Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell serves as chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC - a motion picture consulting company where she works with international filmmakers and studios. She writes about film and screenwriting for SydneysBuzz,Script Magazine, and other publications. Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College, SUNY, and presents international seminars. Her films are in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection and archives, were included in the Whitney Museum Biennial and screened in many festivals worldwide.
Name: Susan Kouguell
Lives in: New York City, New York
Company: Su-City Pictures East, LLC
Occupation: Film/theatre Journalist, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Author
Unique traits: Screenwriting and film consultant with over 1,000 clients worldwide. Music background: Violist. Wrote choral texts for composer Alvin Singleton, which were performed with major symphony orchestras and chorus.
Rum and Coke
Film (Comedy and Romance) Associate Producer Linda is a bright, confident and independent daughter of Cuban immigrants who has vowed to stay away from all Latino men. She has a safe, comfortable relationship with her average, self-absorbed boyfriend, Steve. Her passionless life is all planned until she meets Jose, a handsome, aggressive and charming firefighter, who woos her back to her roots and proves love is a risk... and so is learning to dance Salsa! Written by Anonymous
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TV Movie (Drama) Script Consultant Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild breakdown, and Richard dutifully tries to restore their family unit as best he knows how by hiring a 'Mother's Helper', Elizabeth (Sedgwick). Chase is broken, and wickedly caustic towards Elizabeth, until they discover each other's similarities. A strong relationship develops, affecting their personal and familial salvation, and destruction. Written by Lew Jacobs <email@example.com>
El silencio de Neto
Film (Drama) Script Consultant A boy struggles against his stifling family life during the 1954 Guatemala coup.
Film (Comedy and Drama) Post-production consultant A struggling writer (Glover) steals poems written by his mute friend to achieve fame and fortune.
Film (Crime, Documentary and Mystery) Consultant This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers and living together in isolation from the rest of society until William's death. A police investigation and Medical Examiner's autopsy suggested that Bill may not have died from natural causes and Delbert was arrested on charges of Second-Degree Murder. Under questioning by police, Delbert appears to have waived his rights and signed a confession, but this film suggests that he may not have been competent to do so. The film explores possible motives for the crime, from 'mercy-killing' (Bill was ill at the time) to progressively more bizarre hypotheses. It also shows how residents of the rural community of Munnsville, NY rallied to the support of one of their own residents (previously considered a social outcast), against what they felt were intrusive 'big-city' police and District Attorney tactics. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
The Suicide Club
Film (Drama and Thriller) Writer A woman traumatized by her brother's suicide is inducted into a world of games involving murder.
...And the Pursuit of Happiness
TV Movie (Documentary) Production Coordinator, Research, Crew After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film includes interviews with migrant workers and illegal entrants along the Mexican border, conversations with an enterprising Indian motel owner, coverage of industrious African and Asian families in the cities, an extensive interview with the first Costa Rican astronaut, visits with Cuban exiles in Miami, several conversations with West Indian poet Derek Walcott, an extended portrait of the deposed Nicaraguan General Samoza (the surviving brother of Anastasio Somoza Debayle) and his extended family. The film finishes with a brief visit to the Russian Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY to tie in with the centenary of the Statue of Liberty. Written by Maple-2
Where the Rivers Flow North
Film by Jay Craven Associate Producer
The MacDowell Colony Film/Screenwriting Fellow
Jerome Foundation Grant
New York Foundation for the Arts grant
Edward Albee Foundation
Brooklyn Arts & Cultural grants
Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS)
Top Prize Bucks County Film Festival
Top Prize Berlin Interfilm
Top Prize Marburg Film Festival
Top Prize Baltimore International Film Festival
SUNY at Purchase College (Purchase, NY)
Whitney Independent Study Program