Top 10 Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Finalists Announced

BURBANK — Finalists have been announced in the Writers Store 8th Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest:

Top 10 Finalists:

  • Jason Holtham, “Killers Anonymous” New York, NY
  • Matt Williams, “Beyond Good and Evil” Centerville, OH
  • Robin Jensen, “Pulling Out All the Stops” Oakland, CA
  • Ben Gillman, “Three Seats at the Round Table” Hollywood, CA
  • David Kushner, “The Moral Code” Holland, PA
  • Odin Ozdil, “Shadow Road” Santa Monica, CA
  • Jeff Zuschlag, “Contracts” Los Angeles, CA
  • Benjamin Mair, “Ghosts of Tokyo”  Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
  • Patrick Rockwell, “The Recruitment” Marietta, GA
  • Matt Altman, “The Assassination Game” Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brendan Sevack, “Catalysis”
  • Normann Pokorny, “Iota”
  • Donald Copenhaver, “Sons of Adam”
  • Kurt Conety, “Bait and Bleed”
  • Rick McGovern, “Killing Field”

Roger Avary Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest


Roger Avary Writes Short Story for Sarah Morris Catalog

LONDON — Roger Avary’s short story Crease Settles for Nothing accompanies the catalog for the new Sarah Morris exhibition White Cube Bermondsey, where the artist will be presenting a film and new paintings as part of an exhibition titled “Bye Bye Brazil.”

Named after Carlos Diegueus’s 1970s film, which captured the modernisation of contemporary Brazil, the show focuses on the country “on the eve of another era of dramatic change.” Produced in 2012, In Rio is Morris’s 11th film, and depicts the complex, and frequently contradictory nature of a city – presenting both a highly orchestrated, smooth veneer, and the more challenging realities of urban sprawl. A new series of paintings titled “Rio” accompany the work, presenting vivid compositions of curves, vectors, and interlocking spheres. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Roger Avary and Bettina Funcke.

Bye Bye Brazil

Sarah Morris was born in the UK in 1967, and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently lives and works in New York and London. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at institutions including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2012); MAMbo, Bologna (2009); the MMK, Frankfurt (2009); Lenbachaus, Muncih (2008); and the Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2008).

Bettina Funcke is a New York-based writer and editor, and is currently the Head of Publications for dOCUMENTA (13). Her book, Pop or Populus: Art between High and Low, was recently translated into English and published by Sternberg Press (2009). She has lectured on aesthetics, art theory, and art writing at Bard College, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Columbia University, and Yale University. Her writings on contemporary art and its production have been published widely, in both artist monographs and magazines includingAfterallArtforumBookforumParkettPublic, and Texte zur Kunst. Latest essays include texts on Elad Lassry, Wade Guyton, Gerard Byrne, Jacques Rancière, as well as conversations with Carol Bove, Johanna Burton, and Peter Sloterdijk. After editing books at Dia Art Foundation (1999–2007), she was Senior Editor U.S. for Parkett, and is also a co-founder of The Leopard Press and the Continuous Project group.

Roger Avary is is a Director, Producer, and the Academy Award™-winning Screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill, and Beowulf. His work as Director on Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction established his recognition worldwide as an auteur with a unique voice.

Roger Avary & The Writer’s Computer Store Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award™-winning screenwriter Roger Avary is participating in The Writer’s Computer Store Industry Screenwriting Contest by providing a logline for aspiring screenwriters to use as inspiration for the first 15 pages of a screenplay.

Three neurotic hit-men, each with troubled pasts, are separately enlisted by a highly secretive client to assassinate each other.

Think you can turn this logline from Roger AvaryAcademy Award winning Screenwriter for Pulp Fiction, and Writer of Silent Hill, Beowulf and Writer/Director of Killing Zoe and Rules of Attraction into a killer script?  Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest gives you the unique opportunity to turn this idea into a solid spec screenplay that could be your ticket to Hollywood success.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest is an international screenwriting competition that facilitates relationships between new writers and Industry leaders looking to help aspirants embark on writing careers.  Visit the Writer’s Computer Store website for details.

In partnership with Roger Avary, The Writers Store is donating an honorarium to Project Avary in appreciation of Roger’s participation. Founded in 1999 Project Avary was one of the first non-profit organizations in the nation dedicated to improving life outcomes among children with parents in prison. Over 400 Bay Area children have participated in a long-term, continuum of support that includes enrichment, outdoor education, and psycho-social support for children, leadership and life skills training for teens, and valuable support for caregivers. Click here to learn how you can help.

