Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Cinema St. Louis, the presenters of the St. Louis International Film Festival, has announced the five finalists in its annual CinemaSpoke screenplay competition and workshop. The five screenplays will receive partial readings, one a month from April through August, with the winning script receiving a full reading on Monday, Sept. 15.

The finalists and the titles of their scripts, with the reading date:

April 7: Aaron Coffman's "The Drowning"
May 5: Vanessa Revard Roman's "The Importance of Doubting Tom"
June 2: Blair Dalton's "The Alien Dude"
July 7: Jean Whatley's "The Love You Need"
Aug. 4: Paddy Callahan's "The Valedictorian"

All readings will be held on a Monday at 7 p.m. in the Rialto Room on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The readings are free and open to the public.

On each evening, the first 30 pages of a script will be read by actors, with judges offering critiques and the author responding to questions from both the judges and audience members.

CinemaSpoke judges are TV writer/producer Paul Guyot ("Judging Amy," "Felicity"), screenwriter Richard Chapman ("Live From Baghdad"), producer Buzz Hirsch ("Silkwood"), St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams and St. Louis writer/producer Bobbie Lautenschlager.

For more information, contact Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4150 or visit its Web site at www.cinemastlouis.org.

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