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    WGAE SCREENPLAY READING SERIES

    Join us for two staged readings (professionally cast by Caroline Sinclair Casting and directed by Susane Lee). The comedic screenplay, 99 FAKE STREET, was selected from among dozens of submissions judged by a panel of Guild members. The dramatic screenplay, WHEN THE SPARROWS COME HOME, is the work of a recent Collyer Fellow under the mentorship of Marshall Brickman.

    WHEN: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 7:00pm
    WHERE: The Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th Street, NYC

    • 99 FAKE STREET, written by Gordon Rayfield.
    A paranoid ex-hacker falls in love with a beautiful Russian spy who thinks he is a high-level official, and he has to save her and himself from the FBI.

    • WHEN THE SPARROWS COME HOME, written by Antal Zambo.
    While in many parts of the world people are readjusting to normal life after the end of WWII, in Lithuania a long fight for independence from its Soviet occupiers is just beginning.

    Each reading will be followed by a conversation between the writers and WGAE President Michael Winship. Afterward, please join the writers and actors for a reception at The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 8:30pm.



    Dunoon to receive WGA fellowship prize

    via Variety - February 14, 2013

    Heather Dunoon has been tapped to receive the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America East Foundation.

    Her fellowship project "Remember Me?" is about an orphaned woman's journey of self-discovery through the first interactions with her birth mother, who has Alzheimer's.

    WGA East president Michael Winship will present the fellowship to Dunoon at the WGA's East Coast awards ceremonies Sunday in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club.

    Dunoon is a senior in film studies at Columbia College Chicago. She receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter.


    HEATHER DUNOON OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE-CHICAGO
    TO RECEIVE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST FOUNDATION
    MICHAEL COLLYER MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

    - 5th Annual Fellowship To Be Presented WGA Awards in New York -

    NEW YORK CITY – Heather Dunoon has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation's (WGAE Foundation) Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. The fellowship, now in its 5th year and funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his/her undergraduate course of study. The recipient receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter. Lowell Peterson, WGAE Executive Director, will present Dunoon with her fellowship at the 65th annual Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013 in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club.

    Dunoon is a senior in Film Studies, School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago. Her fellowship project, Remember Me? is about an orphaned woman’s journey of self-discovery, through the first interactions with her birth mother, who has Alzheimer’s.

    "It’s an amazing feeling to know that not only can you reach people with your passion, but also that there is a possibility to turn that passion into a career. I’m so thankful to have an opportunity to work with the WGAE Foundation and to be mentored through my first steps into the screenwriting industry. I never dreamt I would win this award; it’s such an honor," said Dunoon.

    "We are thrilled to now be awarding our 5th Collyer Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to discover new voices and encourage those who are at the very beginning of their writing careers. We believe that Heather and all of our past fellows will be adding great stories to the writing landscape for years to come," said Michael Weller, WGAE Foundation President.

    Many Collyer Fellowship recipients have gone on receive additional industry recognitions for their work. The first Collyer Fellowship was awarded in 2009 to Sara Van Acker of New York University. Van Acker, who completed her script under the mentorship of Marshall Brickman, was a 2011 semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and the 2010 winner of the Bahamas International Film Festival Residency Program. Marshall Brickman also mentored 2010 recipient Antal Zambo of Wayne State University. Richard LaGravenese mentored 2011 recipient James DiLapo of New York University, who was a winner of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting in 2012. 2012 Recipient Hailey O’Brien continues to work on her script with her mentor Susanna Styron.

    Diana King, chairwoman and president of the King Family Foundation, said, "We are deeply gratified to have developed the Michael Collyer Fellowship in collaboration with the WGAE Foundation and are thankful for their excellent stewardship as we mark the 5th anniversary of this unique and valuable program. We are proud to support this program in memory of our former board member, Michael Collyer, a leading entertainment attorney and a champion of talented writers in all media. He would be thrilled to see the development support provided by this program reaching an ever-growing number of Collyer Fellows, and to see their screenplays drawing interest from wide segments of the motion picture industry."

