TRMS Winning Short Premieres at Cannes
2015 Table Read My Screenplay Austin Grand Prize Short Winner Denise Meyers has been having quite a year. Her contest-winning script is now a film, The Dark of Night, directed by Robin Wright and starring Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb, and had its red carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film also made its North American debut at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival and the LA Shorts Fest in Los Angeles, and the TV pilot she wrote for a series based on the film was selected by the NY Stage and Filmmakers Workshop for the Powerhouse Season at Vassar College in July. The workshop, an invitation only event, took place on the Vassar campus where professional actors performed table reads for nine hand selected writers and mentors like Geoffrey Gilmore, former head of the Sundance Film Festival, and current head of the Tribeca Film Festival, director, Thomas Carter, and actress, Jennifer Westfeldt, provided insight on each project to help bring writers closer to their goal of a career in film or television.
Meyers recently optioned three projects with actor and producer Jay Ellis, who stars as Lawrence on HBO’S Insecure, and his producing partner, Aaron Bergman: Ride the Wind, a feature length screenplay and Athena List winner in 2016; her TV pilot Uptown and Downbeat; and Tie Dye Santa and the RV Lady, based on experiences Meyers has had as an award-winning screenwriter who still fixes RV toilets for a living. Meyers recently completed Truth Against the World, about the scandalous love story between famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his married lover, Mamah Cheney, an affair that ended tragically when Mamah, her children, and four workmen were murdered at Taliesin by an employee who burned the fabled home to the ground.
2017 OSCAR nominee and TRMS Grand Prize Winner Timo von Gunten to direct Eiffel, an action/heist film that chronicles the exploits of international con man Victor Lustig. Von Gunten’s La Femme et le TGV, TRMS Grand Prize winning romantic drama, is nominated for an Academy Award in the live action shorts category. Read the story or listen to the podcast.
TRMS Park City Special Mention The Night Witches was Optioned by Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace, Expendables) in a mid-six figure deal.
2016 TRMS London Grand Prize Winner Cleaning House Green-lit for Spring. Mark Grisar’s thriller, Cleaning House, is currently in pre-production, set to begin principal photography this year with Goldcrest Films and Nick Quested announced to direct. Read an Interview with Mark Grisar by MovieBytes.
Matt Kugelman filmed his TRMS 2014 Park City semi-finalist script Hurricane Bianca in Dallas with Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Web Therapy) and Rachel Dratch (SNL, Bobs Burgers, Inside Amy Schumer) on board!
Derek Asaff’s 2014 TRMS London Grand Prize Winning script, The Wheelman was optioned by Original Film (22 Jump Street, Furious 7, Goosebumps) where Derek was also hired to rewrite. Derek’s win with TRMS led him to representation with Gotham Group. Most recently he has signed with Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment.
Ted Wilkes 2014-15 TRMS Park City Special Mentioned script Between Lambs and Lions is currently in pre-production as a feature length film with partners from the UK and USA after BottleRocketFilm and Creative Hub Productions took the initiative to produce a short proof of concept teaser which can be seen here: attracting Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, The Beach and Babylon), Finbar Lynch (Suffragette, Game Of Thrones) and Michael Rouse (The Bodyguard [West End], The Lord of The Rings [West End] and Saturday Night Fever [West End]) to the production.
Newton’s Laws of Emotion by Eugene Ramos (Table Read My Screenplay London 2014 – Historical Category Winner) has been optioned by by Jeffery Taylor from Stagescreen Productions and Misha Crosby from Datura Studios. More details to be released soon.
Manda Pepper’s 2014 TRMS Park City Grand Prize Short Script, St. Peter in Chains, was turned into a novel entitled The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller, which was released in January 2016 by Tirgearr Publishing.
Due to the exposure Aaron Rollins received from being a Semifinalist in the 2014-15 Table Read My Screenplay Contest (Park City) for his television pilot, Ordnung, he has been signed by CAA (Olivia Blaustein & Barry Kotler) and Echo Lake Management(Zadoc Angell). Aaron says he greatly appreciates placing in the TR contest – it helped him make the next step forward in his writing career.
Adam Pachter 2015 TRMS Hollywood semi-finalist has signed with a manager since his placement with The Memory War, which has gained interest by CAA.
Jason Gruich 2015 TRMS Park City semi-finalist has had 3 screenplays optioned: Cry, Justice with Boundless Pictures (late July), a feature, Therapy – going into production in Washington D.C. in a month or so with 24k Black Films, and The Tempering – was renewed for a third year (still trying to secure financing) through Second Chance Pictures.
Cinefocus Productions has purchased 2017 TRMS Park City 2nd Place Winner, Travis Opgenorth’s, short script, Roulette and Votiv Film picked up his feature script, Iron Maiden, in a shopping agreement. Opgenorth also landed a feature writing assignment with Sixth Sense Productions (The First Grader).