Notable Nicholl Fellows
Works by Academy Nicholl Fellows slated for release in 2014: “God Only Knows,” directed by James Mottern; “Dear Eleanor,” written by Amy Garcia and Cecilia Contreras; “Rob the Mob,” directed by Raymond De Felitta; “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” written by Ehren Kruger; and “The Expendables 3,” co-written by Creighton Rothenberger.
During 2013, Academy Nicholl fellows worked in both film and television. Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote “Olympus Has Fallen” which opened theatrically in March. Karen Moncrieff wrote and directed “The Trials of Cate McCall,” released in November. Destin Cretton directed “Short Term 12” from his Academy 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 was released in August.
He also directed “I am Not a Hipster,” 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,” along with Terri Miller, a writer and producer on the show. Rebecca Sonnenshine is a co-producer of the CW-TV series “The Vampire Diaries.” Allison Anders earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for the TV movie “Ring of Fire.” Annmarie Morais joined the writing staff of the Canadian TV series “Rogue.”
Pictured above is Brie Larson in Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12.”
Max Adams – 1994 Fellow
Max co-wrote the 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
In 2013, Allison earned an Emmy nomination for directing the TV movie “Ring of Fire.” She 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 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." Allison also directed the TV movie "A Crush on You" and served as executive producer of "Lover Girl."
Victoria Arch – 1993 Fellow
Victoria 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 directed "Akeelah and the Bee" from his Nicholl entry script, earning him a NAACP Image Award for best screenplay. He also co-wrote "Spinning into Butter."
Radha Bharadwaj – 1989 Fellow
Radha 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 wrote and directed the web series “Passive-Aggressive Boyfriend” and the short film “The Xmas Special” and wrote and co-directed the web series "Reality Reboot."
Gabrielle Burton – 2000 Fellow
Gabrielle 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
John published his novel Buddy and Grace, an adaptation of his Nicholl entry script "Bend in the River."
Dennis Clontz – 1986 Fellow
Dennis 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. Dennis died in 2004.
Richard Cray – 1995 Fellow
Richard 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 directed the film of his Academy Nicholl entry screenplay, "Short Term 12," which was released theatrically in August 2013 after premiering at South by Southwest where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best narrative film. He also directed his Nicholl Fellowship year script "I Am Not a Hipster," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
James DiLapo – 2012 Fellow
James’ Nicholl winning script “Devils at Play” was performed at the Ballroom Marfa’s The Reading in May 2013.
Raymond De Felitta – 1991 Fellow
Raymond directed “Rob the Mob,” which is slated for release in March 2014. He wrote and directed the feature documentary "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Raymond’s 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 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." Robert wrote and is producing the documentary “The Last Laugh,” currently in production.
Ronald Emmons – 1991 Fellow
Ronald wrote "Rendezvous," which aired on Black Entertainment Television. He died in 2005.
Jacob Estes – 1998 Fellow
Jacob wrote and directed “The Details,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically. He directed "Mean Creek", from his Nicholl entry script. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; received a Humanitas Prize and won two Independent Spirit Awards. Jacob also wrote "Nearing Grace."
Jeffrey Eugenides – 1986 Fellow
Jeffrey is the author of the novel The Marriage Plot, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex. The film of his novel The Virgin Suicides premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Jeffrey’s short story "Baster" provided the basis for the film "The Switch."
Scott Fifer – 1995 Fellow
The movie of Scott’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. Scott has also written a number of TV awards shows and specials.
James Foley – 2000 Fellow
James 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 slated for release in 2014.
Myron Goble – 1993 Fellow
"Down in the Delta" was produced from Myron’s Nicholl entry script.
Susannah Grant – 1992 Fellow
Susannah 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." Susannah 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." She created and served as an executive producer of the CBS-TV series "A Gifted Man.”
Robert Gregory Browne – 1990 Fellow
Robert’s most recent novel Bottom Deal was published in 2013. 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. Robert also wrote episodes of the animated series "Spider-Man Unlimited" and "Diabolik."
Humphrey Gyde – 1998 Fellow
Humphrey was the co-writer of "Almaz Black Box."
Anthony Jaswinski – 1997 Fellow
Anthony wrote “Random,” which is slated for release in 2014. He wrote and directed "Killing Time," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He wrote "Backwoods" and is the author of the novel Rocketship Nation. Anthony also wrote ”Vanishing on 7th Street,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jodi Ann Johnson – 1993 Fellow
Jodi was one of the initial writers of Disney’s "Mulan."
Ken Kristensen – 2008 Fellow
Ken 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 2013.
Ehren Kruger – 1996 Fellow
"Arlington Road," from Ehren’s Nicholl entry script, was released in 1999. His screenplays include “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which is slated for release in 2014; "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Reindeer Games," "Scream 3," "The Ring" and "The Ring 2," based on the original Japanese novel and film. Ehren 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 wrote and directed "Shuffle," which premiered simultaneously at the Heartland Film Festival and the 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. Kurt 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 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. 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 co-wrote "Into the White.”
Andrew W. Marlowe – 1992 Fellow
Andrew 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 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’s Nicholl entry script.
Jason Micallef – 2008 Fellow
“Butter” was produced from Jason’s Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals.
Terri Edda Miller – 1992 Fellow
Terri is 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 wrote and directed “The Trials of Cate McCall.” She directed "Blue Car" from her Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Karen has also directed episodes of the TV series "Six Feet Under" and "Touching Evil." Additionally, Karen wrote and directed "The Dead Girl," which premiered at the AFI Film Festival.
Annmarie Morais – 1999 Fellow
Annemarie is on the writing staff of the Canadian TV series “Rogue.” She wrote "How She Move," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. For Canadian television Annmarie wrote "Hotel Babylon" and co-wrote "Kink in My Hair." She 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 directed “God Only Knows,” which is slated for release in 2014. He directed "Trucker" from his Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Dawn O’Leary – 1993 Fellow
"Admissions," from Dawn’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 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’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’s Nicholl entry script. He also wrote "Secretariat," "The Rookie," "Radio" and "The Nativity Story."
Creighton Rothenberger – 2002 Fellow
Creighton co-wrote “Olympus Has Fallen” with his wife Katrin Benedikt. The husband and wife team also are co-writers on “The Expendables 3,” which is slated for release August 2014.
Bragi Schut – 2003 Fellow
Bragi co-wrote the comic book Deep Blue, which made its debut in 2014. "Season of the Witch" was produced from his Nicholl entry script. Bragi created and was co-executive producer of the CBS–TV series "Threshold." He also wrote and directed the shorts "Charlie Thistle," "Scarecrow Joe" and "Daniel Brewster and The End of the World," and he wrote the short "Velvet Road."
Nicholas Sherman – 2007 Fellow
Nick’s feature documentary "Soundtracker" premiered at Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival.
John Sinclair – 2004 Fellow
John wrote and co-directed “Heathens and Thieves,” which premiered in the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival and locally in the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He also wrote and produced the short film “Life Socks: Ask Dr. Pete.”
Rebecca Sonnenshine – 1999 Fellow
Rebecca is a co-producer on the CW-TV series "The Vampire Diaries." She wrote "Happily Even After," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and co-wrote "American Zombie," which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. "Within" was produced from her Nicholl Fellowship year script. Rebecca also co-wrote "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and produced "Bunny" and "Reversion," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
T.C. Smith – 1990 Fellow
T.C. 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. T.C. 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 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 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 Santa Monica Review. His story “Terrible Kisses” was adapted as a short film, which premiered at the Rushes Short Film Festival in London. Robley is also editor with his wife Susan Hubbard of the short story collection 100% Pure Florida Fiction.