    Six universities and colleges participated in this year's Collyer Fellowship nominating process. They are: Binghamton University, Buffalo State College, Columbia College-Chicago, Georgia State University, New York University, and Savannah College of Art and Design.

    The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation was established in 1988 to support educational excellence and professional development in the film, television and related media fields, and has provided scholarships to hundreds of outstanding U.S. undergraduate students in these disciplines. For more information on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship, contact WGAE Foundation, wgaefoundation@wgaeast.org.


    Collyer Fellow James DiLapo wins 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

    November 8, 2012

    James DiLapo, the winner of the 2011 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship has won one of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The fellowship comes with a $35,000 stipend and an expectation to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year.

    James' script, Devils at Play was his Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship script, developed under the guidance of mentor Richard LaGravenese.

    Please click here to see video of his acceptance speech. Congratulations to James and much continued success!


    Collyer Fellow James DiLapo finalist for 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

    via Deadline Hollywood - October 3, 2012

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Ten finalists, consisting of nine individual screenwriters and one writing team, have been selected for the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $35,000 fellowships.

    This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

    Nikole Beckwith, New York City, NY, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”
    Ryan Belenzon & Jeffrey Gelber, Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks, CA, “X”
    Robert Carter, Red Bank, NJ, “A.W.O.L.”
    Sean Robert Daniels, Laezonia, Gauteng, South Africa, “Killers”
    James DiLapo, New York City, NY, “Devils at Play”
    Allan Durand, Lafayette, LA, “Willie Francis Must Die Again”
    Laurel Minter, Seattle, WA, “When Thunder Sleeps”
    Bob Roden, Berkeley, CA, “Return of the Dipsticks”
    April Rouveyrol, Glendale, CA, “Life Copy”
    Michael Werwie, Los Angeles, Calif., “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”

    James Dilapo, our 2011 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellow developed "Devils at Play", his Collyer Fellowship script under the guidance of Richard LaGravenese. The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You can read more about the finalists via Deadline Hollywood here. Congratulations and we wish James much continued success!


    HAILEY O’BRIEN OF WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
    TO RECEIVE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST FOUNDATION
    MICHAEL COLLYER MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

    - Presented by Michael Winship at WGA Awards in New York -

    NEW YORK CITY – Hailey O’Brien has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America,
    East Foundation's (WGAE Foundation) Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting.
    The fellowship, which is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded
    to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his/her
    undergraduate course of study. The recipient receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original
    screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter. Michael Winship, WGAE
    President, will present O’Brien with her fellowship at the 64 th annual Writers Guild Awards on
    Sunday, February 19, 2012 in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club.

    O’Brien is a senior in Film Studies and Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
    Wayne State University. Her fellowship project, Losing Grace, is about one woman’s struggle
    and search for penance after an accidental drowning of a young neighbor while in her care.

    “This is such an incredible opportunity; I cannot begin to express how excited and grateful I am
    to be the 2012 recipient of the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. I am
    looking forward to attending the WGAE Awards and meeting the Collyer family as well as others
    who have made this fellowship possible. I am so thankful for this opportunity that they have
    provided me with. I would also like to thank Joel Silvers for nominating me for this award. It was
    his insight and passion for screenwriting that fueled my own desire to make words and film
    matter,” said Fellowship recipient Hailey O’Brien.

    Marshall Brickman, Chair of the Collyer Fellowship Selection Committee, reflected on the wealth
    of talent nominated for the 2012 Collyer Fellowship. “The job of the judges was especially
    difficult this year, as all the Collyer submissions displayed impressive talent. With such a strong
    field of applicants, we awarded the laurel to Hailey, whose story emphasizes material which is
    character driven and personal. Her ability to convey emotion, her dialogue and construction, and
    her skill in handling such challenging subject matter in a believable and compelling manner
    moved us all.”

