CineStory alumni have an impressive track record of both box office and creative success. Just a few examples...
Mark & Hawk, 1999 CineStory winners, received a 2006 Academy Award nomination for CHILDREN OF MEN. They have since worked on films such as IRON MAN (2008) and COWBOYS AND ALIENS (2011). Their CineStory winning script, FIRST SNOW, was released in 2007. Fergus directed the film, which starred Guy Pearce.
In 1996 CSA, Daniel the grand prize with his script PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, which he went on to direct in 2008. The cast included Bill Pullman, Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning. Most recently Daniel directed BEASTLY (2011).
Greg Marcks directed his CineStory winning script, 11:14, which was distributed by Lions Gate and New Line, and starred Hilary Swank and Patrick Swayze.
Gaston Biraben directed CAUTIVA (CAPTIVE -- CineStory semifinalist, 2000), the acclaimed Argentinean film which has won major film festival awards the world over.
2004 CSA fellow Lance Hammer directed his winning script, BALLAST, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where it won awards for cinematography and directing.
Michael Cahill, 2002 CSA winner, directed his winning script, THE KING OF CALIFORNIA, starring Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood. It debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006.
Billy Shebar, 1997 CSA winner, won the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Alfred P. Sloan Award as the writer of DARK MATTER, which starred Meryl Streep and Aidan Quinn.
A Finalist in the 2009 contest, Mark pitched his script BAD RAP to a group of producers during a Retreat 'informal room'. During the discussion one of the producers said, 'I think I can set that up' and Mark soon found himself with an option deal with Storefront Pictures. His finalist script LOVE & HAPPINESS (aka CLEANING HOUSE) is also currently slated for production with Goldcrest Pictures.
Read about Mark's retreat experience here.
2006-7 Fellow, Kevin Caruso, signed with the Hudson Agency and has had three works optioned and a produced credit, I TRIED, featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. His winning screenplay, THE RUT, is currently being packaged by ICM Entertainment with Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT, JENNIFER’S BODY) attached to direct and Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from KICK ASS) to star.
Lisanne Sartor, retreat alumnus from 2000 and 2002, rewrote her finalist CineStory script, CLEAVERVILLE, based on mentor feedback. It was produced for Lifetime in 2007. Lisanne is also member of the CineStory board.
According to Jeff Forester, participating in the 2004 CineStory Retreat and building a relationship with his mentor, screenwriter Joe Forte (FIREWALL), led directly to Forester and his writing partner signing with agent Jordan Bayer of Original Artists, and selling a pitch for "just shy of a million dollars." Read Jeff's Story
Through mentors they met at the CineStory Retreat, Maureen Brogan & Michael Salort were commissioned by Sanford-Pillsbury to adapt a novel. Brogen & Salort also completed the TV series IN MEN WE TRUST, for Women's Entertainment Television. Salort's CineStory winning script, HIDDEN CAMERA, was produced by Sony.
A recent participant in the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women; her short THE DEATH OF TOYS is currently on the festival circuit. The fantasy-drama has played nine festivals to date, including the Cleveland International Film Festival, Anchorage International Festival, Spokane International Film Festival and others. The film won Best Narrative Short at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival. Lisa has been selected as one of four Groundbreaking Filmmakers to be featured at the upcoming HATCH Festival.