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From: Kristina Michelle <kristina@>
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:22:55 AM
Subject: Re: The Indie Gathering: Results
“Hello. We are pleased to inform you that judging results have been finalized for The 2018 Indie Gathering, and ‘Dreams of Dogwood’ has won 1st place in the drama feature script category. Congratulations!”
Yeah, this email felt pretty good. It's reassuring to know that somebody else likes your work. Had a good few days. Then I went back to work polishing my new comedy, ‘The Law of Dogma’. All of my work lately seems to be dog this or dog that. Not sure why that is.
I cut my chops with a Midwest production company, ‘The John B. Rogers Producing Company’, staging historical re-enactments in high school and college stadiums in the Midwest and South. Kind of an auteur thing. Designed sets, wrote scripts, cast and directed about 250 actors, directed tech, taught farmers and their wives and daughters how to do the cha cha and the can can. (Didn’t sew any costumes.) Tons of fun and even got paid for it.
I eventually migrated to LA figuring I’d parlay this experience into some movie business job (along with two or three million other hopefuls). I got involved in some AFI productions and did a UCLA directing stint. Then I pounded out a script, based on the true story of an iconoclastic solar energy entrepreneur. Sydney Pollack passed.
Then I began living somebody else’s life, actually a bunch of other people. A few years ago I decided to live my own life and began writing again. But first I studied the craft, ala about a dozen screenwriting books, which most of you have also read or know about.
I have a small body of work, about a half dozen scripts, but only two are production-ready: ‘Dreams of Dogwood’, my Indie winner is a Civil War era period piece which will require some deep pockets, and my comedy, ‘The Law of Dogma’, with a CGI Boston terrier with transcendental powers. Yes I agree, ‘the supernatural power bit has been overdone’. That’s actually a line in the script.
So, writing has given me an outlet for my overactive imagination. I hope to have the opportunity to share my stories and my characters with the rest of the world, stories that inspire people to think, feel, and love.
Unique traits: Moderately coherent.
DREAMS OF DOGWOOD Budget: $10M - $30M | Romance ⋄ Drama Love melds the races together when a smart, spirited slave uses her intelligence, determination, and personal magnetism to realize her dreams by capturing the heart of her beloved plantation owner on her way to earning a PhD.
THE LAW OF DOGMA Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy A free-spirited, fun-loving, practical joking Buddhist Arhat misbehaves so badly that he qualifies for a little-known amendment to the Law of Karma, the ‘Law of Dogma’, and has to do life as a dog. After incarnating as a Boston terrier with transcendental powers, he initially uses them for his own amusement, but ultimately learns compassion and the lessons required to rise to the next level to become a Bodhisattva.
Official Selection Houston Comedy Film Festival
1st Place Indie Gathering Screenwriting Competition for "DREAMS OF DOGWOOD"
Capital Fund Screenwriting Competition Top 50
Austin Film Festival Second Round