These five talented screenwriters have created works of excellency and we're incredibly excited to showcase their scripts. None have yet had the pleasure of releasing a feature film as a writer. Where they are in their careers are varied, but we found their work to be of the utmost quality. Excerpts of theirs screenplays will be featured in a reading on September 21st, 2019. The public is invited to join and celebrate their accomplishments at the Sane Center Ojai between 11am and 1:30pm.


Douglas Cushnie

After getting his start at a young age in action sports cinematography, Douglas gradually transitioned into narrative and commercial film, eventually directing "Volar en línea recta," a short based on the lives of, and starring, close friends of his in Nicaragua. The success of this short led to directing more projects in Latin America and the US. Ultimately, he was accepted to a Directing fellowship at the American Film Institute, graduating in late 2017 with his College Emmy-nominated thesis, Neemkomok'. He's passionate about telling the stories of underrepresented people and places. His script Broad Daylight is in competition this year.


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Lowam Eyasu

Lowam Eyasu immigrated from Eritrea with her parents and siblings when she was 2 years old. They somehow landed in Barstow Ca, a small desert town that is equivalent to The Hills Have Eyes meets Breaking Bad. At 17 she got the hell out of Barstow and attended California State University Long Beach. She received a BA in performance and has studied viewpoints under Jeff Perry and Alexander Billings at Steppenwolf Theatre West. Lowam’s passion for TV and entertainment eventually drove her to not only act but write and produce her own content. A tenacious and confident actor, Lowam left college to pursue her career. After living in Los Angeles and New York, she learned that the industry wasn’t quite representing her or woman like her. In result of the misrepresentation she started the production company VKTRY Creative with two of her childhood friends. Vktry focuses on creating narrative content for women, women of color and other underrepresented communities. She is passionate about advancing narratives that stand to uphold the uniquely individual stories that are seldom told. With Vktry Lowam has produced over 10 projects, written 2 features, and made it to the 2nd round of Sundance Episodic Lab with her pilot Habbish.

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Rachel Thomas-Medwid

Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and editor. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received the Alice Brandt Deeds Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, and was a Serena Kennedy Award finalist for her collection of short stories. One of her short stories, “The God of Meat,” was performed at the Open Theatre Festival in Boston. Her screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, including the Page International Screenwriting Awards, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Table Read My Screenplay Contest, Circus Road Screenplay Contest, The Screenplay Festival, StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, WriteMovies International Writing Contest, Hollywood Screenplay Competition, and Bankable Script Contest. Her television pilot "The Lost Opera" won top place in the 2019 London International Filmmaker Festival, was awarded first place in the 22nd Fade In Awards, and received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sherman Oaks Film Festival. The pilot has also received second place in The London Film Awards, was a 2018 Pageturner Screenplay Awards semi-finalist, a Page International Screenplay Festival finalist, and a Filmmatic Screenplay Awards Top 10. Rachel’s feature screenplay, "The Joppa Flat," won first place in the 2018 Women in Cinema International Screenplay, earned a top-ten spot in the 2018 Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, and placed as a finalist and semi-finalist in numerous other prestigious competitions. Another feature, "Fits" was the silver winner in the 2019 International Independent Film Award, second-round finalist in the PAGE International Awards, and a semi-finalist in the Screenplay Festival.

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Patrick Phelan

Since escaping from his imprisonment in the womb, cutting his own umbilical cord with a handmade shiv, Patrick has been living a life of danger and lawlessness. Raised in the Middle-Of-Nowhere, Massachusetts, where nothing ever happened, Patrick got his kicks by living on the edge. You could often find him illicitly jaywalking. Once he loitered right in front of a ‘NO LOITERING’ sign. Unearthing his family’s camcorder, Patrick began documenting his antics, creating hours of footage playing ding-dong-ditch, thus beginning his cinematic oeuvre.

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Wendy Jean Wilkins

Wendy Jean Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian just named one of ISA’s Top-25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019. Hailing from the rural area of upstate New York, Wendy has lived and worked in Hollywood for over 25 years. She’s been a Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft’s Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalist and a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder along with 40 other competition placements and awards. In 2018, her original dramatic/sci-fi TV pilot script HOMETOWN won the ISA Fast Track VI Fellowship and the Space & Time Film Festival’s screenplay competition while her road picture comedy feature screenplay WHERE THE MEN ARE won Best Comedy Script at the Creative World Awards. Most recently, her short script INSIGNIFICANT won both the Houston Comedy Film Festival and the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival for Best Dark Comedy short screenplay. Her latest feature script, A SHORT BURST OF INFATUATION, was given a semi-finalist placement for Table Read My Script: Park City and Austin while WHERE THE MEN ARE placed as a finalist for the Richmond International Film Festival. She's won the 2nd Uncle Clyde's Comedy Competition in 1996 and was a finalist for the California's Funniest Female Comic in 2009. This year, she participated in the Laugh Riot Grrrl Comedy Festival. Wendy is currently a staff writer/director for the Dystopian satirical news website Omnarchy.com. You can also tune into her popular post-apocalyptic radio drama ONE MORE DAY on YouTube with 25,000+ listens.