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NOTABLE ALUMNI SCREENWRITERS (A work in progress*)

*To nominate yourself or another to the Notable Alumni Screenwriters Page, complete this form. You may also use this form to update your listing.


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Marc Mesplié

Marie Amsler is a Swiss screenwriter who lives and works in France. After studying literature in Germany and England, she became a screenwriting student with Lisa Rosenberg at Berkeley and later took UCLA extension classes. While on a one-year scholarship given by German TV to develop her first movie PUPPE, she finished her film studies with an MA in Screenwring in England. PUPPE was funded by several German and Swiss film foundations and co-produced by Swiss and German production companies (BR TV, ARTE TV, ENIGMA FILM and DSCHOINT VENTSCHR) with Swiss director Sebastian Kutzli. In 2012 Puppe was officially selected for the German Hof Film Festival, the Max Ophüls Film Festival, ande the Swiss Solothurn Film Festival. PUPPE received some festival award nominations, as for the Millbrook Screenplay Award 2012 in Hof, Germany, and won the LEO Award at the 2013 Artfilm Festival in Germany. Marie Amsler has her own company for screenplay and novel deve lopment and works worldwide with writers in English, French, and German online.(www. storyscript.eu) She attended the Community of Writers in 2007.


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Brett Hall Jones

Greg Bills is the author of the novels Consider This Home (Simon & Schuster) and Fearful Symmetry (Dutton/Penguin). His fiction appears frequently in the Santa Monica Review, and also recently in The Fairy Tale Review and the anthology Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press). Greg is a graduate of the MFA program in writing at UC Irvine, currently teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Redlands in Southern California. He attended the Community of Writers in Fiction in 1993 and Screenwriting in 1994.

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running for which Publishers Weekly gave a, starred review). His fifth novel, Babylon Sister, will appear in 2013. David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Mission and Tenth, The Smoking Poet, and Best American Mystery Stories (2009 and 2011). He is currently working on a novel and several TV and screenplay projects, and Penguin will be publishing his book on the craft of characterization in early 2013. He has taught at the UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, as well as at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California—both through its individual seminar program and its annual Mystery Writers' Conference, at which he has become a mainstay—as well as at numerous other writing conferences across the US. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and has returned many times since. www.davidcorbett.com



William Farley’s films and documentaries have won numerous awards and have been broadcast and screened around the world, including the Mannheim, Chicago, Sydney, Ann Arbor and New York Film Festivals. His two fiction features opened at the Sundance Film Festival. Citizen, I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, went on to a one month run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and Of Men and Angels which was in the dramatic competition and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. He won a Clio for the best public service announcement of the year, for his collaboration with Father Guido Sarducci and George Manupelli, for Become An Artist, for the San Francisco Art Institute. He has recently completed his 21st film, The Walk, a portrait of this state park, an it's mysterious alluring beauty. Presently, he is directing a documentary about the Artist Jerry Ross Barrish.


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Holly Shorts

R. J. Daniel Hanna is a screenwriter, director, and editor living in Los Angeles. He has directed projects for Coca-Cola, Subway, Cole Haan, and Chevrolet, for which he received an award from John Landau. His Subway sci-fi comedy web-series “Jeff & Ravi Fail History” premiered at SXSW and was distributed by IFC and MyDamnChannel. His new short film Losing Gracie starring Michael Bofshever (United 93, Breaking Bad) recently screened at Hollyshorts Film Festival. Films he has edited have received awards and recognition from The Director's Guild of America, The Emmy Foundation, and BAFTA. He attended the 2008 Squaw Valley Screenwriting Workshop, and the revised script was a finalist for 2013's Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.

Jennifer Juelich the writer/director for Neon Sky Films and a graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in creative writing. She has written and directed three short films (Legacy, An Honest Man, Cross Town) and two feature length films (Love Doll, Neon Sky). Curretnly she is in post-production on Neon Sky with Lloyd Silverman, (Executive Producer of the film Snow Fall on Cedars, as our executive producer and Debbie Brubaker as producer. Production wrapped in Summer 2013 for her teaser trailer for my most recent script 'Ghost Town'. www.neonskyfilms.com


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Amy Braswell

Nancy Kelly is a writer, director/producer in partnership with Editor/Producer Kenji Yamamoto, made Rebels With A Cause, winner of one of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Audience Favorite awards. She also made documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, about a Honduran teen whose life story is unveiled in a daring original play; Smitten, about art collector Rene di Rosa, who is smitten by art; and Downside Up, about how MASS MoCA revived Kelly’s dying home town. She also directed and produced the narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper and written by Squaw Valley alumna Anne Makepeace. She attended the Community of Writers in 1983, 2000 (Screenwriting) and 2006 (Writers Workshops.)

