Notable Nicholl Fellows
During 2013, Academy Nicholl fellows worked in both film and television. Creighton Rothenberger cowrote “Olympus Has Fallen” which opened theatrically in March. Destin Cretton directed “Short Term 12” from his Nicholl Fellowship winning script; the film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best narrative film at South by Southwest Film Festival and will be released in August. His also directed “I am Not a Hipster” from his Nicholl Fellowship winning script, making him the first fellow to see both his fellowship year script and fellowship winning script make it to the big screen.
In television, Andrew Marlowe is the creator and an executive producer of the ABC-TV series “Castle,” and Rebecca Sonnenshine is an executive story editor of the CW-TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”Pictured here is Brie Larson in a scene from Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12.”
Max Adams – 1994 Fellow
Max Adams co-wrote the 1997 film "Excess Baggage," for which she also received story credit. She served as a consulting producer on "The Loch Ness Monster" and is also the author of The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide.
Allison Anders – 1986 Fellow
Allison Anders is the writer-director of "Gas Food Lodging," "Mi Vida Loca" and "Grace of my Heart," and the co-writer-director of "In the Echo," "Things Behind the Sun," "Sugar Town" and "Border Radio." She co-wrote and co-directed "Strutter," which premiered in the 2012 Munich Film Festival. She directed one segment of the compilation film "Four Rooms" and episodes of the series "Sex and the City," "Grosse Pointe," "Cold Case," The L Word," "Men in Trees," "What About Brian" and "Southland." Anders also directed the TV movie "A Crush on You" and served as executive producer of "Lover Girl."
Victoria Arch – 1993 Fellow
Victoria Arch co-wrote "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" and the CBS-TV movie "Three Secrets." She wrote and directed the short films "Quest for the Yeti," "Dumped," "Bad Man" and "Miriam Cornsweig’s Farewell Performance."
Doug Atchison – 2000 Fellow
Doug Atchison directed "Akeelah and the Bee" from his Nicholl entry script, earning him a NAACP Image Award for best screenplay. He also co-wrote 2007’s "Spinning into Butter."
Radha Bharadwaj – 1989 Fellow
Radha Bharadwaj is the writer-director of "Closet Land," her Nicholl entry script, and of "Basil," which she adapted from the Wilkie Collins novel.
Alfredo Botello – 2000 Fellow
Alfredo Botello wrote and co-directed the web series "Reality Reboot."
Gabrielle Burton – 2000 Fellow
Gabrielle Burton wrote "Manna from Heaven," which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. She is also the author of the non-fiction book Searching for Tamsen Donner and the novel Impatient with Desire, which won the 2011 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel.
John Ciarlo – 2002 Fellow
In 2012, John Ciarlo published his first novel Buddy and Grace, an adaptation of his Nicholl entry script "Bend in the River."
Dennis Clontz – 1986 Fellow
Dennis Clontz was part of a team of Los Angeles Times journalists awarded a Pulitzer Prize for spot reporting on the Northridge earthquake. He wrote the award-winning play "Generations" and his plays received over 50 productions nationwide. He died in 2004.
Richard Cray – 1995 Fellow
Richard Cray wrote the TV movie "A Christmas Wedding" as well as segments of "Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas" and "Belle’s Magical World."
Destin Daniel Cretton – 2010 Fellow
Destin Cretton directed his Nicholl Fellowship year script "I Am Not a Hipster," which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film of his Nicholl entry screenplay, "Short Term 12," is currently in post-production.
James DiLapo – 2012 Fellow
His Nicholl winning script “Devils at Play” was performed at the Ballroom Marfa’s The Reading in May 2013.
Raymond De Felitta – 1991 Fellow
Raymond De Felitta wrote and directed the feature documentary "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. His films as a writer-director include "City Island;" "Two Family House," from his Nicholl Fellowship year script; the feature documentary "'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris;" "Cafe Society" and the Oscar®-nominated short film "Bronx Cheer." He also directed "The Thing About My Folks" and co-wrote "Shadow of Doubt."
Robert Edwards – 2001 Fellow
Robert Edwards directed "Land of the Blind" from his Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He also wrote and produced the documentary "Sumo East and West."
Ronald Emmons – 1991 Fellow
Ronald Emmons wrote "Rendezvous," which aired on Black Entertainment Television in 1999. He died in 2005.
Jacob Estes – 1998 Fellow
Jacob Estes wrote and directed “The Details,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in November 2012. He directed "Mean Creek", from his Nicholl entry script. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; received an Humanitas Prize and won two Independent Spirit Awards. He also wrote "Nearing Grace."
