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)
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.
IMDb resume: www.imdb.com/name/nm5665873/resume
by Chris Moore
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.
2017 WINNER (FILM)
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