Archive for September, 2008

Au Pair, Kansas Wins Comedy Award at Austin Film Festival

Very excited to just get notified that the script for Au Pair, Kansas, was just selected as a semi-finalist in the comedy division of the Austin Film Festival (my favorite screenwriting conference.) Yeeha. I get to go to Austin second week in October to attend the festival. There were only 13 semi-finalists, and these scripts are now being read and judged in another round, with finalists to be announced early October.

I attended the very first Austin Heart of Film Screenwriting Conference when I was living in San Antonio, and it’s grown into this great, warm, friendly conference that now has a film festival, centering, of course, on the screenwriter. I’ve had two prior scripts make semi-finalist (Johnny Pigskin, and Black Diamond, both very serious period sports dramas, so keyed that I won an award with a contemporary comedy.)

And tomorrow I’m off to NYC for 6 days, another of my scripts, Casino Rez (co-written with Tom Carmody and JB Cisneros) was selected for the prestigious Emerging Narrative Section of Independent Film Week (used to be called IFP-Market.) JB and I get to meet with 13 production companies interested in Casino Rez. The recent Sundance drama winner, Frozen River, got it’s start at IFP-Market a couple years ago, and it’s one of the three best films I’ve seen this year.

Austin Rocks! Go Au Pair, Kansas!

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