The script for The Lions of Mesopotamia, a feature I wrote (and just had the absurdly good fortune of workshopping at NY Stage and Film), has been shortlisted for the AMPAS' Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
Every year, the organization that curates the Oscars, also awards this fellowship to a few emerging screenwriters. The award attracts some major talent, and I feel extraordinarily grateful to be counted among their TOP 50 selections, out of the 6,915 have moved on for further consideration. That's just.... whoa.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who makes the time and puts their love into developing new work. From the readers writing coverage to the forty or so incredible souls at NY Stage and Film last week-- the love, the support, the thoughtfulness, the generosity and the energy you put into cultivating new voices is MAJOR, and it has had an impact on me for sure.
I'm really looking forward to sharing this film with the world someday, and hopefully letting it speak for the people whose voices so far have been drowned out by violence.
You can check out more about this year's Nicholl and the fellows here.