The Screenwriters Colony was founded to cultivate the craft of screenwriting by supporting the next generation of talent. Its purpose is to offer screenwriters in the early stage of their careers a place to work and live that encourages them to find their voice and push the boundaries of their craft under the guidance of established film professionals.
We just wrapped our October Colony where four writers emerged from our cocoon as fully formed alumni. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.
As you may have heard, as SWC expands its programs we’re also making an effort to strengthen our community. As part of that effort, please check out what’s going on with people you know or people with whom who have things in common.
To begin with, Lydia has convinced me to share a bit about myself since you’ll hear from me occasionally. I am in fact, a screenwriter. The most newsy item on my plate involves my script Bastard which was optioned by First Look Media earlier this year with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto attached to direct and Martin Scorsese Executive Producing. http://bit.ly/2zxTsTf
But enough about me. Check out these people:
Chase Palmer (alumnus and current Board member) penned the script for the massively successful It, which earned somewhere between $650 million and a gazillion dollars. Not to mention all the winces, gasps, and nightmares it generated. Trailer here: http://bit.ly/2tNkunq
Mitchell Lichtenstein (our first alumnus, current President of our Board, and director of Teeth) has a new movie being released in theaters and on VOD this Friday: Angelica. It’s a Victorian gothic horror film that debuted as an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival. Trailer here: http://bit.ly/2yY2auw
The debut feature by Russell Harbaugh (’12), Love After Love was roundly loved by critics and acquired by IFC films. Trailer here: http://bit.ly/2iaX9nM
Our alumnus Jason Kim (’15), a writer on Girls, co-conceived and wrote the book for KPOP an immersive musical at A.R.T./New York Theaters. Some information here: http://nyti.ms/2iTSwOB
Rose Surnow, who participated in our Episodic Comedy Lab ’16, was soon thereafter selected to participate at the Sundance Episodic Lab ‘17. We’re not saying we found her first, but the math adds up. Meet her here: http://rosesurnow.com/
In other alumni news, Eva Vives (’09) is currently editing her new film All About Nina, Hernán Jiménez just wrapped his feature Elsewhere which he wrote at the 2015 Colony, Sameh Zoabi is currently shooting his 2016 Colony script Tel Aviv on Fire,Haroula Rose is completing production on her 2016 Colony script Once Upon a River,Rory Haines’ (’09) six-part thriller Informer is currently filming for BBC One, Silas Howard (’03) is in post-production on his feature A Kid Like Jake, and after the release of her 2014 Colony film Buster’s Mal Heart Sarah Adina Smith went on to direct two episodes of HBOs Room 401.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of news from our esteemed community of SWC alumni so please help us keep track of your accomplishments by alerting us to what’s going on in your lives. We’ll do our best to spread the word. Write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chase Palmer was the Director of Screenwriters Colony for several years and is a long-standing member of our Board of Directors. He happens to also be the screenwriter of the upcoming reboot of IT. Yes, the IT Movie based on Stephen King’s epic and frightening novel of the same name. This is a true movie event. A project this big and iconic takes a long time to get to the screen and there are endless pitfalls that could stop the project. Anyone who knows Chase knows he embodies the patience and dogged hard work that’s necessary to survive and thrive in this field. It takes a lot of people to make a movie but we know Chase is a big reason why this movie will succeed. Congratulations to Chase and all his collaborators on IT.