MEET OUR 2ND & 3RD PLACE WRITERS!

2nd PLACE: JULIAN A. RENNER - LITTLE GIRL FOUND

Julian spent his early years in Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa. As a teenager, he studied in the United Kingdom before attending Otterbein University in Ohio. Julian continued to develop his storytelling skills through the New York Film Academy and eventually furthered his education with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production at the City University of New York. Julian recently won the Beverly Hill screenplay competition. “Little Girl Found” is his twelfth screenplay.


3rd PLACE (tie): CHANCE MUEHLECK - HONEY RED

Chance Muehleck is a writer, filmmaker, and theatre artist based in New York. He is co-founder of The Nerve Tank, an acclaimed independent company that produces original content for stage and screen. He’s the recipient of the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting and was a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. He wrote and directed the award-winning short films Sponge and Advent, and his feature The Vultures has been optioned by a producer based in Canada. In 2014 he was a finalist for the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop in Los Angeles.

 

3rd PLACE (tie): LUKAS HASSEL - GALAPAGOS

Lukas Hassel has always primarily been an actor. (“Blue Bloods” on CBS, “In Montauk”, “Borstal Boy”, “Dracula”, etc.) Studied acting at The Samuel Beckett Theatre School of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  He is the beloved figure of Mr. Melk in Norway (youtube it - seriously, it’s fun).

However, over the last ten years or so, writing has become a major part of his life. Lukas won the CineStory Fellowship 2012, placing top 30 at Nicholl’s, with the drama “Le Mécano”, since optioned off. His post-apocalyptic script, “Galápagos”, is his latest.

Last year, Lukas wrote, directed and starred in a sci fi short film “Into the Dark” which has gone on to winning many awards, screening in over 55 film festivals world wide and counting.

Lukas is thrilled to once again visit Idyllwild.

Meet the 2015 Fellow!

MATTHEW FANTACI - SCANDALOUS

Matthew Fantaci was raised on a strict diet of comic books, genre fiction and horror, gangster, and art house movies so that he would have an appreciation for the finer things when he came of age.  His parents still shake their heads somberly when reminded of the fact that they took him to see “Goodfellas” in theaters when he was only 11 years old. But Matthew Fantaci only smiles.  For he knows it was from that little acorn of a movie-going experience (and many others like it) that he became enthralled with the world of visual storytelling.

From his humble beginnings foraging for berries and leaves in Brooklyn, NY, to his humble present day living in Los Angeles, CA, Matthew Fantaci has always dreamed of making movies.  On the internet he heard tales told of a place called Idyllwild. A place where other people with the same dream all met and shared high hopes and lessons learned and the same love for moving pictures – and who wouldn’t want to go to such a magical place as this?  He is honored to be picked as CineStory’s Fellow for 2015.

And the 2015 CSF Winners Are...

From a wonderful field of finalists, the 2015 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT is:

SCANDALOUS - Matthew Fantaci, Los Angeles, CA

SECOND PLACE

LITTLE GIRL FOUND - Julian Awooner Renner, New Rochelle, NY

THIRD PLACE

GALAPAGOS by Lukas Hassel, New York, NY
HONEY RED by Chance Muehleck, New York, NY

Our deepest thanks to all ten finalists for sharing their work with us and to our panel of finals judges for all their efforts.

 

CAKE to be released in 2014!

A huge congratulations to CineStory fellows Daniel Barnz and Patrick Tobin on the announcement that their film CAKE will be released by Cinelou Releasing. Read more details about what Cinelou Releasing is planning for the release here:

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/jennifer-anistons-cake-set-for-oscar-qualifying-release-cinelou-1201340204/

CineStory Foundation - TV/New Media Retreat Announced!

While the details will be finalized in the coming months, we are excited to announce that early next year, the CineStory Foundation will start accepting submissions for the Inaugural TV/New Media Retreat which will be held in Idyllwild, CA in the Spring of 2016.

We plan on bringing the same positive energy and creating the same welcoming environment for the writers and mentors of this Retreat that the CineStory Foundation has been known for during its 20 years of existence.