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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”

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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.

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