2018 Year in Reviewby Caitlin McCarthy on 12/15/18
This year was a busy one. The biggest news: WONDER DRUG was selected as a “Featured Script” by The Black List website. It was heavily promoted with a special poster on The Black List website, as well as an email blast to the entertainment industry.
Also, on September 15th, I was honored -- for the 2nd time! -- as the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator. I was recognized for my teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at historic Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony.
Other special moments include:
- The Black List tweeted about WONDER DRUG, promoting it to entertainment industry members as highly rated and one to read:
- DEADLINE KNOWS, a short film that I co-wrote, received an 8.4 out of 10 stars on IMDb. Watch the short film at:
- My pilot teleplay “Virtual Vida” was a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division).
- WONDER DRUG was selected as a finalist in the 2018 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
- WONDER DRUG advanced to the semifinal round in the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
- Worcester Academy wrote an article about my screenwriting and teaching (page 16):
- Regis Today magazine highlighted my screenwriting and teaching in an article:
- The USC Shoah Foundation highlighted the heroine of my screenplay RESISTANCE, Vera Laska. Note Dr. Laska was my professor at Regis College:
- WONDER DRUG won the Richmond International Film & Music Festival’s Grand Jury Award for 2018 Best Feature Screenplay.
- My interview about screenwriting with “What, Why, How”:
- RESISTANCE reached the Top 3 of The Film Empire’s inaugural “Fempire” Screenwriting Contest.
- The Black List tweeted support for A NATIVE LAND:
- RESISTANCE advanced to the Semifinals in the 5th annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, representing approximately the top 10% of submissions received.
- Two of my pilot teleplays – PASS/FAIL and FREE SKATE -- moved on to the second round of deliberation in the 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF)’s Scripts Competition. Only the top 15% of scripts submitted made it to this round of the competition.
- Release party at Newtonville Books for IDOL TALK: WOMEN WRITERS ON THE TEENAGE INFATUATIONS THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES. I participated in a reading with Elizabeth Searle, Marianne Leone, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, among others. Order a copy of the book here (I wrote about Duran Duran):
- IDOL TALK moved up the charts to #4 among McFarland & Company’s book titles.
- A NATIVE LAND was featured on the WRAC 18 List. Go Into The Story (the official screenwriting blog of The Black List) is a big supporter of the WRAC. View the list here:
- Out of thousands of entries, A NATIVE LAND advanced to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Quarterfinals.
- A NATIVE LAND advanced to the semifinals in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition. According to WeScreenplay, “The mission of Diverse Voices is to encourage stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.”
- FREE SKATE advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2018 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition. This year’s jury is comprised of creative executives, coordinators, and development heads at HBO, AMC and Amazon Studios. FREE SKATE was selected from roughly 2,500 submissions.
Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and successful 2019!