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Zoetrope hails ‘Maestro’

Screenplay contest picks its winner

“Maestro, Maestro,” by Betty Teng, has won the $5,000 grand prize at the second annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest.

Announcement was made by Francis Ford Coppola, who with other Zoetrope judges singled out Teng’s screenplay and 10 other finalists from about 2,000 submissions.

Scripts will be considered for optioning and development by American Zoetrope and Samuel Goldwyn Films and for representation by ICM, UTA, Paradigm and the Firm.

“Maestro, Maestro” concerns an orphaned Chinese-American musical prodigy who strikes up a relationship with a famous but fading composer.

Other finalists are “King of California,” by Michael Anthony Cahill; “The Sea Devils,” by Tom Joseph Cosgrove; “Pueblo venenoso” (Poison Town), by the FTA Writing Project; “Django,” by George Alan Gellert; “King Edward of Ohio,” by Shawn David Harwell; “Voices,” by Marvin Charles Krueger; “Deadline,” by Myra Jo Martino; “Some Kind of Normal Life,” by John Andrew Warrener; “I Love You, Dolores Cullapick,” by Walter Henry Williams; and “900 Days,” by Jan Elizabeth Wilson.

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