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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'

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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.

Stowe Story Labs / International Screenwriters Association Launch Fellowship

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David Rocchio info@stowestorylabs.org                                   Molly Kasch molly@networkisa.org

 

ISA and Stowe Story Labs Announce 2016 Partnership Including an ISA Fellowship to the September Stowe Story Lab

 

International Screenwriters Association (ISA) the leading online collaboration resource, and Stowe Story Labs, a leader in programs for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers, announce today a partnership that combines the organizations’ mutual goals of giving new talents in the skills, tools and networks they need to hone their craft and thrive in this collaborative and complex industry.

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to open the application process for their 4-day September workshop to all ISA members and include a 15% discount on the application fee.  In addition, all ISA members will be considered for the ISA / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship.  One fellowship will be awarded and will cover the fee to attend the Lab, a $1,250 value. The Fellow will also have regular contact with Stowe Story Lab mentors during the one-year fellowship to help advance their narrative project and will receive a free copy of Final Draft 9.0, the newest version of the industry standard in screenwriting software, being donated by Final Draft, Inc.

“The International Screenwriters’ Association is thrilled to be partnering with Stowe Story Labs” said Molly Kasch, Director of Operations of ISA. “As we discover amazing new talent every day and connect them with those who can help further their career, the real focus should be on developing craft. Working with Stowe Story Labs to advance this mission makes perfect sense.”

ISA will provide all Stowe Story Labs participants with one free year of ISA CONNECT, a collaboration network for screenwriters, managers, producers and directors. The yearly membership to ISA CONNECT is $100.  In addition, Stowe Story Labs participants can apply to ISA for inclusion of their 2016 Development Program and all Stowe Story Labs Fellows will be admitted to this Development Program. The ISA Development Program is the bridge between screenwriters and the Industry. They nurture exceptional writers and their material and make considered introductions to producers, managers and agents on their behalf. The success stories already garnered prove that this service is incredibly valuable to both parties.

“We reached out to ISA about partnering on our programs because we saw a shared mission – to help emerging talents develop the skills, tools and networks they need to get work made and seen,” said David Rocchio, founder and president of Stowe Story Labs. “ISA’s passion for connecting people is aligned with our goal to create a challenging but supportive environment to incubate story and get films made,” he said.

The Stowe Story Labs run from September 10-13 in Stowe, VT.  For the full fall schedule, to see list of industry mentors, or to view the yearly programs offered, visit www.stowstorylabs.org

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

 

Screenwriting takes perseverance.

The ISA believes in supporting screenwriters of any level and background. The organization provides writers with informational resources for career development and access to a growing, international community.

It can be an exhausting ‘game’ to keep abreast of every new contest, writing job, or corner of the screenwriting world. The ISA’s comprehensive website acts as a unique, complete source – a portal for discovery – providing: 

  •     A comprehensive list of free resources. From scripts libraries to teleconferences to Q&A podcasts and tutorials, the ISA is driven to grant writers access to industry knowledge.
  •     Current writing gigs. Its featured opportunities invite screenwriters to submit their work and connect with producers and professionals.
  •     A carefully curated selection of class offerings and consultant packages, for writers desiring to hone their craft.
  •     The latest success stories from community members. The ISA is proud to trumpet the triumphs of emerging screenwriters worldwide.

For further press information, please contact:

Molly Kasch, Director of Operations - E: Molly(at)NetworkISA(dot)org

 

 

 

 

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NewEnglandFilm.com and Stowe Story Labs announce third annual Fellowship Partnership

For the third year, NewEnglandFilm.com and Stowe Story Labs are partnering to bring the world's top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers together from around the world to work with leading industry professionals and peers to develop and advance your projects. (View bios of industry mentors.)

 

"It was a fantastic combination of insights into different aspects of the industry, storytelling craft tools, hard but necessary work on pitching, and inspiring community building."

- Gabriel Robinson, NewEnglandFilm.com Fellow '15, Cambridge, MA. Film project: The Soldier Nun

Applications are now open for the 4-day Stowe Story Labs to take place September 10-13, 2016 in Stowe, Vermont. In addition, all NewEnglandFilm.com applicants will be considered for the NewEnglandFilm.com / Stowe Story Labs Fellowship. One fellowship will be awarded and provide an opportunity for a New England based emerging screenwriter, filmmaker or creative producer to attend the labs for no fee and earn other benefits, including a copy of Final Draft 9, courtesy of Stowe Story Labs' partner Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company. Learn more about the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship and other fellowships on the Labs' website.

