Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers (GPF), a Program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Announces the Winners of the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Awards at Sun Center Studios, the Region’s First Hollywood-Style Film and TV Production Studio Featuring celebrity presenters including Rebecca Creskoff, Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and more! WHO: Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers is pleased to announce a full day of screenwriting events culminating in a press conference revealing the winners of the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” (SIP) Screenwriting Awards. The SIP events are part of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s (GPFO) 25th anniversary celebration, and will be followed by the industry’s hottest ticket of the year–GPFO’s invitation-only annual film production party and industry celebration honoring over 500 of the region’s film and television professionals. WHEN: Sunday, November 14th | 11:00am to 5:00pm. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. WHERE: Sun Center Studios (63 Concord Road in Aston, PA 19014 | Get Directions), the region’s first state-of-the-art film and television production studio. WHAT: GPF will present four exciting screenwriting events that afternoon:

  • Spotlight on Finalists (11:00am to 12:30pm) – Listen in as some of the Philadelphia region’s best professional actors read excerpts from each of the feature-length SIP finalist screenplays.
  • PhillyPitch! (1:15pm to 3:00pm) – Nine pre-selected screenwriters and filmmakers pitch their projects to a panel of high-powered film industry players with the power to turn their dream projects into a cinematic reality.
  • TV Script to Screen (3:00pm to 4:00pm) – A lively panel discussion with TV industry insiders.
  • 2010 ‘Shoot in Philadelphia’ Awards Press Conference (4:15pm) And the winner is…. The SIP Grand Prize for Best Feature-Length Screenplay, the Derek Freese Film Foundation Prime Time Award for Best TV Pilot Script, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award for Best Screenplay by a Greater Philadelphia Resident, and the Irene I. Parisi Award for Best Screenwriter 25-Years-Old (or Younger) will be announced to the press and the public.

2010 SIP full-length screenplay finalists include Steve Alten (Mintz Meats), Katie Hennicke (The 3rd Best Thing), Steve Hochman (Third Ball Kill), and Tom Turner (Experimentally Yours and Sweet Jane). These screenplays were considered for the $10,000 Grand Prize and the $2,500 Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award, if applicable. Derek Freese Film Foundation Prime Time Award comes with a $5,000 cash prize. Finalists include Matthew Feely (St. Anthony’s), Steven Hornberger (Christian), Wade Balance & Mark Kochanowicz (Bleeder), Michael Naylor & Lisa DeAngelis (Upstaged), and Tim Radecki & Mike Dean (Off Guard). Two young screenwriters, Dan Reilly (Haunt) and Joshua Fineberg (Counterpoint), are finalists for the Irene I. Parisi Award. This $1,000 award is made possible by the generous contribution of screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele (co-author of Academy Award-nominated screenplay Nixon, Ali, and Copying Beethoven) in honor of his mother, Irene I. Parisi (1925-1964). These are some of the prominent film and TV industry professionals who will serve as panelists for the SIP events:

  • Rebecca Creskoff (Hung, Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing) is an acclaimed Philadelphia-born actress who is currently garnering rave reviews on HBO’s Hung and shooting scenes for the upcoming season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Derek Dressler is a staff writer for Disney’s Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil; a punch-up writer on Disney’s The Replacements, and a past SIP Irene Parisi Award winner.
  • Jeffrey D. Erb is the CEO of Feverpitch Pictures and co-president of Framelight Productions. Framelight Productions has expanded into television along with film and is currently in development of a number of shows which are both dramatic as well as unscripted. These include a reality show called NY Bling, as well as a scripted crime drama based on the series of Stacy Dittrich novels with The Fremantle Corporation.
  • Marc Erlbaum‘s credits include: Writer/Director/Producer (A Buddy Story, Café, Head Space), Executive Producer (Everything Must Go).
  • Joe Gangemi is a screenwriter whose feature film credits include Wind Chill (Sony, 2007). Inamorata, adapted from his own novel (Viking, 2004), is in development by Johnny Depp’s production company. He has also worked in TV, scripting hour-long dramas for ABC and NBC. He is currently writing the period thriller Eliza Graves for director Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and adapting the young adult series Secret Histories for Sony Animation.
  • Andrew Greenblatt is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Film Society, the nonprofit organization that annually produces the Philadelphia Film Festival along with other year-round screenings, programming, and events. Greenblatt has also worked as an entertainment attorney, as president of business and legal affairs for an independent film company, as well as an independent feature film producer. His producer credits include the feature films Explicit Ills, Twelve, Cafe, and Everything Must Go.
  • Jules Lichtman: Director/Assistant Director (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Party of Five, The Division, The Fugitive): Music videos for James Brown, MC Hammer, Stanley Clarke; Editor (Little House on the Prairie)
  • Mark Rosenthal is currently adapting the Korean film THE TRUCK. He is also adapting the famous British children’s multi-volume book series, Tom Trueheart. Other credits include: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for DisneyPictures, Mona Lisa Smile, Flicka, Jewel of the Nile, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, For Love or Money, Superman IV and Star Trek VI.
  • Patricia Weiser isVP/Director of Development/Producer of High Treason Pictures, LLC. (The Best and The Brightest)
  • Producer Dawn Wolfrom is currently developing the Simon & Schuster published books, Accidental It Girl and Happiness Sold Separately, Accidental It Girl has been adapted into a feature film. Happiness Sold Separately has been adapted into a television series with Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) attached to direct.
  • Ernie Vecchione is a former SIP winner and the writer, creator, and producer of a Web series called Sex Ed: The Series. Sex Ed was deemed ‘TV Worth Watching’ by TV Guide Magazine and nominated for both a Streamy and the Webby Awards. Vecchione writes in Los Angeles.

Actors featured in the Spotlight on Finalists include:

  • Annette Kaplafka has performed in film, on stage, and in voiceover projects from the east to west coasts. She is pleased to be working again with the wonderful people at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Her film work includes Mayor Cupcake and Café. She was also Dorothy in the national theatrical tour of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Christopher Mann is a local actor born less than three miles from Sun Center Studios. He has been featured in films and TV shows such as The Wire, Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Michael Clayton, and Duplicity to name a few.
  • Peter Patrikios has a career that spans two decades working on stage, film and television. His credits include Law & Order, The Answer Man, The Last Airbender, Mayor Cupcake, and Future Weather.
  • Karen Vicks is a veteran of screen, stage, television, radio, direction, makeup, laughter, advice, and the love she brings to all–including the Film Office–for years! Her most recent credits include the film Law Abiding Citizen, the NBC TV show Outlaw, and the play The First Breeze Of Summer (director and performer).

The 2010 SIP events would not be possible without the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the support of our sponsors: the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Derek Freese Film Foundation, Stephen J. Rivele, Mike Lemon Casting, 2009 SIP Grand Prize Winner Mary Spiers, the University of the Arts, and Scripped, Inc. For additional information, please contact Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers Director Joan Bressler (215-686-2668; or visit Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers, a program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is designed to meet the needs of local media artists and technicians with seminars, business and technical training to help aspiring and experienced film professionals. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a film commission that creates jobs and grows the film and video industry in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Film Office officially serves southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Economic impact to the region from film and video production since 1992 exceeds $3 billion dollars.