The finalists of the first round of “Create it Here!” were announced on February 16, 2021. Two screenplays were selected out of the twenty-two submissions received from nineteen Florida screenwriters. Each finalist has been assigned to a professional script coach picked by Feature Florida Partnerships; the screenwriter will receive $1250 to subsidize the expense of coaching.
“American Band” – Written by J.C. Christensen, is based on the storied history of Florida A&M University’s Marching 100, the originator of the famous swinging style that today is universally emulated by marching bands everywhere.
J.C. Christensen graduated from Florida State University’s Film School – the Conservatory of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts – with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television in 1992. His graduate studies at the Conservatory pertained to screenwriting for motion picture and television productions. Now a lawyer residing in Winter Garden, Mr. Christensen continues to write screenplays and develop his projects.
“Tiger in the Woods” – Written by James McNulty, travels into the disturbing world of child kidnapping, delving deeply into the pysche of both the parents of victims and the kidnappers themselves.
James McNulty was born and raised in Pompano Beach and now lives in Austin, Texas, where he is the managing fiction editor at Driftwood Press. Mr. McNulty holds an Honors B.A. in creative writing from the University of South Florida and MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Due to the popular response to “Create it Here!,” we plan to relaunch the program in late-April 2021. There will be increased focus on demographic inclusion, issues that are relevant to Florida either historically or contemporaneously, Florida locations, and Florida as a primary character to the story. We intend also to have separate queues for feature film and limited episodic television production.