Much Ado About Everything
The Black List gave A NATIVE LAND a great review. Highlights include: "A NATIVE LAND is a riveting, complex, and engaging crime thriller that takes its time establishing characters we love in a community we care about. The result is an intricate detective story with deep, topical themes and a strong diverse female lead.... the overall story is strong enough to demand interest."
Caitlin McCarthy's essay “Confessions of a Would-Be Duran Duran Groupie” will appear in "IDOL TALK: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives." Release date is June 15, 2018. A summer book tour is in the works. Stay tuned for more details!
Caitlin McCarthy has been accepted into "Approaching Walden," held at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. "Approaching Walden" is a six-day professional development seminar for 25 high school educators and graduate students. The seminar provides teachers with the skills they need to lead their students in a study of their home community. This place-based interdisciplinary workshop uses Henry David Thoreau’s writings and philosophy as a model. Through Thoreau's example of living deliberately, we can learn how to do so in our own communities and pass it along to the next generation.
WONDER DRUG is an Official Selection of the 2018 Richmond International Film & Music Festival. The script will be considered for competition in their FEATURE SCREENPLAY category, along with any Best of nominations it possibly receives from the Grand Jury.
WONDER DRUG is a finalist in the Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Winner TBA.
WONDER DRUG just made the Semifinals in the Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Next round TBD.
Great news! WONDER DRUG just made the Quarterfinals in the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF)'s Screenplay Competition. RIFF, one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic, is expanding to become more like South By Southwest. Click HERE for more details.
The WONDER DRUG screenplay just received another high rating from The Black List. Highlights: "Devastating, timely, and female driven WONDER DRUG is a dizzying display of cover up in America...The roles are juicy enough to begin casting...This is an awards circuit movie if done right so pitching it to the majors is the best bet."
Another high score for the WONDER DRUG screenplay from The Black List. Quote: "Powerful and moving, WONDER DRUG is an original and timely drama that will appeal to a widespread audience. With a fresh concept, this female fronted ensemble piece is sure to draw the attention of A-list talent and big name directors. This script has a strong message, complex characters, high stakes, and a well constructed plot. Certainly deserving of further attention."
WONDER DRUG has advanced to the semifinal round in the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition! The semifinalist list represents the top 10% of all submissions in their feature film, television pilot, and short film categories.
WONDER DRUG has been selected as a finalist for the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Judges will be selecting the winner next week; that winner will be invited to attend the festival and participate in a table read of the winning screenplay. Click HERE for more details.
WONDER DRUG has received another high score from The Black List. Quote: "This script is the kind of story that should be on the market right now. Its nature as a true story and as its prominent roles for women are likely to catch the eye of talent and producers."
Caitlin McCarthy's pilot teleplay "Virtual Vida" is a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division). Her script boasts an inclusive cast with a Puerto Rican female lead.
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!