Dan Ochwat is a recent graduate of Northwestern’s Writing for Screen + Stage MFA program, which focuses on writing for Film, TV and Theatre. His feature film screenplay FORKED was optioned by Gold Line Films. He has made the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship and PAGE Awards each year over the last three years with different scripts.
In addition to features, he has directed three short films, written one full-length play and his short play ADRIFT received a festival production at Evanston's Next Theatre.
Dan's short film based on his feature screenplay FORKED screened at the Boston International Film Festival and Chicago's Incubator Film Festival. His short film LOVE VS. PORN (writer, co-director) played at the Chicago International REEL Film Festival and Incubator Fest. He taught "The Foundations of Screenwriting" at Northwestern as a graduate assistant.
Dan interned at International Creative Management, assisting the feature literary department. He also worked at MGM, assisting the creative development executives and writing coverage.
Dan came to screenwriting from journalism, working as a police and courts news reporter, and then as the editor of a marketing trade magazine. He currently works as a freelance writer, appearing monthly as a columnist in a marketing magazine and writing copy for agencies.
Film (short) by Dan Ochwat (Drama) Writer, Director, Producer In one moment, the next four years of a girl's life are ruined. 'Forked' follows a new girl in town out to make friends, but one social mistake makes her a target for bullies. It's 'Carrie' in a very real way.
Television (Comedy) Writer
Love vs. Porn
Film (short) by Chad Queen (Drama) Writer, Director, Producer A look at the intimacy that lies beneath a difficult relationship between an artist and his ex-porn star girlfriend.