The Tracking Board is proud of our mission to support and encourage up-and-coming writers who are looking for avenues to showcase their unique voices. We are always searching for ways to celebrate and acknowledge the talented and passionate screenwriters who are working their way to the top.
As a part of this mission, we are pleased to present the latest ISA Spotlight – Austin.
Table Read My Screenplay is a screenwriting contest sponsored by the International Screenwriters’ Association, The Tracking Board, and Nickelodeon. The draw of this contest is that the winning screenplay(s) will be workshopped by an established director and table-read by professional actors. The contest is featured in cities such as Park City, London, and Hollywood, but it reaches writers all over the world.
Grand Prize Winner
Erica Tachoir – SCATTERING JAKE
Synopsis: A young widow dumps her deceitful husband’s ashes down the sink in a fit of rage the night before a trip to scatter those ashes with his family and the woman who has his transplanted heart.
Bio: Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Erica also studied film at FAMU in Prague, acting at Atlantic Theater Company, and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay winner. Her short film TOO SUNNY FOR SANTA (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things) screened at festivals across the country from Newport Beach to Nashville and garnered awards from AmericanLife TV and the Russell Hexter Filmmaking Fund, among others. With her comedy writing partner Corinne Caputo, she co-wrote and starred in the web series LIFE, AFTER, a short film BE THE CHANGE, and a video series for iaf.tv called DIY FRIENDS. They were named notable writers at the New York Television Festival for their pilot script UNFINISHED. Erica has run five half-marathons, which is pretty much the exact same thing as two and a half full marathons, and she has appeared in national commercials playing such roles as a hipster urban farmer and the “best wife ever.”
What’s next for Erica: Erica has recently signed with MXN Entertainment for literary representation. She is working with them and her producers, Tessa Treanor and Melissa Azizi, to package and finance Scattering Jake with Erica directing. Her comedy writing partner, Corinne Caputo, and she are working on a new draft of their very silly and fun comedy sci-fi feature, Spaceboat. The two also have a pilot about two women who die and become ghosts, inspired by a web series they produced. On her own, Erica is in the early stages of researching and outlining a biopic about the first woman in Congress, Jeannette Rankin. She also has two short films she hopes to direct in the coming months.
ISA Austin Award Winner
Victoria Brooks – THE PLAN TO FIND MR. RIGHT
Synopsis: An independent, single woman creates a “love success plan” using a data driven process inspired by Ted Talks combined with modern day pop-psychology to level up her attractiveness. She finds a great partner, only to realize she’s lost herself in the process.
Bio: Victoria Brooks is the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay – ISA Austin Writer Award Winner with The Plan to Find Mr. Right. She’s also placed in the semi-finals at Script and Storyboard Showcase earlier in 2018, for her television pilot Resurrection. She’s appeared on Modern Rogue, a Comedy Central pilot, and the feature One Hand Clapping – if her background scenes didn’t end up on the cutting room floor. She’s also a former conference organizer for the No-Kill movement, which focuses on saving 90% or more of the homeless pets in municipal animal shelters. She managed the American Pets Alive! Conference, where she nearly doubled the attendance year over year for the two years she led it. She’s passionate about storytelling, saving shelter pets, social issues and the impact of emerging technology on society. You can find her at events in and around Austin including ISA’s Third Thursdays, SXSW and of course, Austin Film Festival.
What’s next for Victoria: She’s writing her next script, Katfight, and in pre-production of shooting a short. She’s also looking for a day job/gig/ways to earn to support her writing addiction. Got an employment lead? You can find her @cleopatoria on Twitter or on LinkedIn under her name.
Grand Prize Winner – Short
Kerry Russell – DOWN RIVER
Synopsis: Silvia, a grieving mother, and Adam, a troubled teenager, find an unexpected connection when Adam inherits Silvia’s deceased son’s old phone number.
Bio: In September 2018, Kerry Russell completed the Master’s program in screenwriting and playwriting at City, University of London, and is now awaiting her final grade. She also wrote and directed two short films in London before returning to Detroit, where she lives and writes. Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. From 2005 to 2011, Kerry worked for independent film producer Caldecot Chubb and at Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, where her credits include Ed Harris’s Appaloosa and Gregor Jordan’s Unthinkable.
What’s next for Kerry: Kerry is currently editing her short film FIXXXED, starring Wendy Albiston and Arty Froushan, and will be entering the finished product into domestic and international film festivals. She is also developing an introductory screenwriting course, which will soon be on offer in the Metro Detroit area. Kerry also has plans to produce and direct her short film Down River in Detroit in early 2019.