*(Beverly Hills, CA) – Your Script Produced! International Feature/TV/Short Script Competition finalists, judges and supporters attended the Season 1 Awards Dinner Fri., Nov. 8, at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills and hosted by actress and Your Script Produced! ambassador and judge Sheila Shah.
The intimate affair honored 13 feature film and television submissions that spanned multiple categories – action/adventure, thriller/horror, comedy, sci-fi/fantasy, drama, 1 hour original show and 1/2 hour original show.
Justice Singleton, daughter of late Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director John Singleton, accepted the Your Script Produced! Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf. During her acceptance speech, Justice said she is inspired by her father’s work and was happy to meet Bruno Chatelin, co-founder of Filmfestival.com, who introduced “Boys ‘N the Hood” at Cannes Film Festival and contacted her after John’s death.
She replied to Chatelin via email and said, “You know, my dad is gone, but I kinda want to retrace his steps. Not follow them, retrace them,” she said. She commended Your Script Produced! for recognizing writers and stressed the importance of the storytelling process, describing it as “a testament to the fact that you’re doing what you’re supposed to do. And that’s my dad. He wrote in his journal every day. He wrote multiple scripts throughout a year and he’s probably more of an icon and hero than I imagined him to be as my father.”
Doval Bacall of Doval Bacall Films, Your Script Produced! founder, financier and producer, says the inaugural event was a success. “When an event occurs that is so organic that it transmits and snowballs on its own … that’s exactly what took place at Season 1 Awards Dinner last night as we congratulated all the winners and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John Singleton and in the presence of his daughter Justice Singleton.”
Bacall added, “It was an honor and privilege to award the Lifetime Achievement Award to John Singleton’s legacy for all that he did in the filmed industry and for the opportunity that he had given and that payment for nurturing opportunities. When Hollywood says, ‘No,’ Your Script Produced will say, ‘Yes.’”
Season 1 Awards Dinner host Shah, an actress who made her debut portraying an FBI agent in “Saw V” and has appeared in “Rambo V” and recently filmed episodes of the television series “Professionals,” can relate to the Your Script Produced! finalists.
“Being in entertainment, I understand the importance and the challenge of getting your work realized. I love being part of Your Script Produced! as the most critical part of the process is the writing and the story. It’s wonderful giving a chance to new talented writers to thrive and have their script come to life, specifically, stories of our winners that focus on social good and impacting people’s heart and life. I am excited to produce Ted Campbell’s script alongside Doval Bacall.”
Social impact is important to Shah, who is an ambassador for numerous charities including CARE, White Ribbon USA and March of Dimes CA and an advocate for White Ribbon Canada. Her focus is on projects with a social impact towards the environment and empowering women and girls.
Chatelin, a marketing genius with more than 30 years experience working for major international advertising agencies, distribution companies Sony and UGC Fox and running Filmfestivals.com and Major Buzz Factory, has serviced more than 6000 festivals and launched more than 200 films. He said being involved with Your Script Produced! provided the creative dose he needs.
“Stories, scripts are the only elements that can guarantee a fulfilling, entertaining film experience,” he said. “Nothing else matters so much. Stars and directors cannot shine if the story is mediocre. Filmmaking passion commands a relentless fight to get the story better. Your Script Produced! touches that very sweet spot that can produce fairy tales. My distributor’s experience with majors gave me the luxury to witness film fairy tales (‘Boyz’ N The Hood’ … ) and it’s addictive.”
Chatelin and Shah were among the esteemed judges who reviewed the more than 600 scripts submitted in attendance the awards dinner, including casting director Shannon Makhanian, actor Tim Abell, actor Tim Lounibos, Emmy-nominated producer and writer Genevieve Wong and marketing guru and film producer Al Maddin.
Your Script Produced! International Feature/TV/Short Script Competition Season 2 is accepting submissions at www.yourscriptproduced.com. The second year offers higher prizes and grand prizes in film, television and short categories.
- $250,000 financed feature production budget
- $10,000 financed short film production budget
- $10,000 financed TV production budget
- Category finalists and Grand Prize Winners will be promoted in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety Magazine
Submissions close on Aug. 31, 2020. For pre-launch, early bird, regular, late and final deadlines as well as other submission information visit YourScriptProduced.com.
