SNEAK PEAK OF JUNE (co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb) AT MONTREAL’S FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The director of our film, June, and my co-writer, L. Gustavo Cooper, attended and spoke at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 27, 2014. With Gustavo were producers Jacquie Frisco and Gregor Habsburg. James Fler of Raven Banner, distributor of June also spoke.
The Fantasia International Film Festival is a part of the Frontieres International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first market to concentrate specifically on genre film co-production between North-America, Europe and Australasia.
SUPERNATURAL HORROR PROJECT (co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb) IN POST-PRODUCTION!
June, a supernatural horror script co-written by L. Gustavo Cooper and Sharon Y. Cobb is in post- production in Los Angeles. The film features rising star Kennedy Brice of The Walking Dead. The script was written by Cooper and Cobb specifically with Brice in mind for the lead role of June.
Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) also star. The film was featured in an article that appeared in the Hollywood trade publication Variety, January 22, 2014. Read all about it!
Another Variety article March 14, 2014 announced Casper Van Dien and other cast members join June. Read more!
SHOOTING JUNE IN BATON ROUGE, APRIL 2014
Sharon and husband Robert J. Ward travelled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in April 2014 for a set visit while the horror film Sharon wrote with L. Gustavo Cooper was in production. Cooper also directed the film and the it stars Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) and Eddie Jemison (King of Herrings, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Thirteen, Bruce Almighty).
Check out the photo gallery!
WORLD ARTS FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS SCREENWRITING PANEL
Sharon will speak on a screenwriting panel on May 15 in Jacksonville, Florida.
For more details read: World Arts Film Festival Screenwriting Panel
3×5 CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCED BY SHARON Y. COBB
The NRP radio station located in
Jacksonville, Florida, WJCT, presented
their 3×5 Classic Film Festival,
March 28-30, 2014. Sharon Y. Cobb and
WJCT’s Melissa Ross (host of ”
First Coast Connect”) introduced the
opening evening’s film Citizen Kane.
THE PRISONER SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTS & AWARDS
A short film written by Sharon Y. Cobb, directed by award-winner director Mahmoud Shoolizadeh and starring Paul Bathen and Ryan Michael Murray will be featured at many international film festivals in 2013 and 2014.
The Prisoner is short film about the pure and tender nature of humankind: “Sonny and Dub once shared a cell together. Now Sonny is a free man keeping his life as simple and carefree as possible. While Dub is on Death Row and sentenced to be executed in a matter of days, Sonny comes to visit Dub one more time. Dub has a last request – a dying request that hopes to entrust Sonny with his most precious possession.”
Read more: The Prisoner Wins Awards
48 Go Green International Film Competition announced that Best Friends Films’ film The Other Half written by Sharon Y. Cobb, won Runner Up for Best Film in their 2012 short film competition. The contest happens simultanteously worldwide during three events over a 48 hour period which includes creating the concept, writing the script, casting, shooting the film and editing.
Best Friends won $1,000 in cash and prizes. The film screened with other winners on Friday, April 19, 2013 at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Yes, this is the home of the Oscar folks in Beverly Hills. This was the second year that Best Friends, led by producer/director Marc Boese, has competed in the Go Green competition. The group’s 2011 film, Way Off the Grid, was was a top-rated films competing worldwide.
Read more: http://www.sharonycobb.com/2013/02/15/the-other-half-wins-48-go-green-runner-up-and-screens-at-academy-theatre/
WORLD ARTS FILM FEST FEATURES BEST FRIENDS FILMS
Short films JANE and BEING BECCA, written bySharon Y. Cobb and produced by Best Friends Films screened on opening nights at the World Arts Film Fest at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Jacksonville, FL, April 11. Both films will screen again during the festival which ends April 13.
To read more about the World Arts Film Fest and to read both short films: http://www.sharonycobb.com/2013/04/10/world-arts-film-fest-features-two-shorts-written-by-sharon-y-cobb/
FALSE CONFESSIONS BOOKS TRAILER
Check out the new book trailer for False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter created by Chrissy Sellers of Studio 352. Let me know what you think!
