‘Jumper of Maine’ script honored

Nicholl Fellowship project honored by Ballroom Marfa Filmmakers

Ballroom Marfa’s Filmmakers’ Selection Committee has chosen Andrew Lanham’s “The Jumper of Maine” from the Academy’s 2010 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winners to be featured in two performances.

The committee included Oscar-winning scribe Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain,”) 1992 Nicholl winner Andrew Marlowe, who went on to write “Air Force One” and is the creator of ABC’s “Castle,” and Robert Shapiro, former head of WME’s International Motion Picture Department and former president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Theatrical Production Division.

The performances, known as “The Reading,” are Ballroom Marfa’s new initiative to further promote the emerging screenwriter. They will be directed by John S. Davies and performed March 26 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas. Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis said the showcase is “a new and intriguing wrinkle in the Nicholl Fellowships.”

Lanham, a student in the University of Texas at Austin’s graduate MFA program, won the Drama Screenplay competition and the Latitude Productions Screenplay Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival. He is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.