The Stowe Story Labs 4-day program includes:

  • Skills development with a focus on story structure, character and theme; project pitching and packaging; production; casting; and finance and distribution (View typical schedule.)
  • Direct, practical project feedback from industry professionals and peers
  • Opportunities to grow your knowledge, skills and insights to help you navigate this complex industry
  • Meaningful project feedback in a supportive environment
  • The time and space to form a network of relationships to carry forward
  • And all in a beautiful setting to develop your craft...

Want more information: watch interviews from 2016 mentors and participants.

Early Bird Discount: Apply by May 2, 2016 and the Application Fee is $40
Regular Application Deadline: July 1, 2016 Application Fee: $50

Apply now.

 

Application Season Officially Opens!

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Stowe Story Labs 2015 Participants and Mentors at end of another hard day!

Stowe Story Labs 2015 Participants and Mentors at end of another hard day!

The Labs will again be held at the wonderful Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT. 

Small class size and supportive environment.

Early Bird Discount available for applications submitted by May 2nd.  To apply click here.

The Fall Stowe Story Lab provides:

  • Skill development and focus on story structure, character and theme; pitching and packaging; elements of creative production; casting; and finance and distribution
  • Direct access to top working industry professionals in informal, casual setting (for our ever expanding list of fantastic mentors, click here)
  • Tools to navigate this complex industry
  • A network of talented peers, vital in this collaborative art and business
  • An opportunity to forge friendships and collaborations with phenomenal peers and mentors
  • One-on-one, workshop, roundtable and social time
  • A beautiful setting to develop your craft!

Each Lab is limited in size and is designed for emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers with narrative projects in all stages of development. You do not need a polished script to apply. You need a great story and talent, as well as the commitment to learn skills necessary to get work made and seen. (We do not at the labs offer notes on each project – although we do facilitate peer-to-peer feedback – but instead focus on story structure, theme, character and genre. All participants in the fall labs will be invited to apply to the spring writers' retreat (which is invitation only), where participants receive intensive, draft-based feedback and discussion on individual projects in a supportive environment.)

Please take a look at a typical agenda.

Although there is a fee to attend the Labs, we continue to expand our offering of fully funded fellowships, made possible through phenomenal partnerships.  We are dedicated to supporting as many participants through fellowships as possible. Nine fellowships offered. 

To view 2016 Fellowship details and partners please click here. There is no separate application needed for fellowships. Watch for further announcements regarding fellowships throughout the spring.

We look forward to reading your application. Thank you.

Our fellowship partners:

Final Draft, Inc. Supports Stowe Story Labs' Fellows

shan palmer

Stowe Story Labs is pleased to announce a new partnership with Final Draft.

Our 2016 Fellows will each receive a free copy of Final Draft 9, the newest version of the award-winning, industry-standard software.

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Company, was an early innovator in breaking down barriers of entry to the film industry through making the creation of a script a manageable process. We are proud to have them as a partner. We share their vision of helping emerging writers get work made and seen, in our case by focusing on development of the skills, knowledge and network needed to break in to this fascinating, complicated and fraught industry.

About Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company

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

Here is  a link to Final Draft's twenty-fifth anniversary video. - http://bit.ly/1pWU786 

May 2016 Writers' Retreat Participants Announced

David Rocchio

Stowe Story Labs is proud to announce the participants for its May 2016 Writers' Retreat, held at Stowe, Vermont's historic Timberholm Inn.

Looking forward to a wonderful week with this tremendous group:

Laurel Aarsvold, California
Dagmar Blommaert, Belgium
Michael Curtis, Georgia
Stacey Davis, Alabama
Nelson Downend, Brooklyn
Brennig Hayden, Wales
Austin Kase, Connecticut
Amy Mattila, Minnesota
Matt Minson, Texas
Eafat Newton, Massachusetts
Diana Richardson, California
Nan Schmid, New York
Christina Shaver, Chicago
Carylanna Taylor, New York
Kelsey Whalen, Massachusetts
Debi Yazbeck, Texas
Elizabeth Hayes, South Carolina

"The stories being brought to Stowe by this talented and dedicated group are diverse, powerful, funny, poignant, harrowing and well-crafted," said David Rocchio, Founder and Director of Stowe Story Labs. "We look forward to a rewarding week providing meaningful input in a supportive and collaborative environment, not to mention having a fantastic time while doing it."

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