Marlana Hope – TV pilot script
Lineage: Four generations of women within two families, one black and one white, are brought together through changes in perceptions of race, gender and age over the last fifty years.
Marlana grew up on a horse ranch outside St. Louis, Missouri. Following too many brutal winters and a Degree in theatre at the University of Illinois, she headed west and began her entertainment career as a Page at NBC and a PA on the Oscars. She was a writers assistant and later a script coordinator on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and the last two seasons of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Marlana joined the writing staff of ARMY WIVES for what would be their final two seasons. Currently, she is an executive story editor on Amazon’s new series THE KICKS set to premiere in the summer of 2016.
Michelle Davidson and Jeffrey Field – feature screenplay
No Man’s Land: In a future generation where males are rare and mature into monsters, a plucky teenager begins a secret romance with a boy on the verge of his transformation.
Michelle is a regional Emmy award winning writer and director of the comedic short film A SENIOR MOMENT, also recognized with a Celtx Seed Grant and awards at various film festivals. On the small screen, Michelle hosts a daily entertainment show “Kansas City Live” on KSHB (NBC). She co-hosts and produces “CinemaKC,” a weekly program showcasing filmmakers.
Jeffrey has written 14 feature screenplays. His comedies POP HIT and FOR SALE BY OWNER (co-written with Michelle Davidson) have both been optioned. He is a 2013 and 2014 Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, a Bronze Prize winner for Drama in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. Field is a writer/producer/web editor at Kansas City’s KMBC (CBS.)
Dominique Johnson – feature screenplay
Red State: An ambitious Republican struggles to win Missouri’s Senate primary and keep her family together when her sister’s same-sex marriage becomes national news, endangering her campaign.
Dominique is a writer and an actor. Dominique attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, earning a B.A in History,– while acting in a play almost every term and taking part in International Model United Nations, traveling to such places as Beijing and Montreal. She spent four months living in Morocco, as well as time in Costa Rica and France. Many moons before that, she attended John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, MO. And before that Meramec Elementary school in Clayton, MO, and even before that, A Growing Place Montessori School. In 2014, she was a 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship QuarterFinalist. Dominique now lives in New York, though a Missourian born and raised.
Steve Clark – feature screenplay
Searching for Jesse: A sailor’s search for a notorious ancestor meets a librarian’s bittersweet life.
Steven Clark was born in 1952 in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He served in the U.S. army and graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His play The Love Season won Source Theater’s 1985 Best Play award. His novel The Green Path was published in 2012, and his novel The St. Louisans will be published in 2016 by Walrus Publishing. His stories have appeared in Black Oak Presents, Mozark Press, and UMSL Litmag. His play The Buffalo was part of the Spectrum Theater’s 2011 festival, described by KDHX as ”…the most important play of the evening…” He has performed with St. Louis Shakespeare and St. Louis Early Music. Staged readings of his plays The Countess of the Dial and Hypatia were part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Woman’s History Month celebrations.
Peter Hanrahan – feature screenplay
Cloister: A private detective investigates the murder of a Carmelite nun and uncovers a conspiracy that leads to the Archdiocese.
Peter Hanrahan received his MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers University and graduated with a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis (Phi Beta Kappa). As a playwright, his plays have been read, work shopped and produced by various theater companies, including the Arena Stage in Washington, DC.His play Prize Inside was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2007 (S&K). As a screenwriter, he has placed among the top 30 entrants in the Nicholl Fellowship Competition. He has several screenplay projects in development, including The Lowlands, which is in preproduction. He lived in Los Angeles for several years, where he worked as one of two in-house Story Analysts for the United Talent Agency. He continues to serve as a freelance consultant for the United Talent Agency, as well as for Jennifer Lopez Entertainment. He currently lives with his wife and daughters in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he teaches classes in film and theater at Saint Louis University.
Peter Mayer – TV pilot script
City of Blues: St. Louis, 1958. A blues club owner finds himself in the middle of a war for control of the Mississippi riverfront.
Mayer is an actor and writer living in St. Louis. He studied in the graduate acting program at Catholic University, under the direction of Academy Award winning actress Mercedes McCambridge, before touring for two years with the National Repertory Company, performing the works of Shakespeare throughout the continental U.S. He was a featured player on the daytime drama Guiding Light, co-starred with Paul Winfield in the ABC drama Crossroads, and was seen as Paul Sumner on the NBC series The Playboy Club. He appears regularly in St. Louis theaters and was named the 2011 Actor of the Year by The Riverfront Times.