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The 2nd Annual 2002 American Gem Short Script Contest

The 2001 American Gem Short Script Contest

The American Gem Short Script Contest Announces Finalists
The first annual 2001 American Gem Short Script Competition attracted a total of 472 entries worldwide. We were pleasantly surprised by the high standard of excellence of material submitted.  Congratulations to all the artists mentioned below.
The five winning scripts are:
First Place:
"TWO SIDES" written by Joseph Conway 
of San Dimas, California

Second Place:
"YOUNG AMERICANS" written by Todd Smith 
of New York, New York

Third Place
"THE PERFECT BEAT" written by Benson McGrath
of Los Angeles, California

Fourth Place
"SABBATH" written by Alex Taft 
of Columbia, Missouri

Fifth Place
"BARBER'S CROSSING" written by Scott A. Lainer 
of
West Boylston, Massachusetts
The American Gem Short Script Contest Announces Semifinalists
The Top 10 scripts: (listed in alphabetical order)

BARBER'S CROSSING written by Scott A. Lainer
ROADKILL written by Jim Hoffman
SABBATH written by Alex Taft
THE DEER written by Michael Raymond
THE PERFECT BEAT written by Benson McGrath

THE VIRGIN COMES HOME written by Mirtha Vega
TWO SIDES written by Joseph Conway
TWO WORLDS TOGETHER written by Marie Crowder
WEDDING BELLS written by Gemma Whelan
YOUNG AMERICANS by Todd Smith

The following deserve a very special honorable mention and they are (listed in order):

A SINGLE ROSE written by Hanelle M. Culpepper
GOOD FRIDAY written by Kathleen Behun
DREAMS SHALL COME written by Idalecio Carone Netto
TENACITY written by Clara Armand
NIGHT OF SHAME written by David A. Lopez

The American Gem Short Script Contest Announces Quarterfinalists
The top 25 scripts are: (listed in alphabetical order)

A SINGLE ROSE written by Hanelle M. Culpepper
BARBER'S CROSSING written by Scott A. Lainer
CLEAN SLATE written by Jaqueline E. Burt
CYBER CURSE written by Adolpha Lovett and Nyklus Cole
DARYL LAUGHED written by Zack Ayers
DREAMS SHALL COME written by Idalecio Carone Netto
GOOD FRIDAY written by Kathleen Behun
J & P 4 EVER written by Mel Nieves
NIGHT OF SHAME written by David A. Lopez
ROADKILL written by Jim Hoffman
SABBATH written by Alex Taft
SECRET EXTREMES written by Maurice Irvin
SHOETREE JUNCTION written by Clea Frost
SOUP DU JOUR! written by Michael C. McPherson
TENACITY written by Clara Armand
THE COST OF BREAD written by Cheryl Daniel
THE DEER written by Michael Raymond
THE GLARE written by Josiah P. Mcspedden
THE PERFECT BEAT written by Benson McGrath
THE PROGRAM written by Irin Evers
THE VIRGIN COMES HOME written by Mirtha Vega
TWO SIDES written by Joseph Conway
TWO WORLDS TOGETHER written by Marie Crowder
WEDDING BELLS written by Gemma Whelan
YOUNG AMERICANS by Todd Smith

The following entries came very close and deserve special mention: (listed in alphabetical order)

American Games by John Benton
American Seoul by Ahn Joong Kun
An American Tragedy by Michael J. Casey
Bad Karma by Michael T. Tremblay
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Rob Rader and Alisandra Rand
BWWA - Black Woman With Attitude by Laverne Webb
Cinema of the Absurd by Jeremy B. Fisher
Countdown by Patty H. Parsi
Cyclops by Vasil Makoci
Freeway by Lloyd Leifer
Gunner's Golden Years by Sue Berg
Home From The Sea by Bedford Blackie
I Got Game, Too by Walter Beasley
I Was by Ana V. Manzorro
Joanie's Doughnut by Ramon Olivier & Edward Wendell
Juice by Jason Duke
Long Live The Cat by Dennis Goldberg
Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street by Aric H. Iverson
Lost Night by Michael Trentacosti
Missed Moments by Elizabeth R. Cooney
Parts is Parts by Timothy O. Casey
Running In Place by Kevin Allen Jackson
Shoeboxes and Envelopes by Will R. Holst
Sixty-Six Days by Gregory Myles Cassileth
Slipknot by Aury Wallington
The Boink by Rachel Kingery
The Bride by Hanelle M. Culpepper
The Bum by Mark A. Keeton
The Humanity by Hugh Ross
The Interview by Kevin Michael Weldon
The Irish Murderer by Tom G. Robertson
The Tattoo by William L. West
The Tears Of My Soul by Wilma Mayumi Rascoe
The Waltz by Dan Zaviceanu & Scott Barrie
Tony's Umbrella by John W. Smart
Too Close for Comfort by Daniel Sinclair
Where I Come From, The Sea Is Warm And Blue by Bonnie Maffei
Without Notice by Eddie Kasica

The following entries deserve an honorable mention: (listed in alphabetical order)
A light in the Dark by Barry M. Putt, Jr.
A Brief Encounter by Sundae Jahant-Osborn
A Shot of Change on the Rocks, Please by Nick Nigro
A Woman's Trilogy by Khedijah Iman
Daisy's in the Garden by Beanie Barnes
Dolores by Vicki Speegle
Duane Slarski's Desperation by Tom Mularz
Found Money by Charles Valenza
Good Friday by Kathleen Behun
Humanities by Edweine Lourieiro Da Silva
Instant Life by Rachel A. Zabar & Barnabas Miller
Jesus Called by Sandra J. Cropsey
Joan Of Arc by Dan Cortes
Last Confession by Brian D. Young
Masterpiece Monday by Glenn Forbes
Mars Landing by Aaron Langvand
More Than Fifty Feet by Phil Anderson
Oren + Francis by Anne Pak
Pickup On Wheels by Ric Henry
Rat in a Cage by Achim Dangerfield
Razor Sharp by Patrick Holman
Rental by James Serpento
Rex by Burgess Caoffield
Sarah & Dee by Karen Carpenter
Sasha by Ben Lies
Shacking Up by Celeste Parr
Speed Bumps by Matt Pangerl
Stripping by Noelle Messier
The Chalupa Incident by Scott E. Smith
The Crystal Stair by M. Chad Carter
The Dentist Chair by Scott Smith
The Firecracker Lady's Still In Business by Lance Uyeda & James Wang
The Parking Lot by Gina Brown
The Pill by Jim Hollander
The Penny Man by Josh Kaufman
The Resurrectionists by Michael J. Casey
The Seven Witnesses by Nicky Julius
Toilet Paper by Jonathan Bull
Touch of Heart by Renee Topper
Two Sides by Joseph Conway
Whisper by Marc Bagwell
Young Chief by Matthew Harvey
Zygospores by Jonathan L. Stubbs

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William Masterson
Contests & Promotions Manager
FilmMakers.com 
P.O. Box 54050 
Irvine, CA 92619-54050 
E-Mail: william@filmmakers.com

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