Amber Sealey

Bio: Amber Sealey is an award-winning director, writer, producer, performer and acting coach. She has directed three feature films, the most recent, NO LIGHT & NO LAND ANYWHERE, Executive Produced by Miranda July, is being theatrically released in late 2017. IndieWire said the film could “further cement Sealey’s reputation as one of the most promising directors of female-driven stories working the U.S. today.”



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Leslie Longworth

Script: One Bad Astronaut
Genre: Drama | Comedy

Logline: One Bad Astronaut is a dramatic comedy about a likable but volatile rock star who returns home to deal with a paternity suit, and finds himself navigating the far more dangerous trials of his audacious family and falling in love.

Bio: Leslie Longworth is a writer + creative living in Venice, CA.  She was selected to participate in the 2016 NYWIFT/IRIS Writers Lab where she worked with mentors Susan Cartsonis and “Kiwi” Smith on a dramatic comedy.  Prior distinctions include advancing/placing in the Nicholl, Austin, Nashville, Cinequest and BlueCat; and she was named a New Voice to watch by The Humanities Prize in 2012.
She is currently finishing a sci-fi fantasy spec with a female protagonist –  a modern myth that draws on her fascination with and study of astrophysics, Gryphons, deities + demigods, ancient Sumerian texts, and the power of the mind.

Contact: You can follow Leslie on Instagram @lalongworth and/or @alchemicalephemera


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Stephanie Stanley

Script: The Radical
Genre: Drama | Biopic

Logline: The worst thing that could happen to Eleanor Roosevelt was her husband’s election as President. In the 1920s, while FDR retreats from politics to recover from polio, Eleanor fights her family, society and her own insecurities to find her own voice on the national political stage – only to face losing it again when FDR steps back into the public spotlight.

Bio: Stephanie Stanley is an award-winning journalist and true crime author who spent several years working at daily newspapers in St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Since embarking on a new career as a TV and screenwriter, she’s sold a feature to the Michael Eisner’s Vuguru studio, and several of her scripts have been recognized with advanced placement in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Fest, Scriptapalooza, ABC/Disney TV Writing Fellowship, Warner Bros Television Workshop, NYTVF, and the Ashland Play Festival. She is currently working on both feature and TV projects. The NYWIFT/IRIS Writer’s Lab selected her Eleanor Roosevelt biopic, THE RADICAL, for its workshop. The script was also a quarterfinalist in this year’s Academy Nicholl Fellowship.

Contact:  |  818-342-2079 (office)  |  504-236-9940 (mobile)


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Nancy Duff

Script: Dead Drop
Genre: Action | Thriller

Logline: Seventeen-year-old Scout Sawyer is forced to go on the run when her father’s secret agent identity is exposed. Following her dad’s clues to a safe house in Washington, Scout teams up with an unorthodox agent to uncover the biggest secret of all: her mom is still alive and working for the enemy.

Bio: In 2016, Nancy was a recipient of the ScreenCraft Fellowship and was selected to participate in The Writers Lab, created by IRIS and NYWIFT, supported by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey. Thus far, 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Ms. Duff. The WeForShe Organization selected Nancy’s work for their annual WriteHer List, which highlights female-written television scripts. Nancy is a 2017 Page Awards Finalist and recently won the screenwriting award at the Napa Valley Film Festival where she will participate in their Artist in Residency program. Writing across multiple genres, Nancy has placed in the top ten percent of: the Austin Film Festival, Nicholl Fellowship, Universal Emerging Writers Program, and Final Draft Big Break screenwriting contests. Nancy is currently a mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation and resides in Los Angeles.

Contact:  | Twitter/Instagram: @onelittleduff


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Tina Field Howe

Script: MindStrike (formerly Drone War)
Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller

Logline: In 2095, a battle drone kills super-hacker Salina Sanchez’s best friend. When she breaks into top-secret code to learn who was behind the attack, she ends up in a battle for her life against the unscrupulous Vice President.

Bio: Based in Upstate New York, Tina is a freelance business and creative writer and author of the award-winning sci-fi novel series and full-cast audio book on which her TV pilot “Axis Prime” is based. Tina’s strengths are strong female characters, dialog, action, and world building. She has received artist grants and numerous awards for her writing. She also serves as creativity coach to writers and speaks to student groups about careers in writing. An earlier version of “MindStrike” gained her a seat at the 2016 Writers Lab.

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Nanci Katz

Script: Blink
Genre: Comedy | Drama

Logline: A young teen in early 80’s Brooklyn desperate for independence learns what it really means to grow up when her parents are forced to leave her and her siblings to fend for themselves -and it’s nothing like she expected.

