Last week, we shared our ten semi-finalists for the Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition. We are now pleased to announce that Early Plus Infinity by Clark Carroll, Mona, Richy, Robby and Ray by Oreathia Smith and No Man's Land by Michelle Davidson and Jeffrey R. Field are the three scripts in the running for the Grand Prize to be announced in June. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize, a month-long residency at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, an All Access badge to NFF19, complimentary travel and lodging at the festival, and more. Below, find a short synopsis and screenwriter biography for each script.
Early Plus Infinity
Synopsis: Inspired by his comic hero, an imaginative but quixotic 12-year-old boy vows to stop the sun from burning out for the sake of a grieving 13-year-old girl at his school.
Bio: Clark Carroll is a freelance writer who has co-authored several books for Lonely Planet related to the Hawaiian Islands. He was a finalist in the 2013 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition in the Drama category.
Mona Richy Robby and Ray
Synopsis: A black woman uses a white church and a psychic for a job promotion.
Bio: Oreathia Smith is a graduate of Millsaps College (BA in English) and the University of Southern California (MFA in Writing for the Screen and Television). While in Los Angeles, she wrote for the hit web-series Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl.
No Man’s Land
Synopsis: Several decades into the future, males have been all but wiped out by a genetic mutation that makes them mature into monsters. Here, a teenage girl finds herself in a secret romance with the last remaining boy…on the cusp of his transition.
Bio: Michelle Davidson is the regional Emmy award-winning writer and director of the comedic short film A Senior Moment, which was also recognized with a Celtx Seed Grant and awards at various film festivals. She hosts a morning lifestyle and entertainment show on Kansas City’s NBC affiliate, KSHB-TV.
Jeffrey R. Field is a 2013 and 2012 Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, a 2012 Bronze Prize winner in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and a 2011 Austin Film Festival semifinalist. He has optioned three scripts.