    Diana King, chairwoman and president of the King Family Foundation, said, "We are deeply
    gratified to have developed the Michael Collyer Fellowship in collaboration with the WGAE
    Foundation and are thankful for their excellent stewardship. We are proud to support this
    awards program in memory of our former board member, Michael Collyer. Michael was a
    leading entertainment attorney and a champion of talented writers in all media. He would be
    thrilled to see the development support provided by this program reaching an evergrowing
    number of Collyer Fellows."

    Eight universities and colleges participated in this year's Collyer Fellowship nominating
    process. They are: Binghamton University, Boston University, Buffalo State College, Columbia
    College-Chicago, Georgia State University, University of Miami, New York University, and
    Wayne State University.

    The first Collyer Fellowship was awarded in 2009. Recipient Sara Van Acker of New York
    University completed her script under the mentorship of Marshall Brickman, which was named a
    2011 semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Marshall Brickman also mentored
    2010 recipient Antal Zambo of Wayne State University. Richard LaGravenese mentored 2011
    recipient James DiLapo of New York University. Both Antal Zambo and James DiLapo are
    continuing to work on their scripts with their respective mentors.

    The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation was established in 1988 to support educational
    excellence and professional development in the film, television and related media fields, and
    has provided scholarships to hundreds of outstanding U.S. undergraduate students in these
    disciplines. For more information on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship, contact WGAE
    Foundation Program Coordinator Jenna Jackson, (212)767-7843, jjackson@wgaeast.org.


    Collyer Fellow Sara Van Acker moved to Semi-final round of the 2011 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

    Our 2009 Collyer Fellow, Sarah Van Acker, continued her success with her screenplay, Bloodlust, by becoming a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Bloodlust, about the fearsome female pirate Anne Bonny, was Sarah’s Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship script, developed under the guidance of Marshall Brickman.

    Sara explains the origins of Bloodlust: "[A few] years ago during lunch with a couple of writers, somebody in the group started listing “out-of-the-box” pairings for screenplay ideas: Werewolves and Abe Lincoln, Children Arms Dealers and Female Pirates. While the rest of the table discussed kindergartners swapping Uzis, I fixated on the idea of female pirates."

    Sarah Van Acker graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2009 and was awarded the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship the same year. Bloodlust won first place in the 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival’s Filmmakers’ Residency Program. Of 6,730 scripts entered for the Nicholl Fellowship, 351 were chosen to go to the Quarterfinals and Bloodlust was one of 120 selected to proceed to the semi-final round of judging.

    The Nicholl Fellowship, founded in 1985, awards up to five $30,000 fellowships to talented writers each year.

    Fellowship recipients were announced in October along with the listing of the quarter and semi-finalists. We wish Sarah much luck and continued success!


    JAMES DILAPO OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    TO RECEIVE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST FOUNDATION
    MICHAEL COLLYER MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING

    - Presented by Marshall Brickman and Jenny Lumet at WGA Awards in New York -

    NEW YORK CITY - James DiLapo has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation's (WGAE Foundation) Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. The fellowship, which is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his/her undergraduate course of study. The recipient receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter. Marshall Brickman and Jenny Lumet will present DiLapo with his fellowship at the 63rd annual Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in New York City at the AXA Equitable Center.

    DiLapo is a senior in the Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His fellowship project, Devils at Play, is about a Soviet detective and enforcer of Stalin's Great Terror who finds his life destroyed after he is accused of treason. Marshall Brickman, Chair of the Collyer Fellowship Selection Committee, reflected on the wealth of talent nominated for the 2011 Collyer Fellowship. “Once again, it was difficult to decide on our recipient, as all of our candidates had much to recommend them. After much discussion and (friendly) gnashing of teeth, we awarded the laurel to James, who impressed us with his versatility and whose project was timely, involving and well-structured. James is a big talent and, along with my colleagues on the committee, I look forward to his involvement with our mentoring program and to his future work and accomplishments.”

