2017 WIF | Black List Episodic Lab Participants

Congratulations to 2017’s Women In Film  | Black List Episodic Lab Participants! 


“THE TROUBLES” by Liz Beall
Logline: Claire Sullivan, former IRA operative, now a dedicated wife and mother, becomes reactivated when an old lover crashes her quiet suburban life and pits her against her all-American police detective husband.
Bio: Before jumping into television writing at the tender age of 40, Liz Beall first studied anthropology at Oxford, raised a family, wrote snarky parenting essays for magazines, and founded two successful environmental nonprofits (and one unsuccessful artisanal popsicle business). She recently graduated from UCLA’s Professional Program in writing for television, and wakes up each morning excited to make up new stories.


“BLACKFRIARS” by Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan 
Logline: A comedy mockumentary about a ragtag homeless clique living in Blackfriars underground station. The shoddy group of unemployed millennials seek love, happiness, success… despite various setbacks.
Bio: Danya Jimenez and Hannah McMechan are an unlikely pair, a Latina gal from the Republican suburbs of Orange County and a hillbilly girl from a one-pump gas station town outside of Yosemite National Park. The writing duo met as college freshmen and now, as seniors, they enjoy overeating in their shoebox of a room and writing bios in the third person for the sake of looking more professional.


“UNLADYLIKE” by Kate McClure and Daniela Schrier Kafshi
Logline: A group of spirited women rebel against everything their Cold War society stands for, charming and deceiving their way straight into a hotbed of dirty dealings and double-crossing.
Bio: Kate McClure is an actor turned writer and cofounder of Believe Theatrical, an Off-Broadway theater company based in NYC. In addition to several theater and indie film acting credits, Kate has also produced six feature films that were shown at Sundance, TIFF, the Tribeca Film Festival, and many more. Born and bred in Brooklyn, Daniela Schrier Kafshi is a skilled editor, screenwriter, and an accomplished director. Her independent films have screened at festivals across the country and her documentary work has been nominated for the prestigious International Media Excellence Award.


“YELLOW” by Zara Meerza
Logline: It’s 1896, and the bitter rivalry between newspaper magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst reaches boiling point. In a rapidly changing New York characterised by crime, struggle and scandal, Yellow Journalism is born. Newspapers will never be the same again.
Bio: Zara Meerza is a British Writer and Producer working across Documentary and Drama. She has previously worked with the BBC, Warp Films, Sky Arts, and the BFI and has had her work supported by Cambridge University, Sheffield DocFest, BAFTA, The Producers Guild of America, the National Film and Television School, All3Media, Creative Skillset, & more.


“THE COURIER” by Maria Sten
Logline: 16 years after pollution and nuclear war between humans and aliens known as “The Dark Ones” trigger the planet’s eco-system failure, a settlement of human survivors attempt to preserve civilization, bunkered down in the tunnels of Hoover Dam. But their world is about to be turned upside down when a mysterious traveler infiltrates their community. The mission: Reset Planet Earth.
Bio: Maria Sten is a writer, actress and producer of Danish, Swedish, Congolese ethnicity. She was a finalist for the Black List / ATX Festival Writing Program earlier this year, the ABC Digital Talent Competition in 2016 and debuted her first short “When It Burns” – which she wrote, directed, produced and starred in – at LA Shorts Fest 2016. Maria’s passion as a storyteller lies with “stories that matter”; facilitating inclusion and female empowerment, and giving voice to the people who don’t have one.


“ROSE” by Yvonne Hana Yi
Logline: Fixer, activist, kingmaker Rose Pak devoted her life to advocating for her community in San Francisco and became the city’s top power broker along the way. Set in the 1970s, Rose follows the early years of Pak’s rise as the “Godmother of Chinatown,” as she learns to play politics like a blood sport.
Bio: Yvonne Hana Yi is a Bay Area native and writer based out of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of NYU Gallatin, currently completing her MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA, and working as a writer’s assistant on an upcoming Netflix drama.

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