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Lennette Newell

Richard Levien has been writing, directing and editing films for 8 years. Levien's short film Immersion, about a ten-year-old boy from Mexico who struggles to fit in at his new school in the U.S., premiered at Slamdance in 2009. Immersion won the “No Violence” award at the Ann Arbor film festival, and Best Bay Area Short Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film received a Resolution of the California Legislature, and is being used by more than 50 school districts and universities around the U.S. Levien’s current feature project “La Migra” won SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants in 2009 (for screenwriting) and 2013 (for development). Levien’s editing credits include D Tour (Best Bay Area Documentary Feature, 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival, PBS Independent Lens) and the ITVS film “A Fragile Trust” (2013) about the worst plagiarist in the history of the New York Times. Levien is from New Zealand. He has a PhD in theoretical physics from Princeton University. He attended the Community of Writers in 2013.


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Silvia Matheus

Laura Glen Louis is the author of the story collection, Talking in the Dark, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book. Recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, she has had work anthologized in Best American Short Stories. Her recent book is Some, like elephants, a chapbook of elegies (El León Literary Arts). Her essay, "A Man and an Epigram Walk Into a Bar," was recently published online by Michigan Quarterly Review. She attended the Community of Writers in 1987 and 1988. www.lauraglenlouis.com

Regina Louise is the author of the bestselling memoir Somebody's Someone. She has been featured on NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well as The CBS Early Show. Regina’s story has also garnered nationwide attention in newspapers and magazines including San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and the Philadelphia Tribune. She optioned her story for film and a play, which premiered May 2007. She attended the Screenwriting Program in 2002. www.reginalouise.com

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Stacey Doyle Photography

Caitlin McCarthy received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best graduate programs in the country. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: Wonder Drug with actor/creative producer Alysia Reiner; and Resistance with director Si Wall. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series Pass/Fail with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent and narrator; and developing the TV series Free Skate with choreographer Michael Masionis. Caitlin attended the Community of Writers' Screenwriting Program in 2013. www.caitlinmccarthy.com

Tamuira Reid is a writer and educator living in New York City. Her first feature-length screenplay, Luna’s Highway, which she developed at Squaw in 2010, was recently optioned. The script earned her a 2010 Finalist placement in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition and a 2010 Semifinalist placement in The Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship Competition, sponsored by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Tamuira taught screenwriting as a guest faculty member at the Global Social Change Film Festival and Institute in 2011, in Bali, Indonesia, and again in 2012 in New Orleans. The recipient of an NYU 2013 Creative Research Grant, she is now beginning work on a drama set in rural Oregon.


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by Mathew Zucker

 


Kimberly Reed is a filmmaker living in New York City. Her work has been featured on Oprah, CNN, NPR, Details magazine, and The Moth Radio Hour. Her work has made her one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow, and has led to multiple fellowships at the Yaddo Artists’ Community. She directed and produced Prodigal Sons, a "whiplash doc that heralds an exciting talent." Prodigal Sons, a co-production with BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. The film has gone on to be shown around the globe in theaters, at over a hundred film festivals, and on worldwide television. The film landed on multiple Best of the Year lists and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the International Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize. Ms. Reed was recognized as Towleroad's "Best LGBT Character of the Film Year.” She was also the producer/editor/writer for Paul Goodman Changed My Life, released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.kimberlyreed.com

Marlene Shigekawa is the producer and co-writer of the documentary film, For the Sake of the Children, to be released in October 2014. . As a screenwriter, she has written, Hawk Dreamer, for which she has won several screenwriting awards, Hunting Picasso and Mohave Junction. With her writing partner, Matthew Riutta, she has written TV pilots, Skip West and Proud Mary. A children’s books author of Blue Jay in the Desert and Welcome Home Swallows, her book readings have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the author of Succeeding in High Tech: A Guide to Building Your Career, published by John Wiley & Sons, and articles for the Wall Street Journal’s National Employment Weekly. She attended the Screenwriting Program in 2006 and 2012. www://forthesakeofthechildren.blogspot.com


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Stephanie Diani

Barbara Stepansky is an award-winning independent feature film director and writer. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy. She is the recipient of the the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award. Born in Poland, her father's involvement in the Solidarity movement led to the family relocating to Germany. After receiving a degree in philosophy of science from University College London, Barbara pursued her Master's at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in Directing at the American Film Institute with her acclaimed short film The Trojan Cow. Her first feature film Hurt, starring Melora Walters (Big Love) and William Mapother (Lost), currently plays on Showtime. She has broken into the top ten most downloaded horror feature films on iTunes with her second feature Fugue. She currently completed Final Recourse with Teri Polo and Chazz Palminteri and is in development on several screenplay projects with Fishbowl Films, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Fuerst Film. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011.


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Rick Smolan / Against All Odds Production 2011

Amy Tan's novels include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers. Her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, was released in 2013. She was co-writer and co-producer of the film The Joy Luck Club, and was the librettist for an opera based on The Bonesetter's Daughter, which premiered in San Francisco in 2008. She has also published a memoir, The Opposite of Fate; two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa; and numerous articles for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. Tan's work has been widely anthologized and translated into 35 languages. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers. She attended the Fiction Program of the Community of Writers in 1985 and 1987, and the Screenwriters Program in 1988. Now she returns most every year as a Special Guest. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers. www.amytan.net

*To nominate yourself or another to the Notable Alumni Screenwriters Page, complete this form. You may also use this form to update your listing.