Meet the 2011 CineStory Fellow: Celeste Wolfe

Celeste hails from a colorful family, with a gun-running paternal great-great-grand-father and a maternal grandfather who worked as a press agent for Chiang-Kai Shek.  Celeste is proud to be an American-born Ching-Chong despite the endured slurs of “slant-eye,” jap/gook/chink and back to jap again.  Like any good Asian, Celeste did well in academics and escaped her traditional home by skipping her senior year in high school and fleeing to U.C. Davis. 

After college, Celeste decided she’d head to Hollywood and landed work for Wilhelmina Models and Weintraub Entertainment.  Later she became a personal assistant for Brenda Vaccaro, then moved on to being a casting assistant with Henderson/Hanley. 

Having had her fun with the feast and famine of Hollywood, Celeste got serious and earned an M.A. in clinical psychology, secured her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and promptly got married.  After twenty years serving the mentally ill, she decided to try a Second Act – screenwriting.   She has two produced “Story By” credits on the syndicated TV show “Andromeda.”  Her modern-day M*A*S*H -- “Embrace the Suck” -- was optioned by Fox. 

Celeste has won numerous screenwriting competitions, including Best Action Adventure Script in the Los Angeles Film Festival, and her “Grey’s Anatomy” spec “Bad Reputation” was a semi-finalist with NBC’s Writers on the Verge in 2009.   Her spec pilot “The Four Reasons” won her a place in the 2010 Producer’s Guild Diversity Program.  And now in 2011, Celeste is a Cinestory winner with her cold-war kiddie film, SPOTNIK.

2011 Winners Announced

In late July, the finals judges gathered to discuss the eight scripts in contention for the grand prize of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards, The CineStory Fellowship. After a lively discussion in which each script was discussed in depth, the judges made their decisions. And here they are:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER/2011 FELLOW

SPOTNIK - Celeste Wolfe, Los Angeles CA

 

SECOND PLACE 

CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA

 

THIRD PLACE (Tied) 

AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ

DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA  

 

A big congratulations to these writers - we're looking forward to meeting you all at the retreat! And a big thank you to our finals judges for all their hard work.

2011 Finalists Announced

From an outstanding field of semifinalists, the following scripts are progressing to the finals round:

AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ
BANK ROBBING FOR DUMMIES - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks CA
CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA
DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA
SNOWBIRD - Jack Zafran, Granada Hills CA
SPOTNIK - Celeste Chan Wolfe, Los Angeles CA
THE COST OF LIVING - Kellen Hertz, Los Angeles CA
THE LONER - Bryan Marvis, Oceanside OR

Each is in the running for the Grand Prize, a one-year fellowship during which the writer is mentored by two industry pros, as well as cash awards and other prizes.


Glenn Gers July 21st - From Script To Screen

Fourth in the series: Glenn Gers  

Thursday July 21st 7-9pm
The Station @ The Working Village
212 Marine Street suite 100
Santa Monica CA 90405
Ph: 310-450-7070
Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
CineStory: $17

Acclaimed writer-director Glenn Gers has experienced both sides of the screenwriting coin. From big budget Hollywood pics such as MAD MONEY and FRACTURE, to his own independently made and financed DISFIGURED, Glenn has experienced the spectrum of what it means to be a professional screenwriter.

Come hear his journey From Script to Screen!

CineStory writers receive 15% off From Script to Screen with coupon code: Cinestory.&

PLUS: All writers get a special discount on entries into the 2012 CineStory Screenwriting Awards. Save $$$ on any deadline!

Visit www.filmmakerjunction.com for tickets.

2009 Finalist Mark Grisar on his CineStory success

In 2009, Mark Grisar participated in one of CineStory’s “fly-on-the-wall” sessions at their annual screenwriting retreat. He sat in a chair and pitched a movie idea to a group of producers, a story about a rapper who switches to “easy listening” music after a failed publicity stunt turns into a near-death experience, and then pretended to leave the room, allowing the producers to discuss his film and pitch candidly as if he wasn’t there. During the conversation, one of the producers said, “I think I can set that up.”

“And all of a sudden, the room just hushed,” Grisar said. “It was something that typically does not happen in a situation like that.”

Read the rest of Mark's story here.

