Free online educational programs with a networking component presented by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association.
We hope you can join us, each month in 2021, for virtual meet-ups bringing the filmmaking community together across the state. Each month there will be an educational session followed by networking time. Join our e-mail list to get details on each session.
OCTOBER SESSION: Writing for the Screen: Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship Alumni Panel
Since its inception in 2014, more than 400 scripts have been submitted to the Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship. Each year the top three scoring writers participate in a fellowship retreat with working “Hollywood” writer-mentors. Join MoStories fellows Meg Phillips Crespy (2018) Jon Alston (2021) and Jeffrey Field (2016, 2018) as they talk about their winning screenplays/ pilot scripts and share their experiences with the writing process, co-writing, script competitions, utilizing coverage/notes and more.
The eighth season of the MoStories Fellowship competition is now open and accepting submissions. Get all the details at www.MoFilm.org/MoStories.
Saturday, October 23rd @ 10 A.M. – Writing for the Screen: Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship Alumni Panel
Meg Phillips Crespy is a Missouri-based writer and composer. In addition to numerous plays and musicals, she has authored a book and a web series. Her full-length play Mostly Sweet was selected as part of Cherry Lane Theatre’s “Tongues” series in 2013, and she was named a Fellow in the 2018 Missouri Stories International Screenwriting Competition with a TV pilot she wrote based on that play. As a composer, Meg’s works include Lady Parts, a song cycle for female-identifying performers that was performed at the University of Missouri (MU) sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies. She also has been commissioned to write incidental music for the MU Theatre Department as well as original musicals for full production by a Missouri theatre company. In 2019 The Zenith Escape, for which she composed music, was awarded first place in the Jackie White National Children’s Playwriting Competition
Jon Alston is an alumnus of both Stanford University and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, is a five-year NFL veteran turned, award-winning filmmaker. From 2018-2020 Jon wrote and produced four episodes of the hit CW/Netflix series ALL AMERICAN while serving as Story Editor. Jon directed and produced the acclaimed short film, AUGUSTUS, for which he won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize at the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2020, amongst many others. He recently won the Missouri Stories fellowship for his script “St. Louis Superman,” a feature-length adaptation of the Oscar-nominated short-doc of the same name. His work has been featured in major publications, including Variety, The Wrap, and The Credits. Jon is a contributing author for Pipeline Artists., and is most interested in complex character pieces, genre, politics, and exploring history through an updated, relevant perspective. He is currently working as an executive story editor on the CBS series S.W.A.T.
Jeffrey Field is a six-time Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, a Screencraft Fellowship winner, and the only two-time winner of a Missouri Stories fellowship. His screenplay DON’T GO THERE was named the overall winner of the 2018 Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition. He has written or co-written scripts that have won first place at the Nashville, Omaha, and Destiny City film festivals and the Screencraft Science Fiction competition. He has also been a Silver and Bronze prize winner and a 9-time finalist at the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, as well as a finalist in screenplay competitions at the Slamdance, Austin, Kansas City, and Atlanta film festivals. He received the inaugural PAGE Fellowship to the Stowe Story Labs. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After a long career in television and digital newsrooms, he now works as a communications coordinator at one of the Midwest’s top medical schools.
Full Schedule: (subject to change)
October 23– MoStories Winning Script Readings
November 20 – New Filmmaker Forum Directors Panel with St. Louis International Film Festival
December –TBD by participant input