IFP CHICAGO & CHICAGO SCREENWRITERS NETWORK ANNOUCE WINNERS OF THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKSHOP
IFP CHICAGO & CHICAGO SCREENWRITERS NETWORK ANNOUCE
WINNERS OF THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKSHOP
Chicago, IL - IFP Chicago
"IFP Chicago is committed to helping independent filmmakers at every step of the process. It takes a tremendous amount of work to get from script to screen. The ability for screenwriters to hear their script performed by professionals can accelerate the process tremendously. Our goal in creating a public event was twofold. We wanted to give writers the opportunity to workshop their script with professional actors. We wanted to show off the depth of talent that is constantly developing work in this city. We want to connect filmmakers with the people who can champion their work from the start," explained IFP Chicago President Nicole Bernardi-Reis.
The Screenwriter's Workshop will take the winning writers through an intensive development process to enhance their original scripts, help writers define their voice in collaboration with actors and audiences, while preparing them for the next stage in their careers. The winning writers - local artists working in various mediums and development stages - will spend a day workshopping their scripts with the “Meet the Parents” creator Mary Ruth Clark and the 2015 graduating class of School at Steppenwolf.
Screenplays as well as stage plays were selected for the Screenwriter’s Workshop, as part of the partnership with Greenhouse Theater's Trellis partnership. Writer Michael Higgins will be developing his stage play "Horrible Weapons of the Future" into a screenplay, in order to help the growing Chicago theater community, learn how their work can play in the television and cinematic landscape.
The projects selected for the 2015 Screenwriter’s Workshop:
· WRITER'S BLOCK by Robert Carter - Writer Tim faces increasingly fantastical challenges to sitting down and drafting his play.
· MERCY by Erica Avery - An abused woman finds an unlikely caretaker in the country.
· HORRIBLE WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE by Michael Higgins - An adapted theater script. A timid young scientist helps develop bizarre weapons for a future war.
· SUB DOM PROF MILF by Wendy Jo Carlton - A web series where soft spoken professor discovers a new world of pleasure and power.
· LAST OF THE LOVERS by Shahari Moore - Two teenage girls discuss their future plans and make an unlikely friend.
"We're proud to help develop the next generation of writers," said IFP Chicago board member Keaton Wooden. "And with our partnership with Trellis, we're excited to use one of our slots to give Chicago's extensive playwriting community a firsthand account of adapting theater works to the screen - since playwrights are often drafted into TV Writer's rooms. Add the graduates from School at Steppenwolf, and this event is proof that Chicago is the collaboration capital of the world."
The cast for the staged reading, are local actors including the 2015 graduating class of School at Steppenwolf:
· Hannah Toriumi
· Allie Long
· Cory Lipman
· Edward Mawere
· Amy Malcom
· Ben Burke
· Miriam Reuter
· Adithi Chandrashekar
· Cole Doman
· Autumn Joy
· Ella Raymont
And headlining the script “Writer’s Block” by Robert Carter will be Chicago comedian and NBC Playground winner, Bobby Richards, whose pilot “Bobby & Iza” will now have its own NBC Web series.
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP CHICAGO) is a non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and powerful voice in our society. We provide information, community, education and professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. We encourage quality and diversity in independent production and assist filmmakers at all levels of experience in realizing their unique vision. To find out about upcoming programs & events, or to sign up for the IFP Chicago newsletter visit www.ifpchicago.org
Chicago Screenwriting Network (CSN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized as a public charity by the IRS; 2015 marks their twentieth anniversary. CSN is dedicated to educating its members in the craft and business of screenwriting and to fostering community among writers. CSN has grown from a handful of enthusiasts into a community with hundreds of local members and an expanding social media presence with thousands of followers. Many CSN members and alumni have won awards for their screenplays; others have had work produced for film or television.
Greenhouse Theater Center is a 501c3 nonprofit theater rental center that strives to nurture small to mid-size theater companies toward continued growth and expression at the heart of the Chicago theater community. The Trellis Staged Reading Series is a free program that takes place Tuesday nights at the Greenhouse Theater Center. This series is designed to enable local playwrights and directors who don’t have an artistic home with the resources and venue to have their work heard. No matter what draft the play is in, Trellis provides a unique opportunity for feedback and development with the aim of growing theatre here in Chicago.