TRAI CARTWRIGHT, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and writing and producing specialist. During her 15 years in Los Angeles, Trai consulted on thousands of screenplays for HBO, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, and New Line. She produced three indie movies, and recently produced her first Colorado-based feature. She was assistant director of Leonardo DiCaprio's online ventures, the Hollywood liaison for a massively multi-player online role-playing game company, and made really bad cell phone content for Fox.
As a writer, four of Trai’s screenplays were optioned to Academy and Emmy award-winning producers, and she is currently the screenwriter on Secret Ellington for Main Man Films, and Cheap Cabernet for producer Cathie Beck. A busy writing consultant and editor, she also teaches media producing, creative writing, and screenwriting across the Front Range for colleges, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one. Countless numbers of her clients have gone on to produce, publish, secure representation and place in the top tiers of writing contests.
To help facilitate the education and market mastery of her fellow filmmakers, she founded the Colorado Smart Film Investment Coalition (www.cosfic.com), the Colorado Script Exchange (www.coscriptexchange.com) and the Ultimate Pitchfest (www.ultimatepitchfest.com). Trai’s workshop and editorial services live at Craftwrite (www.craftwrite.com) and she can be found at www.traicartwright.com.
Unique traits: 20 years Writer, Screenwriter, Producer 15 years as a Studio Development Executive 8 years as a Film and Screenwriting Professor
Curious Ways Action A ragtag group of students from a Witches Academy to try convince the original outcast witch to help them pass their graduation ritual only to discover a conspiracy that has pulled the darkest of magics into the human realm.
TOUCH Action A washed-up, all-female CIA spy unit is dragged out of retirement called when their Cold War nemesis reappears on the global threat list with a dirty bomb and a desire for revenge.
Burning Sky Action A hugely destructive solar storm digs up a pyramid on the moon, and a team of astronauts, Egyptologists and marines races to discover its origins before the next, possibly extinction-level storm. Semifinalist, Nicholls Fellowship, 2005. Screenplay optioned by producers Peter Saphier & Olivier Sarda.
Winterburn Horror One by one, students snowed in at an isolated mountain college mysteriously die. Their only means of survival -- discover the mystery hidden within the walls of their gothic dorm.
Girlfriend Comedy The rejected lovers of a legendary ladies' man decide to get their revenge by pretending to fall in love...with each other. Screenplay optioned by Producer / Manager Agatha Dominik. Screenplay optioned by producers Peter Saphier & Olivier Sarda.
LITTLE MAN TRAVELS Drama A teenager and his split personality bust out of a mental institute and hit the road in search of their mother. Screenplay optioned by Prelude Pictures.
Film by Cathie Beck Screenwriter Cheap Cabernet is a vintage tale, a female buddy story chock full of the stuff of life: tears, laughter and love in the darkest of times. You won’t put it down until the final page, at which time a box of Kleenex and a glass of cabernet, cheap or otherwise, would be wise to have on hand: the first to deal with the story’s denouement, the second to toast Beck’s triumph.
Film by Main Man Films Screenwriter, Producer
Film Associate Producer An absurdist, post-mortem examination of corporate record labels in the Internet Age, as told through the bunglings of two jaded Gen-X music execs, a sold-out rock star, and the hope for redemption offered by a young art teacher.
Film by Diane Checklich (Comedy) Producer A corporate tale of cowboys and Indians.
Film by James Bonner After Amy convinces Nicole to kill her abusive husband, Nicole travels to her on-line friend's home -- only to find Amy's own abused spouse, Chandler. And he's got blood on his hands, too. TRAP is a painfully funny look inside love, marriage, and body disposal.
Film by Bob Giraldi Producer A night in the life of a NYC restaurant, filled with gangsters, food critics, and Duncan, inveterate gambler and sous-chef who causes the evening to draw to its inevitable, explosive, deadly conclusion.
New York University
UCLA'S Writer's Program
University of Riverside MFA