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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 www.importantholdings.com.  (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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Skinner | Leah Watson | Script Shop Episode 001

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“A gentle young man struggles to survive in the ranks of a brutal post-apocalyptic gang, but when the gang diverts from an evening of ghost stories to prey upon a lone young woman, he discovers that real monsters are found in the most unexpected places and unspeakable horrors may hold the key to his redemption.”

About Screenwriter Leah Watson

Originally from Denver Colorado, Leah started performing and creating as soon as she could walk. In the last 10 years she has cultivated her craft at Denver School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The School at Steppenwolf, and University of Colorado.  

In 2015, after a transition to Los Angeles, she stumbled upon The Choreography House, an elite pole dance training facility in North Hollywood, and had the extraordinary privilege of training in the aerial arts with Kelly Yvonne.    

Whether writing, acting, dancing, or producing her primary passion is storytelling.

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Script available upon request by emailing l.watsonprod@gmail.com

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