Last weekend I returned to Austin to take in the festival as my digital series script Geeky Pheebs: Gets Schooled semifinaled in the competition. Overall, it was a positive experience the bummer, was that there was a huge storm that flooded the airport on Friday October, 30th and caused many flights from LAX to be canceled and thus prevent panelists and guest speakers from showing up to their events at the fest.
Yeah, the Austin storm was kind of like that. Ask somebody.
It was a much different vibe this year as a semifinalist because there were special panels and round tables available to us where there was more insight to what it is like to be a professional writer.

Some of my highlight were meeting screenwriter Edward Ricourt, listening to two special presentations by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, and attending the Nickelodeon Happy Hour.

It was also great to see so many people I met last year advance this year in the festival and beyond.

Being that I stayed with a friend on the east side downtown, I was able to appreciate more of the sights and sounds of the city and really gained an appreciation for the culture of Austin. I being from Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Austin felt very similar as it also has a small town vibe with
energy of a city much bigger.

If  you haven't been to the Austin Film Fest, put it on your radar.
Last week, I got news that I made the quarterfinals for Final Draft's Big Break script contest. It was for my half-hour pilot "The Treehouse." I'm not sure when they announce the next rounds, but I'm excited to get this far in such a respected contest. I'll keep everyone updated to its progress!

Here is the logline for the pilot:
This comedy series follows a straight-laced art student and her colorful co-workers as they serve the often-outrageous clientele of a popular college town head shop.

Also,  big-ups to my writing group member Olivia Briggs who's one hour pilot "Wrecking Balls" also achieved quarterfinal status. Lucky 13 is doing big things!

The link to Final Draft's 2015 compete quarterfinal list is HERE

This week, the Austin Film Festival released their list of semi-finalists and second rounders for their screenwriting competition. I am pleased to announce that the pilot for my digital series, Geeky Pheebs: Gets Schooled is among the semi-finalists. I share writing credit with my partner on the Geeky Pheebs project, Ruth Tjornhom. We'll be in Austin to promote this project and hope we can garner some interest.

Congrats to all the other Second Rounders and Semi-Finalists  which include some members of my writing group! Full list here:
A couple of weekends ago at the inaugural On The Line Film Fest in Saint Paul, MN, my short film "Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man" won its first award! It won 'Best Comedic Short' out of a field of many great competitors.

I didn't attend the screening, but star Renee Pilon was there to represent the cast and crew. I'm very proud of all the great cast and crew of this film and grateful for all their talents. I also want to thank the film fest organizers for the recognition. 

In an industry and field filled with so much rejection, I find it important to celebrate each win.

You can watch the film at
I'm a semi-finalist! Woooo! I've worked very hard over the past year and a half and dedicated a lot of time to learning the craft of TV writing and it paid off last week when I found out I am a semi-finalist for the 2015/16 Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll see what happens next, but however it shakes out, I feel very good at this progress and validation that I'm on the right track.  
This week, author Jessica Freeburg, emailed me to let me know that the manuscript and art for her short story anthology was being sent off to the publisher. The anthology is a collection of paranormal/horror/thriller short stories written by the members of GSI (Ghost Stories Inc.) including: Scott Spinks, Sean Spinks, Natalie Fowler, Jessica Freeburg, and Jay Asher.

I also have a story included in the book and this will be my first time being published as a writer in book format. This release will be extra special as there will be both a print and digital editions. I'm beyond excited to be included in this anthology and have my story next to such talented and well-established writers. My tale is a ghost story titled "The Lift" about a day in the life of an LA actor that slips into a different time and faces a terrifying vision. The book will be released in mid-November by Red Sofa Literary and is intended for a YA audience. Keep posted to my website for more details as we approach the launch date.
I took an excursion to Santa Barbara over the 4th of July holiday weekend. It's always nice to get out of LA for a bit. I was also able to use my camera a bit to take a few pictures of the gorgeous coast. I haven't had a chance to take many landscape photos since my time in Iceland, so this was nice practice.
Both of my short films "The Red Dress" and "Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man" have been selected to screen at the first annual 'On the Line' film festival in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The festival runs August 5-9 and will take place at the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. It's an honor to have both films selected to play. For more information about the festival, please visit their website HERE

I'll post more details about the screening date and time when it becomes available. Thanks to all the cast and crew of these films.

For more information about these films you can visit their individual websites: The Red Dress & Geeky Pheebs: An Ideal Man
It's been a while since I've posted. Where have I been? Well, I've been working on all my scripts/essays for the various big name writing contests and fellowships, which are mostly all due in the spring season. For almost every aspiring professional screenwriter, this time of year is known as MAYpocalypse because most of the deadlines for the aforementioned contests and fellowships land somewhere in May.

In the midst of all this madness of fine-tuning my tales, I did receive some good news about my feature film project. It was selected to participate in NALIP's 2015 Latino Media Market at the Latino Media Summit in Hollywood at the end of June. By participating in the Media Market, I will be able to present my project to various executives, financiers, distributors and other industry insiders.  We have a great team forming around this project and will soon hopefully secure more talent and the funding needed to move it into production.

So after Maypocalypse is over, I'll begin readying my presentation materials to take to the Media Market at the end of June. More updates will be coming soon.

Click HERE for the announcement by NALIP about all their selected projects for this year's Latino Media Market.
So I have just assembled a new directing reel for myself.  It's been a while since the last one.  While putting this together, I was forced to realize just how much work I have done. Sometimes, time makes you forget such things.  I must say, I am quite proud of the work on it, as it shows that I am comfortable with diverse talent and subject matter. Hopefully this will aid my career as the current buzzword in the industry is "diversity."  Here's a list of everything you'll find on this reel in this order. Enjoy and feel free to share!
  • The Red Dress - Short Film
  • Danza Con Migo - Music Video
  • Minnesota Legit - Product Video
  • Academia Cesar Chavez - Bilingual Corporate
  • Lush: Zero Waste Week - Internal Corporate
  • NIDEC - Documentary
  • Jantastic 2015 - Live Event