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San Francisco Film Society Announces Eight Finalists for Hearst Screenwriting Grant

San Francisco Film Society Announces Eight Finalists for Hearst Screenwriting Grant

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the eight finalists for its fifth annual Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The $15,000 grant will be awarded to a screenwriter who has been practicing for five years, and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The 2013 finalists include Destin Cretton (“Short Term 12”); and Eliza Hittman and Jeremy Teicher, both of whom were recently named as Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Faces of Independent Cinema.”

The winner will be announced in mid-September.


Eliza Hittman — A

Skye, a teenage girl living in rural Pennsylvania, catches a
Greyhound bus on a secret journey to New York City to do something for which
she might never be forgiven. Hittman’s previous work includes It Felt Like Love
(2013). For more information visit elizahittman.com.


Tariq Tapa — The Best That Tomorrow Will Bring

A recently homeless widow drives cross-country on a parade
float, hoping to meet the grandson she has never known before he is deployed to
war overseas. Tapa’s previous work includes Zero Bridge (2008). For more
information visit mongrelworks.com.


Shaka King — Liquid Courage

In the 90’s, drugs and alcohol ruined Deuce Harding’s
career. In 2013 they’ll make him a star. King’s previous work includes
Newlyweeds (2013).


Destin Cretton — Ma

After being a mom for 30 years, Jan is forced to deal with
the fact that her youngest son has finally left the nest. On a road-trip down
the Oregon Coast, she begins to learn what it means to live life after
motherhood. Cretton’s previous work includes Short Term 12 (2013) and I Am Not
a Hipster (2012).


Tom Gilroy — Our Lady of the Snow

When a convent is threatened with dissolution, the elderly
nuns begin to have ecstatic visions. When the atheist teenager who cooks for
them begins to share in those visions, supernatural events come to the aid of
the convent. Gilroy’s previous work includes The Cold Lands (2013).


Alistair Banks Griffin — Snow the Jones

When teenage vagabond Lexi joins a traveling door-to-door
sales crew, she discovers a world much darker than the one from which she was
trying to escape. Griffin’s previous work includes Two Gates of Sleep (2010).


Matthew Porterfield — Sollers Point

After serving a parole term detained in his father’s house,
an ex-offender finds the adjustment to society and the workforce more difficult
than the confines of home. Porterfield’s previous work includes I Used to Be
Darker (2013) and Putty Hill (2010). For more information visit


Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas — Stick and Chub

In a small American town obsessed with competitive running,
21-year-old star athlete Plumb Marigold rebels against her parents, coaches,
agents, and teammates just weeks before the upcoming Olympic trials. Teicher
and Pappas’ previous work includes Tall As the Baobab Tree (2013). For more
information visit stickandchub.com.

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