We are seeking funds to adapt Thurston’s stunning epic fantasy novel “Sister of Grendel” into a Limited Series. In October 2022, “Sister of Grendel” was the recipient of the award for “Best Literary Work” with the prestigious (formerly out of Los Angeles) Catalyst Content Festival which has moved to Duluth, Minnesota. We envision this will be a six- to eight-part story, with each episode running approximately 45-60 minutes. The cost for research, outlining, character refinement, adding (and in some cases deleting or combining scenes from the book,) first and second drafts, editing, and critique fees total approximately $2,000 for the pilot and $1,500 for each subsequent episode. This includes the cost to create a top-quality pitch deck, submission fees, and expenses for the Catalyst Content Festival—one of the top events in which to showcase a project and receive important feedback. Screenwriting for the project’s pilot script is anticipated to begin in earnest starting in November 2022, and the writing of subsequent episodes will continue through the winter and spring. As indicated, the team will also be preparing a pitch deck for the project and submitting it to festivals in order to garner attention and funding for production.
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SUSAN THURSTON is a seasoned non-profit communicator. Most recently, she was the assistant director of alumni and donor communications for the UMN College of Liberal Arts. An adjunct instructor for the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Susan is a long-time board member of Illusion Theater. Additionally, Susan is a writer and educator whose work can be found in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Los Angeles Review, Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, Minnesota Monthly, Fox Cry Review, Rag Mag; several anthologies including Open to Interpretation: At Water’s Edge (Taylor & O’Neill, 2012), Low Down and Coming On (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010), Tremors Vibrations Enough to Rearrange the World (Heywood Press, 1995); the chapbook Wild Bone Season (Heywood Press, 1996); and the novel Sister of Grendel (Calumet Press, 2022; The Black Hat Press, first edition 2016). She coauthored Cooking-Up the Good Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) with local-food movement leader Chef Jenny Breen. (Pictured with her Award from Catalyst Content Festival)
CYNTHIA M. UHRICH is the owner and director of In The Moment Productions, a non-profit that provides filmmaking opportunities for women in front of, and behind the camera and tells primarily female-driven stories. She is a screenwriter and film- maker. She writes, produces and directs short films and has collaborated on several projects. Her work has been selected and won awards in film and screenwriting festivals across the U.S. and Canada. She also co-authored the novel My Life in the Purple Kingdom about BrownMark’s life and time with Prince’s band The Revolution (University of Minnesota Press, Sept. 2020.) Smith & Kraus and Freshwater Press have published her short plays. She taught acting in Minnesota's Twin Cities for 15 years, facilitated a Women’s Writing Retreat for 10 years, and served as a casting director on numerous films. Prior to her time in Minnesota, she worked in Los Angeles as SAG & AFTRA talent. In The Moment is fiscally sponsored by Streams of Dreams, Inc. Learn more about Cynthia's work as a screenwriter & filmmaker.
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