Saundra Mitchell is a longtime screenwriter and author. Random Housefs Delacorte Press will launch her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, on February 10th, 2009. For almost ten years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On the Road, Fresh Films and Girls in the Directorfs Chair short film series; in 2008, she became the Head Writer and an Executive Producer.
gShadowed Summerh has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection for 2009. Her short story gReady to Wearh was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize after appearing in Vestal Review Issue 27. In July, 2007, her essay, gRapid Cycling,h appeared in Common Ties. Her short story, gManagementh appeared in Zen Filmfs anthology gLove & Sacrificeh in February, 2007, and another short, gKissing the Dog-Faced Boyh appeared in The Summerset Reviewfs Spring Issue, 2007. She has also published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Edgar Literary Magazine, and The Parnassus.
Other screenwriting accomplishments include scripting Scholasticfs gGet Active with Widgeth webisode gTreasure Hunth and the 2006 Girls in the Directorfs Chair image campaign (the foundation for a national PSA in association with Women in Film.) In 2005, she concept-designed and scripted the Metro Chicago United Wayfs Leadership Campaign. Her first feature film, Revenge Ends, will debut on the festival circuit in 2008.
Her films have been selected for competition at many national and international film festivals, including the juried Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Chicago International Childrenfs Film Festival. In 2006, gGoodbye, Howardh and gLast Time We Meth were selected as part of the inaugural Chicago International New Filmmakers Festival. gGoodbye, Howardh was also selected as one of the Top 4 Best of Fest at the Gen Art Film Festival in 2006.
gNo. 72 and gThe Super Dupersh were selected to premiere at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. These festivals are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as Academy AwardTM qualifying events. Also in 2006, the 10th annual Webby Awards named Fresh Films an official honoree.
In other arenas, Ms. Mitchell was interviewed by the New York Times and the BBC for her part in exposing the Kaycee Nicole hoax, and shefs been tapped by morning radio shows all over the United States as a guest expert on Urban Legends & Folklore.
Ms. Mitchell lives in Indianapolis, with her husband and two children. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger,Inc..
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