Exciting, thought provoking & inspiring: Friday, August 9th
2013 Application Form, coming
2013 ScriptBiz™ Workshop Fees:
$85 for the day-long program
LOCATION: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI
& includes lunch from Panera Bread and the Marketplace Cafe at Nordstrom's,
tickets to our evening performances and a special
screening at 3:30 p.m. of MIchael Altman's "American Songwriter" at the Paaf Theatre,
University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus, Providence, RI , followed by a Q&A.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Attention all scriptwriters with a story inside that is trying to get out...
Sign-up now for RIIFF’s ScriptBiz™ Screenwriter’s Workshop.
For more information on ScriptBiz2013 Uploaded, call the RIIFF offices at (401) 861-4445.
ScriptBiz™ is a day-long workshop that
explores how to hone your
creative and business skills
Trying to write your first script? Worrying about how to pitch your script more effectively to potential investors? Moving a completed script into production? Learn from the best at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 12th Annual ScriptBiz program!
For an entry fee of only $85, emerging screenwriters can hone their skills by interacting with and learning from seasoned industry professionals. This year’s program, entitled “From Page to Screen,” takes screenwriters through the entire screenwriting process, with panel discussions on the ins and outs of writing a script and the business aspects of getting a script into production, as well as a special workshop on “pitching your script.”
ScriptBiz takes place on Friday, August 10th, at the Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station in downtown Providence, RI. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. then moves to the Paff Theatre for a special film presentation, ending at 5:00 p.m. Again, the fee is $85. Call 401.861.4445.
To apply to the 2013 ScriptBiz™ workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application below:
2012 Application Form, click here to download (coming)
For information, please contact RIIFF at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Festival Office at 401/861-4445.
Here's our ScriptBiz™ 2012 Schedule:
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Panel on “The Scriptwriting Process”
• Dana Biscotti Myskowski (moderator & panelist)
• Nick Iandolo
• Michele Meek
• Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop on Pitching a Script
• Nick Iandolo
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LUNCH catered by Panera Bread and the Marketplace Cafe at Nordstrom's
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panel on “The Business of Scriptwriting”
• Dana Biscotti Myskowski (moderator & panelist)
• Andrew Lund
• Jonathan Friesem
• Chris Sparling
• Bill Torgerson
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 pm
Film Presentation at the Paff Theatre:
American Songwriter | Directed by Michael Altman
Followed by a Conversation and a Q&A on developing and scripting the non-fiction film.
• Andrew Lund (moderator)
To learn more about the film, please click here
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Please Note: Accepted filmmakers can sign up for free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.
REFUNDS: Refunds, minus a $40 office fee, will be available until July 26, 2012. After that date NO REFUNDS will be made. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.
Who's Who at ScriptBiz 2012:
Michael Altman (Director) has been steeped in the mystique and machinations of legendary director Robert Altman since the day he was conceived. The eldest of Altman’s sons among five siblings, he had his first success at age 14 writing the lyrics to “Suicide Is Painless,” the much-loved theme song to the smash hit, M.A.S.H., directed by his dad.
Michael worked as an apprentice editor, assistant editor, technical supervisor and then as a post-production supervisor on such films as A Wedding, O.C. and Stiggs, Fool for Love, Kansas City and Dr. T & the Women, directed by his father. He then devised, built and operated unique location projection and post production equipment, which was used during the production of Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and The Lost World, Frank Darabont’s The Majestic, John McTiernan’s The 13th Warrior, Andrew Davis' Collateral Damage and numerous additional films with Robert Altman. Among his credits are Herbie Fully Loaded, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy as well as David Lynch’s groundbreaking feature film, Twin Peaks.