Roger Avary Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

Final Draft Meetup with Academy Award™-winning Screenwriter Roger Avary

LOS ANGELES — Enjoy a drink and network with Writer/Director Roger Avary, then enjoy Rules of Attraction on the patio at the Cat & Fiddle

Are you a screenwriter looking to network with other creatives and hang out with an Academy Award-winning Screenwriter?

Join Final Draft, Inc. at the Cat & Fiddle on June 10th for our monthly meetup, featuring Roger Avary, Academy Award-winning Screenwriter of Pulp Fiction and Writer/Director of Rules of Attraction.

The meetup starts at 7pm with two hours of mingling and networking with fellow screenwriters and filmmakers. After the meetup, Cat & Fiddle will screen Roger Avary’s film Rules of Attraction in their courtyard

Final Draft, Inc. is offering this special event to you free of charge. Plus, Cat & Fiddle even has a special deal for you – Monday is $10 dollar Pie & Pint night. Yup! $10 dollars for your choice of a meat, vegetarian or chicken pie and pint of creative juice (draft beer).

Space is limited and the event is filling up so please RSVP at Eventbrite.  Don’t miss out and join us for good food, good fun and good movies!

Le Pacte to Co-Produce Fleming Biopic

CANNES – As reported by Daily Variety, French distributor Le Pacte has teamed with K5 and Palmstar Entertainment to produce the Duncan Jones directed Ian Fleming biopic written by Roger Avary.  The film explores the life of James Bond author Ian Fleming’s tenure as an intelligence agent during World War Two.

Roger Avary is a Director, Producer, and the Academy Award™-winning Screenwriter of Pulp Fiction,Silent Hill, and Beowulf. His work as Director on Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction established his recognition worldwide as an auteur with a unique voice.

Duncan Jones is the British film director best known for directing the award-winning science fiction films Moon and Source Code.

K5 Media Group handles worldwide sales of primarily English language feature films with commercial potential.

Palmstar Entertainment is an independent film production company based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2004, PalmStar is focused on developing literary driven and biographical films. Using capital from its own private equity fund, the company finances all stages of development including optioning literary properties, commissioning screenplays, and backing offers to talent.

Roger Avary signs with Resolution

LOS ANGELES – Roger Avary has signed with Jeff Berg’s new agency, Resolution, following his agent David Unger to the new percentary.

Roger Avary is a Director, Producer, and the Academy Award™-winning Screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill, and Beowulf. His work as Director on Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction established his recognition worldwide as an auteur with a unique voice.

David A. Unger is a talent and literary agent at Resolution and is a member of Resolution’s media finance group. Unger “represents leadings artists in the U.S., UK, France, India, China and Russia.” His clients include: Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Steve Coogan, Michelle Yeoh, Naomi Campbell, Gong Li, Anil Kapoor, Natalia Vodianova, Courtney Love, Johnny Hallyday, Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Martinez, Vincent Perez as well as directors Tony Kaye, Johan Renck, Malcolm Venville, Michael Haussman, and Academy Award-winner Roger Avary, among others.  Prior to joining Resolution, Unger was a vice-president and talent agent at International Creative Management for 15 years. He represented actors,directors, writers, models, and recording artists, as well as advised the agency’s branding and film financing groups.  Unger began his career at Propaganda Films, a division of PolyGram, where he nurtured the careers of directors David Fincher, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua and Mark Romanek among others. He developed award-winning commercial projects for Coca-Cola, Levi’s and Nike as well as music videos for artists such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones and U2.

Roger Avary Joins 2012 Locarno Jury

LOS ANGELES – As reported by Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Roger Avary will join the official selection jury for Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival.  He will join jury president Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Korean filmmaker Sang-soo ImNoemie Lvovsky, the director, writer, and actress from France, and Swiss curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist will fill out the main competition jury at the next edition of the 2012 Locarno Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

2012 Locarno Film Festival

Roger Avary Adapting William Faulkner’s Sanctuary

LOS ANGELES – As reported by Deadline New York, Roger Avary will adapt William Faulkner’s Sanctuary for producer John Langley, who most recently produced the features Brooklyn’s Finest and Leaves of Grass.


Roger Avary was represented in the deal by David Unger of International Creative Management.