    Diana King, chairwoman and president of the King Family Foundation, said "We are deeply gratified to have developed the Michael Collyer Fellowship in collaboration with the WGAE Foundation and are thankful for their excellent stewardship. We are proud to support this awards program in memory of our former board member, Michael Collyer. Michael was a leading entertainment attorney and a champion of talented writers in all media. He would be thrilled to see the development support provided by this program reaching an ever-growing number of Collyer Fellows."

    Nine universities and colleges participated in this year's Collyer Fellowship nominating process. They are: Boston University, Binghamton University, Columbia College, Chicago, Drexel University, Georgia State University, University of Miami, New York University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Vanderbilt University.

    The first Collyer Fellowship was awarded in 2009 to Sara Van Acker of New York University; the second in 2010 to Antal Zambo of Wayne State University.

    The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation was established in 1988 to support educational excellence and professional development in the film, television and related media fields, and has provided scholarships to hundreds of outstanding U.S. undergraduate students in these disciplines. For more information on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship, contact WGAE Foundation Executive Director Marsha Manns, 212-767-7805, mmanns@wgaeast.org.

    The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation is created to perpetuate the art and craft of storytelling, either by professionals or amateurs, through education and practical experience, on local, national and global levels; to find the next generation of writers in fiction, non-fiction, television, radio, film, theater, and new media; to encourage WGAE members and staff to contribute their expertise to Foundation activities, thereby expanding the base and breadth of knowledge, as well as increasing the solidarity and power of the writing community in the larger world; and to work with other like-minded organizations in order to facilitate and expand the needs and goals of writers everywhere. For information about the Foundation's programs, go to www.wgaefoundation.org


    2009 Collyer Fellow wins at the Bahamas International Film Festival

    December 8th, 2010

    The Writer's Guild of America, East Foundation's first Collyer Fellow, Sara Van Acker, was one of three winning screenwriters at the 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) this past weekend. She won first place of the festival's Filmmaker's Residency Program with her screenplay, Bloodlust. The screenplay, about the fearsome female pirate Anne Bonny (read more about it here), was developed through the Michael Collyer Fellowship under the mentorship of Marshall Brickman.

    Upon winning the BIFF Filmmaker's Residency Program Sara will be provided with a full day to talk with and be mentored by industry professionals, further securing the growth of her great talent. Congratulations to Sara on her accomplishment!


    Antal in Lithuania

    My research trip to Lithuania was quite a bit harder than I originally thought it would be. I was already familiar with the history, having learned about it in Lithuanian school and hearing accounts from my grandparents and their brothers. However, going through the archives in the Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius made it much more “real” to me. There were handwritten letters, photographs, and underground resistance literature that engaged me on a visual level that just hearing the stories couldn’t do. I oftentimes found myself choking back tears in the reading rooms poring over the accounts of the partisan soldiers (the majority of whom were barely out of their teens) and of people who were exiled to Siberia. The museum itself was housed in the old KGB headquarters where thousands of Lithuanians were imprisoned, tortured and executed by the Soviets which infused everything there with a subtle but pervasive sinister aura.

    That’s not to say that the trip was all doom and gloom by any means. The country was incredible, from its lush green countryside with gently rolling hills, its centuries old cities with labyrinthine cobblestone streets to the powdery sand beaches on the Baltic Sea. I had a wonderful time getting lost riding a bike through the streets of Vilnius after doing my research, and visiting the coastal town of Šventoji (shven-TO-yih) where my story takes place is definitely going to make it easier to bring it to life.

    It was also amazing to finally be able to connect with my family’s culture at its source, since while I was growing up we adhered to many of the traditions that my grandparents brought over with them. I’d again like to extend my most sincere gratitude to the foundation for providing me with the opportunity to travel to Lithuania, for the first time since I’ve started working on this project over a year ago I’m starting to get a very clear vision in my head of how I want it to turn out.