Leo drives cross country to deliver Crash to his in-laws, Leo discovers that moving on may be harder than moving along.


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2019 ISA Fellow

Valerie Bischoff, Los Angeles, California

TRUE PATRIOTS — Drama Thriller Feature

Logline: After her brother loses his leg in a negligent workplace accident, a determined woman is recruited into a mysterious group of outsiders. As the group’s ruthless pursuit of perceived justice unfolds, escalating schemes threaten to tear the siblings apart.

ISA Honorable Mention

David Wappel, Sherman Oaks, California

THE LAST FARM — Drama Feature

Logline: In a secluded mountain glen sometime in the near future, a solitary farmer is drawn into the war she's always avoided when she reluctantly shelters two kids being hunted by a cunning military commander.


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2019 WIFV-DC Fellow

Wendy Anderson, Silver Spring, Maryland

STORYTIME — Fantasy/Drama TV Limited Series

Logline: An elderly fairytale scholar has a stroke and enters a liminal state in a forest. There she finds the Tree of Life, where Storytellers inspire Story on Earth.  She must awaken a story in her daughter Dymphna, a prominent Shakespeare editor with stability issues, to earn her place.


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2019 Champlain College Fellow

Blake Donovan, Guilford, Connecticut

THE SUPERPOWER CLUB — Coming of Age Drama Feature

Logline: Silently reeling from a classmate’s mysterious death, a depressed high-schooler joins a school-based therapy group where he decides to put a positive spin on their struggles by identifying them as “Superpowers.”


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Fellowship Finalists for 7th Annual Fall Narrative Lab Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the Fellowship Finalists for the Final Draft, Diverse Voices, Tangerine Entertainment, NewEnglandFilm.com, and ISA Fellowships to the 2019 Stowe Story Lab:

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Finalists for the Final Draft Fellowship are:

Mugs Cahill, Santa Monica, CA; WICKED GOOD — Drama Thriller TV

Lisa Cole and Veronica Moody, Los Angeles, CA; QUEEN OF NEWBURGH — Biographical Drama Feature

Trudy Handel, Langley, Canada; WHEN TURTLE WALKED — Western Feature

Jonathan London, Sherman Oaks, CA; TRUE NORTH — Drama Feature

Bradley Stryker, Vancouver, Canada; MOMMA BIRD — Horror/Thriller Feature

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Finalists for the Diverse Voices Fellowship are:

Christina Hulen, Los Angeles, CA; A GENTLEMAN OF GOOD HOPE — Historical Drama Feature

La’Chris Jordan, Los Angeles, CA; PINEY RIDGE — Historical TV

Maria Sanchez, San Francisco, CA; ROSE AND BETSY — Drama Feature

Erika Valenciana, Chicago, IL; THE PUNK SHOW IN CHICAGO — Dramedy Feature

Gita Vatave, Venice, CA; SWEET ESCAPE — Romantic Comedy Feature

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Finalists for the Tangerine Fellowship are:

Kendra Arimoto, Aptos, CA; STARSHINE AND CLAY — Drama Feature

Kate Bernstein, Brooklyn, NY; ELEANOR — Historical Drama Feature

Lindsay Jaeger, Santa Fe, NM; THE UNCANNY VALLEY — Action Western Feature

Ann Sloan, Burbank, CA; SUFFER! — Comedy Feature

Sabina Vajraca, Los Angeles, CA; FOR BURAZ — Drama Mystery Feature

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Finalists for the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship are:

Nate Herzog, Burlington, VT; THE HEROICS — Action Feature

Victoria Lucia, Springfield, MA; THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRANCIE PAGE — Drama TV

Selena Mars, Providence, RI; BLACKERATI — Drama Feature (Treatment)

Deirdre Murphy, Boston, MA; IN THIS TOGETHER — Drama Feature

Rae Shaw, Medford, MA; MATING — Drama Feature

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Finalists for the ISA Fellowship are:

Evan Balkan, Towson, MD; SPITFIRE — Coming of Age Drama Feature

Valerie Bischoff, Los Angeles, CA; TRUE PATRIOTS — Drama Thriller Feature

Dale Janda, Indio, CA; THE BIRDHOUSE MAKER — Drama Feature

Lisa Jay, New Orleans, LA; THE DOMOVOI — Horror Dark Comedy Feature

David Wappel, Sherman Oaks, CA; THE LAST FARM — Drama Feature


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Congratulations to all!

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Fellowship Semi-Finalists for 7th Annual Fall Narrative Lab Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the Semi-Finalists to the Final Draft, Diverse Voices, Tangerine Entertainment, and ISA Fellowships to the 2019 Stowe Story Lab:

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Semi-Finalists for the Final Draft Fellowship are:

Mugs Cahill, Santa Monica, CA — WICKED GOOD - Drama Thriller TV

Anna Cain, Brooklyn, NY; HAS BEENS — 1/2 Hour Comedy TV

David Campbell, Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada; POINT TERROR — Action/Survival Feature

Lisa Cole and Veronica Moody, Los Angeles, CA; QUEEN OF NEWBURGH — Biographical Drama Feature

Joey Connolley, Wilmington, NC; THE ASTRONAUT — Drama Feature (development project)

Christopher DeWan, Pasadena, CA; DISASSEMBLY — One Hour Drama TV

Trudy Handel, Langley, British Columbia, Canada; WHEN TURTLE WALKED — Western Feature

Sean Jourdan, Denver, CO; JESS — Drama Feature

Jonathan London, Sherman Oaks, CA; TRUE NORTH — Drama Feature

Katrin Magrowitz, London, UK; ANNA, A BERLIN STORY — Drama Feature

Valerie Schwartfigure, Mansfield, OH; MELODY OF THE SEA — Fantasy Feature

Trevor Southall, Baltimore, MD; THE FEEDING OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS — LGBTQ TV

