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The Indie 'Black List'? NYU Announces 'Purple List' of Best Unproduced Student Screenplays

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire March 21, 2012 at 12:26PM

Graduating film school doesn't necessarily guarantee a break into the industry. But as a way to boost its students' profiles, New York University has announced the creation of the NYU Purple List, their own annual version of Hollywood's Black List of unproduced screenplays.
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“The movie industry has long taken notice of the talent that comes out of NYU Grad Film," said NYU Grad Film Creative Director Spike Lee, "but now there is an even greater need for the link to be strengthened, hence the Purple List."
“The movie industry has long taken notice of the talent that comes out of NYU Grad Film," said NYU Grad Film Creative Director Spike Lee, "but now there is an even greater need for the link to be strengthened, hence the Purple List."

Graduating film school doesn't necessarily guarantee a break into the industry. But as a way to boost its students' profiles, New York University has announced the creation of the NYU Purple List, their own annual version of Hollywood's Black List of unproduced screenplays.

Chosen by a panel including actress-director Jodie Foster, writer-director John Sayles, writer-director Karyn Kusama and other industry professionals, the screenplays on the Purple List are production-ready or in pre-production and seeking financing. Different judges will be selected every year for the panel.

The Purple List was created by graduate film students Ash Bhalla and Shandor Garrison.

"There’s finance available for independent films but there’s a disconnect between emerging filmmakers and financiers," said Bhalla, “Filtering projects and giving them industry credibility pushes these scripts to the top of the stack."

“The movie industry has long taken notice of the talent that comes out of NYU Grad Film," said NYU Grad Film Creative Director Spike Lee, "but now there is an even greater need for the link to be strengthened, hence the Purple List: not only NYU Graduate student films, but compelling production-ready feature-length projects ready to go – they just need the financing."

More information on the List can be found here.

The 2012 Purple List

ECHOES FROM WITHIN by Melanie Delloye – DRAMA
Nina, a young teenager from Bogota's upper class, meets David, a young delinquent who strangely reminds her of her long lost brother.

IT HAD TO BE YOU by Sasha Gordon – ROMANTIC COMEDY
Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her boyfriend Chris, buttoned-up Sonia embarks on a raunchy, bumpy journey of self-discovery

LEE by Chloé Zhao – COMING OF AGE
As his two best friends plan to leave for college, a Lakota teen wonders if his future on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is pre-ordained when a tragedy forces him to take dangerous action to protect his family.

NEWLYWEEDS by Shaka King - COMEDY
A stoner couple get high, get by and get lost.

MY HUSBAND’S CORPSE by Sehaj Sethi – COMEDY/DRAMA
After Beth's husband dies on a train in India she is kicked off in the middle of nowhere with the body, and no idea how to get home.

THE WHISPERING GIANT by Kim Spurlock – COMEDIC DRAMA
Willa Ochs has it all: a handsome fiancé, a brand new wedding dress, some edible underwear and her faith in Jesus. But in Midkiff, West Virginia, even that ain't enough to get married!