#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Antonio Zarro – Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Every Monday we will be profiling a member of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting 2020 graduating class. This exciting, fresh crop of writers are the future of the industry and are going on to do BIG things, so get to know them now! 

#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Antonio Zarro

#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Antonio Zarro

Antonio Zarro is a director and actor for film and television. He created Aria Pictures, a media production company through which he produced and directed over 300 films, commercials and training dramas. His productions have played in Hollywood, Cannes and Europe, and have shown on Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and the Family Channel.

His work has screened at the NY Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of American Film, the Columbus Film Festival and Worldfest-Houston. A few of Zarro’s awards include: A Cine Golden Eagle, Telly, Addy, and Aurora Award. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, acting in movies, television and the theatre. Zarro received a B.A. from the University of Tulsa and an M.A. from Regent University.

At the graduate level, he wrote and directed Bird in a Cage, which won a Student Academy Award.


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New Event: Beyond the Books: Writing TV Shows Based on Novels – Writers Guild Foundation – April 7, 2020

Beyond the Books: Writing TV Shows Based on Novels

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
7:30 PM  9:00 PM
The Writers Guild Foundation7000 West 3rd Street, 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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New Event: Beyond the Books: Writing TV Shows Based on Novels - Writers Guild Foundation - April 7, 2020

What do you do when your series continues beyond the original book upon which the show is based? On this special evening, we join forces with Columbia College Chicago to welcome a panel of TV writers who’ll discuss how they navigate the uncharted territory of writing for a show that has diverged from the original novel.

Panelists:

  • Marissa Jo Cerar – Writer, Supervising Producer, The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why
  • I. Marlene King – Writer, Executive Producer, Pretty Little Liars
  • Stacy Osei-Kuffour – Writer, Watchmen
  • Anthony Sparks – Writer, Executive Producer, Queen Sugar
  • Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch.

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Liza Donnelly is live-drawing and tweeting the Athena Film Festival — Valerie Woods and Ken LaZebnik of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

One of the best parts of my gig as Executive Director of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting is sending very good friends like Valerie Woods (@vcwoods24) to very good festivals like the 10th Annual Athena Film Festival!Liza Donnelly is live-drawing and tweeting the Athena Film Festival - -Valerie Wood and Ken LaZebnik of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Liza Donnelly is live-drawing and tweeting the Athena Film Festival - -Valerie Wood and Ken LaZebnik of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Liza Donnelly is live-drawing and tweeting the Athena Film Festival

 


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

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Valerie Woods, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mentor, Speaks at the Athena Film Festival

Valerie Woods, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mentor, Speaks at the Athena Film Festival

The Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting is always proud to help sponsor the Athena film festival. This year we were happy to send mentor Valerie Woods to discuss her career and love of writing.

Val’s ability to share that love makes her a treasured mentor in our program.

Valerie Woods, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mentor, Speaks at the Athena Film Festival

Valerie Woods, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mentor, Speaks at the Athena Film Festival

Valerie Woods, Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Mentor, Speaks at the Athena Film Festival


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

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Students Brainstorm During Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop via Instagram

Brainstorm During Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Brainstorm During Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop via Instagram

First year MFA candidates Marco Antonio Rodriguez and Doreene Hamilton brainstorm together during January’s workshop.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

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Stephens College MFA Alumni Jackie Perez named Director of Development for the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective

Congratulations to Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Jackie Perez (Class of 2017) who was just named Director of Development for the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective.

Stephens College MFA Alumni Jackie Perez (Class of 2017) named Director of Development for the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective

Stephens College MFA Alumni Jackie Perez (Class of 2017) named Director of Development for the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective

Our Executive Team is growing! I want to welcome Rosalie, the HFC Executive Assistant and Jackie, the HFC Director of Development. As many of you know, it takes a lot to drive this ship forward and with their help and expertise, we are striving to foster and showcase independent filmmakers in Hawaii and above all Make More Films!

Thanks Rosalie and Jackie for joining our team and making HFC your kuleana and ohana!

Mary Michelle Baghdady
HFC Executive Director


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#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Cierra Winkler – Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Every Monday we will be profiling a member of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting 2020 graduating class. This exciting, fresh crop of writers are the future of the industry and are going on to do BIG things, so get to know them now! 

#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Cierra Winkler

#MeetTheGraduatesMonday: Cierra Winkler

Cierra Winkler is a screenwriter and playwright from the Appalachian region of northeast Georgia. She is currently pursuing her MFA in TV & Screenwriting from Stephens College at Jim Henson Studios, where she’s been able to cultivate her love for creating Southern characters who defy stereotypes and bring authentic Southern voices to the screen. Cierra also enjoys telling female-driven epic adventures, and she’s even had the audacity to rewrite Homer in an epic reimaging of the Odyssey as told from Queen Penelope’s point of view.

In 2019 Cierra placed 2nd out of 400 pitches in Screencraft’s Pitchfest at the Atlanta Film Festival for her Odyssey-based feature screenplay Queen of Ithica. She was also a finalist in the 2019 Athena Film Festival’s Writer’s Workshop. Cierra is a member of the Atlanta Film Society and has been accepted into their Spring 2020 Production Academy, where she’ll be training for different positions within the Georgia film industry. Cierra will graduate from Stephens with her MFA in May 2020 and looks forward to what adventures in the film industry lie ahead!


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Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Pavel Jech Presents on short film screenplay writing at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop

Guest lecturer Pavel Jech, former Dean of FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague and currently at Chapman University, gave excellent insights into the craft of writing a short film screenplay at January’s MFA workshop.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig Speaks On Film Critique at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (3 photos)

Claudia Puig, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, came to January’s workshop to discuss the art of film critique as well as the current state of Diversity in Media. She also curates two film festivals and spoke about how to work the festival circuit to gain attention for your writing career.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (5 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

Screenwriter Jane Anderson Presents at the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Winter Workshop (6 photos)

One of the highlights of January’s Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting workshop came in the form of a story structure seminar with screenwriting Jane Anderson (The Wife, Olive Kitteridge, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio) held on the Henson soundstage. Her energy and honesty in discussing her work and her life in the business was greatly appreciated.


Questions about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting?

Leave a comment here or email me, Executive Director, Dr. Rosanne Welch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


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