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About Lisa

Lisa’s horror at sea script The Seraphim won Grand Prize in the Search For New Blood competition this year, and her horror fairy tale The Domovoi landed on The Bitchlist 2020. She writes feature horrors and thrillers with supernatural and psychological themes. She’s been heavily involved in the supernatural her whole life, growing up poor in the Midwest in a haunted house.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, she graduated with honors from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri with a BFA in Fine Art. Lisa began working in film as an art director on small indie films, and moved on to writing and directing.

Loglines

  • The Seraphim

    The Seraphim Budget: $30M+ | Horror A captain's wife aboard a whaling ship fears the ship harbors an evil presence intent on driving the men to mutiny and must convince her husband before it's too late for them all.

  • The Domovoi

    The Domovoi Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror A young girl hears an old Russian fairytale about a monster that lives in the oven and grants wishes. She wishes her stepfather was dead. Events quickly spiral into a mess of unintended consequences - and talking goats.

  • Homestead

    Homestead Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror When a young pioneer couple loses their way across the prairie and moves into a deserted cabin, they soon realize there is more to fear than the Natives when they come face to face with a sinister demonic presence.

  • Robot Dreams

    Robot Dreams Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller An AI designed for housework commits a murder. Her creator, intent on making the deadline for her market release, covers up the crime.

Credits

  • Sweet Salvation

    Sweet Salvation (2016)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Writer A homeless young couple make drugs with the power of witchcraft. They cross paths with a brother and sister while on their way to a drug deal, with unexpected consequences.

  • A Visit from Krampus

    A Visit from Krampus (2015)
    Film (Short and Horror) Writer What do magic mushrooms, Arctic Shamans, and the pagan god Odin have to do with Santa Claus? A scary bedtime story on Christmas Eve leads to the worst night ever.

  • On the Road for Acupuncture

    On the Road for Acupuncture (2015)
    Film (Documentary) Writer Add a Plot »

  • She Haunts This Beach

    She Haunts This Beach (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer A girl, bewitched by the sea, meets a tragic fate.

  • Death & Taxes

    Death & Taxes (2015)
    Film (Comedy) Art director A black comedy about the two things you can't avoid, even the second time around. Harold Hoptuit mysteriously returns from the dead on the day his widow is getting engaged to the plastic surgeon who did her breast reductions. In this funny, social satire, an ingenuous Harold will find that life can mean, especially, when your skin is gray. Written by Anonymous

  • Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist (2014)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer Add a Plot »

  • Desert Ice

    Desert Ice (2014)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Writer A down on his luck private investigator is hired by a beautiful widow to investigate her husband's death. He ends up the prime suspect in the shooting of a local thug. To add to his problems: a case of stolen diamonds he needs to locate, a showgirl that might be hiding something, and a strongbox rigged with a bomb that must be found before time runs out. Written by Anonymous

  • The Oven

    The Oven (2013)
    Film (Short, Horror and Thriller) Writer A desperate single mother, with the help of the demon in her oven, cooks up a plan to murder her husband.

  • Under the Bridge

    Under the Bridge (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer After promising her mother she won't do it again, a young girl plays alone under the bridge with tragic consequences.

  • Zombiewood

    Zombiewood (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Art director There is a certain horror to awakening to the fact that you are now a zombie. What do you do with your 'undead' life? One zombie, Harry, thinks he has the answer - get a SAG card.

  • Zombie Apocalypse (Recycling at the End of Days)

    Zombie Apocalypse (Recycling at the End of Days) (2012)
    Recycling at the End of Day (Short and Comedy) Writer Add a Plot »

  • An Alien Fairy Tale

    An Alien Fairy Tale (2012)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Writer In Roswell, New Mexico, it's not easy to stay out of trouble - even buying a box of cereal can lead to contact with aliens. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? What if they can grant your every wish? It all seems like a fairytale to Loretta, but some wishes are better left unfulfilled. Written by Lisa Jay

Awards

  • Grandprize Winner Stage32 Search for New Blood
    (2020)

  • Final Draft Fellow for Stowe Story Labs
    (2020)

  • 3rd Place Cinestory Fellowship
    (2020)

  • Screencraft Fellowship Finalist
    (2020)

  • AFF Second Rounder
    (2020)

  • The Bitchlist
    (2020)

  • ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch
    (2020)

  • ISA Development Slate
    (2020)

  • Coverfly Endorsed Writer
    (2020)

  • AFF Second Rounder
    (2019)

  • WIF Blacklist Labs Finalist
    (2019)

  • Cassian Elwes Sundance Labs Finalist
    (2019)

  • Semifinalist in PAGE awards
    (2016)

  • Finalist in ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship
    (2016)

  • Finalist in Emerging Filmmakers Shoot Your Short
    (2016)

  • Finalist in ScreenCraft Short Film Production Fund
    (2016)

  • Finalist in BlueCat Screenplay competition
    (2015)

  • Finalist in ScreenCraft Bahamas Screenwriters Residency
    (2015)

  • Abbott Award Venice Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Finalist in NextTV Script Competition
    (2014)

  • Squaw Valley Writer's Retreat
    (2014)

  • Finalist in William Faulkner Award New Orleans
    (2014)

  • Finalist in Cinequest
    (2014)

  • Audience Favorite Pollygrind Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Finalist New Mexico Creative Arts Awards
    (2014)

  • Audience Favorite Roswell Shoot Out Film Fest
    (2013)

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