10 Semi-Finalists Named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Screenplay Contest

September 12
10:15 2013

10 Semi-Finalists Named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Ten semi-finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes.

Five finalists will be announced the first week of October, and those five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre, November 15 to 17.

Our 10 semi-finalists are:

Broken Dishes by Debbie Bolsky and Jason Stuart
City of Literature by Joy Cheriel Brown
After Louie by Vincent William Gagliostro
The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger
A1A by Dennis Nivens
The Passion Child by Amir Sade
Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners
Cooper's Promise by Timothy Jay Smith
Saguaro by Brandon Yarns
Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr

Here are synopses of the screenplays and bios of the screenwriters:

A1A by Dennis Nivens

In Florida for Easter Break with his ultraconservative parents, repressed Braden meets free-spirited beach boy Kyler and experiences a sexual awakening just as everything else in life goes terribly wrong, as his new love lures him into an ever more sordid life of sex, violence and petty crime.

Dennis Nivens is a professional techno geek and former surf magazine editor who in his spare time writes pulp novels and gay-themed screenplays.

Boys in Summer by Dennis Shinners

A shy American college boy travels to Paris to reconnect with a French exchange student from his High School years and finds himself in battle for his affections with a bold, brash and aggressive Jersey girl.

Dennis Shinners is an NYC filmmaker that produces TV spots for Nickelodeon during The Day and writes his own movies at night. His most recent short "Barrio Boy" (adapted from a previous Pride Films & Plays screenplay finalist) hits the road this fall.

Buddy Booth by Edward J. Yaeger Jr.

A young man and a mysterious woman befriend each other under unorthodox circumstances. Their chemistry is so unique and infectious that the two soon find themselves cast in an indie film by a famous director who wants no-name actors starring in his art-house foray. The two new stars grapple with their demons both on and off screen, interfusing reality with celluloid.

Edward J. Yaeger Jr. is a digital marketer and short story writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. His short story, Gifting, is currently being produced as an animated short film. Edward is a contributing writer and guest blogger for Huffington Post and has written for a variety of LGBT publications, including and Outsports.

City of Literature by Joy Cheriel Brown

In City of Literature, Neb "Nebraska" Walker dreams of teaching at the prestigious Creative Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa but is told that he doesn't have a unique voice as a writer. However, to find his voice, Neb must first accept that he's gay.

Joy Cheriel Brown, founder of Third Person Omniscient Productions, is a screenwriter, director and producer. She has been writing screenplays since she was 10-years-old.

After Louie by Vincent William Gagliostro

After Louieis a deeply personal film that tells a brave, hopeful, and modern love story rising from the ruins of the past. It moves between eras in New York - from the gay sexual liberation of the 70s through the shuttering 80s to now, which is where the semi-autobiographical story of "Sam", a gay artist at a creative impasse begins. On the verge of 55, "the middle of things", he develops a relationship with a rent-boy, half his age, who just might become his path out of his "limbo".

Vincent Gagliostro is a Gay rights and AIDS political activist and filmmaker. His short films have been shown most recently in film festivals such as Fringe! Gay Film Festival, London; ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Cannes, Barcelona and New York; The New York Armory Show; Pulse Art Fair and Scope, New York. He has written and will direct his debut feature film After Louie which is currently in development.

The Starfish Scream by Brent Hartinger

Unable to accept that his best friend has committed suicide, a teenage boy searches his memories of their past together for an explanation that makes it make sense.

Brent Hartinger's many plays have been produced around the country, twice in New York. He's also the author of nine novels, all from major publishers; his 2003 gay teen novel Geography Club has now been adapted into a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Ana Gasteyer and is set for release in early 2014. In 1990, Brent helped found one of the world's first GSAs, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, and he is also the co-founder of, which was sold to Viacom/Logo in 2006.

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