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Outfest Announces Five Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 3, 2013 at 1:41PM

Outfest has announced the five fellows of its 2013 Screenwriting Lab, a program in its 11th year and with support from a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Full list of recipients below.
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Outfest has announced the five fellows of its 2013 Screenwriting Lab, a program in its 11th year and with support from a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Full list of recipients below.

Over 2000 scripts have been submitted to the program since its conception in 1997. This year alone, a record number of over 170 scripts were submitted. 

The workshops -- a three-day, mentor-led program to take place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club --  will be held in June. A public reading of the fellows' works will follow at the 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, running July 11-21.

2013 FELLOWS AND PROJECTS:

Adam Baran is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, writer and curator whose most recent short film Jackpot recently won Best Short at the 2013 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

"The Hidden People": Two frustrated gay artists journey across Iceland in hopes of making contact with the country’s mythical “hidden people” and finding what’s missing in their lives.

Rosie Haber is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch Asia and a Global Social Change Fellow.

"Soledad" : Jackie and Ana Reyes have two young sons and own a local bakery in the small California town of Soledad. When Jackie is taken away by immigration officials, Ana must go on a nightmarish mission through detention centers to get her back – but a secret that Ana has been harboring for years may ruin any chance she has of keeping her family together.

J. Michael Feldman is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he created and performed numerous solo pieces, including Diagnosis: Jew Pain, about growing up gay in a conservative Jewish family. The show went on to tour fringe festivals in New York and San Francisco and garner multiple Audience Favorite awards.

"Be Well" : The story of Josh Birnbaum, a hopelessly idealistic romantic who faces an unexpected breakup as his 30th birthday approaches. Now, after 6 years of being in a codependent relationship, he's thrust back into the unforgiving gay dating scene in New York City. Alone and stuck in a painfully uncreative job as the writer of summaries of early-reader children's books, Josh goes on a journey of self-discovery and humiliation (mostly humiliation), as he attempts to find out if an authentic connection is possible in a world dominated by pumping techno and meaningless online hookups.

Pete Mercurio wrote the essay We Found Our Baby In The Subway, recently published in The New York Times. His family has been featured and appeared on CNN, Anderson Live, The Brian Lehrer Show, NBC-NY, and Parents magazine, as well as in various blogs and web sites around the world, including Huffington Post, Yahoo!, The Advocate, E! Online, and UK Daily Mail.

"Found" : The true story of a newborn baby boy left abandoned at a New York City subway station and how the man who saved his life, and his partner, became his dads.

Julia Dwyer Sullivan graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing. Her plays have been produced in many off-off-Broadway theaters including Center Stage (Developing Artists), Michael Weller Theatre (BadGirl Productions), The Riant Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Source.

"Hag" :Eight years out of college, Meg Maynor and her crew of (only gay male) buddies are still having a great time together in New York. But when her very best friend, David, falls in love with the wrong guy, Meg knows she has to save him and her urban family...at any cost.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.