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 – Park City.
Table Read My Screenplay is a screenwriting contest sponsored by the International Screenwriters’ Association, which provides the unique prize of the winning screenplay(s) being workshopped by an established director and table-read by professional actors. The contest is featured in cities such as Austin, London, and Hollywood, but it reaches writers all over the world.
Grand Prize Winner
Synopsis: Five months before legalization, Adley Clover aka “Cloves” fights her way through the wild, wild west of the male-dominated cannabis industry in Denver, CO. Currently, working as a paralegal for one of Denver’s top cannabis lawyers, Adley is determined to go out on her own and become Denver’s first female cannabis consultant. In launching America’s First Cannabis Club, Adley hopes to put her name on the map and earn more money to secretly fund her side hustle of researching cannabis for its anti-cancer properties. However, everything falls apart when her tyrant boss fires her and shuts down the launching of the club. But then, Adley finds a way to pull off the club and steal her boss’s top investor all before returning home to a family, kept secret by her. She has a son, Indy. He’s in remission from cancer. It was never about the money or the accolades; it’s about saving her son’s life.
Bio: Shane Elizabeth is an up-and-coming writer with a strong background in development and story producing for unscripted television. She has worked on shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s The Taste and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days, Project Runway, and The Real World. She holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, and has completed UCLA’s Graduate Programs in both Screenwriting and TV writing. In the past, producers have attached themselves to her projects in scripted and unscripted TV which took her through various stages of development. Thus, Shane is up-and-coming but with a decade of experience worth recognizing.
What’s next for Shane: Shane currently has four TV pilots completed and is actively seeking representation. She is also developing a low budget comedy for Elder Productions, and has been continually working on a memoir in the vain of Dear Vodka, It’s me Chelsea meets Eat, Pray, Love. Her next steps are to begin submitting book proposals to publishing companies as well as trying to sell her own projects or get staffed on a television show.
Short Grand Prize Winner
John Harden – ANAESTHESIA
Synopsis: On a fine, sunny day, a boy relaxes on a beach with his parents. But the comfortable and familiar quickly turn strange. These aren’t his parents, this is not a beach… and he’s not a boy. Michael is a grown man. A powerful man, with business to attend to, and enemies keen on seeing him fail. Michael is in fact unconscious, living in a virtual world built from his memories. It’s so nice to see Mom again. She says she’s here to help. But can Michael trust her?
Bio: John Harden is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His work has screened at top-tier festivals around the world, including exhibition at NY MOMA in the New Directors/New Films series, and has garnered numerous awards on the festival circuit, including Best Narrative Short at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. His screenplay THE SENSITIVITY PROGRAM (co-authored with Skot Christopherson) was chosen as Best Feature Screenplay (Science Fiction Category) in the 2010 Austin Film Festival competition. A filmmaker since age 13, the San Francisco Bay Area native remains fascinated by the power of the moving image to tell stories. His work in film is complemented by a background in visual arts, graphic design, illustration, journalism and marketing. John also employs his multi-hyphenate skills at Armstrong Creates, a marketing firm with a 35+ year history in Sonoma County.
What’s next for John: John is currently polishing up a pilot script and pitch document for a one-hour TV series, a sci-fi action/comedy that he expects to be shopping around this spring and is actively seeking representation to help him do so. He also recently finished a spec feature screenplay and is working on a sci-fi comedy feature set in the 1950s. He will be shooting ANAESTHESIA in a few months.