Bradley Stryker, Vancouver, Canada; MOMMA BIRD — Horror Thriller Feature

Shilpa Sunthankar, Portland, OR; CONTINENTAL DIVIDE — Thriller Feature


Semi-Finalists for the Diverse Voices Fellowship are:

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Edith Cheng, Austin, TX; DISENFRANCHISED — Comedy Feature

Beverly Smith-Dawson, Phoenix, AZ; AUTUMN —Drama Feature

Elizabeth Dwyer, Albuquerque, NM; NORTH AMERIKAY — Drama TV

Kate Forristall, New York, NY; THE MOTHER HOOD — Dramedy TV

Christina Hulen, Los Angeles, CA; A GENTLEMAN OF GOOD HOPE — Historical Drama Feature

La’Chris Jordan, Los Angeles, CA; PINEY RIDGE — Historical TV

Maria Sanchez, San Francisco, CA; ROSE AND BETSY — Drama Feature

Devi Snively, Cleveland Heights, OH; GIRL TROUBLE — Satire Horror Feature

Tatjana Soli, Monterey, CA; THE LOTUS EATERS — Historical War Feature

Inga Moren Tapias, New York, NY; LUZ MARINA — Mystery Thriller Feature

Erika Valenciana, Chicago, IL THE PUNK SHOW IN CHICAGO — Dramedy Feature

Gita Vatave, Venice, CA; SWEET ESCAPE — Romantic Comedy Feature

Semi-Finalists for the Tangerine Fellowship are:

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Kendra Arimoto, Aptos, CA; STARSHINE AND CLAY — Drama Feature

Kate Bernstein, Brooklyn, NY; ELEANOR — Historical Drama Feature

Liz Cardenas, Dallas, TX; UNTITLED GSA — LBGTQ, Young Adult TV

Lauren Hendler, Sedona, AZ; MAKE ME AN ANGEL — Drama Feature

Kellen Hertz, Los Angeles, CA; LEGACY — Mystery TV

Lindsay Jaeger, Santa Fe, NM; THE UNCANNY VALLEY — Action Western Feature

Becca Roth, Brooklyn, NY; MARGO & PERRY — Drama Feature

Lisa Rysinger, Mullica Hill, NJ; DEAD WATER — Thriller Feature

Sarah Sellman, Los Angeles; GILLYFISH — Drama Feature

Ann Sloan, Burbank, CA; SUFFER! — Comedy Feature

Katherine Street, Granada Hills, CA; THE NEW ADULT — Dramedy TV

Kim Turner, Mandeville, LA; SEVEN KINDS OF SOUP — Magical Realism Drama Feature

Sabina Vajraca, Los Angeles, CA; FOR BURAZ — Drama Mystery Feature

Semi-Finalists for the ISA Fellowship are:

Evan Balkan, Towson, MD; SPITFIRE — Coming of Age Drama Feature

Valerie Bischoff, Los Angeles, CA; TRUE PATRIOTS — Drama Thriller Feature

Maria Cozzi, Santa Monica, CA; FIN CHASER —Drama Feature

Dale Janda, Indio, CA; THE BIRDHOUSE MAKER — Drama Feature

Lisa Jay, New Orleans, LA; THE DOMOVOI — Horror Dark Comedy Feature

Danielle Karagannis, North Hollywood, CA; GROUND CONTROL — Psychological Drama Feature

Cushla Parekowhai, Auckland, New Zealand; THE RED DINGHY — Dramedy Thriller Feature

Kasia Plazinska, Brooklyn, NY; FALSE POSITIVE — Drama Feature

Courtney Powell, Jackson Heights, NY; THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT — Historical Drama Feature

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Danielle Tillman, North Hollywood, CA; MOSAIC BLUES — Drama TV

David Wappel, Sherman Oaks, CA; THE LAST FARM — Drama Feature

Excited to Announce 2019 May Writers' Retreat Roster

David Rocchio

We're pleased to share the participant roster for the 2019 Stowe Story Labs’ Spring Writers’ Retreat, which will be held at the Timberholm Inn, in Stowe, Vermont.

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Nelson Downend and Shoshana Rosenbaum at 2017 Writers’ Retreat, Timberholm Inn

  • Peter Andrews, Mahopac, NY; THE EURIPIDES ENGINE - Action Feature

  • Erika Campany, Reseda, CA; THE JOURNEY HOME - Family Feature

  • Kathleen Caslin, Weymouth, MA; PEOPLE OF THE DAWN - Drama Feature

  • Nelson Downend, Long Island City, NY; BLUE SKY RED - Drama TV

  • Shaun Hughes, Edinburgh, Scotland; BUNNY - Drama Feature

  • Helen Kaplan, New York, NY; ROCK PAPER SCISSORS - Comedy Feature

  • Sarah Knight, New York, NY; AN IDEAL WIFE - Comedy/Drama Feature

  • Despina Moraitou Politzi, Loudonville, NY - LOVE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD - Sci-Fi Feature

  • Katie Orr, Atlanta, GA - SUN VILLAGE - Comedy/Drama TV

  • Roma Sur, Highlands Ranch, CO - THE ROCK WITHIN - Drama Feature

  • Meedo Taha, Los Angeles, CA - OTHER PEOPLE - Social Satire/Heist Feature

Eszter Angyalosy mentors at Fall 2018 Narrative Lab

Eszter Angyalosy mentors at Fall 2018 Narrative Lab

We are excited as well to shout out about our mentors for this spring’s retreat:

  • Eszter Angyalosy - Screenwriter, Story Editor and TV Drama Writing Tutor; Budapest, Hungary

  • Austin Chick – Screenwriter, Director, Creative Producer; New York, NY

  • Gigi Dement - Producer and Director; New York, NY

  • Jenny Halper - Director, Production & Development; New York, NY

  • Bryce Norbitz - Director of Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute; New York, NY

  • Ellen Parks, C.S.A – Casting Director; New York, NY

Congratulations participants, thank you mentors, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


Story Labs Joins Coverfly As 'Top Competition

David Rocchio

March 11, 2019 (Stowe, VT and Los Angeles, CA): Stowe Story Labs and Coverfly are pleased to announce Stowe Story Labs’ participation in the Coverfly Platform as a ‘top competition.’

Participants on Coverfly’s platform will be able to:

2018 Lab Participants Ashleigh Nichols (CA), Rachel Gerlach (NJ), and Alysia Maciejowska (Scotland) at end of long day at the Lab

2018 Lab Participants Ashleigh Nichols (CA), Rachel Gerlach (NJ), and Alysia Maciejowska (Scotland) at end of long day at the Lab

“On behalf of the whole Coverfly team, I’m thrilled to welcome Stowe Story Labs to our growing submission platform,” said Scot Lawrie, co-founder of Coverfly. “Stowe’s track record helping screenwriters develop their projects and connect with the entertainment industry is stellar. Our community of screenwriters can now apply directly to the Stowe Story Labs with their projects in a few clicks via Coverfly,” he said.

“We are pleased to be on the Coverfly Platform and appreciate being selected as a top program,” said David Rocchio, Founder and President of the Labs. “Our mission, to help emerging talents get work made and seen, is aligned with Coverfly’s stated vision of connecting top talents with industry pros. We are excited to offer this service to our community,” he said.

About Stowe Story Labs

Stowe Story Labs is a Vermont-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping the world’s top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers get work made and seen. We do this through labs, retreats, workshops, and mentoring programs, creating development program for emerging talents. Our participants are diverse on any measure and have come from (so far) thirty states and fifteen countries (from Australia to Ukraine).

Participants in our programs work with top industry mentors, such as Academy Award nominated screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns), Academy Award nominated creative producer (and director of the Tribeca Film Institute) Amy Hobby (Sideways, Secretary, What Happened Miss Simone?), and award-winning creative producer Alex Boden (Cloud Atlas, Sense 8). The Lab’s growing community of top emerging talents from around the world make up a co-op of artists working together to generate incredible content.

About Coverfly

Coverfly exists to provide a platform for the entertainment industry to discover projects and talented new screenwriters from all of the best-regarded screenwriting competitions, fellowships, labs and festivals. Coverfly has grown quickly to include dozens of the industry’s best talent-discovery programs, each with their own unique readers, evaluation guidelines, judges, administrators, industry partners, and prizes

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Coverfly’s writer-facing dashboard allows writers to securely and transparently access their data on Coverfly’s platform. Writers can also opt to make their projects searchable and discoverable by entertainment industry professionals looking for emerging talent. 

Coverfly has over 50 carefully curated organizations accepting submissions via Coverfly, and thousands of screenwriters on the free writer dashboard. Coverfly’s mission is to highlight writers’ competition successes to the entertainment industry and to connect talented emerging writers with script buyers, producers, agents, managers and studio executives.

To learn more about Coverfly visit https://www.coverfly.com/ or email support@coverfly.com.

To learn more about Stowe Story Labs, visit www.stowestorylabs.org or email info@stowestorylabs.org

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Stowe Story Labs and Sidewalk Film Festival Partner to Offer Sidewalk Story Lab

David Rocchio

March 4, 2019 (Stowe, VT and Birmingham, AL): Stowe Story Labs and Birmingham, Alabama’s Sidewalk Film Festival are pleased to announce the first annual Sidewalk Story Lab, to be held August 21 - 24, in the heart of Birmingham during that city’s annual Sidewalk Film Festival.

2018 Stowe Story Lab, Creative Scotland Lab Participant Shaun Hughes Takes in Content

2018 Stowe Story Lab, Creative Scotland Lab Participant Shaun Hughes Takes in Content

The Lab will offer a mix of presentations, panels, in-conversation interviews, and small group sessions. The goal of the Lab is to help top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers develop their skills, craft, and content to advance in the international, independent film industry. The ultimate goal is to help get good work made and seen. To learn more, please click here. To apply, please click here.

 About the Sidewalk Film Festival

Sidewalk is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging filmmaking in and building audiences for independent film.

Sidewalk produces the nationally recognized Sidewalk Film Festival and organizes a wide-variety of educational programs for filmmakers and holds other events that create interest in and enthusiasm for independent film. To expand on this work and better serve its mission, the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema, a two-screen independent movie theater in the heart of Birmingham’s historic theatre district, will open in late summer 2019.

A Typical Night At Sidewalk

A Typical Night At Sidewalk

For twenty years, the organization’s premiere event has been the Sidewalk Film Festival, which showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually.

Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema. The Festival continues to thrive with annual increases in submissions, ticket sales, and press coverage.

About Stowe Story Labs

Stowe Story Labs is in its 7th year. We are a Vermont-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to working with the world’s top emerging filmmakers to get work made and seen. We do this by offering labs, retreats, workshops, and mentoring programs throughout the year, creating an affordable, meaningful and successful development program for emerging filmmakers. Our participants are diverse on any measure and have come from (so far) thirty states and fifteen countries, from Australia to Ukraine.

