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Service to Man | Seth Panitch | Script Shop Episode 020

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"In the turbulent Spring of 1968, an ambitious white student from Brooklyn finds himself an outcast at Meharry, Nashville's legendary, all-black medical school. There, he and his peers battle the intricate mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, and each other in their quest to, ultimately, become healers in the Service To Man."

About Screenwriter Seth Panitch

Seth Panitch heads the MFA and Undergraduate Acting programs at The University of Alabama, and is a professional director, actor, published playwright and screenwriter, who has worked from Havana, Cuba, to New York, to Los Angeles.

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Seahorses | Jason Kartalian | Script Shop Episode 019

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"A lonely and intense man invites a mysterious woman he met on craigslist into his house. He gets much more than what he bargains for as this strange young woman takes over his life. What transpires is a dramatically intense and darkly comic journey about love, co-dependency and loss."

About Screenwriter Jason Kartalian

Jason Kartalian was brought up in a creative environment. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, his father is one-of-a-kind character actor Buck Kartalian, his credits include, Planet of the Apes, Outlaw Josey Wales and hundreds of Television shows. In Planet of the Apes, Buck played Julius, Keeper of the Cages (the cigar smoking ape!)

Jason's first feature film "Pedestrian," was selected to numerous film festivals across the US and won the best picture and best screenplay awards at the AFMA Film Festival and the Best Screenplay award at the Long Island Film Festival. His horror feature "Driller" was selected to the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival in San Francisco and was distributed all around the world.

Kartalian wrote and directed the feature film SEAHORSES.  The film played many international film festivals and won many awards.  After a theatrical run, the screenplay to SEAHORSES was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be part of their permanent core collection.   

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ROBO4CE | Jeffrey Howe | Script Shop Episode 018

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"A middle-school robotics team gives a smart-but-shy eighth grade girl a chance to learn self-confidence, and her coach an opportunity to heal the wounds left by his own mentor--who coaches a rival team."

About Screenwriter Jeffrey Howe

Jeffrey Howe 's first two feature screenplays, "Robo4ce" and "Cover Crop," won or placed in twenty-two contests and festivals. His first short screenplay, "Medicine Show Blues" has won or placed in thirteen festivals in the past year. He was a top 5 finisher in this year's NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge.

His short fiction has appeared in One Teen Story, in the anthology Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem at the Edge of Space, and in the quarterly anthology The First Line.

He lives and works in the scenic Black Creek Bottoms area near St. Louis, Missouri, where he fights off writers' block with liberal doses of 70s funk and cool jazz. His family understands.

He can be reached at: mercilessidioms@gmail.com

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Tugnutt: A Love Supreme | Nate Yacos | Script Shop Episode 017

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"A family man gains instant celebrity status serving as 'pitchman' for a feminine enhancement product."

About Screenwriter Nate Yacos

I’m a graduate of Oneonta State University SUNY, where I majored in Political Science. I received my Masters’ Degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. I live in Holly Springs, North Carolina with my wife Jenny and son Benjamin.

Served as lead Special Education Teacher for over 16 years. Worked with students classified with learning disabilities, severe and profound needs, and significant behavioral concerns. Currently working at Triton High School, in North Carolina teaching Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing comedy and dramafeature screenplays,  listening to jazz, rock, R&B, studying American History, following major sporting events,and just relaxing at home. Working on fifth major feature screenplay with intentions to broaden my writing expertise and connect with production companies. Living, loving, and always learning.

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Searching for Landmines | Adam J. Stephenson | Script Shop Episode 016

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"A cancer-ridden English teacher and an adopted Korean teenager cross paths in Chicago while searching for identity and the relationships that define family."

About Screenwriter Adam J. Stephenson

Adam Stephenson is an American actor and screenwriter known for the films Huevos Rancheros, Evan's Crime, and PROXY. He can also be seen in 2018 on TV in episodes of Thirteen Reasons Why and ATLANTA.

