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WONDER DRUG Advanced to Academy Nicholl Semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/20/19

Caitlin McCarthy has advanced into the Semifinal Round of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting! Her script, WONDER DRUG, is one of only 149 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.

  

All Semifinalists will be included in the Nicholl contact list that is forwarded in the fall to agents, development executives, managers, and producers who request it.

 

The Finalists should be announced by early September.

Big Article About Nicholl QFs!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/17/19

The Worcester, MA Sunday Telegram has a big article about Caitlin McCarthy advancing to the Academy Nicholl quarterfinals. Read the article HERE.

SFs in Women In Film and The Black List Writing Labs 2019 Feature Residency

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/30/19

A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy reached the semifinals of the Women In Film and The Black List Writing Labs 2019 Feature Residency. Learn more HERE.


Big News re: 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/25/19

WONDER DRUG just advanced to the Quarterfinal Round in the prestigious Academy Nicholl competition!

A NATIVE LAND also placed among the Top 10% of all 7,302 entries, but was shy of the total score needed to crack the Quarterfinal Round.


Tributes to Ann McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 06/25/19

Author and actor John Buffalo Mailer shared a heartfelt remembrance about Ann McCarthy. Click HERE.

Actress Juliet Landau wrote a lovely public message. Click HERE.

Jim Forbes, producer and "voice" of VH1's "Behind The Music," also wrote a message. Click HERE.

Remembering Ann McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 06/24/19

Ann (Arseneault) McCarthy, beloved mother of Caitlin McCarthy, passed away on June 16, 2019. Caitlin lovingly wrote her obituary. Click HERE

A NATIVE LAND Advances to QFs in The Film Empire's Diversity Mentorship

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/27/19

A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy has advanced to the Quarterfinals in The Film Empire’s Diversity Mentorship for Screenwriters. Mentors include:

  • Lena Waithe, actress/writer/producer
  • Evan Moore, creative executive, Team Downey
  • Megan Spanjian, Television Packaging at United Talent Agency
  • Michael Lee Peterson, executive, Phoenix Pictures
  • Nina Fiore, executive story editor, “The Handmaid’s Tale"
  • Charlie Wachtel, screenwriter, “BlacKkKlansman”

Stay tuned for details about the next round!

Sisters in Crime New England Blog Post

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/16/19

Check out Caitlin McCarthy's blog post "Say 'Yes' to Screenwriting" on the Sisters in Crime New England website HERE.

A NATIVE LAND Advances to SFs in 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/09/19

A NATIVE LAND just advanced to the Semifinals in the 2019 ScreenCraft Fellowship. Semifinalists were selected from over 2,500 submissions. Up to four emerging TV or film screenwriters will receive the ScreenCraft Fellowship, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, lodging at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to studio executives, literary agents, and producers including Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and more. Fingers crossed for the next round.

IDOL TALK Reaches Finals for Eric Hoffer Book Award

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/08/19

IDOL TALK, featuring an essay about Duran Duran by Caitlin McCarthy, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award (an international competition that honors independently published books of exceptional merit). Nominees are judged by independent panels covering 18 different categories. IDOL TALK was “Short Story/Anthology.” Finalists represent less than 10 percent of nominees. 

FREE SKATE named Finalist for 2019 Athena Film Festival LA TV Lab

by Caitlin McCarthy on 04/17/19

FREE SKATE by Caitlin McCarthy has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Athena Film Festival LA TV Lab, hosted in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS).

A NATIVE LAND Advances to QFs in 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

by Caitlin McCarthy on 04/13/19

Caitlin McCarthy's thriller A NATIVE LAND has advanced to the Quarterfinals in the 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, out of over 2,500 submissions. Up to four emerging TV or film screenwriters will receive the ScreenCraft Fellowship, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, lodging at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and a week of meetings, mentorship and personal introductions to studio executives, literary agents, managers, and producers including Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and more. Stay tuned for the next round.

IDOL TALK event this May

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/30/19

"IDOL TALK: A Magical Memory Tour of Teen Idols": May 10 & 11, 8 pm, at Firehouse Center for the Arts. Featuring readings from IDOL TALK (including Caitlin McCarthy’s essay about Duran Duran), with IDOL-related dance numbers created and performed by the acclaimed Exit Dance Company. Buy your tickets HERE.

Upcoming Talk at Emerson College

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/26/19

Caitlin McCarthy will give a 1.5 hour presentation and Q&A about screenwriting to a BFA film class in Emerson College's Visual & Media Arts Department on March 27, 2019.

Interview with Women In Film New England

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/22/19

Check out Caitlin McCarthy's interview with Women In Film New England HERE.

A NATIVE LAND Moves to Semifinals in Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/17/19

A NATIVE LAND has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition! The semifinalist list represents the top 10% of all submissions. Click HERE for more details.

A NATIVE LAND Makes Quarterfinals in Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/07/19

A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy 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. Stay tuned for more updates.

A NATIVE LAND named Official Selection at 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/07/19

The screenplay for A NATIVE LAND by Caitlin McCarthy has been named an Official Selection of the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival! Stay tuned for more updates. 

Film Powered

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/27/19

Big news re: Film Powered (which is now being relaunched as Glass Elevator). Caitlin McCarthy has a profile on the website.

Quote: "Level Forward, a female-led studio founded in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein misconduct allegations, is backing an effort to break Hollywood’s glass ceiling by getting more women hired for jobs at studios and on film and television productions. The New York- and Los Angeles-based company, launched a year ago by Abigail Disney and 'First Reformed' production company Killer Content, said Saturday that it has acquired a 50% stake in Film Powered, a free website that seeks to connect experienced women with job opportunities in the entertainment industry.... Film Powered’s network numbers more than 3,000 women in entertainment, including executives, performers and crew members, the firm says. Level Forward said it aims to develop new revenue streams for the service and expand the site with new features to help women find jobs and employers find female talent."

Click HERE to read the entire Los Angeles Times article.

2018 Year in Review

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/15/18

Hi everyone,

 

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:

 

January:

February: 

  • 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.

March:  

April:

May: 

  • RESISTANCE reached the Top 3 of The Film Empire’s inaugural “Fempire” Screenwriting Contest.
  • The Black List tweeted support for A NATIVE LAND: https://twitter.com/theblcklst/status/994019317724336128
  • 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. 

July:

August:

September:

  • Out of thousands of entries, A NATIVE LAND advanced to the 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Quarterfinals.

November:

  • 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!

Caitlin


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