Participants in our programming work with top industry mentors, such as Academy Award nominated screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns), Academy Award nominated creative producer (and director of the Tribeca Film Institute) Amy Hobby (Sideways, Secretary, What Happened Miss Simone?), and award-winning creative producer Alex Boden (Cloud Atlas, Sense 8). Mentors for the Sidewalk Lab will be announced later in March.

Beyond the programming, The Lab’s growing community of top emerging film talents from around the world makes up a co-op of artists working together to generate incredible content.

STOWE STORY LABS AND FILM SEEKERS STRIKE FIRST-LOOK DEAL

David Rocchio

Vermont-based institute for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to be a creative resource for Film Seekers, a top London-based international production and sales company

London, England and STOWE, VT (February 2019) – Stowe Story Labs and Film Seekers have agreed to a first-look deal covering potential development of original screenplays written and developed by participants of the Stowe Story Labs annual fall narrative lab and writers’ retreats.  

2018 Stowe Story Labs Participants, including Creative Scotland Stowe Story Labs Participant Shaun Hughes, prepare for morning program

2018 Stowe Story Labs Participants, including Creative Scotland Stowe Story Labs Participant Shaun Hughes, prepare for morning program

The pact was made between David Rocchio, Stowe Story Labs Founder and President, and Caroline Couret-Delègue, Film Seekers’ manager. The new partnership provides Film Seekers access to select scripts curated by Stowe Story Labs and fitting Film Seekers’ submission requirements and needs.

Now in its seventh year of operation, Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit that brings emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world together with seasoned, working industry professionals to help get work made and seen. The Lab pairs attendees with top industry mentors, such as award-winning Creative Producer Alex Boden and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter David Magee. The Labs’ industry partners include SAGIndie, Seed&Spark, the Page International Screenwriting Awards, Tangerine Entertainment, and Final Draft.

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Film Seekers is a London-based international sales agency focusing on commercially driven English language feature films with worldwide appeal. With a combined experience of more than 20 years in the independent sector, the company seeks to offer producers support from script stage through to distribution, representing eight to ten new films a year. Recent successes include Edie, released theatrically nationwide in the UK in May 2018 and named “One of the year’s biggest independent theatrical success stories” by UK Trade Magazine with the rest of the world going out theatrically throughout 2019, The Witch in the Window which sold on multi-territory deals worldwide and had a fantastic international festival run, and most recently Love Sarah, which presold to eight territories in Berlin 2019 when introduced at the market.

Lab Participants from Australia, Scotland, and U.S. Smile for the Cameras

Lab Participants from Australia, Scotland, and U.S. Smile for the Cameras

“On the theatrical side, we focus on feel-good inspirational stories, which are difficult to find,” said Caroline Couret-Delegue, Director of Film Seekers. “Many of the scripts developed at Stowe Story Labs would be the perfect fit for our slate which includes movies such as Edie and Love Sarah. We are thrilled that David and his team value our work as much as we recognize their talent for scouting emerging writers. A good movie always starts with a good script and we want to position ourselves early to help adapt those wonderful stories to the big screen.”

“We are excited to partner with Film Seekers and Caroline,” said Rocchio. “Caroline is incredibly smart and knowledgeable in the industry,” he said, “and completely aligned with our mission to help top emerging talents get work made and seen. I am thrilled to be working with Film Seekers to bring our participants’ projects to life.” 

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Stowe Story Labs, now in its seventh year, helps top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers refine work to get it made and seen. Applications now being accepted for Fall Narrative Lab. To apply, click here.

For more information regarding Film Seekers, please contact Film Seekers at info@film-seekers.com or visit www.film-seekers.com

For information regarding Stowe Story Labs, please contact the Lab Team at info@stowestorylabs.org or visit www.stowestorylabs.org



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STOWE STORY LABS SETS SAM HOUSTON FIRST-LOOK DEAL

David Rocchio

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Premiere Vermont-based institute for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to be a creative resource for the Southwest’s leading motion picture fund

 HOUSTON, TX and STOWE, VT (September 2018) – Stowe Story Labs and Sam Houston Southwest Film Investment Fund have agreed to a first-look deal covering potential financing and development of original screenplays and teleplays written and developed by participants of the Stowe Story Labs’ annual Fall Narrative Lab and Writers’ Retreats. 

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Participants from Australia, US, Czech Republic, and Scotland smile for camera at 2018 Lab.

The pact was made between David Rocchio, Stowe Story Labs Founder and President, and Steven Jon Whritner, Sam Houston’s Executive Vice President, Production and Development, during this year’s Fall Narrative Lab, held over four days from September 8-11, at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. The new partnership provides Sam Houston a right of first refusal on select scripts curated by Stowe Story Labs and fitting Sam Houston’s exacting submission requirements.

Now in its sixth year of operation, Stowe Story Labs is a non-profit that brings emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world together with seasoned, working industry professionals to help get work made and seen. The Lab pairs attendees with top industry mentors, such as Academy Award® nominated creative producer Amy Hobby and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter David Magee. The Labs’ industry partners include SAGIndie, Seed&Spark, the Page International Screenwriting Awards, Tangerine Entertainment, and Final Draft.

“We are excited to partner with Sam Houston,” said Rocchio. “We help nurture some of the world’s best talents,” he said, “and by now working with Sam Houston we have another powerful tool to help these artists bring their visions to life.”

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“The Labs are the film industry’s best-kept secret, but not for long,” said Whritner. “Participants are drawn to Stowe both for its inspirational, scenic beauty and the meaningful program put together by the Labs. Participants come away with the tools to enhance their work and jumpstart their careers. There’s simply no better creative incubator than Stowe Story Labs,” he said.

