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Visiting Artist and Member Wins!

June 28, 2016
Angela Andrist Javier Fuentes-Leon and producer Kevin Bannerman
Filmmaker Javier Fuentes-Leon (right)
Angela Andrist (center)
and producer Kevin Bannerman (left) 

A desire for feedback and formal critique from people in the industry led Angela Andrist to enter the Screenwriter's Workshop Feature Contest. Little did she know that not only would she receive the critique she valued, but would win the contest, "I never imagined my screenplay would be this well received and was truly surprised it came in first place." This coming of age story was inspired by bits and pieces of her life experiences. Taking the advice to "write what you know" the characters are influenced by the people in Andrist's life that influenced her as a teenager. She wanted a chance to spotlight the disco era and to highlight important events from Minnesota's history. The next steps are to meet with a Hollywood producer and/or agent for guidance. Then in the fall there will be a staged reading of the script by professional actors at the Twin Cities Film Festival. After raising funds, the hope is to make this film in Minnesota.

SPNN member and teaching artist Angela Andrist is no stranger to awards. In 2008 her first documentary (produced at SPNN) won an award for Best Emerging Filmmaker through the Minnesota Historical Society's Greatest Generation project. Her work has been screened at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Big Water Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival to name a few.  On April 27, Angela was awarded the Screenwriter's Workshop and Twin Cities Film Festival best feature script for "Summer of '79".

In addition to her creative work, Angela has taught media and storytelling classes for several years. She has worked with participants in SPNN’s Doc U cohort for the last four years as well as led one off workshops at SPNN.