WHAT SCREENWRITER TERRY ROSSIO (The Lone Ranger, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, Aladdin) SAYS about False Confessions: “Started reading and read it cover to cover. Delightful, insightful, inspiring, terrifying, hilarious, informative, and touching. I have myself imagined many a time arriving at a meeting with loaded weaponry.”
What a wonderful turn out of more than 70 writers at the Florida Writers Association (FWA), Ponte Vedra Beach Chapter, for the Independent Publishing & You panel, Saturday, January 26, 2013. A big thank you to organizer, Vic DiGenti, for inviting me to serve on the panel.
(Left to right) Moderator: Victor DiGenti. Panel: Sharon Y. Cobb (novelist, screenwriter and adjunct professor, University of North Florida); Rik Feeney (author, publisher and book coach); Cheyenne Knopf (Marketing Manager with OnLine Binding); and Judith K. White (novelist).
Photo by: Jane Wood.
BOOK AUTHORS TOUR INTERVIEW
Check out this interview
with Sharon on: BookAuthorsTour.com!
THE OTHER HALF IN TOP 15 FINALISTS OF 48 GO GREEN
Best Friends’ short film placed in the Top 15 Finalists of the 2012 48 Go Green International Film Competition, Group A. The film competed with 41 other short films in the group. Filmmakers and film fans voted, pushing “The Other Half,” written by Sharon Y. Cobb, into the Top 15 Finalists.
OTHER SHORT FILMS BY SHARON Y. COBB
BARNES & NOBLE BOOK SIGNING SOLD OUT!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the folks who joined us for the book signing at the Barnes & Noble, St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2 p.m.. The store’s supply of False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter sold out within the first hour! Thank goodness we brought a reserve box of books and the signing went on through 4 p.m., as promised. I’m so grateful for the enthusiastic show of support and hope everyone enjoys the read.
FALSE CONFESSIONS OF A TRUE HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITER
In Hollywood, there are no rules and they’re strictly enforced.
That’s one of the things LIZ BRADBURY learns during her eight long torturous years in Hell-A working as a professional screenwriter. You can’t get an agent until you don’t need one. You can’t sell a script until you’ve already sold one. Paradoxes of the movie business are driving her mad, or at least she is planning to use that as her defense when arrested for kidnapping.
Liz Bradbury is a woman who is a heroine in her own life. She writes strong female protagonists because she is a strong female protagonist. She moved back to her hometown in Florida to be with her family and bakes buttermilk biscuits from her great grandma’s recipe. She plays paintball and races formula cars. Liz is a Southern belle with a rebel yell.
Liz lives with CHRISTOPHER, her ideal man and perfect marriage material. But every time she heads down the aisle, a catastrophe halts the wedding march. The Southern mansion where the wedding is being held explodes, the groom ends up in a two-day coma after a rugby tackle goes wrong and on their third attempt, their plane crash-lands on the way to the private ceremony. Christopher is certain the fates are trying to tell them to forget about making it legal. Liz isn’t so sure.
She’s a screenwriter who aspires to be on the A-List, but in reality she’s on Hollywood’s F-U List. She pays her Writers Guild of America dues. She writes high-concept comedy. She works hard for her list of movie credits. She gets dumped by her agents.
But there must be some mistake. Wasn’t it her big female-driven action comedy, Jane Blonde, that only one month earlier had garnered the attention of every producer in town? Wasn’t it Jane Blonde that her agents said they sent to KATIE PORTMAN, Hollywood’s It Girl, to convince a studio to make the movie? And now her agents are giving other clients her studio writing assignments and they won’t return her calls, dismissing her like one of the UTBFs (Used To Be Famous) roaming the streets of Beverly Hills?
It’s not until she takes on Hollywood on her own terms — in an adventure including SWAT teams, a hostage standoff, the kidnapping of an A-list actress and a nationally televised car chase through the streets of LA — that she realizes only in LA could crime run amuck have such a deliriously happy Hollywood ending.
False Confessions of a True Hollywood Screenwriter is an action-adventure comedy. The tone is similar to the madcap romps of Carl Hiaasen with a dash of Janet Evanovich’s quirky chick-power plotting. The story is about taking fate hostage, shaping your own destiny and never giving up.