*(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.
Billy Johnson Jr.
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Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis
*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.
JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.
Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.
“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”
Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”
Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance. Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.
Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.
Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]
*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.
“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”
As reported by thejasminebrand.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.
He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.
Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired.
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@EvelynLozada Thank u for sharing the TRUTH. I remember when I met up with you & Chad in SoBe for breakfast. The tone that Chad spoke to you made me so uncomfortable. I called you later that day asking if you were okay. Now I know you weren’t. Luv u my friend. Stay strong. ❤️??
— frederick johnson (@fjohnsonphoto) July 16, 2020
The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.
She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.
In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.
Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above.
Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.
“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.
Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.
Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH
*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.
The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels.
As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “
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Stephen A Smith on NBA players breaking the Disney Bubble because they’re going to be sexually frustrated and need to go out for “recreational activities”… pic.twitter.com/trgMrAUeAl
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 30, 2020
Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.
Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.
Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”
“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”
Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN. “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”
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