Much Ado About Everything

Much Ado About Everything

WONDER DRUG advances to finals in Richmond Int'l Film Fest Script Comp

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/14/18

WONDER DRUG is a finalist in the Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Winner TBA.

WONDER DRUG makes SFs in Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/13/18

WONDER DRUG just made the Semifinals in the Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Next round TBD.

WONDER DRUG makes QFs in Richmond Int'l Film Fest Script Comp

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/12/18

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 Black List gives WONDER DRUG another high rating

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/12/18

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."

The Black List continues to give WONDER DRUG high scores

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/06/18

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 makes Semifinals in Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Comp

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/05/18

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 reaches finals in George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/02/18

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.

Another high score from The Black List

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/31/18

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."

The Black List promoting WONDER DRUG on Twitter

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/30/18

The prestigious Black List tweeted about WONDER DRUG, promoting it to entertainment industry members as highly rated and one to read. Click HERE to read the tweet. 

WONDER DRUG makes QFs in Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Comp

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/29/18

WONDER DRUG has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition! The quarterfinalist list represents the top 20% of all submissions in their feature film, television pilot, and short film categories.

This was an unprecedented year for them. They received over 1,000 screenplays in total, double the submission numbers from any year previous.

In addition, this year marks their first ever partnership with ScreenCraft, a premiere screenwriting competition, consultation, and editorial organization. They're working together to present the Screencraft Writer’s Summit for the first time at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival.

Stay tuned for the next round!

WONDER DRUG scores a 9 on The Black List

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/23/18

WONDER DRUG got a 9 out of 10 from The Black List. Fewer than 5% of scripts hosted on The Black List receive an overall score of 8 or higher. 

VIRTUAL VIDA reaches 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship Quarterfinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/08/18

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.

2017 Year in Review

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/10/17

Hi everyone,

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!

Caitlin

www.caitlinmccarthy.com

Oaxaca FilmFest Gives RESISTANCE Glowing Review

by Caitlin McCarthy on 11/25/17

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 Advances to Next Round

by Caitlin McCarthy on 11/25/17

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.

WONDER DRUG on Oscars website

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/21/17

Caitlin McCarthy's name appears on the Oscars website. Her screenplay WONDER DRUG was a Semifinalist in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Women's Media Summit White Paper Addressing Gender Inequity in U.S. Entertainment

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/21/17

Caitlin McCarthy was part of the inaugural Women’s Media Summit that led to this white paper.

THE WOMEN’S MEDIA SUMMIT PRESENTS A WHITE PAPER ADDRESSING GENDER INEQUITY IN U.S. ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA AND LAUNCHES TWO NEW PROGRAMS: THE WOMEN’S MEDIA ACTION COALITION (WeMac) and GRADE MY MOVIE, A NEW ONLINE CONSUMER TOOL

September 20, 2017 – Provincetown, MA – The Women’s Media Summit, a group of over 100 thought leaders from various industries today issued a white paper that outlines an action plan for eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media. This white paper lays out the persistent problem of gender inequality in entertainment media and provides a practical action plan to achieve equal representation of women behind the scenes and on the screen in film, television, and streaming platforms. Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and green-lighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television.

Caroline Heldman, co-author of the white paper said: “A lot of smart people have been working on gender injustice in entertainment media for decades, but progress has been slow and stagnant in recent years. This White Paper provides the blueprint for a new national movement to demand an equal seat at the table for women in entertainment media.”

This white paper was generated through the collective effort of over 100 thought leaders from various industries who came together in Provincetown, MA in April of 2017 for the Women’s Media Summit. Attendees brought their expertise as directors, producers, writers, professors, non-profit leaders, political representatives, attorneys, and corporate CEOs. Together, they gained a shared understanding of the barriers to gender justice in entertainment media and brainstormed effective strategies for knocking them down.

Keynote Speaker Alysia Reiner said: “The Women's Media Summit was so deeply powerful because we came together as a community of women and created The White Paper, our plan of action: unique solutions with time frames and specific goals, including the funding and marketing, and tax breaks for content made by women. As an actress and producer who loves hiring other women and breaking both statics and status quo, I love that we are helping create an actual system to reward those choices.”

Summit participants identified seven strategies for gender justice in media: 1) litigation against gender discriminatory practices; 2) lobbying policymakers at the federal level to address persistent gender discrimination in entertainment media; 3) tax credits to encourage the hiring of more female filmmakers; 4) development of a financing network for female filmmakers; 5) development of a promotion fund to advertise films made by women; 6) development of a marketing campaign to educate the public about the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood; and 7) development of a consumer campaign to encourage viewers to vote with their dollars for gender equity.

Christine Walker, Summit producer and co-author of the white paper said: “Efforts are already underway to run a concerted campaign using litigation, legislation, and consumer activism to pressure the industry to do the right thing by hiring more women behind the scenes and featuring more and better female characters in film, television, and streaming media.”

Two new programs were created in the wake of the Summit: the Women’s Media Action Coalition (WeMac), a coalition to oversee implementation of the seven strategies (WeMac.org), and GradeMyMovie.com, a tool for consumers to reward films with crews that include women and people of color in key storytelling positions. This white paper is the blueprint for a new national movement to achieve gender justice in entertainment media. The stories and images in media are influential in shaping virtually every aspect of our lives, and it is vitally important for women to take their rightful place as equal participants to and contributors in our cultural narrative.

Maria Giese, Summit Co-Chair and co-author of the white paper said: “Hollywood has kept women filmmakers shut out for decades because it is allowed to self-regulate and faces no effective oversight body. Now is the time to stop relying on inside-industry solutions and demand the opportunity for equal participation in our nation’s cultural narrative.”

To download the white paper, click HERE.

The Women’s Media Summit is an annual event held in Provincetown, MA and hosted by the Provincetown Film Society. For more information about the Women’s Media Summit, go to www.womensmediasummit.com.

For footage from the summit, go to Women's Media Summit Video.

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Oaxaca FilmFest Official Selection and Nominations

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/05/17

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 advances to Academy Nicholl Semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/16/17

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).

WONDER DRUG makes finals for Stowe Story Labs

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/01/17

WONDER DRUG is a New England Film fellowship finalist for the Stowe Story Labs. For more info, click HERE.


Photographer: Stacey Doyle