The inaugural Blacklist Screenwriters Lab has announced its first half-dozen fellows who will work with mentors Brian Koppelman, Jenny Lumet, Billy Ray, Kiwi Smith and Scott Myers. Jan Arnold, Minhal Baig, Robin D. Fox, Gia Gordon, Nick Malik and Casey Scharf will spend the week of September 30-October 5 at the lab in Las Vegas. Here’s the release:
Hosted by Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Downtown Project, the Lab will consist of a week-long intensive workshop with mentors Brian Koppelman, Jenny Lumet, Scott Myers, Billy Ray, and Kiwi Smith focused on elevating the writers’ best sample as identified by the Black List website and preparing each writer for the realities of life in the professional trade.
The inaugural Black List Lab fellows and their projects are as follows:
Jan Arnold – Born and bred in South Central and passionate about cinema, music, and Los Angeles culture, Arnold is the author of AFRONELL, the story of a teenage musician from South Central juggling conflicting identities while struggling to create a band during the emergence of the punk rock scene in late 70s Los Angeles.
Minhal Baig – A Chicago native and graduate of Yale University, Baig is the author of BURY MY HEART, a dark thriller in the vein of DRIVE and FIGHT CLUB that chronicles the descent of a detached advertising executive into a world of profound moral ambiguity.
Robin D. Fox – Recently signed by Caliber Media Company via the Black List website, Fox is the author of THE BRIGHT AND HOLLOW SKY, which follows two boys, alone in different parts of the country, who struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world full of brutality and loss.
Gia Gordon – A Cultural Anthropology and Film graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gordon currently lives in Los Angeles and produces promotional films for mission-driven organizations. Her script follows an American Peace Corps teacher who joins the resistance against Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
Nick Malik – A Philadelphia native, 2013 Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist, and graduate of New York University, Malik is a father of two. His dramedy, YEAR OF THE WOODCOCK!, follows “a delusional cripple who blackmails his estranged brother into finding him a date for the biggest night of his life.”
Casey Scharf – A native of South Florida and graduate of the University of Virginia currently living in Studio City, Scharf adapted his own recently published Huffington Post article on the Julian Petroleum scandal into the script JULIAN THIEVES.