Your Script Produced! International Feature/TV/Short Script Competition Season 1 Awards Dinner Finalists
Your Script Produced! Lifetime Achievement Award
Feature Film Finalists
Ultimate Grand Prize Winner: Feature Film
Ted Campbell – “Blue Motel”
Feature Film Category Finalists
Ben Matthews – “American Youth”
Paul Paseli – “Massacre in Monkey Bay”
Ted Campbell – “Blue Motel”
Luca Patruno & Robert Price – “BNB”
Tyler True – “Housewarming Party”
Howard Nash – “Here After All”
Darian Santiago – “The Color Scheme”
Bridget Addison – “Cherish”
Fernando Perez – “Mark of Kings”
Joseph Walters & Christian Clark – “Children of the Sun”
Prize Winner: TV
Leia Vogelle & Iris May
TV Pilot – 1 /2 Hr Original Show
TV Category Finalists
1 Hr Original Show
Sally Ann Hall – “Assisting”
1 /2 Hr Original Show
Iris May & Leia Vogelle – “Midlife Drive-Thru”
Jodi Lynn Thomas – “Willa”
About Doval Bacall
After a successful career in real estate with his “The Bacall Brothers” family business with over 120+ million in real estate acquisitions and developments, top hotel brands, restaurants, retail brands, shopping centers, a burger franchise and Bacall Capital, Detroit native Doval Bacall shifted his laser focus attitude to the Filmed Entertainment Industry. Bacall always believed that in order to be successful, you have to help others, along with your surrounding team to succeed in order to be labeled as a success, therefore, he agreed to sponsor Your Script Produced! International Feature/TV/Short Script Competition.
As the founder and financier, Doval Bacall Films will finance, develop, package and produce the Ultimate Grand Prize winning feature script and provide monetary awards to other finalists.
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Pastor Cal Keeps Love Alive on ‘Married at First Sight’ (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*For 11 seasons, “Married at First Sight” (MAFS) has been the ultimate experiment in matchmaking as couples who have never met – complete strangers – tie the knot.
If you are not familiar with the popular Lifetime series, people looking for love are matched by relationship experts (Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson-known as Pastor Cal) and agree to tie the knot before meeting their mates.
The show follows the couples for a few weeks as they experience their first meeting at their weddings, their honeymoons, meeting each other’s families, and other milestone events all the while being counseled by the experts. At the end of each season, the couples are given the chance to continue in their marriage or get a divorce.
While some may question the show’s premise, the EUR spoke to Pastor Cal recently and he said the series is genuine.
“My job on the show is to get these couples, put them together, and make sure they stay together,” said Pastor Cal. “My goal is to look at their differences, see where they’re compatible, counsel them and in some cases, threaten them, to make it work. All the experts, our focus, is simply making sure the couples stay together.”
As for a method in which the couples are matched, he added, “There isn’t a solid formula we apply to every couple. It has to be tweaked as we find out people’s peculiarities. It can be nerve-wracking but it’s rewarding in the end.”
Like many MAFS seasons, there are surprising revelations and this one, featuring couples from New Orleans, is no exception.
“Season 11 has brought us so many surprises,” Pastor Cal said. “Even in casting, one of the couples we thought would get along much quicker is one of the ones lagging behind. And one couple we thought would move slower to intimacy are moving ahead. And that’s with Miles and Karen being the slower and Woody and Amani being the faster of the two.”
He continued, “Also, by my own admission, I fall on the sword on this one, I was not expecting Bennett and Amelia to get along so well. I thought she would be put off more by his lack of profession. It was a big surprise to me.”
The next MAFS season will include Atlanta couples and after that the show heads to Houston, which is casting now. Pastor Cal told the EUR that the show adapts to the couples from each city.
“I believe that every city we film in brings a certain flavor and the participants from that city take on the flavor from that city,” Pastor Cal said. “New Orleans is laid-back, they party, and it’s a very fun city as opposed to a city like D.C. that is very political, buttoned up, and tight. But definitely we found that every city influences the participants. We definitely see different personalities coming out of each city.”
Speaking of Atlanta, Pastor Cal is the lead pastor at Progression church in the peach city. He and his wife Wendy have a marriage coaching organization that offers marriage and relationship conferences, boot camps, and seminars worldwide.
While COVID-19 may have slowed down the in-person events, that has not stopped people from contacting Pastor Cal for love connections, “Because of COVID, we’re online. I get more people through DM’s, email, etc. asking me to match them.”
And how does the church feel about the show?
“My church actually loves it.” Pastor Cal said. “They are so supportive and such an incredible group of people. They tell people about the show. Our church was actually founded on relationships, so it was an easy fit. Our church was founded on positive marriage and positive family.”
Look out for Pastor Cal’s book, “Marriage Ain’t for Punks,” slated to come out next year.
If you are interested in being on “Married at First Sight” and live in Houston, click here to apply.
For more information on MAFS’ current season, click here.
Nigerian Bread Seller Lands Modeling Contract After Photobombing Rapper’s Shoot
She was discovered on the streets of the city of Lagos by international photographer Ty Bello, who was shooting with English rapper Tinie Tempah. Unintentionally, Orisaguna came out in one of the images.
Days later, Bello shared pictures from that shoot on his social media but with interest of finding out who the bread seller was in the photo.
“WHO IS SHE? Everyone has been asking if this lady is a model… She definitely SHOULD be a model… I’ll find a way to track her down somehow. You guys can also help,“ the photographer captioned the post.
