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2017 Screenwriting Contest Results

Grand Prize Winner

Getaway by Joshua Paul Johnson & Jamie Napoli

Joshua Paul Johnson is a writer, director, and sound editor working between Los Angeles and Albuquerque.

In 2014 he wrote the screenplay for the short film Tomorrow, which has screened at 27 festivals worldwide. It won the Audience Award for Best Overall Short Film at the 17th FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival, as well as the Best Student Film Award at the Desperado LGBT Film Festival.

He won the Best Editing Award at the 2014 Women’s Independent Film Festival for his work as co-editor on the documentary Wheels: An American Dream (dir. Sara Joe Wolansky) as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound at the 2016 First Look Film Festival for the DGA award winning short The Lost City of Tomorrow (dir. Auden Bui.)

Recently, he completed a two year undertaking as Associate Supervising Sound Editor on the National Geographic feature documentary Jane (2018, dir. Brett Morgen) about the life of primatologist Jane Goodall.

The screenplay Getaway is his second feature collaboration with co-writer Jamie Napoli.

He holds an MFA in Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and BA in Economics from the University of Iowa.

Occasionally, he enjoys snuggling with his sassy orange tabby cat “Chief Marge Gunderson.”

Jamie Napoli is a writer and director from the exotic state of New Jersey. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent his days writing screenplays, directing short films, binging the “mind-bending,” “foreign,” “quirky romance,” and “steamy thriller” categories on Netflix, and rowing crew. Unfortunately, this left very little time for actual schoolwork, so there was no six-figure Wall Street job waiting for him at graduation.

Instead, Jamie moved to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, he produced the science fiction short film Limitless Potential, which premiered at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and directed the dramatic short film Still in San Pedro, which premiered at the USC First Look Film Festival. He was selected by USC and James Franco to co-write a feature film adaptation of Don Quixote, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Jamie continues to co-write feature screenplays and original television pilots with Joshua Paul Johnson, and he is preparing to direct a proof of concept short film for 2017 Script Pipeline winner Getaway.

 

Runner Up

End of Life by Ashley Locher

First published at the tender age of twelve, Ashley Locher has been writing since she could spell. As she matured, her obsession with procedurals (such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) led Ashley to attain a degree in Forensic Psychology from Saint Louis University.

Following graduation, however, Ashley threw away her diploma and decided to trade country roads for golden shores. Currently residing in Los Angeles, she is mere months away from receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Feature Film Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University.

Over the last two years, Ashley has interned at production companies such as Mythology Entertainment (Brad Fischer), Grand Electric (Eric Newman), and The Combine (Jeremy Renner).

As a writer, Ashley gravitates toward dark comedy and drama. As a human, she gravitates toward wine and dogs.

 

Finalists

Chimera by Jen Badasci & Christopher Allan Poe
Cult-De-Sac by Charles Stulck
Devil’s Fork by Jordan Galland
Dogtown by Michael Sloane
End of Life by Ashley Locher
Getaway by Joshua Paul Johnson & Jamie Napoli
Nix by Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller
Stella and Marlon by Julia Batavia
The Lucky Ones Drowned by J. Scott Goldberg & Brian Shin
The Way Out Is Through by Tyler Theofilos

Semifinalists

A Cowboy and an Angel by Conor Walsh
A Wonderful World by Geoffrey Uhl
Anaphora by Elliot Glass
Bandits, Bullets and a Whole Lotta Bad! by Phillip Rogers
Big Future Ahead by Rick Mashburn
Blood Crawl by William Klazura
Chimera by Jen Badasci & Christopher Allan Poe
Concrete Blonde by Cameron Beyl
Cult-De-Sac by Charles Stulck
Devil’s Fork by Jordan Galland
Dogtown by Michael Sloane
End of Life by Ashley Locher
Exile by Roxanne Conrad
Fathom by Christopher Blum
Fear God by Silvia Arribas-Mantelli
Fellow Man by Brian Smolensky
Getaway by Joshua Paul Johnson & Jamie Napoli
Glitches by Kelly Byrnes
Hide Your Fires by Brianna Janes
Hollow Body by Alex Keledjian
Money & Other Love Stories by Jennifer Abbott
Nix by Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller
No Man’s Land by Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey R. Field
Persephone by Mia Farmer
Play Dirty by Jeff York
Race the Dead by Patrick Roche
Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared by Cylin Busby & Nanci Katz
Red Velvet by Tom Radovich
Stella and Marlon by Julia Batavia
The Crying Man by Walker Hare
The Fishbowl by Paul Clarke
The Kevin by Charles Fisher
The Lucky Ones Drowned by J. Scott Goldberg & Brian Shin
The Way Out Is Through by Tyler Theofilos
Unseen by Stuart Flack
Wendigo by Michael Langer
Zoey Ramone by Steven Boltz

