‘Gotta’ win a prize

Blues story tops Slamdance script competion

The Slamdance Film Festival has selected three winners for the fifth annual Slamdance Screenplay competition.

First place went to Russell Paquette’s “Gotta Keep Movin,’ ” second place to Thomas Russell’s “Tokens” and third place to David Guest’s “Lemon Grove.”

“Gotta Keep Movin’ ” is a telling of the life of legendary blues musician Robert Johnson recounted to a New York City music scout searching for him to play Carnegie Hall.

Slamdance also awarded three scripts with a recognition of excellence: Sherie Yang’s “Dust,” Bruce Griffiths’ “Killing the People Upstairs” and Brett Merryman’s “The Children’s Garden.”

The 2000 competition also recognized six finalists: Eric Marks’ “The Black Gun,” Sophia Heller’s “Displaced Persons,” Robert Hamilton’s “The Fairy Key,” Nelson McCormick’s “The Lyster Theory,” Cindy Davis Hewitt’s “The Nature of Sex” and Stephen Falk’s “You Down With the O.C.D.”

Aim of the competition is to recognize and promote new talent. Slamdance awards $2,000 to the first-place winner, $1,000 to second place and $500 to third.

All 12 recognized screenplays and their writers will receive introductions to studios, production companies and agencies as well as software from Screenplay.com and the opportunity to be listed on the Writer’s Script Network for a full year.

Awards will be presented at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which runs Jan. 20-27.

Initial deadline for the 2001 Screenplay Competition is March 1.

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