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

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"Stowe Story Labs not only hones the screenwriter’s skills through pitching and brainstorming and talking out the narrative logic, it also brings in experts who give fascinating inside views of other facets of the film industry, from casting to finances. The instructors are totally engaged, friendly, and highly accomplished. Stowe Story Labs impressively succeeds in providing a sum that is even greater than its stellar parts."

- Nancy Zafris, 2015 PAGE Fellowship Recipient
Nancy is the author of four books of fiction. The former fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and the series editor of The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Photo: SSL 15 participants Livia De Paolis and Jodi Gibson

Photo: SSL 15 participants Livia De Paolis and Jodi Gibson

 

"I came away with a solid pitch; a plan for packaging my project with next steps; I made friends and met – I hope – future collaborators for a lifetime. Thank you."

Jodi Gibson, Tangerine Fellow ’15, Brooklyn, NY.
Film project: In Bardo

 

 

 

"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

Photo: SSL 15 participants Gabriel Robinson and Anita Ross listen to mentor Alex Boden

Photo: SSL 15 participants Gabriel Robinson and Anita Ross listen to mentor Alex Boden

Photo: Mentor Ellen Parks with SSL 14 participants Jeffrey Field and Carrie Wachob

Photo: Mentor Ellen Parks with SSL 14 participants Jeffrey Field and Carrie Wachob

 

"[Ellen Parks] notices everything and was able to break it all down into actionable feedback."

– Kelsey Whalen, East Longmeadow, MA. Film project: Living With Your Brother

“In the couple of months since attending the 2014 Stowe Story Labs I’ve successfully pitched a feature concept to a producer, struck a deal to write a screenplay and received a government grant to develop a children’s TV series. Stowe Story Labs, and the people I met there, both developed my pitching confidence and skills and provided the community I could call on to help guide me through it all.”

Paul Bissett, Australia, PAGE Bronze Medal Winner and 2014 Stowe Story Labs Participant Film project: In Search of an Ending

Photo: Paul Bissett relaxes with SSL Partner Alchemist Brewary's Heady Topper

Photo: Paul Bissett relaxes with SSL Partner Alchemist Brewary's Heady Topper

Photo: SSL 14 Participoants James Repici, Eafat Newton and  Diana Richardson wind down from a day of story

Photo: SSL 14 Participoants James Repici, Eafat Newton and  Diana Richardson wind down from a day of story

 

 

"This is the first time I’ve gotten any insight into the world of casting. Ellen’s passion for her work is evident and infectious."

Eafat Newton '14, Film project: Giving Up Candy

 

"Alex Boden’s brain is a maze of industry knowledge. He opened the door to the complex and fascinating strategies behind the actual business of getting a film made. I convinced myself I was following along."

– Kelsey Whalen, East Longmeadow, MA. Film project: Living With Your Brother

Photo: SSL Creative Production Mentors Anne Hubbell, Amy Hobby, Alex Boden during 'question time'

Photo: SSL Creative Production Mentors Anne Hubbell, Amy Hobby, Alex Boden during 'question time'

Photo: Mentor Chris Millis admits to some affection for the Alchemist's Heady Topper

Photo: Mentor Chris Millis admits to some affection for the Alchemist's Heady Topper

 

 

"Chris Millis. I want to be the female you. Sue me."

– Stowe Story Labs Fellow Victoria (Via) Buksbazen, Arlington, VA. Film project: The Radish Baby.

 

 

"It was inspiring to see how the Kratt brothers had followed their passion."

– Michael Curtis, Milledgeville, GA. Film project: Inheritance

Photo: Chris Kratt, David Pope during in-conversation interview

Photo: Chris Kratt, David Pope during in-conversation interview

Photo: Via Buksbazen meets her childhood TV crush Chris Kratt

Photo: Via Buksbazen meets her childhood TV crush Chris Kratt

 

"Super enjoyable to hear how someone with no industry connections [mentor Chris Kratt] just kept pushing his work forward, no matter how much rejection he got."

– Victoria (Via) Buksbazen, Arlington, VA. Film project: The Radish Baby

 

"Having something like Stowe Story Labs practically in my backyard is amazing. It was inspiring to spend three days with such talented people (both the faculty and my fellow Labbers), and helped me immensely in my writing. I hope to come back in the future!"

Cameron Chapman, Stowe '13 and current volunteer staff

Photo: Laurel Aarsvold, Diana Richardson, Cameron Chapman

Photo: Laurel Aarsvold, Diana Richardson, Cameron Chapman

Photo: SSL 13 Participant John O'Brien, Rob Koier and Joan O'Neill

Photo: SSL 13 Participant John O'Brien, Rob Koier and Joan O'Neill

"Attending the Stowe Story Labs was such a good boost for my career. Meeting and networking with other filmmakers was inspiring and encouraging. This, along with learning the ins and outs of  pitching my projects, getting a deeper understanding of three act structure and insight into how a casting agent works and thinks were all invaluable in helping me take my filmmaking up to a higher level. Don’t work alone in the dark, come out into the Vermont sunshine and let Stowe Story Labs give your career a boost of adrenaline."

Rob Koier, Vermont 2013 Stowe Story Labs Fellow

 

 

On David Pope’s pitching workshop:
"Stressful and ulcer-inducing, and worth every penny. An amazing, insightful exercise with volumes of constructive criticism!"

–Mark Freeman, 2013 Stowe Story Labs.

Photo: Ellen Parks, David Pope during inaugural Lab in 2013

Photo: Ellen Parks, David Pope during inaugural Lab in 2013


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