LOS ANGELES, CA (October 10, 2014) – The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 announced last night at a special reception for its Los Angeles-based alumni the recipient of the inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with the Black List, which seeks to increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts.
The inaugural Fellow, Simon Nagel, will receive $20,000. His script THE WIND AT SPANISH NEEDLE is the story of an old, blind gunslinger trekking across the Mojave Desert to a mountain peak in the Sierras to reunite with the love of his life.
From Ventura, CA, Simon is a graduate of the American Film Institute who has had two semifinal screenplays in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Simon’s checkered career over the past few years has included building a house, working for a corrupt law firm, and taking care of not one, but two grandparents with extreme dementia-- all of which gives him a great palette to draw from and provides his work with a certain character.
The winning script was chosen among 1049 entries by judges Helen Estabrook (Producer of WHIPLASH and LABOR DAY), Sarah Haskins (co-creator of TROPHY WIFE), David Javerbaum (former head writer for the Daily Show and author of THE LAST TESTAMENT: A MEMOIR by GOD), Colleen McGuiness (writer and producer for 30 ROCK and ABOUT A BOY) and Beau Willimon (writer and producer of FARRAGUT NORTH, THE IDES OF MARCH, HOUSE OF CARDS).
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to promote freedom of expression in all aspects of the performing arts, to encourage satire, comedy and the cultivation of young talent, not just at Harvard but around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.
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The Black List is an online community where content makers find scripts to make and writers to write them, and writers find people to make their scripts and employ them. Begun in 2005 as an annual survey of several dozen executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays, the Black List has grown to survey over 500 executives each year (virtually 100% of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps). Over 250 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing more than $19 billion in worldwide box office. Black List scripts have won 30 Academy Awards – including three of the last six Best Pictures (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Argo) and seven of the last fourteen screenwriting awards (“Juno,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “The Descendants,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained”) – from almost 200 nominations. In October 2012, the Black List launched an online database of every screenplay circulating Hollywood and all those submitted by English language screenwriters from around the world. Since its launch, it has hosted more than 16,000 screenplays and completed more than 25,000 script evaluations. Dozens of writers have found major agency and management company representation and/or sales or options of their scripts as a direct consequence of introductions made via the site. At any given time, more than 2,400 screenplays are actively hosted for perusal by thousands of film industry professionals, ranging from major agency assistants to studio and network heads.
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