George RR Martin Screenwriting Grant

L to R: George RR Martin, Dirk Norris, Ginny Cerrella, Ed Khmara, Carolyn Miller, Terry Borst. Exclude Dirk, and you're seeing the majority of the WGA membership in Santa Fe.
L to R: George RR Martin (yeah, you know who he is), Dirk Norris (Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation), and screenwriters Ginny Cerrella, Ed Khmara, Carolyn Miller, Terry Borst outside the Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Photo courtesy L.Carfagno.)

I had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural George RR Martin Screenwriting Grant as one of the WGA professionals judging submissions and selecting a winning entry — which turned out to be a proposed television series entitled “Disempowered,” written by Santa Fean Kevin Atkinson, and awarded to him on November 8 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

The grant was administered by the New Mexico Film Foundation, aiming to grow the above-the-line talent in the state, and was open only to state residents.

You can soak up some of the vibe from the award night (which also dovetailed with the 20th anniversary screening of Earth 2, a TV series shot in New Mexico and at Garson Studios), and catch a few more photos of me hanging out with my screenwriting colleagues at this NM Film Foundation photo album.

Black Shirt Reads This Monday, Oct.20

Black Shirt Reads logoBlack Shirt Reads launches this Monday, October 20, 6pm, at George R.R. Martin‘s Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

Co-principals Kathleen Dexter and Joanna Smith-Thole are launching a quarterly screenplay table reading series featuring some of the best actors in Santa Fe, including my Santa Fe University of Art and Design faculty colleagues Liam Lockhart (fellow UC Berkeley and UCLA alum) and Alaina Zachary.

The event has asked me to offer professional commentary and facilitate some discussion at the conclusion of the table reading.

Table reads are always illuminating, and though the actors will have scripts in front of them, this is a real, rehearsed performance. So come on down if you’re in Santa Fe on this Monday evening, and help kick off this series — definitely a new venue for work in The City Different.

SCSFe 2010 Further Post-Mortem

Terry Borst at SCSFe 2010Not sure how he finds the time to do it (it’s a lesson for all of us), but screenwriter Bill Martell exhaustively details his perspective on this year’s Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe. The snapshot accompanying this entry is yours truly outside his lab and seminar meeting room at The Lodge.  I’ve been serving as faculty at the conference since 2003, and you should check out the conference website and its Facebook page if you’re thinking about going in 2011 (I hope to be asked back as faculty again).

SCSFe 2010 – that’s a wrap!

Wrapped up 3 intense days at the Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe, with fellow faculty mentors Ian Abrams, Kirk Ellis, Dara Marks, Bill Martell, Josh Olson and Wendall Thomas.  Thanks to all the participants who were part of my First Screenplay Lab, to all the consultees, to all who attended my seminar “Building a One-of-a-Kind Protagonist,” and to conference director Larry Stouffer for  his yeoman’s work in running a conference for more than 10 years…

Immersed at SCSFe 2010

Thursday morning I commence 3 days of teaching screenwriting, consulting on scripts, and hanging out with both professional and novice screenwriters at the Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe.  Should be fun, and hopefully I’ll still have a voice by the end of Saturday night.