Vera Brooks was the co-founder and Executive Director of Chicago ScriptWorks (CSW), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing a series of staged screenplay readings, created to provide a public forum for new works and fresh voices. From 2003 to 2011, Chicago ScriptWorks produced over 30 staged readings. Vera holds a Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has a Certificate in Screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program.
-Wrote and produced 7 short films
- 7 narrative screenplays
-Finalist in the 2011 ABFF Screenwriting Competition;
-Executive Producer of web series "Tax Heroes" on youtube.
- 2013 Black Harvest Film selection for "The Date"
-Pilot for sitcom "Dad and Me" featured in staged reading "Two Sitcoms and a Drama" in Chicago on March 10, 2015
-- Feature screenplay "Immunity" finalist in 2017 Oaxaca International Film Festival.
Unique traits: Tenacious & collaborative
Immunity Budget: $0 - $100K | Independent ⋄ Drama Five undocumented immigrants agree to take part in an experimental microchip embedding procedure in return for citizenship, only to discover that the experiment has a far more nefarious purpose.
The Storm Within Budget: $0 - $100K | Independent ⋄ Historical Set in Chicago during the Blizzard of 1967, Lorraine Peterson's quiet home is turned upside down when seven guests are stuck at her place for the next four days. One of the guests is her brother, who she hasn't spoken to in over two years. Lorraine reluctantly faces both her brother and her biggest fears in this tale of faith and and forgiveness.
Dad and I
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Girls on the Block
Film (Short and Drama) Producer Girls On The Block try to support their friend Trina after the violent death of her brother by having a memorial service. They share memories, songs and tears-- and question how to change the all too frequent loss of loved ones from gang violence. Written by VB
Khali's Homeschool Hijinx
Film (Short and Comedy) Producer Khali Johnson is not happy when her mom decides to have her home schooled, so she decides a little disruption is in order.
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Americana Noir Vignettes
Film (Drama, Family and History) Producer Americana Noir Vignettes are 4 short stories that revolve around the Madison's, a black family living in Chicago in the late 60's. With two writers and 3 directors, each vignette is unique in its approach and delivery while managing to maintain a poignant cohesiveness as they play out back to back. The complex simplicity of Americana Noir Vignettes is its strongest feature. With stories about teen rebellion, collective tragedy, violent introspect, and the need to ensure that our children have the foundation to reach for the stars, Americana Noir Vignettes takes the viewer back in time and captivates until the very last credit. Written by Anonymous