Fav Feature: Serendipity
Fav Short: In A Heartbeat
Fav Drama: This Is Us
Fav Sitcom: Schitt's Creek
I'm an alumna of Boston University's Screenwriting Master of Fine Arts program and Texas Christian University's Film, TV & Digital Media and English Departments. I am a film festival award winner and optioned screenwriter.
I write in the "dramedy" genre, believing that life's serious, but we shouldn't take it too seriously. With an emphasis on LGBTQ+ characters and themes, I seek to increase the quality of LGBTQ+ representation in media.
At Boston University, I taught undergraduate film students how to write short scripts in a workshop environment, a vocation I love and dedicate a lot of my time and energy to. Check out my class site to see what I was up to at BU.
While at BU, I was fortunate enough to find the Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha, the National Professional Cinema Fraternity. I was also a cohort member of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Scholars Program where I investigated pedagogy and designed my own research project.
After spending time working in the LGBTQ+ non-profit sector in Phoenix, I found my way back into the classroom at the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre as part of Scottsdale Community College. I started by script consulting on a student capstone film project in October 2019 and then started teaching as an Adjunct Professor in January 2020. In June 2020, I started the first Short Script Incubator Program.
As of January 2021, I've also started my own graphic and web design business.
In November 2016 my first feature screenplay Baby Steps was a finalist in The Great Gay Screenplay Contest and received an enhanced staged reading directed by Julia Rufo as part of Pride Films & Plays Gay Film Weekend.
Additionally, Baby Steps won "Best Feature Screenplay" at Hill Country Film Festival and was a Semifinalist at Austin Revolution Film Festival.
With the success of its first festival submission at HCFF, I adapted my feature Baby Steps into a short script ("Time to Forget") assigned and optioned by Prod. Tricia Jenkins and Dir. Greg Beck of Two Tree Productions, LLC.
Currently, I'm writing LGBTQ-inclusive features
in various stages of development, while also writing short scripts, including "Going Back" (finalist at 2017's HCFF and 2018's Phoenix Film Fest, Fleder-Rosenberg Short Script Contest, and Austin Revolution Film Fest).
Two shorts scripts are currently in development. "Her Story," inspired by the true story of the young girl I mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters, tells the story of one special girl pursuing her dreams of acting in the face of bullying and harassment. "Two Fluid Ounces" is a script that started as a fun project to produce during a pandemic, using the constraints of COVID-19 as inspired storytelling choices. Now it's been a semifinalist in two contests.
"This story enlightens aspects about the human condition we can all relate to – whatever sexual orientation we identify with – for we have been misunderstood; we have followed a dream that never manifests; we have fallen down and gotten back up to become who we are in spite of everything going on around us. Marilyn’s journey is an inspiration for all of us."
Her Story, WeScreenplay Coverage
Baby Steps | feature
Kat tries to prove everyone - including herself - that she's no longer in love with her best friend Emma who's getting married. An ensemble cast of young adults taking baby steps to move forward.
Drama Category Finalist - Las Vegas Screenplay Competition
Finalist - Pride Films & Plays Great Gay Screenplay Competition
Semifinalist - Austin Revolution Film Festival
Best Feature Screenplay - Hill Country Film Festival
Going Back to You | short
On the day of her engagement party, Bobbi must choose between her future happiness and letting go of the love that got away.
Best Short Screenplay Finalist - Austin Revolution Film Festival
Quarter-finalist - The Golden Script Contest
Finalist - Fleder-Rosenberg Short Script Contest
Finalist - Phoenix Film Festival
Finalist - Hill Country Film Festival
Two Fluid Ounces | short
When our Rey drops by her ex's house to drop off the last of her things and pick up the last of her own, she notices two things: 1) her ex might be starting to move on with someone new; and 2) her travel-sized bottle of lube is missing from her things. She's going to get to the bottom of both of these things before the night's through.
Semifinalist - WeScreenplay Spring 2021 Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab
Semifinalist - The Future of Film is Female Fund
"Two Fluid Ounces is so, so sweet, but still remains nicely grounded throughout. The stakes are made clear without over-explaining, the circumstances are recognizable without feeling cliché. Rey and Anna have a pitch-perfect dynamic that definitely feels true of a recent breakup, struggling to establish boundaries and avoid old arguments while still remembering the familiar rhythm of banter between them."
Two Fluid Ounces, WeScreenplay Coverage
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