LARRY JACKSON

Amherst, MA

Larry Jackson began his long career in cinema developing the world-renowned Orson Welles Cinema Complex in Cambridge, MA, where his innovative approach to marketing helped launch many successful films and careers, like Jamaica’s The Harder They Come. He began filmmaking as production manager for Orson Welles with whom he worked on projects for stage and screen for years, before producing and distributing his own first feature, Bugs Bunny Superstar.

Larry’s innovative marketing led to guiding marketing and distribution for films outside studio formulas, such as Hal Ashby’s Being There and Richard Rush’s The Stuntman.  In 1980, Robert Redford invited him to join in the creation and development of the Sundance Institute, where he was an advisor for many years.

Later, Larry was the Senior Executive in charge of production for The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Orion Pictures and Miramax Films and oversaw production of independent films in the US and Europe, as varied as Mystic Pizza, A Prayer For The Dying, Silence Of The Lambs, The Hot Spot, and many others.

Through his own consulting and producing arm, Persistence Of Vision, Larry now advises filmmakers, distributors, investors, festivals, studios, film commissions, and universities on marketing, distribution, production, and new business models. He has had clients in the US, UK, New Zealand, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and beyond.

MARILYN HOROWITZ

New York, NY

Professor Horowitz is the author of six books that help the writer learn her revolutionary trademarked system, including editions for college, high school, and middle school. The college version is a required text at New York University and the University of California, Long Beach. Marilyn writes articles for Script magazine, and pens a monthly column for MovieOutline.com. She is featured in Now Write! Screenwriting anthology, and the 2014 edition of The Expert Success Solution. Her latest novel, The Book of Zev, reached Amazon Best Seller status when it was released in December 2014.

Professor Horowitz teaches TV writing at the School of Visual Arts in NY, and has taught more than 100 classes, seminars, and workshops across the country for groups including the Writers Guild of America East, NYWIFT, Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, Script DC, Screenwriters World East, and the Great American PitchFest. She also hosts periodic writers retreats in Tuscany, Italy. Her students have been nominated for Emmy’s and have won Peabody Awards, and their work has been seen on HBO and other networks.

Marilyn has written several feature-length screenplays. Her production credits include the feature films And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams and distributed by Warner Bros.; Calebís Door (2009), distributed by Around the Scenes; Found in Time (2011); Nocturnal Agony (2011); and The One (2011).

BO YEON KIM

Los Angeles, CA

Bo Yeon Kim was born in South Korea, but grew up as an international nomad in five different countries. Her journey continued as an anthropology / archaeology major at Bryn Mawr College – going on excavations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East – before her desire to write guided her to Los Angeles.

She earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, and participated in prestigious programs such as the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the WGAw Feature Writers Access Project.

After writing about sexy royal court hi-jinx for Reign (The CW), Bo Yeon is currently serving as a writer/Producer on Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) with her writing partner Erika Lippoldt. Most recently, they’ve adapted a fantasy action/adventure novel for Paramount Pictures

DONNA PENNELL

Schenectady, NY

Donna Pennell is showrunner and CEO of Destiny Productions where she has spent over 22 years creating, developing, and producing programs seen on ABC, NBC, CBS networks and cable affiliates. She has more than 585 programs to her credit, and counting, with series that include Out & About, Here Comes The Bride, Real Estate Deal$, Holiday, At Home, Dining Out, AutoShowcase, A Saratoga Summer, Open House, and many others. 

In 2012 she formed Electric City Entertainment of New York, to support and collaborate with other producers, directors, filmmakers, and screenwriters in the arts and entertainment industry. Her companies continue to expand on creative ideas and are in development on dozens of TV shows in the lifestyle, reality, documentary, scripted drama, and sitcom genres.

Pennell recently optioned the sitcom series ByProxy, and joined as an Executive Producer of the feature film A Perfect Union, which she discovered during the 2018 Electric City Screenplay Contest.

In 2016 Pennell was appointed by Mayor Gary McCarthy as one of Schenectady’s Film Commissioners, serving to promote and facilitate film, television production and media arts throughout the city.

ERIC INGRAM

Beverly Hills, CA

Eric Ingram is a screenwriter, director, actor and co-owner of 100 Fold Life Productions During his ten years in NYC he performed stand-up for Chris Rock, Damon Wayans, and Bill Bellamy, and could be seen in Off-Broadway plays, film, television, and national commercials.

With over 20 years of experience, Eric received his Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the illustrious Howard University in Washington, DC, where he won their Best Graduate Screenplay award. After moving to Los Angeles he continued sharpening his writing skills at ScreenwritingU, and furthered his writing prowess at UCLA’s Screenwriting Extension Program.

Eric soon became a multi-optioned and much sought after screenwriter. He, and his wife and business partner, Wendy Darline Ingram, signed a four-picture deal with DNKK Productions and Trip Digital Inc. to produce faith based films, and are #1 best selling authors with their autobiographical love-story, The Prodigal Couple: Our Extraordinary Experience Of God’s Extravagant Grace.

