The San Francisco Film Society and Djerassi Resident Artists Program have awarded Tom Gilroy the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship, for continuing development of his script “Our Lady of the Snow.”
The Fellowship provides uninterrupted time for work and reflection, like a writer’s retreat, in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. From September 8 through October 7, everything will be provided for the recipient.
Gilroy is the award-winning writer/director of three films, including Berlinale premiere “The Cold Lands,” which received the Film Society’s 2014 SFFS/Kenneth Rainin grant for screenwriting. He teaches film at Columbia, has been a mentor and fellow at the Sundance Labs, writes political columns for the Huffington Post and is a poet of haikus.
Synopsis for “Our Lady of the Snow”: When the Bishop decides to sell a gothic convent isolated in the snowy woods, the elderly nuns living there begin to have ecstatic visions, which he dismisses as faked. But as the visions spread to the convent’s teenaged atheist cook, inexplicable supernatural events follow, with no one sure of their cause.
Past Djerassi Residency Award winners are Lea Nakonechny, Joshua Zeman and Julie Tosh.