Notable Fellows

Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez in "Lila & Eve"
 

Works by Academy Nicholl Fellows slated for release in 2015 include: “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” written and directed by Nikole Beckwith; “Batkid Begins” a documentary co-written and edited by Kurt Kuenne; “Lila & Eve” written by Pat Gilfillan; “Dear Eleanor,” written by Amy Garcia and Cecilia Contreras; and “London Has Fallen,” co-written by Creighton Rothenberger. 

During 2014, Academy Nicholl fellows worked in both film and television. Raymond De Felitta directed “Rob the Mob” which opened in March.  Ehren Kruger wrote “Transformers: Age of Extinction” which opened theatrically in June. Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote “The Expendables 3” which opened theatrically in August. Anthony Jaswinksi wrote “Kristy” which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October. James Mottern directed “By the Gun,” which opened in December.

In television, Andrew Marlowe is the creator and an executive producer of the ABC-TV series “Castle,” along with Terri Miller, a writer and executive producer on the show. Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and a co-producer of the CW-TV series “The Vampire Diaries.” Annmarie Morais joined the writing staff of the Syfy TV series “Killjoys.”

Pictured above is Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez in “Lila & Eve.”

NOTABLE NICHOLL FELLOWS

MAX ADAMS – 1994 FELLOW
Max wrote the original spec script and then received a story and co-writer on Excess Baggage. She 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-wroteSpinning into Butter.

NIKOLE BECKWITH – 2012 FELLOW
Nikole directed her fellowship winning script, Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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.

PATRICIA BURROUGHS -- 2001 FELLOW
Patricia’s latest novel This Crumbling Pageant was published in 2014. She has also written the novels La Desperada, Some Enchanted Season and Scandalous.

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 wrote and directed Two Family House from his Nicholl Fellowship year script. His films as a writer-director include the Oscar-nominated short film Bronx Cheer, Cafe Society and City Island, as well as the feature documentaries 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris and Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story.  Raymond co-wrote Shadow of Doubt, and he directed The Thing About My Folks and Rob the Mob, which was released in March of 2014.

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 directed When I Live My Life Over Again, currently in post-production, and 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. James’ newest e-novel, Far from Viet Nam, is now on Amazon.

AMY GARCIA AND CECILIA CONTRERAS – 2007 FELLOWS
Amy and Cecilia wrote Dear Eleanor, slated for release in 2015. 

PAT GILFILLAN – 1995 FELLOW
Pat wrote Lila & Eve which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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 Speechless was published in 2014. He is also the author of Devil’s KissKiss Her GoodbyeDown Among the Dead MenLove is MurderWhisper in the DarkKiller Her AgainParadise Prophecy, and Bottom Deal. 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 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, and Kristy, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2014.

JODI ANN JOHNSON – 1993 FELLOW
Jodi was one of the initial writers of Disney’s Mulan.

KEN KRISTENSEN – 2008 FELLOW
Ken was a producer of the TV movie Road Warriors and the TV series Futurestates and Jail. Ken co-created and writes the graphic novel series Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth, published by Image Comics, and in 2014 he took over the writing duties on the comic series Indestructible by IDW/Darby Pop Publishing. He also co-produced Death Factory, which was released in the UK in 2014.

EHREN KRUGER – 1996 FELLOW
Arlington Road, from Ehren’s Nicholl entry script, was released in 1999. His screenplays include Transformers: Age of Extinction, 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 The 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 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. Kurt also co-wrote and edited the documentary Batkid Begins, which premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.

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 and was initially written during his fellowship year. He also wrote and directed the short film Water Under the Bridge.

JOHN MACINNES – 2011 FELLOW
John wrote the videogame “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”

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 executive producer of the ABC-TV series Castle. She also wrote and directed the short filmsDysenchanted, My Femme Lady and Truly.

KAREN MONCRIEFF – 1998 FELLOW
Karen directed Blue Car from her Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She wrote and directed The Dead Girl, which premiered at the AFI Film Festival, and she wrote and directed The Trials of Cate McCall. She has also directed episodes of the TV series Six Feet Under and Touching Evil. Additionally, she directed Petals on the Wind, which aired on Lifetime in May 2014.

ANNMARIE MORAIS – 1999 FELLOW
Annmarie most recently joined the writing staff of the Syfy TV series Killjoys and was story editor on 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 Trucker from his Nicholl entry script; the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also directed By the Gun, which was released in 2014. 

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 The Rookie and Radio, and he wrote and served as an executive producer on The Nativity Story and Secretariat.

CREIGHTON ROTHENBERGER – 2002 FELLOW
Creighton co-wrote Olympus Has Fallen and The Expendables 3 with his wife Katrin Benedikt. The husband and wife team also are co-writers on the sequel to their first feature, London Has Fallen, which is slated for release October 2015.

BRAGI SCHUT – 2003 FELLOW
Season of the Witch was produced from Bragi’s Nicholl entry script. He 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." Bragi co-wrote the comic book Deep Blue, which made its debut in 2014, and he also adapted the graphic novel Abomination from his screenplay.

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.

CAMERON YOUNG – 2001 FELLOW
Cameron wrote a segment of the feature film Locker 13. He also wrote and directed the short film The Visitation.