In 1975, he opened a publishing company and wrote several books, Including The Moonshiners’ Manual, under the pseudonym, Michael Barleycorn, and an unpublished biography of his father. With his next venture, Not Long Productions, (with brother Bobby and actor Dick York) the company wrote, produced and directed nine original short films with music for then-fledgling cable companies such as HBO and Showtime. In Seattle, he founded Mobile Post, providing location editorial and post production services, which merged with Seattle's famous Cutter’s Way, a negative cutting and editorial facility. Among his other ventures, was Altman Gessert Entertainment (AGE) in partnership with editor Phil Gessert, a feature film development and production company. From 2000-2003 he conspired with inventor Paul Darbee (developer of the Universal Remote) to launch Darbee Labs, LLC., marketing a revolutionary digital imaging technology which brought increased and stunning depth and enhanced texture to digital images for film. This process was used on a number of commercials and feature films including several of his father’s films including the Academy Award winning masterpiece, Gosford Park, and the digitally filmed The Company.
Michael has worked with all of the major studios and many of the industry’s finest filmmakers. Just prior to directing EXIT 10, he worked as an engineer and technician on 3D and HD projects in the sound department at Universal Studios.
Jonathan Friesem is an award-winning producer and media educator from Israel. He is the manager of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of communication and Media, the University of Rhode Island. As part of his doctoral research Jonathan studies the psychological and sociological effects of youth media. His goal to bridge cultures around the world is being realized in the Harrington School community media outreach with youth video production initiatives - starting fifteen years ago working with Arab and Jews adolescents till his recent workshop with First Star URI Academy with RI foster kids.
Nicholas Iandolo is a Boston-based author, screenwriter, and motivational speaker. Author of the hubristic book on screenwriting titled, Cut The Crap and WRITE THAT DAMN SCREENPLAY!, and the brand new serialized epic sci-fi eBook, NLV — The House Always Wins — Parts I & II. (NLV stands for New Las Vegas). He is also involved in several other major writing projects in development including two children's books, My Papa Nonno and My Papa Nonno Cooks!; and a spiritual & inspirational tome called, The Art of Finding and Following Your Passion! And finally, he will soon be releasing a second volume in his Cut The Crap screenwriting series on the maddening art of pitching titled, Cut The Crap and PITCH THAT DAMN SCREENPLAY!
Iandolo is also a travel writer for BeantownSocialite.com, a marketing freelance writer, and is a frequently invited guest author and speaker at New England film industry and networking events including the 2011 & 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival's ScriptBiz Workshops. He is also a member of the New England Talent & Crew and Rhode Island Film Collaborative film industry organizations.
Learn more about NLV at www.NLVProject.com, and Iandolo at www.TenthSphere.com.
Andrew Lund, a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer, Andrew is an Associate Professor and Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute; he is also a faculty member of the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has taught in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University, where he received J.D., M.F.A. and B.A. degrees. Brief Reunion, a feature film that Andrew produced and co-edited, won the top prize for narrative filmmaking at the 2011 UFVA conference and the Audience Award for Best Film at New York’s 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. My Last Day Without You, on which Andrew served as executive producer, recently won the top producing honors at the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Europe this fall. Andrew is the Executive Producer of nine feature films, including The Hungry Ghosts, written and directed by Michael Imperioli; Vanaja, named by Roger Ebert as one of the top five foreign films of 2007, and Arranged, an international hit that Variety called “a pure pleasure to watch” Andrew has also written and directed five award winning short films. In addition to worldwide festival screenings and television broadcasts, his shorts are included in film textbooks, DVD compilations, and distributed theatrically and non-theatrically. Andrew founded and curates CinemaTalks, the independent film screening and discussion series, and he created the Short Film Repository, which houses educational extras that support short filmmaking. Andrew’s writing on film includes an essay, “What’s a Short Film, Really?” in “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution” by Sharon Badal, numerous book reviews for the journal, Film International, and two books on independent filmmaking in the works for Peter Lang Publishers.
You can learn more about Andrew on his website: http://andrewlundfilms.com/.
