Nice work if you can get it: Craig Packard’s short script, “Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass” was selected as the second-place finalist in the Slamdance screenwriting competition. As a finalist, he will receive a full filmmaker’s pass to the festival along with Final Draft and some other prizes and swag. Additionally, the Writers Guild held a reception in LA to congratulate the finalists and granted them eligibility to the independent writers conference (whatever that means).
“Bobby Ellis” follows high school freshman Mark “Fuckley” Buckley, after he impulsively strikes out at a school bully (Bobby Ellis), and spends the day experiencing the classic Kubler-Ross stages of impending death (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) as he awaits the inevitable retribution.
Craig says he’s thrilled to be attending the Slamdance Festival for the first time, and as a participant. He’s in the unusual and enviable position of having received an award for a project before even having shot it and will begin pre-production in the coming year with a local production team, with the intention of shooting at local schools.
Link to the results page at Slamdance: http://www.slamdance.com/writing/index.html