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Pipeline Co-Produces Award-Winning Short “Biophilia” in 2018

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Biophilia, co-produced by Pipeline Media Group (Script Pipeline), won the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival.

Written and directed by Marina Michelson, the short is “inspired by the effects of the 2008 recession” and serves as a commentary, in part, on self-reliance and our intimate connections to nature.

The story: “Rachel, a former Brooklynite, has persuaded her boyfriend to take a stab at farming on his family’s abandoned sheep ranch. But the dream of self-reliance reveals itself to be a harsher reality and strains their relationship. When a sheep dies under their watch, Rachel becomes determined to deal with the remains and in doing so, prove her worth.”

Biophilia was also accepted to three other festivals in North America.

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Contest Winner “Standoff” Premieres at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

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Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek wrapped production in 2018 with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk producing. Dunham is making his feature directorial debut, and the film will premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Henry was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.

“Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything.”
– Henry Dunham (writer/director, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek)

The script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre, and an “unquestionably strong calling card” for the up-and-coming Dunham.

“Couldn’t be happier for Henry,” said Misetich. “One of the most astute young writers I’ve met. He has such an incredible head start now. . . . Looking forward to seeing his career evolve in the years to come.”

Read Henry’s Script Pipeline interview

Film Pipeline “Recommend” in Post, with Duplass Brothers Exec Producing

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Writers Prarthana Mohan and Script Pipeline contest winner Kay Tuxford saw their script The MisEducation of Bindu make a rapid ascent through crowdfunding. The dramedy, which puts a new spin on the coming-of-age story, is seen through the perspective of a 14-year-old Indian girl adjusting to her first high school experience. The project was selected for Seed & Spark’s #HometownHeroes campaign, and Mark and Jay Duplass (Togetherness) came on board as executive producers in 2017. The film wraps post-production in late 2018.

Kay and her writing partner Lily Dahl won the 2016 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with their true story drama pilot Queen of Thieves (aka 40 Elephants). She later sent the screenplay for Bindu to the Script and Film Pipeline team, who instantly saw its potential as a standout character-driven indie. Kay and Prarthana soon landed recognition from Seed & Spark, which led to the the Duplass brothers attachment.

“Winning Script Pipeline has launched me onto a stronger path as a writer and filmmakers, providing continual support and giving me the assurance to take on new frontiers like crowdfunding,” Kay said. “I always feel like someone is in my corner, and it makes me more confident as I jump into my next feverishly exciting project.”

Pipeline Media Group is working with Kay on developing her next indie feature, which she’s writing and directing.

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Script Pipeline’s “The Living Wake” Stars Oscar-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg

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The uniquely iconic dramedy stars Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social NetworkBatman vs. Superman), Mike O’Connell, comedian Jim Gaffigan, Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), and an ensemble cast. Pipeline Media Group CEO Chad Clough produced and raised financing for the indie. Script Pipeline assisted in the development of the film from concept to production.

From Variety: “Pic defies all categorization. . . . Playing opposite the monumental O’Connell would seem to be an impossible assignment, but Eisenberg is note-perfect as his steady servant and go-to guy. Supporting ensemble couldn’t be more colorful.”

Now available on Amazon Prime and Netflix (previously available on Hulu and other streaming networks).

Indie Romcom Written by Contest Finalist Produced

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Off the Menu, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist Jen Goldson, wrapped production in October 2016 and is set for a 2017 release. Industry partner Jay Silverman (Girl on the Edge), who directed the romcom, picked up the project in 2015. Silverman and producer Bethany Cerrona met Goldson at the annual Script Pipeline writer/industry event in Los Angeles.

Off the Menu came about 100% due to Script Pipeline,” Goldson said. “I was a finalist in the 2015 Screenplay Competition and attended their writer/industry event. There were a lot of producers there, but I remember [Script Pipeline Director of Development] Matt Misetich steering me toward Jay Silverman and Bethany Cerrona, saying they would appreciate my work–and they did! We soon had a meeting where I pitched the script, and boom: Jay offered to option the script right then and there, promising to make it. A year later, Jay, my director, was very true to his word, and we wrapped what I hope is a warm and funny film.”

Starring Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dania Ramirez (Entourage, Devious Maids), the film centers on the heir to a Mexican fast-food franchise who goes “cuisine” hunting for the next culinary big thing, soon finding himself in a small New Mexican town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the treats of a local, authentic, and feisty female chef.

“I was inspired to tell the story of two very unlikely people whose appetite for each other is ignited by a quirky town, its eccentric residents, and a very special chilé pepper,” Silverman said.

Goldson has other features currently in various stages of development, including her competition finalist screenplay, Egbok.

From Misetich: “When we read Egbok during contest judging, it was clear that Jen had such a strong grasp on the complexities of creating grounded, relatable characters. It’s difficult (at best) to write a unique drama or romantic comedy, but her voice really shines through–and for that reason alone, I think she’ll have a bright career ahead of her. Always exciting to discover a screenplay and eventually see the film produced.”

Jen joins a host of other Script Pipeline contest finalists and winners whose scripts are getting produced in 2016 and 2017, some of which have taken years to come to fruition.

“Pretty rare for Hollywood that in just one year, a script went from option to completion,” Jen added. “Had a great time working with the Silverman team!”

The film was released in 2018 and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

20th Century Fox Picks Up Contest Winner’s Script “Stuber”

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Tripper Clancy sold projects to 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors, Stuber), QED International (Winter Break) and will write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and as of May 2017, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. He was previously hired to write the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures.

Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tripper found management with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner (Good Fear) only a few weeks after winning the contest.

From Tripper: “I can’t express the impact Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox.”

Contest Winner Sold “Snow White” to Universal for $3 million

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Script Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan Daugherty with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting CompetitionSWATH later sold to Universal and grossed $400 million worldwide.

Evan went on to write the hugely successful films DivergentTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other upcoming studio projects, including a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise with MGM and Warner Bros. producing. In addition to TV series in development, Evan is writing and directing Ink and Bone for Dimension Films.

From Evan: “Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer.”

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Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Winning Screenplay

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Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta, was released in 2013. Produced by Millennium Films, the movie is based off the period thriller script Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty, which won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. The project was later re-written with a contemporary backdrop and modified plot.

The spec helped Evan garner meetings with major studios, landing him an early job with Warner Bros. to rewrite their He-Man franchise. Although that project didn’t move forward, he later sold Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and become one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood.

Read the Evan Daugherty interview here.

“Between,” Developed by Pipeline Media Group, Premieres at Sundance

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Writer Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to director David Ocanas by Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough, who worked closely with the two during development.

In March 2004, the film was greenlit for production and principal photography started in late May in Tijuana, Mexico. The lower-budget feature starred Poppy Montgomery (UnforgettableWithout a Trace), Danny Pino, and Jose Yenque (Traffic). It made its Sundance premiere in 2004 and later aired exclusively on Lifetime.

According to David Ocanas, “After struggling for months trying to find the right writer for a film project I wished to produce and direct, one call to Chad Clough of Script Pipeline made all the difference. Script Pipeline brought us a writer who has given our story new and exciting elements, and thereby giving us a greater opportunity in making a successful film.”

From the LA Times: “San Francisco-based writer Rob Nelms is another lucky one. His psychological thriller Between made its debut at Sundance this year. ‘I sent a comedy script for [Script Pipeline] to review and provide me with coverage a few years before ‘Between’ even came about. They worked with me to improve the script, and then Chadwick Clough, the founder, landed me an agent based on that script. . . .’”