Exciting news that one of SWW's members has been chosen the winner of IFP-MN's new screenwriting competition, while several other members were among the finalists.
March 28, 2016, St. Paul - IFP Minnesota, a St. Paul-based media arts center, has announced the winner of the IFP MN Screenwriting Residency, a new competition for Minnesota screenwriters. Andy Froemke, of Lindstrom, MN, has won the $10,000 residency out of a field of 99 applicants. His screenplay, THE LOWRIE GANG, tells the incredible true story of Henry Berry Lowrie, a "Native American cross between Jesse James and Robin Hood," who captures national headlines by rallying a mixed race band of outlaws to stand up to the Ku Klux Klan in post-Civil War North Carolina after they gun down his father and brothers. The St. Paul-based residency is funded by the Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge with matching funds by IFP MN, as an annual competition through at least 2018.
Finalists from SWW membership:
ANATOMY OF A TOWN by Patricia Fox
A Los Angeles homicide detective with a voyeurism fetish who sublets his property to actresses in Hollywood must prove his innocence by finding the real killer when one of them is brutally murdered.
THE BLACK KING by Billie Jean Van Knight
The true story of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. deputy marshal and his desperation to be the best despite hostile conditions and a conspiracy to end his life.
THE LOWRIE GANG by Andy Froemke (chosen as the winner)
The incredible true story of Henry Berry Lowrie, a Native American cross between Jesse James and Robin Hood, who captures national headlines by rallying a mixed race band of outlaws to stand up to the Klan in post-Civil War North Carolina after they gun down his father and brothers.
THE MORPHING OF EDDIE LUBECK by Alvin Easter
A B-movie actress from the 1960s is drifting into senile dementia but one of her devoted fans learns he can make money to support her, and himself, by dressing up and passing himself off as her at fan conventions and on interview shows.
SPLIT ROCK LIGHT by Andy Froemke
When a small town police detective mourning the death of his wife fishes a woman with amnesia out of Lake Superior, he discovers they’re linked to a tragic turn-of-the-century romance replaying itself in the present day.