Jeffrey Eugenides – 1986 Fellow
Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the novel The Virgin Suicides; the film version premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His novel Middlesex was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Eugenides’ short story "Baster" provided the basis for the film "The Switch." His 2011 novel The Marriage Plot was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
Scott Fifer – 1995 Fellow
The movie of Scott Fifer’s fellowship year script "Twice Upon a Time" aired on Lifetime-TV. He served as a staff writer on "Beverly Hills 90210" during the final season of the original series. Fifer has also written a number of TV awards shows and specials.
James Foley – 2000 Fellow
James Foley is the author of the novel Argonauts a new generation Colossus.
Amy Garcia and Cecilia Contreras – 2007 Fellows
Amy and Cecilia wrote “Dear Eleanor” which is currently wrapping up production.
Myron Goble – 1993 Fellow
"Down in the Delta" was produced from Myron Goble’s Nicholl entry script.
Susannah Grant – 1992 Fellow
Susannah Grant wrote "Erin Brockovich," for which she received Academy Award® and WGA nominations, and "28 Days." She co-wrote "Charlotte’s Web," "Pocahontas" and "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," and she adapted "The Soloist" and "In Her Shoes." Grant also wrote and directed a number of episodes of the Fox-TV series "Party of Five." She wrote and made her feature directorial debut on "Catch and Release." Grant created and served as an executive producer of the CBS-TV series "A Gifted Man.".
Robert Gregory Browne – 1990 Fellow
Robert Gregory Browne’s most recent novel Trial Junkies was published in 2012. He is also the author of Devil’s Kiss, Kiss Her Goodbye, Down Among the Dead Men, Love is Murder, Whisper in the Dark, Killer Her Again and Paradise Prophecy. His first novel Kiss Her Goodbye was produced as a pilot for CBS-TV. Gregory Browne also wrote episodes of the animated series "Spider-Man Unlimited" and "Diabolik."
Humphrey Gyde – 1998 Fellow
Humphrey Gyde was the co-writer of "Almaz Black Box."
Anthony Jaswinski – 1997 Fellow
Anthony Jaswinski wrote “Random” which is in post-production. He wrote and directed "Killing Time," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote "Backwoods" and is the author of the novel Rocketship Nation. Jaswinski wrote ”Vanishing on 7th Street,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jodi Ann Johnson – 1993 Fellow
Jodi Ann Johnson was one of the initial writers of Disney’s "Mulan."
Ken Kristensen – 2008 Fellow
Ken Kristensen is a producer of the TV movie "Road Warriors" and the TV series "Futurestates" and "Jail." He also wrote the graphic novel series “Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth,” published by Image Comics in January, 2013.
Ehren Kruger – 1996 Fellow
"Arlington Road," from Ehren Kruger’s Nicholl entry script, was released in 1999. His screenplays include "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Reindeer Games," "Scream 3" and "The Ring" and "The Ring 2," based on the original Japanese novel and film. Kruger also wrote "The Brothers Grimm" and "Skeleton Key" and co-wrote "Blood and Chocolate" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Kurt Kuenne – 2002 Fellow
Kurt Kuenne wrote and directed "Shuffle," which premiered simultaneously at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival. He wrote and directed the feature documentary "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father," which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Kuenne also wrote and directed the short films "Slow," "The Phone Book," "Validation" and "Rent-a-Person." He also composed the music for each of his movies.
Mark Lowenthal – 1989 Fellow
Mark Lowenthal is the writer-director-producer of "Where the Elephant Sits," his Nicholl entry script; his film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
T.J. Lynch – 1999 Fellow
T.J. Lynch is the co-writer of "A Plumm Summer;" the film premiered at the Heartland Film Festival. "A Plumm Summer" was initially written during his fellowship year. He also wrote and directed the short film "Water Under the Bridge."
David Mango – 2007 Fellow
David Mango co-wrote "Into the White;" the film premiered in 2012.
Andrew W. Marlowe – 1992 Fellow
Andrew W. Marlowe wrote "Air Force One," "End of Days" and "Hollow Man," as well as several episodes of the NBC-TV series "Viper." He is the creator and executive producer of the ABC-TV series "Castle," the winner of consecutive People’s Choice Awards for Best TV Crime Drama.
Randall McCormick – 1987 Fellow
Randall McCormick co-wrote "Speed 2" and received story credit on "Titan A.E." He also wrote "Blue Crush 2" and "The Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior," received a story credit on "The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption" and co-wrote "Psycho Sushi."
