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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”