Born in Baytown, TX and raised near Houston and the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Adam never lived anywhere for more than 4 years before reaching college. He often refers to himself as an "accidental actor". After graduating with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, Adam landed in Chicago substitute teaching. While applying for full time teaching positions, he interned briefly at a talent agency. Eventually the film industry offered more opportunity and he abandoned teaching to jump straight into auditioning; quickly landing an agent who recommend he get more training.

That training led to The Second City Conservatory where he graduated from their program in 2012. Part of the conservatory program included introductions to Sketch & Screen Writing. It helped Adam reshape his understanding of writing from the long form prose he learned at LSU to the performance mediums he is now in. Since then he has written and produced several webseries, and his short film Huevos Rancheros, which has played at 11 film festivals and received 5 Best Drama Short nominations and 1 win at the Windy City Film Fest. His Feature screenplay Searching for Landmines won Best Screenplay at Twister Alley Film Fest.

Adam is married and shares two rescue mutts with his wife. They also share an extensive library. Adam is an avid reader and reads an average of 120 books a year. He has been known to say, “Sometimes it works out to put the cart before the horse."

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The Doughnut Admirer | Muse Seymour | Script Shop Episode 015

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"Josh's life is always the same. Same boring office. Same boring people. Same boring office casual. Same boring job. Then one day a doughnut shows up on his cubicle desk."

About Screenwriter Muse Seymour

Muse Seymour is an author and screenwriter originally from Wisconsin in the United States, but has been writing abroad in London and Paris over the last few years. He has previously worked on indie films as a script doctor and currently has several short film scripts in pre-production and another on the film festival circuit.

The Doughnut Admirer has been selected for film festivals around the globe being named a finalist at the Best Film Awards in Romania and winning Best Screenplay at the Windy City International Film Festival and most recently the Miami International Short Cinefest.

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The Doughnut Admirer - Personal Story

Frank tells a personal story from a friend that relates to The Doughnut Admirer.

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Melting Pot | KC Allen | Script Shop Episode 014

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"When a widower falls in love with a younger woman, the only thing standing in the way of true happiness is a loving family."

About Screenwriter KC Allen

I've been writing creative scripts with interesting characters since my mother bought me an Emerson tape recorder when I was eight.  I learned to imitate the Muppet characters and record myself doing it.  Rich Little was my idol, but close behind was Casey Casem.  My tape recorder had a wired mic, so I could record music and also record myself introducing the records like he did.

I started my radio career in a basement radio station at OSU-Lima in the fall of 1985, and it lasted until fall of 2013, 18 years, during which I also founded a video production company, Allen Film & Video. Ltd. (founded 9/12/2001, the day after the terrorist attacks).  I continued my writing doing commercials for radio and television, as well as for corporate clientele.  I was also a musician, and I wrote songs for several bands I was in.  My bandmates' homework would be to come to practice with a riff.  They'd play it and I'd kick everyone out and take 5 minutes to write a new song.  They'd come back in and we'd work out the arrangements and smooth out the kinks.

In 2006 I was the 1st AD on a feature film and had no idea what I was doing, and thus, had a terrible experience with it.  I wasn't sure I wanted to make movies.  But in 2007 I took part in the 48 Hour Film Project in both Cincinnati (as editor) and in Cleveland (as DP/Camera Op), and enjoyed myself.  Appreciating the 48HFP as I did, I contacted their HQ in late 2007 to see if they'd be interested in started another Ohio leg of the tour in Columbus, and they made me Columbus' first City Producer.  I ran the 48HFP in Columbus for 6 years, but had to step down due to the failing health of my father, who had moved in with us.

My Dad had Lewy Body Dementia, which has a Parkinson's component, and a dementia component, and is different from other dementias in that the sufferer is aware of what's happening to them (unlike Alzheimer's) and the disease often brings with it terrible hallucinations.  He lived with us for 18 months and passed away in December, 2013.  My Dad and his home health care aides were the loose inspiration for my story, "Melting Pot".