Quarterfinalists

A Cowboy and an Angel by Conor Walsh
A Day In Another Life by Mark Jacobsen
A Dirty Little Coup by Margaret Riseley
A Soldier’s Mission by Erica Mountain
A Wonderful World by Geoffrey Uhl
Accidentally by Mallory Carra
Adam² by Dennis Luu
Anaphora by Elliot Glass
Bandits, Bullets and a Whole Lotta Bad! by Phillip Rogers
Be Normal by Joanna Benecke
Between Kings and Queens by Max Schloner
Big Future Ahead by Rick Mashburn
Blood Crawl by William Klazura
Blood on the Gold by Dennis DeBon
Blue Sun, Yellow Sky by Farahday Morgan
Cat Traps in the Garden by Julian Barnett
Children of Pan by Candela Echenique
Chimera by Jen Badasci & Christopher Allan Poe
Clean Plate Club by Margaret Maloney
Concrete Blonde by Cameron Beyl
Concrete Jungle by Lee Ross
Crave by Ariel Ehrlich
Cult-De-Sac by Charles Stulck
D.R.T. – A Love Story by Melissa Emery
Daffodil by Nikai Johnson
Daffodil by Christina Wollerman
Dago Harlem by Chris Caleo
Dancing in the White Room by David Sabbath
Darkness in Tenement 45 by Nicole Groton
Dead, But Whatever by Boris Coll
Détente, Ohio by Ernie Altbacker
Devil’s Delights by Nickolas & Toni Shepherd
Devil’s Fork by Jordan Galland
Do You Take This Man? by Rebecca Fink
Dogtown by Michael Sloane
Echelon Park by Patrick C. Bowden
End of Life by Ashley Locher
Exile by Roxanne Conrad
Fathom by Christopher Blum
Fear God by Silvia Arribas-Mantelli
Fellow Man by Brian Smolensky
Flyover State by Sarah Tither-Kaplan
Getaway by Joshua Johnson
Glitches by Kelly Byrnes
Go Heavy by Kristina Lyons
Guns and Gods by Taylor Haisch
Heaven Sent by Jade Syed-Bokhari
Hidden Monsters by Kristen Batko
Hide Your Fires by Brianna Janes
Hollow Body by Alex Keledjian
Iron Maidens by John Smith
Kennedy Space Center by Dennis Luu
Kevin Christ by Robert Lundgren
Let’s Kill D.B. Cooper by Mark Price
Life on a Leash by Dru Miller
Lifelike by Lisa Steen
Little Bird by Julie Wittrock
Lovecraft by Philip Kreyche
Mad Jack by Jeremy Christensen
Mad Jack by Kelsey Nicklaw & James Kendall
Martyr by Scott Pittock
Medicine Show by Christina Wollerman
Meet Me in the Woods by W. Spencer Janes
Miss Diagnosis by Derek Dubois
Money & Other Love Stories by Jennifer Abbott
Most Wanted by Brad Crowe
Mr. Moon by Michael Langer
Next Gen by Carolyn Kras
Nix by Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller
No Man’s Land by Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey R. Field
North Channel by Michael Davis
Par 3 by Todd Scheiperpeter
Persephone by Mia Farmer
Play Dirty by Jeff York
Race the Dead by Patrick Roche
Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared by Cylin Busby & Nanci Katz
Red Velvet by Tom Radovich
Sovereign Citizen by Craig Peters
Stella and Marlon by Julia Batavia
Summer’s Snow by Phillip Hughes
The Alternate by Dennis Luu
The Bullshit Boys by Nickolas & Toni Shepherd
The Crying Man by Walker Hare
The Experiment by Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel
The Extraordinary Ordinary by Natalie Rodriguez
The Fishbowl by Paul Clarke
The G.O.A.T. by Sid Grey
The Kevin by Charles Fisher
The Lucky Ones Drowned by J. Scott Goldberg & Brian Shin
The Mars Generation by Alyson Nicholas
The Royal Pains by Julia Bergeron
The Slide by Dennis Luu
The Way Out Is Through by Tyler Theofilos
Till Death Do Us Part by Michael Davis
Trick Roller by Erik Shill
Tweed by Darren Ursino
Unbalanced by Craig Cambria
Unseen by Stuart Flack
Wendigo by Michael Langer
What Rough Beast by Kranti Pally
X-Ray by Thomas Ecobelli
Zoey Ramone by Steven Boltz