Jim McGlynn – 1989 Fellow
"Traveller" was produced from Jim McGlynn’s Nicholl entry script.
Jason Micallef – 2008 Fellow
The film of Jason’s Nicholl Fellowship winning script “Butter” opened theatrically in October, 2012.
Terri Edda Miller – 1992 Fellow
Terri Edda Miller has been a writer and producer of the ABC-TV series "Castle." She also wrote and directed the short films "Dysenchanted," "My Femme Lady" and "Truly."
Karen Moncrieff – 1998 Fellow
Karen Moncrieff directed "Blue Car" from her Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She has also directed episodes of the TV series "Six Feet Under" and "Touching Evil." Moncrieff wrote and directed "The Dead Girl," which premiered at the AFI Film Festival. Currently, she is in post-production on "The Trials of Cate McCall," which she wrote and directed.
Annmarie Morais – 1999 Fellow
Annmarie Morais wrote "How She Move," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. For Canadian television she wrote "Hotel Babylon" and co-wrote "Kink in My Hair." Morais served as a consulting producer and writer on the Canadian TV series "Da Kink in My Hair," a writer on the Global-TV series "Combat Hospital" and a story editor on the SyFy Channel series "Haven."
James Mottern – 2003 Fellow
James Mottern directed "Trucker" from his Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He directed “God Only Knows,” which is in post-production.
Dawn O’Leary – 1993 Fellow"Admissions," from Dawn O’Leary’s Nicholl entry script "Island of Brilliance," premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Karen O'Toole – 1998 Fellow
Karen is the author of the novella The Writer and the Quail, The Really Red Rabbit, and Orphans of Katrina: Inside the World’s Biggest Animal Rescue.
Deborah Pryor – 1989 Fellow
"Briar Patch," from Deborah Pryor’s Nicholl entry script, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Its DVD release has been retitled "Plain Dirty." She also wrote the short "Angelmaker."
Mike Rich – 1998 Fellow
"Finding Forrester" was produced from Mike Rich’s Nicholl entry script. He also wrote "Secretariat," "The Rookie," "Radio" and "The Nativity Story."
Bragi Schut – 2003 Fellow
"Season of the Witch" was produced from Bragi Schut’s Nicholl entry script. Schut created and was co-executive producer of the CBS–TV series "Threshold." He also wrote and directed the shorts "Charlie Thistle" and "Scarecrow Joe" and wrote the short "Velvet Road." Most recently, Schut wrote and directed the short "Daniel Brewster and The End of the World," now in post-production.
Nicholas Sherman – 2007 Fellow
Nick Sherman's feature documentary "Soundtracker" premiered at Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival.
John Sinclair – 2004 Fellow
John Sinclair wrote and co-directed “Heathens and Thieves” which premiered in the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival and locally in the 2012 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He also wrote and produced the short film “Life Socks: Ask Dr. Pete.”
Rebecca Sonnenshine – 1999 Fellow
Rebecca Sonnenshine wrote "Happily Even After," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and co-wrote "American Zombie," which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. "Within," from her Nicholl Fellowship year script, was released in 2010. She also co-wrote "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and produced "Bunny" and "Reversion," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Sonnenshine is currently an executive story editor on the WB-TV series "The Vampire Diaries."
T.C. Smith – 1990 Fellow
T.C. Smith wrote the ABC-TV movie "Beverly Hills Family Robinson." He co-wrote the short film "Scream, Teen, Scream!," which screened at the Berlin Film Festival. Smith also co-wrote and co-starred in the short film "Ernest and Bertram," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Warren Taylor – 1987 Fellow
Warren Taylor adapted Bob Randall’s novel The Last Man on the List, which aired on the USA Network as "Dead Husbands." He wrote the TV movie "In the Eyes of a Stranger," a revised version of his Nicholl entry script "In the Dark." His adaptation of Joy Fielding’s novel Tell Me No Secrets aired on ABC-TV.
Robley Wilson – 1995 Fellow
Robley Wilson is the author of the novels Splendid Omens and The World Still Melting and the short story collection Who Will Hear Your Secrets. His novella Teresa Frechette appeared in the Spring edition of the Santa Monica Review. His story “Terrible Kisses” was adapted as a short film, which premiered at the Rushes Short Film Festival in London. Wilson is also editor with his wife Susan Hubbard of the short story collection 100% Pure Florida Fiction.