Just heard some really good news. Travis Matthews’ new feature screenplay, ‘Brontez and Rick’ is one of five scripts to be selected for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab 2012 in LA. I had the honor of consulting on the screenplay during the drafting process, and I can say that it richly deserved this accolade. Let’s hope that it will help take the development process forward, and that the movie will actually get made!
Here’s what Outfest says:
“Since 1997, over 2000 scripts have been submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Program. What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.
To be held in June 2012, with a follow up event during Outfest 2012, the lab will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events. Past Lab Fellows have gone on to a variety of successes including production of the first Outfest Screenwriting Lab script! Click here to read more about it.”
Just a final reminder, folks, Joe McBride, Sam Hamm and I will be speaking at the Tiburon Film Festival tomorrow on a panel titled: “Screenwriting at a Crossroads”. We’ll be talking about the state of the spec market, opportunities for aspiring screenwriters and whatever subjects you want to bring up in the Q&A. OK, we know this is going to be lots of questions for Sam about Batman…
Venue: Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Showtime: Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 01:00 PM
In case you don’t know it, the address isn’t ‘Motel’ misspelled, its the building with the big model of the San Francisco Bay, in Sausalito.
The new SFSU Cinema Department website is coming on by leaps and bounds. One promising little addition this morning: an information page for the new SFSU Screenwriting Emphasis, complete with an image of Barton Fink dealing with writers block! Go here and check out the new class names and numbers and information about the sequence and options. The Emphasis should be up and running for academic year 2012-2013.
Dear all, Travis Matthews has almost reached his funding goal for this worthwhile documentary project. If you can support him, you will be doing him, and Bay Area independent film, a big favor. Full disclosure: I fully endorse Travis’ work and have contributed to this project. I urge you to join me.
EDIT: Update – Travis made it! The project is fully funded and he’s off to London next week – thanks to any and all of you who helped out.