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Secrets | Lori Allred | Script Shop Episode 011

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"A widowed mother’s life unravels after coping with a yet another loss, but things take an unexpected turn when she discovers her family secrets."

About Screenwriter Lori Allred

Lori Allred has 30 years of broadcast experience.  On any given day you can find her producing, directing, writing, editing and even live switching a three-camera interview.  Her long list of credits include directing, producing and writing for HGTV’s,  Food Network, DIY, Discovery, Travel Channel and more.

Lori has received multiple Emmy’s, including a National Emmy for a Food Network Special, and has over a dozen Telly’s plus a New York Festivals International Television and Film Award.

She enjoys managing large crews, while bringing out the subject’s personality and writing interview-driven stories.

On the film side, Lori has directed, written and co-produced the short films “If Not Now” and “The Decision.” Both films have received distribution and are currently in the festival circuit.

Her start came in the highly competitive and fast paced realm of television news.

She also has two scripts currently in the festival circuit. The feature, "Secrets" and a short "Conversations at 35,000 Feet."

When Lori’s not working, she likes to travel the globe and play with her Corgi puppies, Merlot and Pinot.

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Big Ed | Carter Moon | Script Shop Episode 010

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"In 1972, a series of grisly murders in Santa Cruz, California throw the usually peaceful college town into chaos. As the Santa Cruz county police attempt to catch the perpetrators, they fail to realize that one killer is already in their midst."

About Screenwriter Carter Moon

Carter Moon grew up in the desolate Evangelic capital of the world and responded by developing a taste in counter culture and radical politics, which eventually led to a love for filmmaking and screenwriting. He currently lives, writes, and podcasts in Los Angeles.

You can learn more about him at his website and his podcast

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Hotline | Mia McCullough | Script Shop Episode 009

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"A phone sex worker and a crisis line worker/comic book creator who are best friends and roommates independently break their professional codes by getting personally involved with callers and putting their friendship and their safety in jeopardy."

About Screenwriter Mia McCullough

Mia McCullough is a playwright, screenwriter/filmmaker, teacher, arts administrator, and occasionally a stand-up comedian. Her short film Parallel premiered at the Midwest Independent Film Festival in August of 2016, and was nominated for Best Screenplay.

McCullough is the author of numerous screenplays and many stage plays, most of which have been seen at theatres around the country. Last year McCullough wrote and published a book on the creative writing process called Transforming Reality. Her play Wisdom from Everything, commissioned by The Goodman Theatre, is slated to open in Boulder at Local Theater Company in March. Mia taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University for ten years, and is now the Public Programs Director at Chicago Dramatists. McCullough is currently writing and co-producing a web series called The Haven, inspired by her experiences working at a domestic violence shelter. You can learn more about that web series at .

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Peach Fest | Corbin Saleken | Script Shop Episode 008

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"'For four teenagers, Peach Fest 1988 is going to be the ultimate summer party...well, sort of."

About Screenwriter Corbin Saleken

O. Corbin Saleken is an award-winning, Vancouver-based filmmaker whose films
have screened at festivals around the world. He has a BA in film and television
studies from the University of British Columbia. In 2010, he attended the Werner
Herzog Rogue Film School in New Jersey. In 2013, he won the Most Promising
Filmmaker award at the Spokane International Film Festival. In 2015, he released
his first feature film, Patterson's Wager, which he wrote, directed, produced, edited,
and self-funded.

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A Dead Husband in a Western Town | Brian Dobbins | Script Shop Episode 007

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"'He's the marshal you are looking for, ...unless he's looking for you!"

About Screenwriter Brian Dobbins

Brian Dobbins has had a wide variety of experiences that he draws upon to spin tales of strong characters in unusual situations. He has written screenplays, scripts, novels, short stories, graphic novels, magazine articles, etc. His work represents different genres such as Urban Fantasy, Witchcraft, Detective, and Western.

His first screenplay, A Dead Husband In A Western Town, was shot in 2015 and was released by Ruthless Films (in association with Garnet Films) in April of 2017 as Western World.

