APPLICATION ACCEPTED to SUNDANCE INSTITUTE Director’s Lab

How can life get better!?

It’s not only about being accepted to Sundance’s Lab — It’s about WHO IS TEACHING!

“JOAN DARLING has been nominated four times for an Emmy (the first woman nominated for directing) and twice for a Directors Guild of America award, winning one of each. She was the original director of MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN. She directed the historic episode of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, “CHUCKLES” named the number one TV episode of all time. Her feature, FIRST LOVE was named one of the years ten best by CBS. She starred on Broadway, and was a series regular on OWEN MARSHALL. Darling is also a teacher, known for her “Directing the Actor Workshop,” and has served as a Creative Advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab for over twenty years.”

SUNFLOWER CARE written by the fricking amazingly talented Della Greenawalt is the project I applied with and will be working on. What better way to be the best director I can possibly be to several exceptionally talented actors?!

WOOOOHOOOO!

~ debi

 

DALLAS LAW “Not Yet, She’s Not” Places as Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival

Yes! Our debut! And we couldn’t be happier.

Dallas Law Ladies
Laurel Aarsvold, Amy Mattila, Diana Richardson, Debi Yazbeck

Being a part of the great Dallas Law Ladies is a delight. I get to work with three talented, dedicated screenwriters (all those blondes above). We live in four corners of this country, so we have writing retreats two to three times a year in Eden, Utah (yeah it could have been the original garden).

Eden view

We have a conference call every week where we laugh, cry, gossip, cheer each other on and, yes, we even write. I love these ladies and I’m so proud to be a part of our group.

We will all meet up again at the Austin Film Festival starting October 25, 2017. Cheers, Ladies!

  • debi

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