|2014 WGAW Feature Access Project Honorees Announced
LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West has announced its 2014 Feature Access Project honorees, recognizing nine WGAW members who competed in the Guild’s diversity screenwriting program. This year’s FAP honorees and their screenplays are:
Radha Bharadwaj – Final Boarding
Soo-Hyun Chung – Faith
Q.Terah Jackson III – Rustin
Joy Kecken – All-In
Tianna Majumdar-Langham & Chris Bessounian – Guns and Saris
LaToya Morgan – Same River Twice
Nayan Padrai – Billion Dollar Raja
Galen Tong – The Monkey King
Coordinated by the WGAW Diversity Department, the Guild project seeks to identify outstanding diverse writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers, including producers, studio executives, agents and managers, to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. More information about the honorees and complete versions of their screenplays can be found at: http://www.wga.org/fap.html.
“I’m very proud to be associated with the WGAW’s Feature Access Project for its second year. This outreach program addresses two critical challenges in the film business – the limited cultural scope of American movies and the chronic underemployment of writers of color. Without diverse voices American cinema will remain, by and large, a cinema of white America. And without executives taking chances on writers they may not at first consider, they risk not taking full advantage of the pool of talent that’s available. The Feature Access Project encourages the consideration of all writers for all opportunities, regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or what they look like,” said FAP Advisory Committee member Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee).
“The WGAW Diversity Department is pleased to introduce this talented group of Feature Access Project honorees to the industry. This program is one of the ways in which we have been working to expand access for our diverse feature writers,” said WGAW Director of Diversity Kimberly Myers.
“My experience of being a FAP Honoree was only positive. Any kind of validation or success within the Writers Guild contains a huge seal of approval which – most importantly – the industry recognizes. So when the winners were announced, my representatives were able to contact executives who had met me and give them an update, which led to a fresh round of meetings. For instance, I got a meeting at HBO, which I doubt would have happened without FAP. Of course, I was just happy to post it on my FB page,” said 2012 FAP honoree Zak Shaikh, whose FAP-honored script, The Ignoble Rise of Lord Rex, was optioned last year after a production company learned about the Feature Access Project and read the script posted on the WGAW’s website.
For FAP consideration, qualified minority writers were asked to submit a current, feature-length, unproduced spec script. Entries were read and scored on a blind submission basis by a panel of judges comprised of WGAW members recruited by the FAP Advisory Committee.
For press photos of the WGAW’s 2014 FAP honorees, please click here.
Photo credit: Michael Jones
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.