2011 CineStory Screenwriting Awards Semifinalists

The following writers and scripts are moving on to the next round of the contest. Each writer/team is now invited to the 2011 Writers Retreat, taking place in Idyllwild from September 24th-27th and each is in the running for our 12-month mentorship program, the CineStory Fellowship.

Congratulations to all!

1 - Bryan Marvis & Lynn Marvis, Oceanside OR

49th DAY - Craig Peters, Eagle Rock CA

AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ

APATHETIC SUICIDE - Jordan Thorton, Sasktchewan CANADA

APARTMENT 5D - Sharon Lennon, Brooklyn NY

BANK ROBBING FOR DUMMIES - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks CA

CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA

DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA

GIRL ON MAIN - Christine Hinz, New York NY

KINDNESS - Hallie Tassin, Santa Fe NM

LET THE GAMES BEGIN - Stephan Bugaj, Richmond CA

LITTLE MUTINIES – Angie Powers, Berkeley CA

MASTER’S KEY - Kelly Anelons, Harvard MA

RESISTANCE - Hannah Patterson, London UK

RUNNING WILD, Eric Diekhans, Evanston IL

SNOWBIRD - Jack Zafran, Granada Hills CA

SPOTNIK - Celeste Chan Wolfe, Los Angeles CA

TEDDY BOY - Sean Jourdan, Denver CO

THE AMAZINGLY TRUE STORY OF A MIDDLE-AGED, OVERWEIGHT DAD WHO DECIDES TO PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WITH HIS SON - Lisa Kors, Los Angeles CA

THE CONCEALED - Jeffrey Wright, Lawndale CA

THE COST OF LIVING - Kellen Hertz, Los Angeles CA

THE LAUGHING MAN - Steve Wisniewski, Astoria NY

THE LION AND THE EAGLE - Christine N Wenger, Pewaukee WI

THE LONER - Bryan Marvis, Oceanside OR

THE MONEY TREE - Shiva Ramanathan, Irvine CA

2011 CineStory Screenwriting Awards Quarterfinalists!

We thank each and every writer for allowing us the opportunity to review this year's entries. After much deliberation, here are the scripts and writers advancing to the next round:

1 - Bryan Marvis & Lynn Marvis, Oceanside OR
49th DAY - Craig Peters, Eagle Rock CA
A COWARD NEVER BLED - Eduardo A. Garcia, Austin TX
AMAZING RED vs DR GREEN - Nic Izzi, Ontario CANADA
AMAZON GIRL - Ken Pearson, Tempe AZ
APARTMENT 5D - Sharon Lennon, Brooklyn NY
APATHETIC SUICIDE - Jordan Thorton, Sasktchewan CANADA
ASK ME - Jonathan Eig, Potomac MD
BANK ROBBING FOR DUMMIES - Robert Keith Watson, Sherman Oaks CA
CRICKET - Tammy Duffy, Sherman Oaks CA
DISPATCH - Bryan Dick, Manhattan Beach CA
GIRL ON MAIN - Christine Hinz, New York NY
GROWTH SPURT - Matt Flanzer, Venice CA
HEAVEN SENT - Alison McMahan, Pompano Beach FL
HORROR COMIC - Stephen Hoover, Baton Rouge LA
HOW DO I LOVE THEE - Susu Langlands, New Hartford CT
IN THE BEGINNING - Michelle Motoyoshi, Fremont CA
KINDNESS - Hallie Tassin, Santa Fe NM
LAB RATS - Sari Karplus, Los Angeles CA
LET THE GAMES BEGIN - Stephan Bugaj, Richmond CA
LITTLE MUTINIES - Angie Powers, Berkeley CA
MARIE HIGHFIELD'S MOVIE - Laure Jullia, La Garenne-Colombes FRANCE
MASTER'S KEY - Kelly Anelons, Harvard MA
ONE IN A MILLION - David Smith, Escondido CA
PEACE OF VIOLENCE - Judy Vann, Santa Monica CA
PRIMITIVE ANARCHY - David Lawrence, Los Angeles CA
PURGATORY CREEK - Chuck Pollycutt, Imperial CA
RESISTANCE - Hannah Patterson, London UK
RUNNING WILD - Eric Diekhans, Evanston IL
SEE-THROUGH HEART - Diana Caldwell, Los Angeles CA
SNOWBIRD - Jack Zafran, Granada Hills CA
SPOTNIK - Celeste Chan Wolfe, Los Angeles CA
STEALING BALLOONS - Kathryn Waters & Jesse Waldman, Portland OR
TEDDY BOY - Sean Jourdan, Denver CO
THE AMAZINGLY TRUE STORY OF A MIDDLE-AGED, OVERWEIGHT DAD WHO DECIDES TO PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WITH HIS SON - Lisa Kors, Los Angeles CA
THE CONCEALED - Jeffrey Wright, Lawndale CA
THE COST OF LIVING - Kellen Hertz, Los Angeles CA
THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF SWAROOP JONES - Drew Freeman & Bella Shing, Santa Cruz CA
THE JINGLE MEN - Gabriel Martinez, Brea CA
THE KNIGHTHOOD OF MAC STEINER - K J Crane, Washington DC 
THE LAUGHING MAN - Steve Wisniewski, Astoria NY
THE LION AND THE EAGLE - Christine N Wenger, Pewaukee WI
THE LONER - Bryan Marvis, Oceanside OR
THE MONEY TREE - Shiva Ramanathan, Irvine CA
THE OCTOBER STRATAGEM - Paul Littell, Rowayton CT
THE SWITCH - Irin Evers, Scarsdale NY
'TIL ROSES BLOOM - Chuck Pollycutt, Imperial CA
TINKER, TAILOR - Ian Snyder, Bellevue NE
TUNNELS - Henry Crum, Beverly Hills CA
WELCOME TO AKRON - Stephan Bugaj, Richmond CA   

