Screenwriting Workshops: Writers' Biographies

ANNETTE HANDLEY CHANDLER is the Director of the Southampton Screenwriting Conference and teaches Screenwriting through the MFA Writing & Literature program. She has produced films for Paramount Pictures, Disney, PBS, ABC and CBS. Among them, the 2001 Emmy Award winning Ansel Adams: A Documentary directed by Ric Burns. A former literary agent and ABC programming executive in Los Angeles, Handley Chandler taught screenwriting at UCLA and Pepperdine University. Locally, she has written, directed and produced Plum TV's documentary on vintner/sculptor Walter Channing. She writes fiction and has been published in numerous publications including the East Hampton Star, The Southampton Press and HamptonStyle Magazine.

CHRISTINA LAZARIDI was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay of One Day Crossing. Christina currently teaches screenwriting at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and works as a screenwriter and consultant. Recent projects include the screenplays for When the Bough Breaks with Lisa Albright, two adaptations for Argonauts Productions and producer Panos Papahatzis, slated for production in 2008, and the adaptation of Elias Kulukundis’ memoir My Taste of Illusion. Lazaridi, has also written and produced documentaries including the feature length Varian and Putzi: a 20th Century Tale directed by Academy Award® winner Richard Kaplan and Assignment: Rescue a documentary for Richard Kaplan Productions narrated by Meryl Streep. She holds an M.F.A. (Honors) in Screenwriting from Columbia University and a B.A (Honors) in Comparative Literature & Creative Writing from Princeton University.

FRANK PUGLIESE is a playwright and screenwriter and the author of Aven'U Boys (Obie Award). He is also the author of The King of Connecticut, The Talk, The Alarm (all with Naked Angels); The Summer Winds (Naked Angels and NY Stage and Film); Hope is the Thing with Feathers (The Drama Dept); Kaos (New York Theatre Workshop.) As a screenwriter, he is responsible for Aven' U Boys (in development); 29th Street (for Paramount and produced by Fox); Born to Run (produced by Fox): Dion (based on Dion and the Belmonts ) The Six (for Baltimore Pictures); Buddy Boys (based on the NYPD police corruption scandal at Warner Bros.) Oliver (an updated version of Oliver Twist produced by Quincy Jones); Mob Girl (Castle Rock); Trinities (based on the Nick Tosches novel, New Line Cinema); Cousin Joey (Sante D'orazio directing); Infamous (produced by Hart-Sharp, directed by John Leguizamo); Shot in the Heart (directd by Agnieszka Holland, produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana); Italian (Greenstreet producing): Absent (Chris Messina attached). For television, he has written Night of the Living Dead, "Homicide" (WGA Award); and Love and Blood for "Fallen Angels" (Cable Ace Award Nomination); Two plus One (A pilot written for Fox Television and Tom Fontana); Broken City (A pilot for HBO created at Castle Rock) The Beat (The Season Finale); Street-time (producer): Bluefish (For HBO, creator, currently in development). Frank is a graduate of Cornell University where he won the Forbes Herman award for playwriting and was Artistic Director of the Whistling Shrimp Theatre Co. At the NYU Dramatic Writing Program, he was named "Graduate Student of the Year," and Frank is also a former Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court in London. Frank was honored by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts fifteenth anniversary, as their outstanding alumnus in the field. Frank is a proud member of Naked Angels, Drama Dept., and is co-founder of both The Writer's Group and The Screenwriter's Collective. Frank is a consultant for the Cherry Lane/Alternative Mentor program for young playwrights. And he sits on the artistic committee and board of Naked Angels. Frank teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Columbia University. A collection of his plays was published by Broadway Play Publishing. And his new play The Crazy Girl is due to be released this year.




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