I have written multiple feature length and short screenplays and teach screenwriting at CCBC and Johns Hopkins as well as lecture on screenwriting at various conferences (recently at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference and the Cuenca International Writers Conference in Ecuador). Awards and accolades garnered in recent years, as well as a few examples (loglines and synopses) are below, and attached are opening scenes from three scripts.
- Top Ten, Sports Genre, 2020 Creative Screenwriting Emerging Screenwriters Competition: Rock and Roll Soccer
- Fellowship Winner, Screenplay Lab, Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, Johns Hopkins University, 2020: King of the Freaks
- 2nd place, Features Category, Baltimore Screenwriting Competition, 2020: King of the Freaks
- Semifinalist, Screencraft Family Friendly Screenwriting Competition, 2018, Spitfire
- Finalist, International Screenwriting Association—Stowe Story Labs Fellowship, 2018, Spitfire
- 1st place winner, Features Category, Baltimore Screenwriting Competition, 2017: Children of Disobedience
- 1st place winner, Features Category, Baltimore Screenwriting Competition, 2016: Spitfire
- Fellowship Winner, Screenplay Lab, Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, Johns Hopkins University, 2016: Spitfire
Logline: Johnny Eckhardt, born in Baltimore in 1911 missing the lower half of his body, goes on to become Johnny Eck, “The Most Remarkable Man Alive,” inspiring generations.
Synopsis: John and Robert Eckhardt, twin brothers, are born in Baltimore in 1911. Robert is a perfectly healthy baby boy. But John, arriving second, emerges into the world missing the lower half of his body. In an era in which such afflicted were often cast aside and discarded, John enjoys the embrace of a loving family. This, in combination with an outsize personality, ultimately leads to greater acceptance. But the avenues for such a person are, of course, limited and John still faces the cruelties of a world horrified at his deformity. Nevertheless, he perseveres, first as a circus sideshow attraction and eventually as a movie actor, taking roles in such seminal films as Tod Browning's Freaks as well as in several Tarzan movies. Ultimately, John - aka "Johnny Eck" - retires to the Baltimore home in which he grew up, living out his final years painting screens, hoping to entertain the occasional visitor, and watching his dwindling fortunes disappear.
Logline: The Englishman Georgie Marsh and the North American Soccer League both ride the meteoric and hedonistic wave of late 70s America until the inevitable: what rises must fall—but does it have to fall so far, so fast?
Synopsis: Georgie Marsh is recruited from England to star in the fledgling North American Soccer League, pulled by riches and glamour. Sick of trudging through English winters and salty fans, he jets to Florida to play for the Tampa Rowdies. The Rowdies win the NASL championship in their first year and BANG! Georgie is the toast of the town, becoming a celebrity and enjoying the hedonism of 1970s America: disco, women, and eventually cocaine. His marriage to Elaine St. Johnsbury slows him down a bit - but only for a time. But soon enough, marriage, drugs, age, and injury catch up to him and he is ultimately upstaged by megastars such as Pele. His career winding down, Georgie is at a crossroads, a sad portrait of a once great athlete in decline, and absolution appears an impossibility. This is a movie as much about America in the 70s, such as the women's movement, as about an obscure and largely forgotten soccer league. Think Bend it Like Beckham meets Boogie Nights.
Logline: Caroline Panski is twelve years old and harbors one dream: to play ice hockey. But in 1950s Baltimore, “Only boys play hockey; girls ice skate.” With help from an unlikely ally, an African-American boy integrating her school, Caroline pursues her dreams.
Synopsis: Caroline Panski harbors one dream: to play ice hockey. But, as the neighborhood boys—and her mother—tell her: Boys play hockey; girls ice skate. But Caroline is not one to give up on anything easily. She navigates her little world with will and determination. But her little world is soon made much bigger by the fact that her father is fighting, and will eventually die, in Korea. Additionally, Caroline’s school is integrated and she develops a deep friendship with an African-American classmate, Joseph Wilson. It’s an unlikely alliance, and one that promises lessons in life for both of them. While trying out for a boys hockey team and, more importantly, through her burgeoning friendship with Joseph, Caroline learns firsthand about the limitations of race and gender in 1950s Baltimore. In the end, Caroline’s is a difficult and imperfect world, but one that allows for triumphs and moments of transcendence as well.