2018 UMFF screenwriter panel

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 2018UMFF " Multicultural Screenplay" Panel 

Writing for the Chinese Film Market.
Paring down your prose to make for a quicker and better read.
The importance of reading screenplays.
How to write an effective query letter.
How to shine in an in-person pitch meeting.
Enticing talent to attach themselves to your project.
How to compose a pitch deck for your film.
Where to find screenwriting jobs and screenplays requests.
Writing for TV in today's industry

Time: 11:00-12:30PM; April 7, 2018
Location: Fireside room @Fred Hesse Community Park Center,(29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275;  Admission by  Panel Pass.


 The Panel Speakers: 

James Cullen Bressack, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Bursting onto the indie horror scene at the age of eighteen with his first feature, My Pure Joy, James Cullen Bressack has been called "horror's new hope" (Studio City Patch) and "a talent to watch out for" (H.S.T.), also receiving rave reviews on most every major horror website. Released by Media Blasters on their Fresh Meat Shriek Show label in 2012, the film quickly rose to the top of the best sellers list on Amazon.com in the horror category. His second feature, Hate Crime, was a festival favorite and garnered numerous awards and became one of only three films in the past decade to be banned in the U.K. by the BBFC. Bressack then made history with his next feature, To Jennifer, which was the first feature film shot entirely on an iPhone 5. The prolific filmmaker then followed up with seven features, including Pernicious, 13-13-13, If Looks Could Kill— Which Aires on Lifetime and LMN, and Blood Lake—which aired on Animal Planet and was a top ratings getter. After writing and directing BETHANY, a horror film that garnered rave reviews and a small limited theatrical run, James spent time focusing on producing. After producing many films, two of which were released by LionsGate and one by Cinedigm, James joined the PGA and is a proud member. One of his recent producing efforts was ranked #14 in the weekly top charts of dvd and Blue ray sales of all films in the country. James began his venture into VR. A winner of multiple Best Picture and Best Director awards on the film festival circuit, James has become one of the few indie filmmakers to be "verified" on twitter, where he has amassed a loyal following of 140,000+ fans. Aside from his new ventures in VR, James, recently directed an animated feature film entitled CARGO and has a few more movies scheduled for release in 2018.
Marilyn Anderson, Writer, Author
Marilyn Anderson is an award-winning writer for film and television. She wrote and produced the 2015 family film, “How to Beat a Bully” and she is the co-writer of a new romantic comedy, “Cold Feet – A Wedding Tale” to begin filming in 2018. One of her romantic comedy screenplays, “Making Mr. Right,” was produced on Lifetime TV. On television, Marilyn has written for Murphy Brown, FAME, Sherman Oaks, and Friday the 13th – the Series. She was on the writing staff of Carol & Company, starring Carol Burnett. Marilyn was honored by the Writers Guild of America as a writer on the WGA’s list of 101 Best Written TV Series over the past seven decades. She won a LUMINAS Award for the Positive Depiction of Women in film and television.
Marilyn is the author of the new book, How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE When You’re a Million Short. Her humorous relationship book, "NEVER KISS A FROG: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp.” is published in 10 countries. She also wrote and produced two web series, based on How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE and Never Kiss a Frog. For more on Marilyn: www.imdb.com/name/nm1162904
  Zack Van Eyck; Writer, Director and Producer
Zack's produced features include the romantic comedy "Jupiter Landing" (2005) and the award-winning auto racing film "Daytona Dream" (2010). His sci-fi, time-travel feature "The Shenandoah Experiment" is scheduled for production in September, 2018. Four of Zack's original comedy series can be seen on Amazon Prime, including the Southern-influenced satire "Sweet Caroline" and the sports-broadcast spoof "Coitus of the Week."
In his career 20-year Hollywood career, Zack has written 41 feature-length screenplays, two dozen TV pilots and episodes, and more than 60 short scripts and Webisodes, working primarily for independent producers as a writer-for-hire. Originally from Virginia, he graduated from high school in Alaska and attended Vanderbilt University on a writing scholarship. He is also an astrologer, a paranormal researcher, a former investigative news journalist and a founding member of the punk rock tribute band Ramones Alive.
Carolina de Athey, Actress, Writer, Singer, Producer
​Carolina is an actress, ​writer, ​singer, model, producer and now a director who was first introduced into the entertainment industry through the doors of the modeling industry. Carolina has been modeling for a collaboration of well-known name brands and companies worldwide. From spokes model to runway, Carolina's diversity shines through in the most unique of styles. Carolina joined the Actors Academy and studied with Coach Lewis Smith. Since then Carolina has worked on a series of TV Pilots, Short films, Feature Films,​ ​Commercials and Music videos.​ ​Carolina's wrote 'The Other Side of Glory', which is in post production, then 'Confessions of the Fashion World' (she also produced and directed) which was accepted into several film festivals, winning one award. Her skills also branch into music, which gives her the best of both worlds. She has launched her first single WHY, in which she wrote and directed the music video. For more on Carolina: www.imdb.com/name/nm5276140
Yu Yuan, Screenwriter
Ms. Yu Yuan, screenwriter, with a MBA major. She is Good at writing for toddlers,her many children's screenplays compiled into theatrical performances. She is the screenwriter of film “Phonies Sings In Mudong”which is in the 2018 Universe Multicultural Film Festival official selection
  Jacob N. Stuart, Screenwriter
Jacob N. Stuart is an award-winning screenwriter, with over 20 scripts optioned and/or produced to screen, airing in over 12 different countries. Jacob was a faculty member from 2016-2017 at the Hollywood International Film Academy, where he taught several courses on Screenwriting. His scripts/films have landed him interviews in the Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Post, Dayton Daily News, Living Dayton, The Odyssey, Las Vegas Tribune, among many more. Jacob holds a degree from The Los Angeles Film School, with a concentration in Screenwriting. In 2017, he became a Film Board Member at the Historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Miamisburg. Jacob is the Founder of Screenwriting Staffing, an online community that connects screenwriters/scripts with experienced industry professionals. He has spoke on screenwriting panels across the country, including WriteStuff Writers Conference (alongside Angelo Pizzo, writer of Hoosiers, Rudy), Cincinnati Film Festival (alongside Mickey Fisher, writer of Extant, Reverie), 48 Hour Film Festival, FilmDayton, San Diego International Kids' Film Festival, and Southern Ohio Film Association. For more on Jacob: www.imdb.me/jacobnstuart 
Zijun LI, Director, Screenwriter
Mr.Zijun Li, stage name Guo Sheng, is a film screenwriter and director, CEO and Art director of He Ying & TV company. He had made many feature movies, such as “Save the madman Sun Bin“; "If you are good," "South Vietnam", "flames" "Everlasting Regret," "Crown Prince hunting," "Rebellion of the reformers"。 His new film” Do not Cry Mother” will screening at 2018 Unversed Multicultural Film Festival
Winnie Khaw, Screenwriter
Winnie Khaw has placed in the semifinals of several recent screenwriting competitions, including Diverse Voices, Creative World Awards, Stage 32 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Contest, Other Worlds Austin Film Festival, and StoryPros Awards. In addition to doing freelance work for Screenwriting Professional and Upwork clients, she has written extensive script coverage for individuals as well as independent production companies. She has a Masters in English (concentration in creative writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She works as a screenplay query letter consultant and a pro script reader for Screenwriting Staffing. For more on Winnie:www.imdb.com/name/nm3739347