Photos from the California Women’s Film Festival

Such a fun evening.Debi CWFF2

And a great honor to receive Best Feature Screenplay at the 2016 California Women’s Film Festival.

None of this would have happened without Max Adams and the Academy of Film Writing. Max rocks as a teacher and a mentor!

And I had my own fan club there!

Ken Harter, my always supportive husband, Aaron Harter – his son and Catie Blalock – Aaron’s girlfriend. And fellow screenwriter, Mike Cregan.

Debi CWFF– debi

 

TETON RECKONING and FERAL official selections of Austin Revolution Film Festival

 

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I’m super excited to be include in the Austin Revolution Film Festival. And especially with two screenplays:

Teton

The year is 1890…

Determined to head West, a Fort Worth orphan connives to wed an Idaho land baron. Her scheming leaves her fighting for her life against her avenging husband, bribed Pinkertons and a tenacious band of kidnappers — all while battling to survive the treacherous Tetons.

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Feral is a short drama about a persistent canine and the unforeseen and deadly consequences that follow him into the lives and pregnancy plans of a young couple.

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Teton Reckoning WINS California Women’s Film Festival

Best Feature Script of California Women’s Film Festival

Teton

Teton Reckoning by Debi Yazbeck

(Presented at the end of Block 2 on Friday 7/15/2016)

Festival Location

Acme Comedy Theater

5126 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood CA 91601

I plan on being there!

Thank you, Max Adams and the Academy of Film Writing

Thank you, Stowe Story Labs Spring Retreat

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Addicted

I can’t stop myself. I can’t control it. Will power evaporates…

Wait for it…

Jigsaw puzzles. I’m addicted to jigsaw puzzles. Hopelessly.

I just finished this thousand piece puzzle yesterday morning before work (yeah, tell me about it). One of the more difficult puzzles I’ve worked on, so it was especially satisfying.

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I showed Ken the finished product when he got home from work yesterday (our third wedding anniversary) and he asked me what I’d be working on next. Then he said, “I have a couple gifts for you.”

One of my favorite movies ever is — Woman in Gold . puzzle2

And look at my gift! Woohoo!

Today — the first day of our fourth year of wedding bliss, I am indulging in this box of shameless addiction!

(As I sip my gin on the rocks.)

 

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RIP Dixie Yazbeck

October 26, 2001 – May 14, 2016.

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Dixie has been my constant roommate, travel companion and comforter for almost fifteen years.

Little pieces of life leave. Fissures in the dam. And I cry endlessly with each. Those fissures repair themselves eventually or that dam would break and I’d flood all life downstream.

Dixie

I imagine Towanda Yazcat and Fefe will terrorize me for a few days as they adjust to not having Dixie to pick on (don’t get me wrong – she loved the attention). And I’m a big sloppy mess.

I love you, Dixie. Forever.

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Lilyhammer “Bring Jerry Home” WINS HONORABLE MENTION!

It’s not the Grand Prize Winner but it’s the closest thing to.

 SPF Cert

Lilyhammer “Bring Jerry Home” is a crime-drama/dark-comedy spec teleplay about a high ranking Mafioso who testifies against his Mafia Boss and enters the US witness protection program requesting a new life in Lillehammer, Norway where he resumes his Mafia ways under a new identity (a fish out of water) with great success until the avenging Boss discovers his whereabouts.

Even better than the certificate — they praised my work, “We could not be prouder to have your work be an example of the screenplays that our competition is able to discover. … You truly have a gift.”

Wow, just wow.

SPF Letter

These guys are great! — SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL 2015 Movie & TV Winners. (I’m in the “Television –  One Hour Spec” section.)

Lilyhammer is Netflix’s very first production and one of my all-time favorite shows. (If you like The Sopranos and/or Fargo — TV or movie, you should check it out.)

Steven Van Zandt - Photo Générique
Steven Van Zandt – Photo Générique

According to Rolling Stone Netflix and Lilyhammer changed the world of TV.

I wholeheartedly agree.

– debi