Brian lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is currently working on his first TV series, second feature screenplay, sixth novel, and any other projects he can squeeze in and still retain some semblance of sanity..

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Holdup | Chris Pinner | Script Shop Episode 006

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"'Chris is irresponsible and unmotivated, and is having a pretty bad day. But after losing his job, and finding himself in awkward crime, he’ll find friendship in the most unlikeliest of places."

About Screenwriter Chris Pinner

Chris Pinner is a guy from New Orleans who’s currently living in Chicago. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and has found himself always working on various art and writing projects.

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Concrete Jungle | Ron Podell | Script Shop Episode 005

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"'Mean Streets' as if inspired by Springsteen. The narrator, speaking in poem, guides this story of street hustlers and the downtrodden doing what they can to survive in the concrete jungle."

About Screenwriter Ron Podell

Ron Podell is a screenwriter who resides in Laramie, Wyoming. To date, Podell has written four feature screenplays and 14 short screenplays, three of which have been produced. He is currently executive producing one of his short scripts called "All Tapped Out," a Hitchcock-like mystery thriller. His scripts have won 60 top awards at films festivals/screenwriting contests, along with too many nominations/script finalist statuses to count.

Podell is included in the book, titled “Top 50 Indie Writers in the World,” that was released in early 2017 through Apple iTunes. He was named Writer of the Year at the 2016 Action on Film International Film Festival and was nominated for the Randall Greenland Screenwriter of the Year at the 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival. He served as a panelist for the “Screenplay Contests – Paths to Recognition and Production” seminar at the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles. He is a member of the WGAW Independent Writers Caucus.

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Something Missing | Gabriel Lang | Script Shop Episode 004

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“Martin Railsback is no ordinary thief.  Not only is he a little OCD, and a bit of a germaphobe, he mostly acquires groceries and household items with the occasional diamond earring or silver serving tray to sell on eBay.  Oh, and he steals from the same people over and over again whom he refers to as 'clients.'

Even though Martin is a bit of a loner, he finds himself getting involved in some of his clients' lives and improving them for the better and in turn helping him become a better person."

About Screenwriter Gabriel Lang

After living and working in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York City, Gabriel Lang currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was born and raised.  You can check out more about him at  (That's the website for the very important film and television production company he started with his friend, Emily.)  

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Nasty | Sean Patrick Leonard | Script Shop Episode 003

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“On the night of their monthly book club, 6 friends are reeling from the effects of the new administration and the Women's March that followed soon after. On this particular night these women decide to take things into their own hands.”

About Screenwriter Sean Patrick Leonard

Born and bred on Chicago's Northside, Sean has been a professional writer, actor and producer for the past 20 plus years. As a writer he recently won Best Short Screenplay for Rockabye at the 2017 Twister Alley International Film Festival and was a Finalist at the 2016 Austin Revolution Film Festival and the 2017 Windy City International Film Festival. NASTY marks his second screenplay going to camera. His next writing projects are a short screenplay which has been completed and is in production talks called Meanwhile... and his first feature screenplay, which is still in process called Swing.

As an Actor he was honored to be in the Jeff Award winning Incident on Run 1217 with Factory Theatre. He has been featured in Machine Gun Preacher, Chicago Justice and Chicago Fire. He has been seen in various features and short films including the multi award winning The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man. His next acting project is with the super talented Fatal Funnel Films whose Cellar Door won him Best Supporting Actor also at the 2017 @Twister Alley Film Festival. He will be starring in their first feature film later next year. Last year he created Crash of Rhinos to produce film and TV projects here in Chicago.

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The Goldenhill Fortune | Michael Peake | Script Shop Episode 002

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“When a stranger from the past comes to Wilber and Reginald Goldenhill, the two brothers relive a childhood they never knew had.”

About Screenwriter Michael Peake

"The aspect of writing and producing my own films came out of the desire to act in things that I wanted to push myself in. I was getting decent roles, but nothing that really felt satisfying. So I took some advice from another local filmmaker and started writing roles for myself."

-From interview with One Film Fan

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