Sam Houston Southwest Film Investment Fund is chartered to promote filmmaking in the Southwest region of the United States, while fostering creative talent and bringing quality entertainment to a global audience. Through strategic alliances with leading production entities such as Cross Creek Pictures and Lynmar Entertainment, Sam Houston provides financing for every phase of content creation, from development through production and distribution.

David Pope, David Rocchio and Steven Jon Whritner at Fall ‘18 Lab

David Pope, David Rocchio and Steven Jon Whritner at Fall ‘18 Lab

For more information regarding the Sam Houston Southwest Film Investment Fund, please contact Steven Jon Whritner at (646) 335-2643 or go to samhoustonswfilmfund.com. For information regarding Stowe Story Labs, contact David Rocchio at (802) 279-1258 or visit stowestorylabs.org

Stowe Story Labs Announces Full Roster for 2018 Stowe Story Lab

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the full roster for its 2018 Fall Lab, to be held at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, September 8 - September 11, 2018.

Congratulations writers, filmmakers, and creative producers participating in this year's lab.

Thank you mentors for donating your time, skill, knowledge and ideas.


Participants:

Peter Andrews, Mahopac, NY. Feature Film, FRAGILE

Jodi Asadourian, Nashville, TN. Feature Film, CUT THE CORD

Julie Berkobien, South Pasadena, CA. 1 hour TV Pilot, BLYTHE PARK

Michael Berlind (2018 Final Draft Fellow), Brooklyn, NY. 1 hour TV Pilot, COASTAL SHELF

Marya Cohn (2018 Tangerine Fellow), New York, NY. Feature Film, SUNNY DAY FLOODING

Andi Delott (2018 PAGE Fellow), Pacific Palisades, CA. Feature Film, FAITH

Brittany DeVries, Panama City, Panama. Feature Film, PENDING FILE

Neal Dhand, Zizkov, Czech Republic. Feature Film, ZIPPERS

Joel Fishman, Kennett Square, PA. Feature Film, GOOD CITIZEN

Freeman Fletcher (2018 Champlain College Fellow), South Berwick, ME. Feature Film,  STUNTED

Rachel Gerlach, South River, NJ. Feature Film, DAISY CHAIN

TeeJay Hannon (2018 Champlain College Fellow), Mahwah, NJ. Feature Film, BEYOND

Jamie Hoang, Los Angeles, CA. Feature Film, BETTER THAN THIS

Kristin Holodak, Milwaukee, WI. Feature Film, ENID'S WALL

Alastair Huntley (2018 Vermonter Fellow), Norwich, VT. Feature Film, HALF SHELL

Diane Lansing (2018 ISA Fellow), Santa Monica, CA. Feature Film, WONDER AND LIGHTNING

Jennifer Latham (2018 Vermonter Honorable Mention), Brattleboro, VT. Feature Film, THE HOMEMAKER

Tricia Lee, Valley Village, CA. Feature Film, SPOKEN

Maren Leggett, Bethesda, MD. Feature Film, SHRINKWRAPPED

Christian Lybrook, Boise, ID. Feature Film, CITY OF TREES

Leanne Mangan, Newtown, NSW, Australia. 1 hr TV Pilot, REMADE

Ben Maraniss, Brooklyn, NY. 1 hr TV Pilot, WEIMAR

Gerardo Maravilla, Los Angeles, CA. Feature Film, CROSS

E.Napoletano, Chicago, IL. 1 hr TV Pilot, ATLANTA BURNS

Ashleigh Nichols, North Hollywood, CA. Feature Film, STICKS AND STONES

Angel Nunez (2018 NewEnglandFilm.com Honorable Mention), Randolph, MA. Feature Film, AMERIQUENO

Ray O’Conor, Wilton, NY. Feature Film, SHE CALLED HIM RAYMOND

Portia Pennington, Bowling Green, KY. Feature Film, WRITTEN BY ELODIA JANE WILDER

Jerry Perez, Providence, RI. Feature Film, THE POCKETKNIFE

Jim Picariello, Brooksville, ME. Feature Film, THE CULT OF US

Katterina Powers, Scottsdale, AZ. Feature Film, A BETTER PLACE

Fred Reed, Oakland, CA. Feature Film, EMMA LOU'S BLUES

Anna Remus, Dorchester, MA. Feature Film, WHITE PARTY

Lea Robinson (2018 Seed&Spark Fellow), Richmond, CA. Feature Film, DARK SKY

Matthew Rosansky, Philadelphia, PA. 1 hr TV Pilot, THE RIVER

Esra Saydam (2018 SAGindie Fellow), Brooklyn, NY. Feature Film, THE MESOPOTAMIAN

Matthew Schildkamp (2018 UVM Fellow), Middlebury, VT. Feature Film, AERO LUNA

Janet Stilson, New York, NY. Feature Film, JAGUAR TRAIL

Roma Sur, Highlands Ranch, CO. Feature Film, THE ROCK WITHIN

Amy Tasillo, Washington, DC. Feature Film, PLAYHOUSE

Jake Taylor (2018 PAGE Fellow), Mesa, AZ. 1hr TV Pilot, WICCA PUNK

Terri Codori Viani, Pomfret, CT. Feature Film, DIRTY WATER DOGS

Heidi Weitzer, Los Angeles, CA. Feature Film, THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS

Wade Wofford (2018 NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow), Northampton, MA. Feature Film, URBAN ED

Tatiana R. Zaharchenko, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Feature Film, TO TELL THE TRUTH

