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Article: 2017 Diversity Film & Script Showcase

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2017 Diversity Film & Script Showcase

The Diversity Showcase recognizes stories in any genre that feature a creator, or a story about a lead character, from an under-represented community.


2017 WINNERS (SCREENPLAY)


HALFWAY HOME

by David J Schroeder

Genre: Drama | True Story

Logline: A young man’s Ivy League scholarship is interrupted by a paralyzing accident and community service as a live-in supervisor in a halfway house for the mentally disabled.

Bio: Born in the small-town of Gloversville at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, David Schroeder was forever imprinted with its beauty. At 18, a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a diving accident resulted in a long accomplished journey beginning in Miami, Florida and the University of Miami where he wrote his thesis under the direction of Nobel Laureate, I.B. Singer and earned a M.A. in American Literature. Immediately after, he took a position at Miami-Dade College, where presently, he is a full professor teaching composition, creative writing and screenwriting.

In 2001, he received the Peter H. Clayton Endowed Teaching Chair for teaching excellence. The journey also included 13 medals in the National Wheelchair games, a world record in the wheelchair marathon, a six-time member of the US Disabled Sailing Team, and circumnavigating Manhattan in a kayak. Free-lance writing included magazine features, technical writing, and most recently screenwriting.

He has studied with Paul Lazaurus (WEST WORLD) and Tom Musca (STAND & DELIVER). Since 2010, six different scripts have won ‘Best Screenplay’ 57 times in different contests. Schroeder’s first production/screenplay short film, THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, has premiered in 9 countries, screened in over 84 festivals, and won 66 Best Awards in the past year. The screenplay HALFWAY HOME is the beginning of the journey.

Contact: djschro@aol.com

IMDb resume: www.imdb.com/name/nm5665873/resume

Facebook:www.facebook.com/david.j.schroeder.9


MIXED

by Chris Moore

Genre: Comedy

Logline: A mixed-race family navigates identity issue and stigmas living in a San Diego suburb.

Bio: Chris Moore grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Accra, Ghana to complete high school. He moved back to Baltimore, Maryland for college and worked as a copywriter for an ad agency before attending film school at Chapman University.

Contact: chris84@ymail.com


2017 WINNER (FILM)


VARIABLE

written & directed by Chris Valenziano

produced by Maurice Whitfield, Ryann Graye and Veronica Pettiford

Genre: Science Fiction

Logline: A scientist working to discover the secrets of time travel gets a visit from a familiar face — himself, one day in the future. Now, he must follow his mysterious alter ego on a mission to correct the timeline he has created, forcing him to decide between himself, his family and the future.

Bio: Chris Valenziano (Writer/Director) and Maurice Whitfield (Filmmaker/Producer) met about 1 year before the film’s release to discuss a way to shine a light on diverse, young, talented actors while depicted real-life relationships and add the fun of Sci-Fi and fantasy into the mix. Both have worked in tv and film for over 10 years and have had a blast working on this piece.

Official Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO7u7WDG5XM

Maurice Whitfield on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Smoovmo9


2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


4 LAYERS OF LIFE by Kershawnna Tylor

A NEW IDEA ABOUT AN OLD IDEA by Valerie Rose

ALL-AMERICAN by Samuel J. Narayan

AT THE MERCY OF FAITH by Samuel Lee Taylor

BACK STABBER by Ryan Zamo and Jordan Fraser

CAN I SELL YOU A DREAM? by Tyrin Darius

DOWNTOWN BROWNS by Tonia Beglari, Jazmin Garcia, Emilia Yang, Michelle Jackson and Allison Comrie

HOPE SESSIONS by Valerie Rose

INTENSIVE SUPERVISION by Elwood Scales

MIMICS by Marc Harris

PAPER GAME by Raymond McCann

SHINE YOUR EYES by Clint Pearson

SHUT UP & TWIRL by Draven Gonzalez

STELLAR DRIFT by Anthony Moore

THE EXPERIMENT by Jeffrey Allen Russel and Lynda Lemberg

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR by Ira Farmer, Alex Tello & Sam Tello

THE PINK VISITOR by Valerie Rose, Samantha Elayne and Amanda Yates

THE TRIANGLEHEADS by Valerie Rose

THICKER THAN WATER by Nickigh Jackson

WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN by Alvin Taylor

YOU GOTTA DANCE by Bryant Daluz