I love heartfelt or quirky comedies that can only take place in the space inhabited by real people.  Paul Giamatti in "Sideways", Ellen Page in "Juno", Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets", Henry Fonda in "On Golden Pond", Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give", Jon Favreau in "Chef", and also, Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men", which was the inspiration for the tone of my script and my film.

I like my entertainment to come in more than two dimensions.  I like it do be deeper than most people expect.  My favorite cartoons were the original Looney Tunes because sometimes the background action was as telling as the foreground action.  Sure, the Road Runner is eating grain in the foreground, but behind him the coyote is hoisting a huge ACME safe up over his head, hoping to drop it on him.  To this day when I direct a film and I want a busy but purposeful background, I tell my crew I want to "Bugs Bunny" the shot.  The music I enjoy is also multi-dimensional.  The progressive rock bands of Toto, Yes, ELO, Pink Floyd, Kansas and Rush all harnessed a deep level of musicianship, structure and vocal harmonies that carried an audiophile farther than their headphones.  Those bands created a visual experience with their music... theatre of the mind.

So, today I'm a writer/director.  I wrote my first screenplay in 2006/07, and didn't really pick it up again until I started taking part in the NYC Midnight screenwriting contests.  I wrote a short horror script for a team in a filmmaking contest, but the team fell apart and the script was never produced.  The next year I was asked to write a script for a Winterfilm entry and was asked to be a part of the production, where I produced and, to a lesser extent, did some assistant directing.  "Wildcat" won 5 awards and 8 nominations at Winterfilm III, and it finally launched what I'm currently working to get off the ground, 10 Ring Films.

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The Sad Bastard Club of Dacoma, Oklahoma | JoshHope | Script Shop Episode 013

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"Three former high school friends reunite for one night and attempt to escape their failing relationships by reliving their old glory days."

About Screenwriter Josh Hope

Josh, a native of Waynoka, Oklahoma got his start working on several popular network television shows (American Idol, The Biggest Loser, The Jerry Springer Show), and has worked various positions on a variety of independent film and television projects

In 2005, Josh established his own production company, Olive Entertainment, and has written, directed and produced a number of award winning films.  Josh's latest feature film, The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man was released has now won over 25 awards.  Josh serves as Co-Festival Director for the Windy City Film Fest & is the Head Programmer for Washington State's Gig Harbor Film Festival.

Josh's favorite films include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Junebug, Rocky, The Squid and the Whale, Fargo, The Shining, Half Nelson, Sideways, Rudy, Big & Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.​​

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The Fight After | Gunnar Garrett | Script Shop Episode 012

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"A boxing coach pushes his Olympic hopeful daughter to the breaking point."

About Screenwriter Gunnar Garrett

GUNNAR GARRETT was born and raised in Modesto, California, home of George Lucas, and the feature film American Graffiti.

After high school Gunnar joined the United States Air Force where he worked as a
Nuclear Weapons Specialist for four years. He then continued his military career by joining the Army National Guard and an infantry division. During his eight years with the National Guard, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After returning from a one-year deployment oversees, Gunnar was honorably
discharged from the military and decided to continue his education in Mechanical
Design. He spends most of his free time with his five daughters enjoying the things he wasn’t able to because of his military service and deployments.

His second oldest daughter Madison Mae, one of his identical twins began to show
interest in the film industry, which sparked Gunnar’s interest in writing, with the goal of creating a lead role for his daughter. With countless hours spend studying film,
screenplays, reading anything related to, not only screenplays, but story telling in
general, Gunnar’s been able to successfully fulfill his first goal by obtaining a lead role in a feature film for his daughter.

Recently, his daughter Madison has also been nominated for Best Actress by several film festivals for her work in the short film Remnants.

In addition to his writing, Gunnar has also begun acting, which started with the
successful marketing campaign by Zillow, which includes Gunnar and his daughters in a national commercial about what home means to them.

Gunnar’s screenplays have now been awarded more than fifty combined nominations
and wins at Film Festivals and writing competitions globally, showing his continued
commitment to excellence in writing.

With his military experience, attention to detail, and strong work ethic, Gunnar will
continue writing, and producing quality films.

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