I’m Sorry, Professor Capewell

I’m so sorry, Prof. Capewell. I truly apologize.

You see, George Capewell was one of my film professors at the University of Miami — in fact, he was my very first one. Intro to Film or some such was the course. And, being the big-ass film geek that I am, I did pretty well in his class. And, also, being one of the very, very, very few Black kids enrolled in the university’s film school at the time, I was, well, a standout.

Capewell and I developed a great relationship, and so it got to the point where I asked if he would read my recently completed screenplay, Music City Rhapsody. Despite the title, it was not a musical paean to Nashville; it was, rather, an American Pie-esque teen comedy about how I lost my virginity.

*sigh* Yeah, I know.

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Issa Screenplay: I Finally Finished My #ZD30Script

So earlier this week I finally did it: I finished Roommates, the screenplay I’d pledged to finish for the Zero Draft Thirty script challenge.

Even though it took an additional 18 days to do so.

Hey, things happen. Life, death, the day job, laziness, alcohol, sex, procrastination — they all contributed to the delay in the screenplay’s completion. But eventually, I prevailed. I hunkered down, sat in front of my MacBook Air, and banged out those final pages. It’s my eighth completed screenplay. And y’know something?

I think I’ve got a winner.

So what now?

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A Zero Draft Thirty Update #ZD30Script — Yep, I Failed

I have failed.

Yes, I participated in March’s Zero Draft Thirty campaign, a challenge designed to motivate writers to hammer out a draft of a screenplay in just 30 days. Despite jumping into the challenge with an already-started script, I failed to complete the challenge by last Friday.

Again, I have failed.

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Jordan Peele Wants More Black Voices in Film

Looks like I better get to work on my horror spec script.

Sketch comedian-turned-horror auteur Jordan Peele wants to help young black filmmakers get a foothold in the industry, and so he’s telling them to holler at him.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Peele says, “For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre.”

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