KAROLYN CARNIE

Los Angeles, CA

Karolyn Carnie is a graduate of the prestigious MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA. Having worked in the film and television industry for over seven years in both Toronto and Los Angeles, she has developed skills in production as well as a strong writer’s eye through her growth in multiple writer’s rooms such as fan favorites: SUITS, Titans, and the Untitled SUITS Spinoff. In just three years of living in Los Angeles, she has worked with Michael Wilson, a producer of the Bond Franchise, in a one-on-one mentorship on her spy comedy, Gold Medal Domination. Furthermore, she has held the title of a story editor for pilots and development projects with the likes of Disney, Douglas Schwartz of Baywatch acclaim, among many others. 

Karolyn is currently pitching projects and has others in development with Hallmark and CBC in Canada. She is also working on the Untitled SUITS Spinoff, which will be on USA in the Spring of 2019.

Karolyn Carnie won the first ever Electric City Screenplay Contest -TV Pilot Category for her period drama Sleeman. She is excited to join the prestigious group of judges for this years competition, and to read the work of some of the brightest up and comers.

MICHALINA SCORZELLI

Albany, NY

Michalina Scorzelli is an award winning film and television director, producer and actor. Her multifaceted career includes creating motion picture films and content for television. A Schenectady native, Michalina is co-owner operator of the Independent Production Company Independent Artists Collaborative LLC, and she is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA.

Her body of work has been seen in festivals, theaters, and on television. A few of her projects include Distractions on the BET, The New Weapon on AmazonPrime, The Adventures of Snow White and Rose Red on AmazonPrime, and the feature film Aftermath which premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and went on to receive a theatrical run.

She has been featured in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the L.A Times and had the pleasure of working with stars Christopher Penn, Anthony Michael Hall, Jamie Harrold, Tony Danza, Frank Whaley, Federico Castelluccio, Rachel Resheff and Kaili Vernoff. Her upcoming projects include the $25 million dollar feature, The Composer, Chickadee for AmazonPrime, Solitude for AmazonPrime, Full Bloom, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Pain & Sympathy and the feature film The New Weapon.

JON DORFLINGER

Saratoga, NY

Jon Dorflinger is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He worked in production for 6 years in the Hollywood Film Industry on such films as Seabiscuit, The Terminal, Team America, and Memoirs of a Geisha, with such names as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. While working for a VP of Production at Warner Brothers Studios, he learned the business side of production management.

Jon was the personal assistant to writer/director Tom Brady, and was involved in the creative process of writing, casting, producing, and post-production of The Comebacks starring David Koechner (Anchorman).

Dorflinger completed the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA, and is currently in midst of several writing projects for books, movies, and TV.

This former “Teacher of the Year” taught high school English in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and two teaching certifications for both California and New York State in 7-12 English Language Arts. Jon currently owns and operates The Saratoga Film Academy, is Proctor’s media arts teacher at Ballston Spa High School, and is actively producing several commercial and creative film/video projects every year.

JOSEPH ISAIS UMANA

West Hollywood, CA

Joseph Umana has worked on indie feature productions in the USA and Spain, and is a consultant and analyst at Creatv Media. He worked at WME in the legal department, and in development at Lionsgate.

Joseph was a staff member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences, and served as head of social media at Wayfarer Entertainment, helping to develop shows airing on CW, with another currently in production.

Presently he is producing viral videos and a proof of concepts for Grammy Award Winning producer Mark Batson.

Umana is the founder of Pipe/ine, a social-first production and development company where all projects are welcome. As an open pitch book, Pipe/ine publishes and shares your story as you pitch it. This transparent development process and open forum intersects and engages with the world socially. 

Joseph is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), California LGBT Arts Alliance, and volunteers for foster children and young trans youth.

BONNIE MAFFEI

Santa Cruz, CA

As well as being a prolific screenwriter, Bonnie Maffei is also a fine artist living in Santa Cruz, California. She has won several screenplay awards, including those at the Moondance International Film Festivals, Official Selection at the L.A. International Screenplay Awards, and Official Selection at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

Maffei has proved to be a valuable judge in the 2018 Electric City Screenplay Contest, as well as having judged the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge, the NYC Flash Fiction Challenge, and the Cincinnati Film Festival.

Her Y.A. books, Lalibela, Priest King of Ethiopia and Juan Estrella and the Lost City of Gold are available on Amazon.com. She was mentored by by Chris Soth in the Mini-Movie-Method, and completed courses with John Truby, Dov-SS-Siemens and David Freeman.

In keeping with the latest trends in screenwriting, she graduated from various courses at ScreenwritingU, including the ProSeries and Master Screenwriting Class. Currently, Bonnie is writing a TV series in the Binge Worthy TV Bootcamp with Hal Croasmun at ScreenwritingU.