OFFICIAL SELECTION SCREENPLAYS | 2019

 

MIDNIGHT IN KANSAS

Malik Aziz

Screenplay Synopsis

When a young Muslim is accused of assaulting a campus police officer, his uncle, a successful Hollywood attorney, must return to his hometown and mend old wounds.

Writer's Bio 

Malik Aziz is an accomplished creative whose work has been featured on BET’s ‘Lens on Talent’, ‘African American Short Films’, and Aspire/ABFF Independent's Short Film Showcase. In the first half of 2019, Malik was chosen as one of the five screenwriters for the 2019 AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program. His screenplay, '1/30', is a love story about a young couple on the first day of Ramadan.


SECRET SANTA

Written by Pauline Gray

Screenplay Synopsis

After years of cowardly suppressing an office crush, what if you felt that the only way to express your love to a co-worker were by being her Secret Santa? Now you just have to beg, cajole and bribe the rest of the office to get her name in the draw. Soon however, you come to realize that someone else, someone completely unexpected, just might be the true love of your life. Would you finally acquire the courage to choose ultimate happiness? Or would you let love slip through your fingers?

Writer's Bio 

Marshall Scholar, writer-director, Pauline Gray is a prolific, Brooklyn-born artist. She is an Urbanworld alumna. She won Best Teleplay with her pilot, “Nala’s Heart.” Her screenplays, “Black Cake,” and “Just Downsizing,” were Urbanworld Finalists. She recently made her directing debut with the tv pilot, “Continental Breakfast,” which she also wrote. She is bi-coastal, living in both Los Angeles and New York City, and is available for writing and directing work globally.


I’M NOT THAT GIRL

Written by Sundi Lofty

Screenplay Synopsis

Wallis Simon is a reality producer who manipulates women’s stories for a hit TV show. But when she gets a second chance with her first love, her attempt to control her own narrative proves disastrous.

Writer's Bio 

Sundi Lofty is a Creative Director, Writer, and Producer with twelve years experience in TV, Film, and new media. She's created content for Refinery29, Oxygen, Fuse, BET, Food Network, TLC, Travel Channel, AsPire, and TV One. Her work includes docu-reality series, news/info and entertainment specials, promos, interstitials, integrated marketing, digital and social content. Her scripted work has placed at Austin Film Festival and Slamdance and has earned her a spot in CBS's Writers Mentoring Program.


Urbanworld Screenplay Finalist Mentor

Louis Venosta

Louis Venosta began his career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Maurice Bejart’s Ballet du XXe Siécle, Puerto Rican Dance Theater, and the Louis Falco Dance Company which led to his role as a principal dancer in Alan Parker’s ‘Fame”. He’s written screenplays for all the major Hollywood studios including “Bird on a Wire” starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, and “The Last Dragon.” Venosta’s film directing debut, ‘The Coriolis Effect’ premiered at Sundance before winning a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. More recently, he’s directed on Grey’s Anatomy and is currently developing multiple original series projects for television and a Broadway Musical production of ‘The Last Dragon’. Co-Chair, DGA Eastern Diversity Steering Committee and Writers Guild of America East Diversity Council Member, Venosta splits his time living/working in New York City and Mexico.