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Outfest Announces Five Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

Outfest Announces Five Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

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.


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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