John Pisano-Thomsen

John Pisano-Thomsen

jpisanothomsen.com

Screenwriter and playwright in Toronto, Canada

About John

A Creative Writing graduate from the University of Utah, I caught the theatre bug at a young age and spent decades studying theatre, performing in plays and musicals, and writing lyrics, skits and librettos for various school and community projects across Missouri, Utah and California until the world of responsibilities and "nine to five" lured me away from the arts for many years.

After studying and researching the rare accounts of gay men who survived the Third Reich, I was inspired to write the play, "Dietrich Danzig," which was selected by the Long Beach Playhouse for their 2014 New Works Festival and was given a full, public reading where it was clear that it should be a motion picture.  Since then, the screenplay of Dietrich Danzig has garnered 24 awards and accolades including Best Feature Screenplay for the 11th LA Indie Film Fest, 2017 Omaha Film Festival, 1st Annual TeaDance Film Festival, Screenwriting Fellowship Winner for the 40th Atlanta Film Festival, and 1st Place in the 2017 Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival.

After recently losing my mother to cancer in November 2015, I was compelled to write a second screenplay that delves into the idea of how we are all "connected" spiritually and that everything in life happens for a reason.  A dramedy set in 1989 New York City, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, Connect, was completed in April of 2016 and has garnered 14 awards and accolades from competitions and festivals, including Best Feature Screenplay in the 2017 Canada Independent Film Festival and Best Dramatic Screenplay for the Reno Tahoe International Film Festival.

In Winter of 2017 I finished Pride & President, which toys with the idea of "what if a U.S. president were gay and came out of the closet?"  This, along with the current reality of LGBTQ teens trapped within the oppression of their religious families, is an important plight that I strongly feel needs to be exposed and addressed.  Too many LGBTQ evangelical youth are being bullied and shamed for having sexual feelings that are innate to the true nature.​​  "P&P" has won 4th place in Writer's Digest's 86th Annual Competition, has placed as a Top 10 Finalist in both the 2017 National Screenwriters Day competition and the 2018 Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.

My latest screenplay (finished in the Fall of 2017), Last of the Burly Girls, is a pro-feminist, character-driven, musical dramedy taking place between the years of 1900 and 1936 that follows the life of a runaway circus orphan turned burlesque soubrette, her tragic romances, and the backstage rivalry with another showgirl that brings "family"back into her life.  "Burly Girls" recently placed as a semifinalist in Francis Ford Coppola's 2017 American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Top 1% of 1,600 scripts), the 2018 Route One Entertainment Screenwriting Contest, and, the 2017 Cannes Golden Plume Screenwriting Competition.

My newest project in development, The God We're Given, is a pro-feminist / anti-fundamentalism story based on the life of my mother who dared to question her inherited Mormon dogma.  More and more, organized religion has proved to be nonsensical and limiting in today's world and this story will show how my mother navigated the world (for her and our family) after being excommunicated from the Mormon Church and ostracized by family and friends for following her heart.

I've been mentored by Michael Lucker, Robin Henry and Don Woodard and I'm currently being mentored by legendary screenwriter, author and educator, Dr. Lew Hunter of UCLA's Department of Film & Television.

I am a native Californian, a former New Yorker, and a Torontonian living with my husband, Robert, and our teenage son, Dakota. I am an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, I work for Canada's public broadcaster, CBC / Radio-Canada and I am looking for literary management/representation.

For more information on me, please go to: jpisanothomsen.com


Name: John Pisano-Thomsen

Lives in: Toronto, Canada

Company: jpisanothomsen.com

Occupation: Screenwriter and Playwright

Unique traits: Father, Liberal, World Traveler, Jazz Lover, Foodie, Spiritualist, Traditional Musical Theatre Nut & Classic Movie Lover.

Credits

Awards

  • Best Feature Screenplay - Omaha Film Festival: Dietrich Danzig
    (2017)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - Canada Independent Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Sierra Nevada Award - Mountain Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Pride & President
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Richmond International Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - WeScreenplay Feature Contest: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Cinequest Screenwriting Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • 4th Place Top Ten Winner - 86th Writer's Digest Competition: Pride & President
    (2017)

  • Best Dramatic Screenplay - Reno Tahoe International Film Festival: Connect
    (2017)

  • Quarterfinalist - Blue Cat Screenplay Competition: Connect
    (2017)

  • Best Feature Screenplay - 11th LA Indie FF: Dietrich Danzig
    (2017)

  • Semifinalist - Cannes Golden Plume Int'l Screenwriting Competition: Last of the Burly Girls
    (2017)

  • 1st Place - Best Screenplay - Flickers/Rhode Island FF: Dietrich Danzig
    (2017)

  • Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Winner: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Tea Dance LGBT Film Festival Best Feature Screenplay Winner: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Seattle International Film Festival Best Screenplay Finalist: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Writers Digest Top 10 Screenplay Winner: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Screenplay Festival - Screenplay Honorable Mention: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - Amsterdam Film Festival: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - We Screenplay Diverse Voices: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - New York International Screenwriting Awards: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) - Austin Film Festival: Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) - Austin Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Honorable Mention - Williamsburg Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Semifinalist - Orlando Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Finalist - We Screenplay Diverse Voices (Spring): Dietrich Danzig
    (2016)

  • Finalist - Wexford Film Festival: Connect
    (2016)

  • Houston Worldfest Bronze Remi Award for Best Original Drama: Dietrich Danzig
    (2015)

  • Official Screenplay Finalist - 38th WriteMovies.com Competition: Dietrich Danzig
    (2015)

  • 2nd Rounder (Top 15%) Austin Film Festival: Dietrich Danzig
    (2015)

Education

  • Mentorship - Lew Hunter
    (2017-2018)

  • Fellowship - ATLFF
    (2016-2017)

  • University of Utah

John's Profile Statistics

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