Barbara Stepansky (HURT, FUGUE, FINAL RECOURSE) has been selected for the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition along with 4 other writers out of 7,251 scripts submitted for this year’s competition.
Stepansky's script, SUGAR IN MY VEINS, is in her own words an "edgy, coming-of-age" story and it has already got her invited to the Film Independent Director's Lab, but now THIS TOO. She will get some money to finish her script and it's not a small chunk of change. The synopsis:
A fourteen year old misfit violin prodigy falls in love with her sister’s boyfriend, twice her age. Their growing mutual attraction changes her life but wreaks havoc on everybody else’s.
There will be a live reading of the script on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Stepansky is scheduled to direct a thriller for Fishbowl Films (DETOUR) and a horror film for Relativity Media, and several collaborations with Jennifer Blanc Biehn.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, incidentally, and some past recipients include Rebecca Sonnenshine (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) and Terri Edda Miller (who directed the short fantasy comedy DYSENCHANTED, which is a favorite of mine, and who is a writer and consulting producer on CASTLE).