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After a year working with the talented folk at the Salt Lake Film Society, and my friends in the Utah Screenwriters Project, my debut feature-length screenplay is finished.

This week the USP had our graduation ceremony, where a group of local actors read a scene from each of our scripts, giving us a first taste of what our work could actually look like off the page.

My screenplay is titled “Brother, Father, Sister, Mother” and it’s about an empty-nester named June whose life is thrown into uncharted territory after she stumbles into bed with the brother of her daughter’s new boyfriend.

You can watch the live reading in the video below (please do! AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!) but fair warning it includes what the MPAA would describe as “Brief strong language and adult situations.” Technically the video is PG-13, but the script itself is an R-rated dramedy.

But wait, there’s MORE EXCITING NEWS! I was selected by the Film Society as one of two USP Honorees, which means a professional script consultation by Dave Trottier, author of The Screenwriters Bible. I’ll be sending him my script this week, at which point he’ll run it through a meat grinder and hand it’s bloody, mangled carcass back to me with some constructive criticism, it’ll be great.

After that I start the long, soul-crushing process of pitching the script to agents and producers, which, if my self-published novel is any indication, probably won’t end well. But who cares! I’m really happy with my script. Here’s hoping I get to see it – or something else I wrote – on the big screen some day, but if not just watching the actors at graduation was a treat by itself.

Check out the video, and if you know any indie producers looking for their next hit, send ’em my way.

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*Note: Portions of review were originally published during Wood Stock’s coverage of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling star as a married couple, recently relocated to Los Angeles and struggling to acclimate to their new community while navigating their own personal and marital issues. While visiting a park with their son, they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a bon vivant Californian who invites the pair over for dinner with him and his wife.

After the couples’ children are asleep, the adults relax into a booze-filled evening that ebbs and flows in increasingly awkward and revelatory ways as Scott and Schilling’s buttoned-up suburbanites slowly give in to the free-spirited je ne sai quois of their hosts. There are late night confessionals, erotic photography and the best use of prosthetic genitalia since Boogie Nights.

It’s an unceasingly and increasingly enjoyable film that plays into your assumptions, flips them around and hands them back to you in delightful ways. Every laugh is earned, not by pandering with loud, obvious jokes but by a series of spot-on deliveries by Scott, Schwartzman and Schilling.

Grade: B+

*The Overnight opens in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 3.

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