Sarah Zeiser, (2018 NewEnglandFilm.com Honorable Mention), Somerville, MA. 1 hr TV Pilot, AQUITAINE


Mentors:

Eszter Angyalosy, Hungary. Development Editor at HBO Europe/Writer

Emily Best, California. CEO of Seed & Spark/Writer/Director/Producer

Alex Boden, London. Creative Producer 

Scott Collette, California. Screenwriter/Film Sales and Distribution

Darrien Michele Gipson, California. National Director of SAGindie/Creative Producer

Anne Hubbell, New York. Creative Producer

Paul Miller, Amsterdam. Creative Producer

Ellen Parks, New York. Casting Director/Faculty NYU Tisch Film School

David Pope, London. Writer/Director/Producer

David Rocchio, Vermont. Writer/Director/Producer


Thank you to our Fellowship Partners

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Stowe Story Labs Announces NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship and Honorable Mentions

David Rocchio

2018 NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship is Wade Wofford (Drama, URBAN ED). Honorable mentions are made for Angel Nunez (Drama, AMERIQUEÑO) and Sarah Zeiser (TV Drama, AQUITAINE). All three hail from Massachusetts.

Wofford's URBAN ED follows five students of a small charter school in the inner city as the school closes in the middle of the school year.

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Wade Wofford, an Atlanta native, now writes out of Northampton, MA. A graduate of LA Film School, the University of Georgia's Drama Department, and the Meisner School of Acting, he has worked on independent and full-budget TV and film productions in Massachusetts, New York, and Los Angeles.

In 2006, Wade started his first production company - Dedalus Films - and in 2011, his second – Happy Wasteland Studios – with two partners. He has since self-financed and produced two feature films while working a full-time job as a teacher. His first feature as a writer/director/producer, PERCEPTION, was shot for $20k, and won the Royal Reel Award in Filmmaking and Best Drama at Hollywood's DIYFilmFest. His second film, THE ANSWER, was shot on location in central Vermont and won the Rising Star Award at Canada International Film Festival. Most recently, he was Director of Photography on HEROES DON'T COME HOME, and won Best-SciFi Screenplay at Nashville Film Festival for “The Southerland School."


Honorable Mentions

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Angel Nunez’s script Ameriqueño follows a Puerto Rican family as it struggles after a devastating loss to build a new life in 1960s New York City.

Angel Nunez is a playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker from the Boston area. His diverse cultural background informs his work. Angel earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in 2010. Angel serves as I'm a Broadcast/Webcast Producer for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. His website is here.


Sarah Zeiser’s script AQUITAINE is about famed twelfth-century French queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who fights for her place in a marriage and kingdoms that seek to control her, yet she forges her own path to eventually control them.

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Dr. Sarah Zeiser has a BA in Medieval Studies from Smith College and an AM and PhD in Celtic Languages & Literatures and Medieval Studies from Harvard University, where she is currently an Associate of the Department of Celtic. She works as a Project Manager and Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts & Humanities at Harvard.

Sarah has been writing creatively since childhood, and was drawn to screenwriting as a medium through which to envision the lives and events of the medieval period. She has had a working draft of AQUITAINE on a burner since she was 16 (a feature-length version of the story was a Semi-Finalist in the 2007 PAGE Awards). In addition to that passion project, she has written several contemporary short stories and a feature-length script. Her stories - whether medieval or modern - are dramas focused on complex relationships between imperfect persons who struggle with expectation, responsibility, and the realities of disappointment.


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This is the fifth year Stowe Story Labs and NewEnglandFilm.com have partnered to offer a fellowship to the Lab, and this year’s applicants showed tremendous talent and presented great stories.

"Collaborating with Stowe Story Labs is a wonderful way to support New England writers, directors and producers. The Labs continue to become more competitive, and we are excited to offer Wade this year's fellowship for his project URBAN ED, which offers a thought-provoking look at education in America,” said Michele Meek, Founder and Publisher of NewEnglandFilm.com.

“I am so pleased to recognize these three writers,” said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Labs. “It was a very, very difficult process. We were presented with so much tremendous work. We feel these three projects represent some of the breadth of what is being created in New England. From what we are seeing, our region is a hot-bed of fantastic work, and partnering with NewEnglandFilm.com to find these writers is a wonderful partnership. Thank you, Michele!”

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card:  April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner . Card designed by alumni  Jen West .

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card: April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner. Card designed by alumni Jen West.

ISA Fellowship Awarded to Diane Lansing

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the 2018 International Screenwriters’ Association Fellow is Diane Lansing of Santa Monica, CA (Drama/Feature, WONDER AND LIGHTNING).

The film is about Wonder, a scarred surfer kid from Santa Cruz, who, with her equally tough mutt, runs away from her abusive foster “Dad.” The two follow the waves to pristine, uptight, Malibu where acceptance is a challenge, until a quirky family of friends forms in spite of Wonder’s edgy defenses. 

After years as a dancer and actor, Diane Lansing's natural creative progression was telling stories through plays and screenplays. Her first short film Out Of Her Element was developed from her short play, and was shown in two film festivals. Diane began working with Women In Film as a director and writer for their PSA program, culminating in the win of an Aurora Award. Recently, the 48 hour Film Project Diane wrote was screened at The Directors Guild. Diane is part of the ISA community and loves sharing ideas through that platform. 

 

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“We are pleased to award this fellowship to Diane Lansing," said Felicity Wren, Director of Development at ISA. “Wonder & Lightning is refreshing, cheeky and full of heart, and we are confident it and Diane will benefit from being at this fall’s Lab,” she said. 

