UCLA gives five awards

'Emerald Cut,' 'Pap' among screenwriting nods

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television presented screenwriting awards to five students for works written in the 1997-98 professional program in screenwriting.

All nominees were students in the program who submitted feature-length screenplays for consideration. The panel of judges included writers Tim Albaugh, Corey Mandell and Linda Voorhees.

The winners, who received their prizes in a ceremony on Tuesday evening, were:

Arturo Barquet, for “The Emerald Cut,” about a jeweler’s efforts to rescue his family from Castro’s regime, and the CIA’s involvement in helping him;

Greg Dawless, for “Pap,” in which a man with terminal cancer struggles to resolve conflicts within his family while coming to terms with his own impending death;

Shannon Jimenez, for “Cry of the Hathi,” set in 1792, with England and France on the verge of war, when an upper-class girl challenges oppressive British society after she falls in love with the wrong man;

Jason Nutt, for “Black Wind,” in which a rural teenager is convinced by the older brother he idolizes that they must kill their abusive father, the town sheriff;

Brian Weiss, for “Rebel Against the South,” about a Dixie swamp rat of a girl who changes the course of the Civil War when she helps Grant and Sherman defeat the Confederate general who murdered her father.

UCLA’s professional screenwriting program is a one-year certificate program offered in the evenings. Among the faculty are professors from the graduate screenwriting program as well as entertainment professionals, including writers, studio exectives and story editors.

For more information on the school’s various screenwriting and mentorship programs, call Stephanie Moore at (310) 825-6827 or send an e-mail to stmoore@emelnitz.ucla.edu.