2008 Nicholl Fellows

2008 Nicholl Fellows

A gala dinner was held for the six new Nicholl Fellows in Beverly Hills, featuring a keynote address by Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank. The winning screenplays ranged from a comedy about death to a political satire set in the world of competitive butter sculpting to a kidnapping action film to the tale of a dysfunctional family coping with illness to star-crossed lovers in Iraq.

The 2008 Fellows are pictured here with Academy President Sid Ganis and keynote speaker Scott Frank (bottom row, second and third from left, respectively).

See a list of all 2008 Nicholl finalists

Jeremy Bandow

Jeremy Bandow

“Hive”


Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

College: Minneapolis Community and Technical College – Cinema Division

Taught English in Rome; enjoys kayaking and biking when not spending time with his wife and son

Ken Kristensen

Ken Kristensen

“Out of Breath” (written with Colin Marshall)


Hometown: Simsbury, CT

College: Wheaton College, BA; Columbia University, MFA

Former travel writer for Condé Nast, National Geographic and Hearst magazines; spends eight months a year in jail as a producer on “Inside American Jail”; author of two comic books due out in 2009: Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth (Image Comics) and The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Dark Horse).

Colin Marshall

Colin Marshall

“Out of Breath” (written with Ken Kristensen)


Hometown: Chester County, PA

College: Columbia University, MFA

Formerly had a career in finance; made short films on the family camcorder, including “Quest for the Holy Ghett-Blaster.”

Jason Micallef

Jason Micallef

“Butter”


Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Currently Lives: Santa Monica, CA

Worked on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”; former jobs include road surveyor, census taker and Busch Gardens “Guess My Age and Weight” Psychic.

Eric Nazarian

Eric Nazarian

“Giants”


Hometown: Burbank, CA

College: USC

Emigrated at age 4 from Armenia to Los Angeles with his family.  Worked as a photojournalist, USC film school grad.  Wrote “Giants” inspired by his brother's open heart surgery.  His first ultra-low budget film as writer-director, “The Blue Hour,” premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson

“Snatched”


Hometown: United Kingdom

Working as a runner at London’s Working Title Films.

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