 


“We are thrilled to see Diane receive the fellowship to this year’s lab,” said David Rocchio. “Diane’s work is tough, driven by strong characters, and touches on important themes we can all identify with. She has applied before, and it is nice to see WONDER AND LIGHTNING come through. We can’t wait to work with her at the Lab,” he said.

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card:  April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner . Card designed by alumni  Jen West .

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card: April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner. Card designed by alumni Jen West.

Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship Awarded

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the Tangerine Entertainment Fellow to this year’s Stowe Story Lab:

Marya Cohn, NYC (Drama, SUNNY DAY FLOODING) and honorable mention is made for Imelda O’Reilly, NYC (Drama, WE’RE THE KIDS IN AMERICA).

SUNNY DAY FLOODING focuses on oil refinery worker Luce Guidry. As hurricane Miranda bears down on Louisiana, Guidry is torn between her job and her thirteen year-old daughter, Ava, who fears she and her town are slowly drowning.

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Marya Cohn is a writer /director and filmmaking professor. She wrote and directed the feature film, THE GIRL IN THE BOOK, starring Emily Van Camp and Michael Nyqvist, which premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, was released by Myriad Pictures and Freestyle Releasing in December 2015, and is currently available on Netflix, ITunes, and Amazon.  Her short film, DEVELOPING, starring Natalie Portman and Frances Conroy, screened at Sundance, won grand prizes at the Belgian Festival Mondial du Cinéma de Court Métrage and the St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival, and aired on The Sundance Channel and Channel 13’s Reel NY. Marya teaches screenwriting at Montclair State University and is a filmmaking professor for Vermont College of Fine Arts’ non-resident MFA program in film. She received her MFA from NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television and her BA from Harvard University

Imelda’s script, WE’RE THE KIDS IN AMERICA is an epic, tryptic drama about three generations of Irish fathers and sons and Ireland in the 1950’s and 1980’s and New York City in 2016.

Imelda O’Reilly is an Irish award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA from Columbia University’s graduate film program. Her films screened worldwide including, Rhode Island International Film Festival, International Film Festival de Creteil, Cyprus International Film Festival among others. Her feature screenplay BENEATH THE BOY'S CRY won the “Best Of” the Festival at the BEA, it was also a semi-finalist for the Sundance screenwriting lab. Her film EGGS AND SOLDIERS screened at 47 festivals winning awards at Accolade Global Film Festival, a Tonino Guerra Award for Screenwriting and a Remi-Award at the World-Houston Festival. Imelda's film BRICKS, BEDS AND SHEEP'S HEADS was a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards. WE'RE THE KIDS IN AMERICA is an official selection for L'Atélier that is part of the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

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 “We loved reading all the scripts in the selection process,” said Anne Hubbell, founding partner with Tangerine Entertainment and Stowe Story Labs mentor. “Marya’s script takes on big issues and themes in a setting both intimate and cinematic, and anchors her story with fresh, complex female characters. We’re excited to help her develop the project with this fellowship,” she said. “We are also pleased to honor Imelda's work, Her examination of fathers and sons using a female lens is compelling to us. We wish both writers great success with their projects.”

“This is our fourth year partnering with Tangerine to offer this fellowship,” said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Lab. “We love the energy they bring to mentoring with us and the selection of the annual fellow to the Lab. We look forward to working with Marya and Imelda to help bring these outstanding stories to life,” he said.

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card:  April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner . Card designed by alumni  Jen West .

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card: April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner. Card designed by alumni Jen West.

Stowe Story Labs Pleased to Announce 1st Final Draft Fellowship

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Final Draft Fellowship to the Labs is Michael Berlind, Brooklyn, NY (Drama/TV, COASTAL SHELF) with Honorable Mention to Ted Campbell, Los Angeles, CA (Crime Thriller/Feature, UNDERGROUND).

COASTAL SHELF follows teenage Sophia and her little sister Miranda as they cope with their daily existence in the grips of their controlling, narcissistic parents. The well-respected couple seek to preserve their power and status, while Sophia, still living with the memory of a traumatic event from years earlier, forms a rapport with Claire, an abused child from the other side of the tracks.

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Michael Berlind grew up in France as a film buff with a love of classic cinema and storytelling. By the time he finished attending film school in Boston, he realized that his main interest lay in the writing process and creating compelling, human characters. He is especially drawn to the television format as he believes it is the best medium for long-form theme and character development. Over the last several years he has focused on writing several one-hour pilots, which he believes have the potential to be developed into compelling series. After graduating from Emerson College, he lived in Los Angeles for four years, and moved to New York City this past January.

Ted Campbell's compelling thriller UNDERGROUND tracks disgruntled Boston MBTA worker Gerry McCaffery as he aspires to live up to his gangster father’s legacy uses his extensive knowledge of the abandoned tunnels under the city of Boston to pull off a diamond heist.

Ted, originally from Boston, is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. His neo-noir, thriller BLUE MOTEL won the Grand Prize in ScriptShark's Insider Screenplay contest. He has been invited to officially join ISA’s Development Program with UNDERGROUND, and finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dasheill Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk. A twenty-year veteran of the film industry, Ted has worked as a First Assistant Director on over fifty independent feature films.

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“We are excited to announce Michael as the Final Draft Fellow to the 2018 Stowe Story Lab," said Scott McMenamin, President of Final Draft. "Michael’s work is compelling and grounded and Stowe Story Labs will be a great place to foster Michael as a writer and artist,” he said.

"We are tremendously proud to be partnering with Final Draft to offer this fellowship to the Labs," said David Rocchio, President and Founder of Stowe Story Labs. "Final Draft is all about breaking down barriers to turning wonderful ideas into brilliant scripts. We are aligned with this mission and Final Draft has helped us tremendously in our search for the world's top emerging screenwriters, and in Michael and Ted we have found two," he said.


