Cornelia Moore wrote and directed CAMILLA DICKINSON (just finished post-production). She adapted from a novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It boasts an impressive cast including Cary Elwes (THE PRINCESS BRIDE, GLORY) and Samantha Mathis (GREY’S ANATOMY, PUMP UP THE VOLUME). She’s also producing JourneyQuest Season Two which will begin shooting this March.
Kristi Simkins was hired by Stairway Studios out of Florida to write the screenplay for a feature film which is scheduled to go into pre-production in early 2012. She’s also busy working as an editor for faculty member Rick Stevenson on his documentary series, The 5000 Days Project.
Steven Schardt screens yet another picture he produced at this year’s Sundance: YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, filmed on San Juan Island and starring Golden Globe Winner Emily Blunt.
Elena Hartwell adapted Ivan Doig’s Prairie Nocturne for Book-It Repertory Theatre. (book-it.org). Her short play, Endless Sea, premieres with MadLab in Columbus Ohio in May as part of their Theatre Roulette play festival. Elena will lead three workshops at the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference in March, applying dramatic techniques to fiction. She will also lead the workshop “Write Dialogue Like a Playwright” with the Unicorn Writers Conference in MA in April. She’s currently writing a play for ADWAS, an organization supporting victims of sexual and domestic abuse in the deaf community, which will perform in April in ASL, but voiced over for a hearing audience.
Margie Slovan is directing RIVER ICE, a new play by Olympia writer Scott Timmons. The play begins a 3-week run at Richard Hugo House in March.
John Harden’s screenplay OCCUPANT made it into the quarterfinals of the Nicholls Fellowship for Screenwriting. He also recently wrote a fundraising short for the Sonoma County YWCA.
Andrew Iseminger’s short LITTLE PRICKS has advanced to the semi-finals at the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Contest.
Heather Hughes’ film, Amazing Gracie, was optioned last summer and is in pre-production.
George Thomas, Jr. wrapped up two competitive internships doing doing industry coverage for production companies in L.A.
Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton have optioned their “tween” musical Habit Forming and it is now in pre-production
And in other news …
John Jacobsen recently consulted on a new book that’s all abuzz in the legal community. “Twelve Heroes, One Voice” by Carl Bettinger explores hero-centric storytelling methods, to help trial attorney’s understand how to show the jurors that they must be the heroes, and “save the day” with a verdict that speaks not just for their clients, but for the cause.