Michele Meek is a writer, filmmaker and educator. She has directed and written several short documentaries and narrative films. She wrote and directed the short film Red Sneakers, which screened at Woods Hole Film Festival, among others and won 2nd Place Children's Film award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In addition, she received the Duprey Screenwriting Award for her short script One More Shot at Emerson College and co-produced the movie version of the script as part of the compilation video Boxer Shorts, which was awarded the Best Video Award at the Temecula Valley Film Festival. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant in the English Department at the University of Rhode Island. She has taught film, literature and writing courses at Emerson College, Boston College, Massachusetts College of Art, and University of Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.michelemeek.com.
Dana Biscotti Myskowski is a screenwriter and founding producer with Green Chair Pictures. Dana is currently at work on two productions with colleagues: an episodic drama, THE PROVIDER, which is listed on IMDb Pro, and SANDY POINT, a short film to be shot on Block Island next spring.
She is the founding producer of Smoky Quartz Productions (SQP), the agency team created for the inaugural 2010 7DayPSA Competition hosted by FLICKERS, which won Best Public Service Announcement and earned an Emmy nomination for “To the Power of You,” produced for Big Sisters of Rhode Island. SQP won two 2011 Telly Awards for a seven-minute film produced for the Concord Boys & Girls Club. Dana continues to serve as producer and writer for the company as it creates videos for non-profit agencies.
A former professor at UNH, Dana serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the NH Film Commission, as a founding member of Granite SoFFA (the NH Society of Female Film Artists), Director of the NH Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and as a judge for the NH 48-Hour Film Project.
She can be found at www.greenchairpictures.com and followed on twitter @biscottidana.
Chris Sparling is a writer/director originally from North Providence, RI. He wrote the critically-acclaimed feature film" BURIED" starring Ryan Reynolds, which, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, went on to win the Melies d'Or Award at the Sitges Film Festival and was later released by Lionsgate Films. He was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the National Board of Review, and also won a Goya Award (Spain's Academy Award) in the same category. Chris also wrote the screenplay for the thriller "ATM" for Gold Circle Films, which was released by IFC Films in 2012, as well as REINCARNATE for producer M. Night Shyamalan. Chris has two projects slated for production in the Fall of 2012, including the thriller "MERCY" and the supernatural drama "FALLING SLOWLY", the latter being a project he will also direct. He has also served as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Boston University and Emerson College, and continues to guest lecture at numerous universities, film festivals, and screenwriting conferences.
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold was born and raised in the metropolitan New York area. Carla took her degrees at Sarah Lawrence College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She began her career as a teacher and arts administrator before becoming a journalist, critic, and author. Her music and visual arts reviews and features appeared regularly in Opera News, Gramophone, Opéra International, Opera, Music Magazine, Beaux Arts, and The Crisis, and her byline headed numerous program essays and record liner notes. Among her scholarly works, the best known is We Need A Hero! Heldentenors from Wagner’s Time to the Present: A Critical History. She helped to create several television projects, serving as associate producer and content consultant/writer, among them I Hear America Singing for WNET/PBS and Voices of the Heart: Stephen Foster for German television. She is also the author of Top Cat Tails of Mannahatta, a fictional account of her and husband Gregory’s adventures in breeding Maine Coons.
In 2009 the Süllwolds realized a lifelong dream to move to coastal Maine. Raising Rufus A Maine Love Story is a fictionalized account of the couple’s last year together with their beloved Newfoundland, Rufus, before Gregory Süllwold’s fatal heart attack in February 2010. Ms. Verdino-Süllwold’s screenplay version of the novel won the Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2011.
Now semi-retired, Ms. Verdino-Süllwold is at work on a new novel. She shares her home in Brunswick, Maine, with her kitties and a new Newfoundland puppy, Ruffian.
William J. Torgerson is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John's University in New York. His adaptation of Love on the Big Screen was awarded the Grand Prize in the Flickers Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. In addition to novels and screenplays, William writes short stories and articles on teaching and writing, and his work has appeared most recently in the University of Maryland's Sakura, Old Dominion University's Barely South Review, and NYU's interdisciplinary journal Anamesa.
You can learn more about William on his website at TheTorg.com.
Organizers for 2012:
Dr. J. Scott Oberacker
George T. Marshall
2012 Application Form, click here to download
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