Forry Ackerman Imagi-Movie Award
Award featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland, Issue # 289, p. 197:
"WINTER BIRD began as a stage play drafted for the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. I hesitate to argue with my wife, who claims she commanded me to write a play about a vampire, deriving from all those long winter nights our family of four was experiencing in Anchorage. The play is 100% recognizable to anyone who ever lived in Alaska -- Anchorage library, fur-trapper's cabin, sled dogs, northern lights, an Eskimo legend..."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland:
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic"
Logline: A former physician, remorseful over his wife's assisted suicide, buries himself in library work where he meets a vanishing Woman in White. A wacky science student helps him to find her and, hopefully, to survive the encounter.
Burning Love Screenplay Contest 2017 (Richmond)
Winter Bird hinges on the relationship between a librarian, a former physician who helped his beloved wife commit suicide, and a blond shape-shifting vampire murdered while terminally pregnant 100 years before. The Anchorage Rare Book Room librarian becomes intrigued by the amber-eyed dream creature hell-bent on obtaining a rare set of herb books to help a foundling infant. Based on an indigenous legend of avian transmutation, she haunts the desolate Alaskan woods, sometimes as a snowy owl. Seemingly interested in the librarian, she vanishes abruptly.
A wacky science student, encourages his increasingly delusional friend to track down the mysterious Woman in White. The grotesque tragedies of librarian and vampire irretrievably intertwine with Gothic and humorous twists, leading to a risky attempt at mutual redemption.
"Oh, Peter, Peter, Peter! Look! Look at this sky! These colors. Vivid far from the city. Come. Watch the green ribbons move, dance, expand. Inhale them. Breathe the green. The ribbons display themselves for us to see, to smell, to taste!"
"Shhhhh! Your body is tensing now. Like a caged bird."
"Almost like it never died."
Development Executive, Tailored Films - Dublin 2018
"I particularly enjoyed the Beckettesque dialogue. The surrealist nature of the characters conversations were very sharp and engaging."
Academy Nichols Feedback 2018
"Fantasy imagery in this script is strongly cinematic. On page 44, especially, when a fog pours into a library and transforms into a woman with wings, imagery is especially powerful. I believe fantasy imagery is one of this script's strongest elements."
Slamdance Screenplay Competition 2017, Short Feedback
"This is an intriguing and compelling adaptation of the play by the same name... as the author sets up the world, characters and the events that unfold, it becomes clear that things are not what they seem in this quaint Alaskan town. What is additionally refreshing is the subtle weaving of moments of magical realism that pushes the narrative further into what is fantasy, dreams and legends. Overall this is a unique refashioning of typical vampiric lore while remaining contained and grounded in the rules and mythos
originally established in the first several pages."
Seattle International Film Festival Feedback 2017
"The writer succeeds at creating a clear sense of setting and time. Descriptions and details of the physical world (i.e. exemplifying the tundra of Alaska through different animals) were cinematic and instilled a very intense image of Alaska's natural beauty. The story was propelled, almost exclusively by dialogue without being overly expository -- this was a major strength of the script. The dialogue was original and engaging. The characters, and their interpersonal relationships, felt realistic and impactful; their relationships with one another were genuine. Each character had their own distinct voice. Also, the use of a diverse set of characters is refreshing and automatically makes the story-world more intriguing."
Message from UK Film Festival - London 2018
"...the committee enjoyed reading Winter Bird and it made it past the final cut... This is no mean feat and we want you to know that we appreciate your creativity and professionalism."
Message from Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2018
"Our industry professional judges have carefully read and considered over 2500 submissions... you should feel proud of the fact that your script--after being closely reviewed by multiple judges--was ranked as among the Top 15% of all entries received. Your script missed the Quarterfinals by a very narrow margin"
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland 2017
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic, by the by. Amazing Dialogue."