I was born in Nebraska, but grew up all over the country. My greatest super power, is my imagination. In my 20's I lived in Hollywood at the Fleur Dis Lis off of Hollywood Blvd. I spent my days off watching back to back movies for hours in the theaters. I love to write original characters that are quirky and out of the norm. My characters are based on my love of travel and celebrate diversity.
I attended College in London England and Los Angeles. I graduated with a BA in Fashion Design & Merchandising. I have had over 200 jobs before I got into my career as a photo stylist for magazines and catalogs, working in the industry for 23 years in Los Angeles.
I grew up all over the country. Living in Nebraska, Iowa, Connecticut, Indiana, London England, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington, Portland Oregon, and now Manteca CA. has allowed me to get to know many different types of people and create unique, diverse characters with heart. I am currently working full time as a screenwriter. I work towards my dream every day. I like writing romantic comedy, dark comedy, and drama thrillers.
I have been married to my husband Greg Dang for 21 years. My last name is German/ Vietnamese, but I am English and Irish, adopted at birth. I have a 20 year-old son living in Los Angeles, and a blind 130 pound Akita named Kenai after the Kenai Alaskan river.
I am a California based writer with scrips currently on The Blacklist, and Inktip.
I was a finalist in the Lit Laughs International Comedy Screenplay Competition Winter 2020 for my script: Kings of Cabra.
My screenplay "The Exchange Students", placed as a quarter finalist in the Portland Screenplay Awards, Summer 2021.
Unique traits: Hello my name is Lisa Penner-Dang and I am a screenwriter living in Northern California. I write Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Drama Horror and specialize in Dark Comedy. My characters are highly diverse and quirky more along the lines of Indie films.
Vampires of the North End TV Pilot Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Comedy Vampires of the North End is “ The Sopranos” meets “Cheers”. Everyone knows your name, but they may want to kill you. A family of overweight vampires is about to level the playing field.
Feral Female Kangaroos Budget: $100K - $1M | Family ⋄ Comedy Four misfit teenage girls form an all girls band. Years later, their own feral daughters try and win a song competition & recording contract. You don’t always get the kids you want, you get the kids you deserve.
Wishbook Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Comedy After a serious car crash Frank Paradiso wakes in the housewares department of the iconic “Sears”department store on Christmas Eve, 1977. He must change the course of events to prevent his wife's death in the future. Time is only an illusion.
The Exchange Students Budget: $100K - $1M | Family ⋄ Comedy In a town know for food trucks , strip clubs, & cannabis shops, a couple down on their luck, fakes an application to host rich, highly sheltered Japanese exchange students ,giving them total freedom & no supervision. Keep Portland Weird.
Lobo Tren Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Romance When a female werewolf and a Norteno aficionado board a luxury European 1940's Art Deco train, they enjoy fine dining, romance, and murder. The world needs more leaders of the pack.
Living in Oblivion Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Comedy A 17-year-old Vietnamese girl has visions of Brian Setzer from the Stray Cats, coming to rescue her from the soul-crushing experience of High School. After a large inheritance, she buys a nursing home, filling it with aging hipsters that have clashing musical preferences. Everyone wants to live in Oblivion.
Kings of Cabra Budget: $1M - $5M | Family ⋄ Comedy Just before St. Patrick's Day, aging Dads challenge a younger football team to a 30-day sober challenge in the Cabra neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland.
Year of Horse Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Horror Kongju, a Chinese, legendary murderous, fire horse is on a killing spree. He needs people’s happiness to survive. Only the unhappy are spared, finding sanctuary in misery.
Pista de Fuego ( Rink of Fire) Budget: $1M - $5M | Sports ⋄ Drama Things get heated when a transgender Latino teenager challenges the International Skating Unions rule 302. Ice Pairs must be one women and one man.
Vampires of the North End Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Romance Vampires of the North End is “ The Sopranos” meets “Cheers”. Everyone knows your name, but they may want to kill you. A family of overweight vampires is about to level the playing field.
Jade Farms Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Comedy A romantic road trip goes South when a third-generation, Vietnamese beekeeper finds herself caught up in smuggling drugs across the Canadian border using the bee's as a deterrent.
Mony a Mickle Maks a Muckle Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Family A gay Scotsman finds love while trying to reinvent his families dying funeral business. Many little things, make a big thing.
Isla Mujeres Zombies Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy ⋄ Adventure Dying to go on vacation takes on new meaning when an overworked, corporate man is determined to let nothing get in the way of enjoying his annual family vacation.
My screenplay "The Exchange Students", placed as a quarter finalist in the Portland Screenplay Award
I was a finalist in the Lit Laughs International Comedy Screenplay Competition Winter 2020 for my sc