MEET THE 2ND PLACE WINNERS - FEATURE FELLOWSHIP

We are pleased to announced our tied second place winners in the 2017 Feature Fellowship competition: Mark Price and James Walker. Mark and James each wrote such powerful scripts that we decided they both merited the second place spot. Congratulations to them both!

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2nd Place Winner (tie)

MARK PRICE 

Mark Price migrated to filmmaking from a visual arts background and is currently an award-winning screenwriter and producer based in Seattle, Washington.

His work on independent web series, shorts, and features--such as Lynn Shelton’s “My Effortless Brilliance” (as producer)--has screened for multiple festival audiences, including SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Vancouver Web Fest. Prior to CineStory, his feature screenplay, “Let’s Kill D.B. Cooper”, was a 4th place Winner at Shore Scripts International Screenplay Competition and an Academy Nicholl Semifinalist.

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2nd Place Winner (tie)

JAMES WALKER

James is half-English, half Goan-Portuguese but has always lived in the UK.  He read international history at the London School of Economics and later a master of international human rights laws, which both play a part in the types of stories he likes to tell. 

This is the second time James has placed second in the CineStory feature competition. At the last CineStory retreat, James decided he would go back to film school, and later he attended the National Film and Television School, UK. There, James wrote and produced a handful of shorts, winning him some awards, including a BAFTA. Soon after, he took a hiatus from writing when two babies came along, but he is now pleased to be (sleeping and) writing once again.  

MEET THE 2017 CINESTORY FEATURE FELLOW

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ANGELINA KARPOVICH

Angelina Karpovich grew up in Russia and learned English mainly by watching subtitled films. She spent 14 years as a college professor in the UK, teaching film history and visual communication. She wrote her first spec feature in remote China because an airline lost all her luggage and she couldn’t leave her hotel room for 3 days.

In 2017, Angelina was selected for the Channel 4 (UK) Screenwriting course, and was a finalist for the BBC Drama Writers’ Room. In January 2018, she will graduate from the National Film and Television School, UK, with an MA in Screenwriting.

Angelina’s work explores dynamics within families, both the ones we’re born into and the ones we make for ourselves. She is fascinated by the tragicomical potential of unspoken tensions, omissions, misunderstandings, and slights, especially as they simmer and multiply over generations. She sums up her voice as “anger mediated through humour” and enjoys nothing more than talking about herself in the third person.

MEET OUR TV/DIGITAL CATEGORY WINNERS!

DIGITAL SERIES - COURTNEY HOPE THEROND & EMILY CLAIRE UTLEY

Courtney Hope Thérond, creator and co-writer of the digital series Between Us Girls, is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where her short film Sex & German Grammar won awards for screenwriting and cinematography. After graduation she completed a Cinereach Film Fellowship focusing on social justice filmmaking. Between Us Girls was a finalist in both the 2016 Screencraft pilot launch competition, and at the Austin Film Festival digital series screenplay competition.

Emily Claire Utley has an MFA in Creative Writing. Her stories have appeared in Gravel Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, and Apeiron Review. She lives in North Carolina where she works in communications and as a freelance editor. 

Between Us Girls, which she co-wrote, was a finalist in both the 2016 Screencraft pilot launch competition, and t the ustin Film Festival in the digital series screenplay competition.

ORIGINAL COMEDY - CHARLIE LYONS

Charlie Lyons graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Philosophy degree. While he was there he also studied theater, wrote a number of one act plays, and made a number of short films. After living in Japan for a year, he went onto law school at George Washington University, after which he worked as a prosecutor for a number of years in Massachusetts. Now he has his own law practice focused on criminal defense, and sincerely hopes you'll never need his legal services.

At some point, while practicing law, he picked up a book on screenwriting, and began writing scripts, feature scripts at first, and then TV pilots. Some have placed at the Austin Film Festival and CineStory, and now happily The DuChamps has won in the Original Comedy category of CineStory’s 2017 TV/Digital competition. Although recently he has been focusing on TV writing, he has just completed a rewrite of a feature drama Strays with a friend of his, and they hope to make it into a movie. Charlie is also a long time member of the Harvard Square Script Writers, and is on its board of directors.

ORIGINAL DRAMA - CHASE PLETTS

Chase was born in a bathtub in New York City. 

At seven years old, banished to the bedroom during an adults-only holiday party, he discovered a tape of The Exorcist and popped it into the VCR. The nightmares only lasted a few years, but his fascination with cinema has lasted a lifetime.

Chase was always composing funny songs and poems, but it was his stepfather, an English professor from Argentina, who pushed him to deepen his understanding of other perspectives by reading the classics and writing short stories.

Chase’s screenplays have been featured on The Black List and The Hit List and his mother’s list of best writers she gave birth to in a bathtub.

Earlier this year, Chase began writing his debut novel The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint. It will be published by Inkshares in 2018 and available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

He is honored to have been chosen as Cinestory’s 2017 TV/DIGITAL Fellow.

SPEC COMEDY - TYLER CHATHAM

Tyler Chatham is a writer and video editor for the Los Angeles Times. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tyler found his passion for writing while attending the University of Florida. There, he was a member of the university’s improv troupe Theatre Strike Force. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a comedy writer. He studied writing at UCLA. 

SPEC DRAMA - ANASTASIA BASCHE

Anastasia Basche is a witty, intuitive, force-of-nature writer director committed to seeing her original pilot "King Of Vaudeville" (named top 5% as a second round finalist in the 2015 Sundance Episodic Lab) produced on a cable network.  Her voice has been described as combining the epic, character-driven worlds of John Logan with the intensity-rich dialogue of Beau Willimon.

When Anastasia started out in the entertainment business (at the ripe old age of 11) she wanted to be a Broadway actress. She studied conservatory acting techniques with Alan Rickman and Ben Kingsley at Oxford University and earned a degree in Theater from UCLA. During her senior year, Anastasia’s desire to be on stage went out, and the fire to be behind the camera was ignited. She talked her way into a graduate level television directing class as a mere undergrad and directed a 15 minute live-cut multi-camera segment from “True West.”

After that experience, she fell in love with television and went on to earn an MFA in writing and directing at Columbia College Chicago.  She’s written and directed 8 short films; garnering numerous awards including a two-time Weisman Grant Awardee. Anastasia enjoys creating stories across multiple platforms. She’s created web content with Funny or Die and You Tube. The Off-Broadway musical Anastasia wrote and directed was awarded Best Musical and Best Director for the West Village Music Theater Festival. She’s been a second-round finalist two years in a row for the Sundance TV Episodic lab, a finalist for A&E’s Cine Pitch Fest, a CineStory Quarterfinalist in 2016, and is honored to finally be the CineStory division winner for Best Spec Drama.

And the 2017 TV/Digital Fellowship Winner is...

From the talented pool of writers, we are excited to announce Chase Pletts as the 2017 CineStory TV/Digital Fellow!

Chase was born in a bathtub in New York City. 

At seven years old, banished to the bedroom during an adults-only holiday party, he discovered a tape of The Exorcist and popped it into the VCR. The nightmares only lasted a few years, but his fascination with cinema has lasted a lifetime.

Chase was always composing funny songs and poems, but it was his stepfather, an English professor from Argentina, who pushed him to deepen his understanding of other perspectives by reading the classics and writing short stories.

Chase’s screenplays have been featured on The Black List and The Hit List and his mother’s list of best writers she gave birth to in a bathtub.

Earlier this year, Chase began writing his debut novel The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint. It will be published by Inkshares in 2018 and available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

He is honored to have been chosen as Cinestory’s 2017 TV/DIGITAL Fellow.