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).
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
“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).
“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.”
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.
Hometown: Burbank, CA
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.
Hometown: United Kingdom
Working as a runner at London’s Working Title Films.