Don Fried — Playwright & Author

BodRip9087-30 low resMy screenplay adaptation of Bodice Ripper has advanced to the quarter-finals of the All Access Screenwriting competition. Senior Moments was selected as one of 5 semi-finalists in All Access last year. Partly as a result of that placement, Senior Moments was optioned by Hollywood production company Eden Rock Media, and it looks as though it’s on its way to both German language and English language productions.

The next rounds for this year’s All Access will be announced in May.

ThisAbility low resThisAbility, a screenplay which I wrote with German screenwriter/producer/director Mike Fuhrmann, just won 2nd Prize in the Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition.

Logline: When four disabled people discover a dishonest social worker has taken a bribe to force them from their house, they frame him for the unlikely heist they commit to save their home.

We already had several irons in the fire with “ThisAbility.” I’ll post more as things develop.Reel Writers Award

BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low resThe screenplays of Blood Privilege and Balakhistan both advanced to the finals of the Screenplay Festival screenwriting competition. Blood Privilege was selected in the Drama category, and Balakhistan in Thriller/Horror.  Both screenplays have now advanced are are still in the running in two contests. Word on the next rounds in these and on a number of other contests  is coming soon.Balakhistan Poster Low Res

BodRip9087-30 low resThe premiere production of Bodice Ripper won 7 of the 12 awards for Coal Creek Theater of Louisville Colorado’s 2013 season: Best Play, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, People’s Choice for Best Actor, Best Sound Design and Best Stage Management.

I’ve been named one of ScreenwritingU’s most recommended alumni for 2013.  Read the whole announcement here.

What a fantastic honor.

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Tuesday was a good screenplay day. A really good screenplay day!

Balakhistan Poster Low ResBalakhistan advanced for the third time in the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Competition.  It’s now in the quarter-finals. Only 2 more rounds to go! (Getting Betta made the semi-finals in that contest in 2012.)

Both Balakhistan and Blood Privilege made the semi-finals in the Screenwriting Festival competition.BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low res

Blood Privilege made the finals of the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.

And the logline for Bodice Ripper took 1st runner-up in the Three Lines or Less Logline Contestbodice-ripper

Senior Moments Poster low resMy screenplay adaptation of Senior Moments has been optioned by Hollywood production company Eden Rock Media. Eden Rock is currently finishing post production work on Solace, with Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins!  I’m in good company.

Following is the press release, which has been picked up by movie news website Deadline.com.

‘Solace’ Producer Eden Rock To Adapt Don Fried Play ‘Senior Moments’

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 10:13am PDTTags: Don FriedEden Rock MediaSenior Moments

EXCLUSIVE: Eden Rock Media has optionedSenior Moments, a romantic comedy from playwright and screenwriter Don Fried. Jana Augsberger and Katja Emcke will produce the pic, which Fried has adapted from his play, which has had more than 30 productions nationwide. The plot: After catching her husband in a nursing home affair, a woman embarks on a quest for the adventures she’s been denying herself for the last 50 years — only to discover that finding the right guy is even more difficult than it used to be. Next up is setting a director and cast ahead of a planned production start early next year. Eden Rock is currently in post on Solace, the Afosno Poyart-directed supernatural thriller starring Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Farrell. Ted Griffin & Sean Bailey, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan wrote that one. The indie producer’s credits also include Tucker & Dale Vs EvilMr Brooks and Waiting. Fried is currently working on his play Boddice Ripperin Denver and then heads to London for a production of his play Phoenix, inspired by the life of UK singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

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