Bio: Nanci Katz graduated from the American Film Institute. She wrote a TV movie for ABC entitled, Stickfigure and was hired to re-write a comedy feature for Lionsgate Entertainment called The Big Bang Theory (not that Big Bang Theory) along with other, smaller projects. She took a hiatus to raise three kids and upon her return was accepted into the 2016 Writers’ Lab supported by Meryl Streep and now Oprah Winfrey. She has since teamed up with a writing partner. Their comedy/horror, Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared, was a semi-finalist in Bluecat and Script Pipeline. It was a finalist in the 2017 Austin Film Festival where it was one of two screenplays selected to be table read at the festival.

Contact:  |  323-829-1299


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Meredith DePaolo

Script: Devil’s Eye
Genre: Thriller | Horror (Inspired by true events)

Logline: Moments before a devastating earthquake, a young boy uncovers a mummified corpse inside a Kentucky mine. Now, his father and school teacher must race to save him before he’s found by the evil lurking inside.

Bio: Meredith DePaolo is an award-winning writer and director from New York City. A graduate of Yale, Meredith got her start working on the Emmy Award-winning show HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. From there, she went onto write and direct for CBS News, CBS College Sports, Bloomberg TV, We, and the Oxygen Network. Her documentary “Chasing the Dream: A Quarterback’s Story” about a D-III football player’s quest to win a spot in the NFL received critical praise. Her next documentary “Ballfields to Battlefields: Stories from Iraq,” was narrated by Matthew Modine and examined the lives of former college athletes after they were injured in battle. Meredith has worked in London, Dubai and Malaysia. A 2016 Writers Lab winner for her thriller script DEVIL’S EYE, Meredith is currently directing a horror short and working on a female driven psychological thriller set in Hong Kong. Her latest script CONFINED is a 2017 finalist for the Page Awards and finalist for the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Contact:  |  Twitter: @medepaolo


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Kate Erickson

Script: Roll With It
Genre: Comedy | Drama

Logline: A self-centered journalist is called home to handle her dead mother’s estate and finds herself saddled with more than she can handle: a hoarder house, a basement full of marijuana plants and an eccentric brother struggling to fend for himself now that his doting mother is gone.

Bio: Kate Erickson is a writer and editor living in the Portland area. She worked for more than a decade as a journalist, first in newspapers and then as a digital editor for National Public Radio. Kate’s feature comedy screenplay ROLL WITH IT was a top-50 finalist in the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship, and a Semifinalist in the 2016 Austin Film Festival. ROLL WITH IT also landed her a spot in the 2016 IRIS/NYWIFT Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey. Her feature comedy LAST CHRISTMAS and original sitcom KID APPROPRIATE are both semifinalists in the 2017 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. When she’s not writing, Kate can be found playing football with her three sons, or tap-dancing with old ladies at the senior center.

Contact: Twitter: @kateopedia  |  Instagram: kevans317


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Barbara Nunberg

Script: Willful Blindness
Genre: Drama | Biopic

Logline: An ambitious woman’s meteoric rise from secretary to editor of Britain’s largest tabloid newspaper catapults her to the top of the country’s power elite. When she authorizes the phone hacking of a teenage murder victim, she becomes entangled in a web of intrigue that could destroy the life she’s created.

Bio: Barbara Nunberg is new to screenwriting after a long career in international public policy. She served in senior positions in the World Bank and as a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She’s a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and continues to advise international organizations and governments around the world on governance and development. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

She now writes political dramas for feature films and TV, drawing on her global experience. Willful Blindness, her script about the newspaper hacking scandal that rocked Great Britain, was selected for the Meryl Streep 2016 Writers’ Lab. It was a quarterfinalist for the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition and the Page International Screenwriting Awards and has been optioned by Anne Harrison Productions. Her current screenplay, Facts on the Ground, is a thriller set in the West Bank and Gaza.

Contact: | 202-415-5470


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Carol Carpenter

Script: The Guadalupe
Genre: Thriller | Drama

Logline: On a chilly autumn night, gunmen surround a remote farmhouse on the Mexican- American border – but who are they, why are they here, and can the family inside survive the night?

Bio: Carol Carpenter writes about the complex, forgotten people of rural America. Playbill called her one of the top 10 female playwrights to watch alongside Emily Mann, Sarah Ruhl, Young Jean Lee, Katori Hall, Theresa Rebeck and Lisa Ramirez. The Advocate Magazine called her play Sweet, Sweet Spirit a “rich, insightful and devastating drama” and Playbill named it a Top 10 must-see fall show. Her play The Guadalupe was an O’Neill semifinalist and produced by Chautauqua Theater Company under the direction of Broadway director Ethan McSweeny.

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