Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Hampshire screenwriter Dana Biscotti Myskowski a finalist at Bare Bones Script-to-Screen

[Received this news from Dana Biscotti Myskowski. Congrats, Dana!]

WITHOUT RAIN Selected as Feature Finalist in 2012 Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival’s Script-to-Screen Competition
Green Chair Pictures is pleased to announce the selection of Dana Biscotti Myskowski's feature-length screenplay, WITHOUT RAIN, as a Top 12 Feature Finalist in this year's Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival’s Script-to-Screen Competition. The screenplay will be stage read before an audience during this year's festival, which runs April 13-22 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
A former Oklahoma resident, Biscotti Myskowski set her edgy dramatic thriller in her prior residence of Stillwater. The main character grows from a write-what-you-know background as she deals—or doesn't deal so well—with a decade-old rape. Jumping off into "What-if?" territory, Biscotti Myskowski's character Alexandra "Alex" Mills must learn to trust others or die trying as her best friend is raped and left for dead by the man who once attacked Alex.
The story begins with a prison break from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, known to locals as “Big Mac.” Treated to an unforgettable experience of the Big Mac Prison Rodeo as a teenager, Biscotti Myskowski found herself returning to the impressive structure in the writing process. “About the same time a real life jail break occurred, so I counted the unfortunate coincidence as a sign that I was on the right track with my story,” she said.
The story is set among the backdrop of the rodeo life, featuring barrel racing and bull riding events. Biscotti Myskowski’s family’s small Stillwater ranch bordered land owned by a woman in town who barrel raced and boarded her horses there. Watching her neighbor race her horses around the barrels inspired the character of Alex’s best friend, Clarise.
Her other neighbors were only known to her by reputation; the family allegedly raised illegal fighting cocks. “The fear associated with my neighbor’s place made its way into my story, taking on a face and name in my antagonist,” she said.
Biscotti Myskowski, who has not visited Oklahoma since graduating high school, hopes to attend part of the festival, though her battle with a long illness may keep her grounded. To learn more about the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, which has been named one of the Top Ten Festivals by the website Livability, visit: www.barebonesfilmfestivals.org. Green Chair Pictures is located on the web at www.GreenChairPictures.com.