BEATIFULX : WHO IS SHE.Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested .She’s so beautiful and photographed so well. I’ll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help #lagos #doesanyonerecognizeher #okunorentwins #tinietempah @thisdaystyle #lagos #phaseone
As PEOPLE notes, from that moment on, her life changed forever. In less than a year, Orisaguna managed to sign contracts with recognized agencies. Earlier this year, she wrapped up her tour of South Africa and she also launched a vlog and reality show.
“I never expected this would ever happen to me,” she told CNN. “My friends have told me they saw me on the TV and they are really happy. My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success.”
In March, she celebrated the one year anniversary of her discovery. In an exclusive interview with Pulse in January, Orisaguna spoke about the people who have been influential in her rise to fame. During the interview, she thanked Azuka Ogujuiba of ThisDay Newspaper, as she was instrumental in Olajumoke’s success story.
Orisaguna, who left her two children and husband to sell bread, is now being offered by a bank to pay for her kid’s education through college.
‘Origin of Everything’ on PBS Sparks Interest with Controversial & Everyday Topics (EUR Exclusive!)
*“Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org, has been exploring topics since 2017 that run the gamut. The show jumps into a variety of subjects by investigating daily life like the words we use, pop culture, and why we are hooked on technology.
The show does not shy away from controversial topics such as slavery, race and ethnicity, and mass incarceration of African Americans.
Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., the host and lead writer of “Origin of Everything,” told the EUR in a recent interview that the series is about making people think beyond the restrictive ways we have been taught to view history.
“It’s a show about our collective story and how we are envisioning history,” Dr. Bainbridge said. ”How do we think about history that includes all of us and just not the figures and facts that we were taught in school. So, it’s a show about under told and underrepresented history. We’re trying to make history feel very present to the people who watch it.”
She continued, “One of the reasons to watch it is if you’re curious about how did we get to our current moment? How do small things such as why do we eat popcorn at the movies or what is the origin of ethnicity and how do these things still impact the way we think about the world?”
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Deftly equipped to talk about controversial topics, Dr. Bainbridge holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English & Theatre Arts. She is also a faculty member at Northwestern University in Theatre and African American Studies
In early 2017, when she was a graduate student, she was contacted by PBS about working on the show and thought it was a joke.
“When they first reached out to me, I thought it was a hoax,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I was thinking how would they even know who I am because I was a graduate student? But I think they found me through a since defunct janky website that I had set up. They reached out to me, I auditioned, did a screen test, and a writing sample and after that I was hired to help develop the show.”
Viewers are encouraged to be interactive with the series because it is digital. With instant commentary from the audience, the show knows immediately what viewers think, which for the most part is positive. However, when it delves into controversial subject matters things can get sticky.
“I would say overall people are pretty positive about the series because most of the folks who watch it are longtime watchers who tune in every week for episodes,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “The only exception is if we cover more sensitive topics like, race, gender, or sexuality we will get some pushback. I think that’s just the cost of doing business with open discourse.”
One of the most controversial shows was about the transatlantic slave trade.
“We did one episode on why Europeans enslaved Africans and that was probably our most viewed episode as well as our most critiqued one,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I think often times if you view yourself as pretty well versed in history from what you learn in school and then you learn something that goes in the opposite direction it can be jarring or for some people upsetting. We think of it as our value or service to our audience to present accurate history or history that doesn’t get told that often so that people can be informed with the whole picture.”
She added that she has an answer for those who point out that Africans sold slaves to Europeans.
“Slavery was not invented with West Africans and Europeans,” Dr. Bainbridge continued. “Some form of enslavement – whether through war, becoming a prisoner of war, or through different systems – goes back to ancient societies from around the world. So, it is not distinct to West Africa or Europe or any other region of the world.”
Dr. Bainbridge added, “But the difference with this particular moment in slavery was that it intersected with capitalism in a way that was very different with slavery that preceded it. People were taken into the system and their children inherited their status as a slave and that is where the differences started to emerge. We have to think about these things as distinct only because the system that existed with chattel slavery was so radically different than the slavery that existed around the world beforehand.”
With the ongoing protests against police brutality, “Origin of Everything” has also tackled the racist beginnings of United States law. Dr. Bainbridge breaks down the discriminatory history by looking at colonialism, slavery, the Jim Crow era, and mass incarceration.
“I decided to write this episode about legal discrimination, and I didn’t have a particular agenda in mind,” she said. “As I started doing the research it was overwhelming. I started to find (material) that just dealt with legal discrimination about black people in this country from its origin to now. I thought it was something that people needed to know.”
“I was never taught in any history class that I took through high school any of the information from that episode. I was taught that things are fair and that a lot of the blame was placed inadvertently or inherently on black communities, impoverished communities, or communities that struggle. When I saw that in some ways the law was stacked against black people and certain other populations, I thought that was important to bring to light. In this moment, people are looking for reliable sources and this could add to the conversation.”
New episodes of “Origin of Everything” are available on PBS.org and the PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube Channel. Join the conversation by visiting Twitter-@PBSOrigin and Instagram-@pbsoriginofeverything.
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