Much Ado About Everything
The spotlight turned to my feature screenplays in 2017. The biggest event: WONDER DRUG advancing to the semifinals in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. WONDER DRUG was one of only 151 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round. It is now listed on the Oscars website: http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/ceremonies/2017
Other special moments include:
** January: WONDER DRUG made the 2017 Bitch List. This annual list spotlights the best unproduced screenplays that pass the Bechdel Test and feature strong female characters. Media coverage: www.tracking-board.com/the-bitch-list-2017/
** February: I was named one of the “Top 100 Indie Writers in the World.” Click here to view the write-up: https://tinyurl.com/y78xlsbs
And click here to view media coverage: www.tracking-board.com/launch-pad-alum-caitlin-mccarthy-named-one-of-the-top-100-indie-writers/
** March: Women@Forbes ran a piece about my writing, teaching, and DES activism, entitled "If You Want To Be A Great Writer, Live A Life." Read the article here: www.forbes.com/sites/whitneyjohnson/2017/03/17/if-you-want-be-a-great-writer-live-your-life/#1bc0a2294711
Additionally, my photo and essay about the legendary Ralph's Rock Diner were featured in the Worcester Historical Museum’s exhibit celebrating “Worcester in 50 Objects.” Learn more here: http://www.worcesterin50.com/items/show/32
Also, my essay appeared in the anthology Soap Opera Confidential, available on Amazon. Fellow book contributors include iconic soap star Thorsten Kaye, journalist Leigh Montville, authors Elinor Lipman and Ann Hood, and editors of Soaps in Depth magazine. Order here: https://tinyurl.com/ybadh983
** April: I participated in the inaugural Women’s Media Summit, a three-day think-tank forum designed to solve gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media, made up of a group of over 100 thought leaders from various industries. At this link, you’ll see a picture of me standing behind the "WM" black sign, with my fist raised a la Gloria Steinem. https://blog.womenandhollywood.com/guest-post-a-summary-of-the-inaugural-womens-media-summit-27c031d06f45
** May: I received the "Service To Community" Alumni Award from Regis College for my DES (diethylstilbestrol) activism and writing. This award recognizes an alumna/us who has dedicated and demonstrated service to her/his community and who has distinguished herself/himself by improving the quality of life for others.
** July: A scholarship from the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) enabled me to attend the “Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference: English/Language Arts” at the USHMM.
** August: WONDER DRUG was a New England Film fellowship finalist for the Stowe Story Labs.
** September: The Women’s Media Summit (see April for more details) issued a white paper outlining an action plan for eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media. I’m proud to have been part of the three-day think-tank forum that developed this action plan. To download the white paper, click here: www.dropbox.com/sh/3eykzu0dyharq58/AAA_ozHQCLrva0SqAOSVDADca?dl=0
Also in September, RESISTANCE was named an Official Selection of the 2017 Oaxaca FilmFest; a finalist for “Best Stirring Character"; and a competitor for the main award of “The 2017 Global Script Challenge: Best Overall Script.” Learn more here: https://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/p/resistance
** October: I was included on a "Best Hollywomen" list, right under WONDER WOMAN's Patty Jenkins. Click here: www.pinterest.ie/ScribeVentures/hollywomen-screenwriters/
** November: RESISTANCE advanced to Semifinals in the inaugural Middlebury Script Lab (home of the legendary Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference).
Additionally, Oaxaca FilmFest released a glowing review of the RESISTANCE screenplay. A highlight: "Overall, this was a brisk, engrossing read and we can’t recommend it enough to become a motion picture. It’s a no-brainer for pick-up. The term 'Spielbergian' comes to mind." The Oaxaca FilmFest will soon be adding its review to the RESISTANCE page on IMDb: https://pro-labs.imdb.com/title/tt7664996
** December: Regis College published a feature story in its magazine entitled “The Write Stuff” about my writing, teaching, and DES activism. View photos from the article here: www.facebook.com/CaitlinMcCarthyWriter/posts/1660432290662144
As for 2018, my essay “Confessions of a Would-Be Duran Duran Groupie” will appear in an upcoming anthology about teen idols, edited by Elizabeth Searle and Tamra Wilson (McFarland & Company, 2018).
Right now, I'm finishing up another feature spec – and have high hopes for the completed feature screenplays and teleplays.
Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and new year!
Oaxaca FilmFest wrote a glowing review of the RESISTANCE screenplay by Caitlin McCarthy. A highlight: "Overall, this was a brisk, engrossing read and we can’t recommend it enough to become a motion picture. It’s a no-brainer for pick-up. The term 'Spielbergian' comes to mind." To learn more, click HERE.
RESISTANCE by Caitlin McCarthy has advanced to the second round of selection re: the inaugural Middlebury Script Lab (home of the legendary Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference). Winners to be announced in early December. To learn more, click HERE.
RESISTANCE by Caitlin McCarthy is an Official Selection of the 2017 Oaxaca FilmFest; finalist for “Best Stirring Character"; and competitor for the main award of “The 2017 Global Script Challenge: Best Overall Script.”
WONDER DRUG by Caitlin McCarthy has advanced to the semifinals in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
WONDER DRUG is one of only 151 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round. During the Semifinals, four Academy members, drawn from a variety of branches, will read WONDER DRUG. From 10-to-15 Semifinalists will be selected as Finalists (to be announced in September).
Caitlin McCarthy's screenplay WONDER DRUG has advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. By doing so, WONDER DRUG is one of only 361 entries to emerge from the First Round (with 7,102 scripts entered). Learn more about the Nicholl Fellowship HERE.
Caitlin McCarthy is returning to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) as an Official Artist this October. Her pilot "Pass/Fail" was a previous Finalist in the NYTVF's "Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge." To learn more about the NYTVF, click HERE.
Caitlin McCarthy wrote an essay that appears in the anthology "Soap Opera Confidential," which is getting a shout-out in the latest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth magazine (with "Sexy Spring Spoilers" on cover).
Pick up a copy of CBS Soaps in Depth magazine at your local supermarket -- and order "Soap Opera Confidential" at Amazon today.
This award recognizes an alumna/us who has dedicated and demonstrated service to her/his community and who has distinguished herself/himself by improving the quality of life for others.
As of April 14, 2017, the Amazon sales numbers for Soap Opera Confidential have it in the Top 150 books on Amazon in three different categories! Caitlin McCarthy's essay "A Soapy Life" appears in this book. Have you ordered your copy yet? Click HERE to order.
Caitlin McCarthy wrote an essay about the legendary Ralph's Rock Diner for the Worcester Historical Museum. Her essay and Ralph's photo shoot by
Pure Style Photography are going to be part of the museum's featured exhibit.
A party celebrating this new exhibit, along with the 140th anniversary of the Worcester Historical Museum, will take place on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Details are below.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Our history. Our future.
Toast the 140th anniversary of the incorporation of Worcester Historical Museum as the keepers of our shared past. Look to the future of the past in the exhibition "5O Objects of Worcester History."
Cash bar; hors d'oeuvres. Reservations: 508.753.8278
Cost: Be our guest!
An essay by Caitlin McCarthy will appear in the anthology "Soap Opera Confidential," now available for pre-order on Amazon. Click HERE to order your copy today.
Click HERE to read the article.
Coming in May 2017. Stay tuned for book tour details!
Caitlin McCarthy's essay “A Soapy Life” will be published in "SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of our Lives," edited by Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Stempek Shea (McFarland & Company, May 2017).