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2018 Stowe Story Labs / PAGE Fellows Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Fellowships. 

Andi Delott -- Andi's feature film script, FAITH, is a drama about Jennifer, a Pastor’s wife searching for answers about her son’s death following an initiation rite at a Christian University. FAITH plots Jennifer's journey, which makes her question her own faith and how far she’ll go to find the truth.

Jake Taylor -- Jake's 1-hour TV Drama Pilot, WICCA PUNK, plots the journey of 13-year-old witch Harper when she moves with her family to a coastal Oregon town, attracting the unwanted attention of a malevolent witch’s coven at her new school.


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Andi Delott is a novelist, advertising executive and emerging screenwriter. Andi's writing focuses on female-driven screenplays and novels. Her screenplay, THE DEAL, was accepted into the 2017 New York Women in Film and Television Writers Lab. As a novelist, she has published five romances under a pseudonym and currently writes contemporary and upmarket fiction. Andi heads up the ABC TV account at an entertainment advertising agency in Los Angeles. As ABC's agency of record from 2000 - 2018, she serves as the main client contact as well as the internal creative lead. In this role, Andi has helped successfully helped brand, launch and sustain multi-year marketing campaigns for TV classics including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars, and Modern Family to name a few. Now, in addition to working with ABC, Andi's clients also include Netflix, Amazon, and Disney. 

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Jake Taylor lives in Mesa, Arizona, but his heart remains in the Northwest. Other than placing well in one other contest, making the 2018 PAGE Quarterfinals with WICCA PUNK is his first major success with a script. His day job is a Baker. He camps, fishes, hikes and grills whenever he can. He has been married to his gorgeous wife for almost six years. Together they like camping, furniture shopping, and DIY projects on their house. They are also expecting their first child.

We love these projects for plotting difficult journeys for these two disparate women. We are excited to award Andi and Jake the 5th Annual PAGE Fellowships. To make the choice more meaningful, these two scripts stood out in a very, very strong field.

"This is our fifth year working with Stowe Story Labs," said PAGE Executive Director Kristen Overn. "We are excited for Jake and Andi and applaud their success in being selected for what we are sure will be a productive lab," she said.

"Every year, working with the PAGE team, we discover great new talents from all walks of life," said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Labs. "This year is no different. We are excited to work with Jake and Andi and, as well, the many other PAGE Quarterfinalists attending this fall's lab, bringing interesting stories, varied backgrounds, and unique voices to our community. I want to thank Kristin and the team at PAGE for this wonderful partnership. We look forward to doing more together in the future," he said.


Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card:  April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner . Card designed by alumni  Jen West .

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card: April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner. Card designed by alumni Jen West.

Stowe Story Labs Announces Seed&Spark Fellow to 2018 Lab

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Seed & Spark Fellowship to its Fall 2018 Story Lab: 

Lea Robinson, Richmond, CA (Sci-Fi Feature, DARK SKY). Lea’s script DARK SKY is a queer love story set in what is now Oakland, California. The rainy streets of Oaktown become a hunting ground for a creature that travels to earth every century to feed. The city's only hope lies in the hands of Augusta, the first transgender detective OPD has ever had. Augusta will try to save their city, while investigating a mysterious woman that seems to have arrived at the same time as the creature. This love story unfolds while a race against time provides a battleground for an apex hunter from another galaxy and ancient warrior from another time. 

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Lea Robinson is a queer/transgender/butch/gender non-conforming POC identified actor and writer. Lea grew up in Kentucky and attended college on a basketball scholarship. Lea recently moved to Oakland, CA from NYC, where they were active in both the theater world and film and television.  Lea is currently SAG-AFTRA and represented by an L.A. manager.  Lea is an avid exercise enthusiast, lover of cats and gamer extraordinaire.

Emily Best, CEO of Seed&Spark and Stowe Story Labs mentor, said, "This was a tough decision! We're excited to meet all of the writers who were finalists for our fellowship for this year's Narrative Lab, and we're over the moon to offer this year's Stowe Story Lab Seed&Spark fellowship to writer Lea Robinson. Their project is unique, fresh, and important. And we're all in for transgender, non-binary, and queer people people of color getting to see themselves represented authentically onscreen. See you there, Lea.” 

“Our vision for Stowe Story Labs is to find top emerging talents offering fresh stories people can identify with, learn from, feel viscerally and enjoy,” said David Rocchio, President and Founder of the Labs. “Through our fellowship partners we discover tremendous voices, and I am excited to work with Lea on their work, and so pleased to be partnering with Seed&Spark on this fellowship,” he said.

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About Seed&Spark: Seed&Spark is an entertainment platform built to increase representation in media and help creators build sustainable careers. We connect some of the most unique new voices making movies and shows to the diverse audiences hungry for diverse stories and storytellers via crowdfunding and subscription streaming. Since our founding in 2012, more than $13M has been raised across more than 1,000 crowdfunding campaigns on Seed&Spark, with the highest campaign success rate of any crowdfunding platform in the world. Our highly curated streaming library is full of award-winning movies and shows by diverse creators from all over the world. For more information, visit www.seedandspark.com


Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card:  April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner . Card designed by alumni  Jen West .

Stowe Story Labs alumni contributing words from scripts for this card: April Sanchez, Elise Salomon, Nikhil Kamkolkar, Dina Fiasconaro, Benedict Campbell, Tisha Robinson-Daly, Melody Cooper and Teresa Warner. Card designed by alumni Jen West.