Awards & Nominations
Feature Script "Grief Backpack"
2021 Quarterfinalist for WeScreenplay
In February 2021, I was alerted I am a Quarterfinalist for my dramatic feature "Grief Backpack". I got two great sets of feedback so far from the readers. My Valentine was the note "This script could be a game-changer." Who doesn't love to hear that?! Next round is revealed March 15, so stay tuned!
Feature Script "My Fair Agnes"
2017 Semi-Finalist for Page Awards
In late July, I received notice that my feature script "My Fair Agnes" was a Quarter-Finalist in the Page Awards. This means it made it past two rounds of judging and is the top 10% of all submissions! In August, I was informed "My Fair Agnes" is a Semi-Finalist, which puts it as 1 of the Top 25 submitted Comedies! It will be judged by agents, managers, and production executives. The next result will be announced in October. Stay Tuned!
2016 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder
In October 2016, "My Fair Agnes" was a Second Rounder and was in the top 15% of all entries to the renowned contest! See more info below.
Short Script "Last Woman on Earth"
2017 Finalist for Snake Alley Festival of Film
This short script was a Finalist at the 2017 Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa. As part of the fest, it was performed for a live audience at an intimate Table Read.
2016 Austin Film Festival
TRIPLE Second Rounder
I was thrilled to discover that half of the scripts I submitted to the 2016 Austin Film Festival made it to the Second Round, making me a TRIPLE Second Rounder. This means those scripts were in the Top 15% of 9100 submitted scripts! I attended and had a whirlwind of a time learning from panelists working in the industry.
Short Script "The R Word"
2016 Finalist for Snake Alley Festival of Film
This short script was a Finalist at the 2016 Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa. As part of the fest, it was performed for a live audience.
I attended with my writer-boyfriend Andrew Wassom who WON! His short script is entitled "Without Adult Supervision". He also won 3rd place with one of his two finalist short scripts at the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival in Denver, Colorado. His genres are horror, suspense, drama, and dark comedy. Shoot me a line to contact him.
Short Script "Meth Zombie"
2016, 2015 - 3 Festivals, 2 Awards
Three Festivals, Two Awards
Don't let the title fool you. This short is a drama!
As previously noted, it was a Second Rounder in the 2016 Austin Film Festival, making it in the Top 15% of 9100 submissions.
WINNER at 2015 KCWIFT & KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition for:
Best Short Screenplay
Best Female Protagonist
I attended and saw it performed in front of a live audience.
Finalist at 2015 Snake Alley Festival of Film. I attended and saw it performed in front of a live audience.
Short Script: "What Matters Most"
2014 Finalist for Snake Alley Festival of Film
My short script was a Finalist at the 2014 Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa. I attended, along with two fellow screenwriting finalists. We got to see our scripts performed in front of a live audience.
Short Script: "The Kindergarten Graduate"
2013 WINNER of Best Short Screenplay at Snake Alley Festival of Film
2013 Semi-Finalist in Silent River Film Festival
2013 Semi-Finalist for KCWIFT & KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Contest
Short Script: "Foggy Intentions"
Short Script: "Sin by Association"
2012 Short Screenplay Finalist in Omaha Film Festival
The Screenwriting Godfather
One of my biggest blessings in life, is that I have studied screenwriting extensively under Lew Hunter, esteemed UCLA teacher, Primetime Emmy Nominee, and writer/producer/executive for all the major networks, and my "make-believe father".
I attended six of his two-week Screenwriting Colonies: September 2008, 2012 & 2013, and June 201, 2015, & 2018 several times by invitation. During that time, I began six Feature Scripts and a TV Sitcom Pilot.
This allowed me to really hone my writing skills, be open to ideas from others (the Colony is a great representation of a Writers Room), understand and apply critiques, as well as nurture my passion for telling a good story.
Bonus: I met my husband Andy at our 2012 Screenwriting Colony. We are pictured here at the Superior showing of "Once in a Lew Moon", the documentary of Lew's screenwriting life.
Ohio University Professor of Film
I met Dave Thomas at one of Lew's Screenwriting Colonies. Dave is one of Lew's "brothers" in the screenwriting world.
Dave assisted me tremendously while I was formulating my sitcom TV pilot, as well as narrowing down the feature script I began at the same Colony. I was pulling double duty that Colony, working on two scripts... both of which made it into the Second Round of Austin Film Festival!
My home away from home... the place where I Am a Writer Writing....
Loving Thanks to all the fellow writers I met here!!
Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Film Studies Courses:
Film Genre with Dr. Wheeler Winston Dixon
Writing for Film & TV with Dr. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Women in Pop Culture with Dr. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Intro to Film History with Dr. Wheeler Winston Dixon
Film Directors with Dr. Marco Abel
Women's Film of the 1930s & 40s with Dr. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Film Theory and Criticism with Dr. Marco Abel
"Minorities within the Minority: The Lives and Messages of Three Female Directors" 57 pages; 18,682 words; Honors Thesis, May 2007
"Sexuality and Body Politics of Almodovar" 16 pages; 4,882 words; Final Paper for Film Director Class, Dec 2005