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Max Adams has worked on multiple produced feature film projects including Excess Baggage, The Ladykillers, and One for the Money. She is the recipient of a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and of Austin Film Festival's feature film screenwriting award. She is the author of The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide (Academy of Film Writing). She has lectured at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Austin Film Festival, Film Arts Foundation, USC, and the New York Film Academy. She holds a BFA in Film from the University of Utah.
James Bosley wrote the feature screenplay Fun, adapted from his stage play of the same name, which was released commercially and played at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals and for which he was nominated for an IFP Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. His plays have been staged at the MCC Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Emerging Artists, UP Theater, the Williamstown Theatre Fringe Festival, and many theaters abroad in a variety of translations. He is artistic director of UP Theater Company. He has taught at Manhattan College, the Broadway Theater Institute, and Long Island University. He holds a BA from Queens College and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University.
Raven Burnett has written (or collaborated on) numerous feature and short screenplays, including The Eel, which is included on the prestigious Blacklist. He has been a staff writer on the web series Behind the Byte and the head writer for Lakoo Games. He is a co-founder of the 48NYC theater festival and was a resident playwright/director at the Idiom Theater. He holds a BA from Western Washington University and an MFA in Film Production from Columbia University.
wrote the feature screenplay One Crash, Thee Accidents, published in Scenario magazine. His screenplays have won the NYU Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the Lew Wasserman Award for Best Comedy, and the National Student Screenplay Competition, and he was chosen for a fellowship by the American Film Institute. He authored the chapter on Tone/Theme in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He has taught at NYU and Dartmouth College. He holds a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.
Tommy Jenkins wrote the short film "Come Back to the Five and Dime Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton," which won Best Comedy at the Polo Ralph Lauren/New Line Columbia Film Festival, and his short film "Obit" has been screened at several film festivals. He authored a chapter on Plot in Gotham's book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA), and he is the author of Movie Trivia Quiz Book and The TV Trivia Book (Barnes & Noble). He has taught at Columbia University. He holds a BA from UNC at Chapel Hill and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Doug Katz wrote and directed the feature film, Life in the Food Chain, which won the Focus Award from Eastman-Kodak for Best Screenplay and a Gold Medal at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. He is also a writer and director for the critically acclaimed children's series Alphabet Factory and has worked on projects for HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and Trident Releasing. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, the American Film Institute, and the Kennedy Center. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University.
wrote the animated feature film Baldy Heights (Bleiberg Entertainment/Pitchipoy Productions), and the TV drama In the Prime of Her Life, which aired on Israel’s public broadcasting station. She has written short films that have been shown at festivals around the world, from the Cannes International Film Festival to the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. She has served as story editor on TV shows in development with Sony, ABC, and Happy Madison. She has taught at Columbia University and the New York Independent Film Workshop. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Vanessa King is East Coast Development Consultant for Critical Content TV Studios, and her drama pilot Deliver US won the Grand Prize in the Script Chix/ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition. Her screenplays have been finalists in the Final Draft Big Break Contest, the Great American Screenplay Competition, and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, among many others, as well as named to the Diversity List. She won the Young Playwright’s Distinction Award and the Off-Off Broadway Audience Favorite Award. She has performed numerous times as an invited storyteller at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade. She has taught at Staffordshire University and the New York City Screenwriters’ Co-Op. She holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.
wrote the screenplay for the dramatic film Shift, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and aired on PBS nationwide, and he has developed feature films with Automatic Pictures and Archer Entertainment. He has written for Butterbean’s Café (Nickelodeon), and writes animated science mysteries for Mosa Mack Science, an award-winning middle-school science curriculum. He reported and wrote The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar, a one-hour documentary for the NPR radio show This American Life, and is the co-author of the book based on that documentary, A Case for Solomon (Free Press). He authored the chapter on Scene in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He holds a BA from Oberlin College.
Nelsie Spencer is the author of the novel The Playgroup, (St. Martin’s Press), and the feature screenplay A Girl's Best Friend. She co-wrote the feature film Valley Inn, which debuted at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. She wrote, produced, and co-hosted the radio show The Radio Ritas, (Greenstone Media). She co-wrote and starred in the play My Heart Belongs To Daddy, produced at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorothy Lyman’s A Director’s Theater in Los Angeles, and at Duke University’s Pre-Broadway series, and her one-woman show Goodbye Cream played at the When I’m 34 Festival in Los Angeles. She studied dance and theater at Orange Coast College, and fiction at The New School.
C.C. Webster wrote the feature film Blue Ball, PA, and her feature script Missing won the American Scandinavian Society’s Cultural Grant. She wrote and directed the short films Tracks, Easter, and Civil War, which played at more than fifty film festivals worldwide. She directed the short film Babies (the F*it Club) and produced the short film Junebug and Hurricane. She is the founder and artistic director of the Drive-In Film Festival, and has worked for several companies in commercial production. She has taught at Brandeis University, Columbia University, and the American Youth Foundation. She holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MA from University College London, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
is the writer and director of the feature film THE VIRAL DEMON (www.TheViralDemonResistanceNetwork.com) and the short films “Shake Things Up,” “Popcorn,” “Skewed,” “Hand Off,” “Big Decisions,” and “Bad Connection.” He has directed numerous commercials, and written and directed numerous plays, including the Off-Broadway musical Little House on the Ferry, and he served as artistic director for Directors ‘n’ Actors Collaborative. He has taught at the New York Film Academy, 3rd Ward Art Center, and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He holds a BFA from NYU.
wrote the feature screenplay, A Modern Affair (distributed by Tara Releasing and In Pictures, video by Columbia Tri-Star). He served as screenwriter-in-residence for Tribe Pictures, and has written screenplays for JEM Entertainment and Primusfilms, among other production companies. His play Pigs and Bugs was originally presented at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Festival, and has subsequently been produced in Los Angeles and Vermont. His one-person play, Reno, was presented in New York City at the West Bank Cafe and subsequently at several other colleges and performance spaces nationwide. He has published fiction in Confrontation Magazine, and he authored the chapter on Character in Gotham's book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He received a playwriting grant from the New York Public Theatre and has taught at Hofstra University and St. John's University. Paul holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.