Cheryl Laughlin is an award-winning screenwriter, multi-genre copywriter, and memoir/nonfiction ghostwriter based in Northern California. She's wired for words, tenacious, and collaborative—there's a superpower in there somewhere!
She writes a column for Script Magazine, and her scripts have won at the Sacramento International Film Fest, Finalist in the Stage 32 & National Lampoon Search for Comedy Writing Gold, and Semi-Finalist in the Gidden Media RomCom Incubator Program.
Her shorts "Chug" and "We Didn't Start the Fire" laureled up as selections on Scriptwriters & Co Table Read, while another short "The Ides of March" was selected for a table read on Six Page Scripts Podcast.
Her memoir—Confessions of a Kindergarten Klepto—placed Top 25 Roadmap Authors Write Start. And it's possible she ran through the house with her Top 10% in the Nicholl Fellowship announcement like Anne Hathaway with her Oscar.
Join her @cheryllaughlin where she tweets her support of all things indie film.
Or reach out directly for any feature, shorts, or memoir reads or writing requests at laughlincheryl@.
We Didn't Start the Fire Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance ⋄ Independent A chance meeting between a street-smart, female fire breather and a wealthy black teenager running an illegal scam sparks a night of understanding, acceptance, and a brutal burning. Short script and pilot. - Outstanding Short Script at Sacramento International Film Festival - Official Selection, Scriptwriters & Co UK Table Read
Tacos Guapos Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama ⋄ Comedy Stuck working overtime on Valentine's Day, a berated publisher's assistant finds that her relentlessly awful boss still needs her for the little things after a batch of bad tacos.
The GYST Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama ⋄ Comedy HIGH FIDELITY meets indie fav LAGGIES. Ten days from a quarter-life crisis and hours after another bad breakup, an OCD listmaker plunges into a Get Your Shit Together (GYST) list with the help of a new artist friend - hoping to change her life before she ends up like her deadbeat dad.... Finalist, Stage 32 & National Lampoon Search for Comedy Writing Gold... Top 10%, Nicholl Fellowship... Quarter Finalist, Page Awards... Semi-Finalist, Stage 32 & Gidden Media Incubator Program
Chug Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller ⋄ Independent A misogynist, gives-no-shits car salesman finds himself in over his head when he pockets a store lighter at a stop in the remote town of Chugwater. - Official Selection, Scriptwriters & Co UK Table Read
Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Born within a year of each other, Michael and Seamus Sullivan have become very different men - just how much becomes apparent on the eve of their father's funeral.
Nite Tales: The Movie
Film (Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Nite Tales is a horror anthology introduced by "Flava Flav" that includes two movies, Karma and Storm. "Karma" teaches four young thieves that crime does not pay. In "Storm" college students learn that an urban legend may be more than just a story. Written by Irishlass240
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Film (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew When Anna returns to her childhood country home in Locke following her father's death, she finds herself unable to let go of the abuse her father inflicted on her as a child. Left even more vulnerable after being kicked out by her boyfriend, George, the triggers of Anna's childhood issues intensify when she is sexually accosted by her sister's fiancé during what is supposed to be a weekend celebration. Anna and her sister, Mia, have never seen eye to eye on their past. But Anna decides to make the best of it when Mia and Mia's fiancé, Eric, arrive at the country home to celebrate their engagement, along with Mia's best friend, Kate, and Kate's husband, Rhys. Despite Anna's best efforts, the celebration takes a backseat to a weekend of drama in dealing with unresolved childhood and romantic relationship issues. Between Eric's unwanted sexual advances, George's uninvited arrival, and Mia's continual denial and superiority, Anna is left feeling desperate and pressured into telling the ... Written by Nancy Whitehurst
Top 25 Memoir, Roadmap Authors Write Start
Semi-Finalist Stage 32 & GIdden Media Romcom Incubator Program
Finalist National Lampoon & Stage 32 Search for Comedy Gold
Won Sac International Film Fest Outstanding Short Script
Script Top 10% in Nicholl Fellowship
Second Rounder in Austin Film Festival script contest
Quarter-Finalist in PAGE Awards