Each writer now vies for a coveted place at the CineStory Retreat, being held from Sept 25th-29th 2011. In addition, each will be considered for the grand prize, the CineStory Fellowship, a 12-month mentorship program during which the winner works with two Hollywood professionals.

May 10th From Script to Screen: Academy Award Nominee Mark Fergus

In concert with our friends at Filmmaker Junction, CineStory is proud to announce the next guest in the From Script to Screen discussion series. CineStory alum and frequent mentor Mark Fergus is an Academy Award nominee and writer of films such as FIRST SNOW, CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and the upcoming COWBOYS AND ALIENS.

Come hear about how Mark broke into screenwriting and built a successful career.

No normal writer Q&A, From Script to Screen is a creative and practical autopsy of how a script goes from the the written word to the silver screen. These evenings will provide detailed insight into how produced writers conceived their story, approached the writing process, had their screenplay picked up and what happened to their script during production.

Second in the series: Mark Fergus

Tuesday April 10th, 7-9pm

The Station @ The Working Village

212 Marine Street suite 100

Santa Monica CA 90405

Ph: 310-450-7070  

$20 in advance, $30 at the door 

 
Coming in July: CineStory mentor Glenn Gers (FRACTURE, MAD MONEY, DISGFIGURED)! Stay tuned.

CineStory writers receive 15% off From-Script-to-Screen and all other Filmmaker Junction events with coupon code: Cinestory.  

 

Visit www.filmmakerjunction.com for tickets and other information. 

First From Script-to-Screen Event - April 6th!

No normal writer Q&A, From Script-to-Screen is a creative and practical autopsy of how a script goes from the the written word to the silver screen.  

 

These evenings will provide detailed insight into how produced writers conceived their story, approached the writing process, had their screenplay picked up and what happened to their script during production.  

 

First in the series: Bob DeRosa 

Wednesday April 6th, 7-9pm

The Station @ The Working Village

212 Marine Street suite 100

Santa Monica CA 90405

Ph: 310-450-7070  

$20 in advance, $30 at the door 


Things kick off with Bob DeRosa, screenwriter of KILLERS (Asthton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl) and THE AIR I BREATHE (Kevin Bacon, Forrest Whittaker, Andy Garcia). Bob will be there to answer questions and will also be joining us for more networking in the bar after the event.

Look for special CineStory guests in the coming months!

 

CineStory writers receive 15% off From-Script-to-Screen and all other Filmmaker Junction events with coupon code: Cinestory.  

 

Visit www.filmmakerjunction.com for tickets and other information.