Deb Havener

Deb Havener

Dream River
Producer, Screenwriter, Author and Researcher

Columbus, Ohio

Member Since:
April 2014
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About Deb

Hello Stage-32 Gang!

I'm a multiple Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist who had the good fortune of interviewing and assisting Robert McKee for the Great American Pitchfest.

Currently in development on a swing-era feature as a writer/producer w producer/writer Laurie Ashbourne Sacks (61 Bullets and upcoming 10.31) and actor/producer Micky Shiloah (NCIS, Westworld).

I love movies and a cracking good story!

Unique traits: I'm a former tap dance instructor and choreographer. My claim to fame in this arena is winning a BOTL (Best of the League) award for my choreography for Little Theater Off Broadway's "Oliver!" I am deeply passionate about animal welfare and environmental issues and continue to bug politicians about these concerns.


  • Midnight Swing

    Midnight Swing Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama Music SETTING:  Big bands are in full swing, smoking tea is all the rage, and kids as young as 15 are hitting the road in hopes of becoming the next Benny Goodman. This is 1939; a shimmering time when jazz dazzles, swing is King and dance halls across the nation are hopping. Lording over all of this are the boys in the band.LOGLINE: A boy in a small-town swing band confesses his feelings for the 2nd-chair trumpet player – just as the band is about to explode onto the National stage.Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist, Screencraft Fellowship semi-finalist


  • First Kiss

    First Kiss (2015)
    Film (short) by Deb Havener (Romance) Producer, Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor A dreamy little romance for the lovelorn and rejected.

  • First Crush

    First Crush (2013)
    Film (short) by Pretty Egg Productions (Comedy, Romance and Musical) Writer/Producer/Director A cheery little comedy for the lovelorn and rejected.

  • Strain

    Strain (2012)
    Film (short) by Lelimelo Productions (Drama) Executive Producer Two best friends have a deadly falling out when one of them joins a dangerous clique.

  • Groove Shack

    Groove Shack (2010)
    Documentary by Martin Jones Productions (Documentary) Producer Two wealthy white kids open a hip-hop record store in an impoverished, black neighborhood - only to find that fame and failure go hand in hand.

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge (2008)
    Film by Brothers Shamus Pictures (Thriller) Screenwriter

  • Stay Clean

    Stay Clean (2004)
    Film (short) by Neal Havener (Adventure, Fantasy and Horror) Producer, Writer Jitter and Wheeze - two stoner dudes, are haunted by a sink full of dirty dishes that keep coming back to torment them - no matter how many times they wash them. A musical trip ensues.

  • Spontaneous Combustion

    Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
    Film by Tobe Hooper (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actress A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.


  • StoryPros finalist (Top 10)

  • Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (2nd Round/Top 15%)

  • Homemade Horror Short Film Festival, 3rd Place (Shadow of the Witch)

  • Three Weeks of Terror Short Film Comp. (Best Actress, Brooke Mason)

  • Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Comp, 2nd Round (Midnight Swing)

  • Screencraft Fellowship semi-finals (2 scripts)

  • Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finals (Blood Land, in development)

  • Columbus Int'l Film and Video Festival, Bronze Chris Award (Groove Shack)

  • Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi-finals (Midnight Swing)

  • Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi-finals (Glimmer, Glimmer)

  • Oxford Int'l Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature (The Lodge)

  • Reel Buckeye Screenwriting Competition, finalist/2nd place (Straight, No Chaser)

  • Watkins Int'l Screenwriting Competition, finalist/2nd place (Red Hot Charlie)


  • The Ohio State University

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