As Alaska continues to recover from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and violent aftershocks, it is good to see nature still making preparations for the holidays. These images of a decorative rose-hip overlay on a tree and ice-drop tinsel are courtesy of author and photographer Molly J. Montgomery.
“Lectures on Poetry” has made North of Oxford’s “Most-Read” list for 2018. This year’s line-up was truly international, including poets from Bulgaria, Australia, the U.K. and the Caribbean. Thanks to editors Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter. See: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/
Best Comedy Teleplay Nominations:
- “1. Backpack” Written by Ethan Crystal (New York)
- “Betty to the Future” Written by Norm Fassbender & Kate Holowach (Canada)
- “Don-John’s Disappointed Mam” Written by M.V. Montgomery (Georgia)
- “Hair Today: Gone Tomorrow” Written by Michael Matasci (New York)
- “It Takes A Village” Written by Marcelle A. Davis
- “Phoenix Reign – Episode Four” Written by Nicholas Thomas (New York)
- “Scabs” Written by Lee Kitchen (Florida)
- “The Monkeypod” Written by Dane Pizzuti Krogman (North Carolina)
Update Nov. 11: And the winner is “Scabs” by Lee Kitchen. Congratulations to Lee and to all of the other finalists, and thanks to Festival Director Mikel Fair for staging another truly professional event.
“Don-John’s Disappointed Mam” won the Best Short Screenplay Award today at the Georgia Shorts Film Festival at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema. It was a beautiful day in Atlanta with tens of thousands turned out for the Pride Festival in nearby Piedmont Park. Many thanks to Caroline King, the Georgia Shorts Festival Director, for staging the event and for the generous reception and awards ceremony at Apres Diem following the screenings. And congratulations all around to the other finalists in the Short Screenplay category: “I-16” by Margina Sisson, “Jen Again” by Jennifer Hurvitz, “The Adventurer’s Diary” by Jean Maye, and “The Light Dares to Desert Me” by Eriah S. Howard. See: https://info.filmfestivalcircuit.com/georgia-shorts-film-festival
Well, Mandy May Cheetham, thanks for being pure dead brilliant as the title character in “Don-John’s Disappointed Mam,” a recent script winner at the WILDsound Festival in Toronto. The other actors included John Leung as Don-John and Anjelica Alejandro as Rosa. Adrian Currie narrated. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrpVrRypjB8
The New York Screenplay Contest, billed as the city’s largest, this year received over 1000 entries. “Don-John’s Disappointed Mam” is one of seven Official Finalists in the Stage Play category: https://newyorkscreenplaycontest.com/2018-official-finalists
Don-John’s Tweet: “New York is an amazing place with amazing people. When people want to knock New York — first of all you shouldn’t be doing it, because you have a massive population there — but when you want to knock New York, you’ve got to go through me…I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will…Part of the problem is that no one wants to hurt each other anymore.”
Mam’s Reply: Now, Don-John, can’t you say something nice aboot a place without gettin’ all crabbit and endin’ up in a rammy? Why are ye always threatening the Fisty Cuffs? Don’t be such a ned! Have you had your breakfast yet, son, or are you Twitterin’ away on an empty stomach?
This weekend one of the Southeast’s largest Native American celebrations is being held at Ocmulgee National Monument. See: https://www.maconga.org/event/ocmulgee-indian-celebration-2018/10676/