Tuesday, February 11, 2014


2013 Colony alumni, Patrick Tobin's script "Cake" in development with Anniston signed on to star in and executive produce.

from Inside Movies: 

“Jennifer Aniston will executive produce and star in Cake, a Black List script about a woman who becomes fascinated with the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. According to a release from the newly forged Cinelou Films DHJ, Aniston’s character, “the acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons” “uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband.”

Patrick expressed his excitement over the news, saying:

"now I know what a lottery winner must feel like. I think she'll be an amazing Claire and I can't wait to see who her co-stars will be." 

To learn more about Patrick and his work, check out his site.

Cake is based on Tobin’s original short story, which was first published in Kenyon Review and later in the 2008 Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology, edited by McSweeney’s publisher Dave Eggers. 

Patrick won top prize in Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition for Cake at last year’s Nantucket FilmFestival, earning him a slot in last October's Screenwriters Colony program. The project has been gathering steam over the past year, it's inclusion in the 2013 Black List further confirming the script's wide acclaim.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


The trailer for Colonist Victor Quinaz ('05) debut feature BREAKUP AT A WEDDING is here! Introduced by Producer Zachary Quinto.

From Under the Gun:
"the film has a really fun Arrested Development/Parks and Rec vibe that makes it a must-see for any demographic."
The movie is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all VOD platforms.

From the producers of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Margin Call comes the hilarious new comedy from PERIODS. films.http://www.youtube.com/periodsfilms

BREAKUP AT A WEDDING is available for download now:

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Colonists Chris Galleta's ('10) hilarious and authentic coming-of-age comedy opens this weekend in select cities.

Go here for get tickets.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


EW.com has an exclusive look at the official poster for Colonist Victor Quinaz's ('05) new wedding comedy BREAKUP AT A WEDDING.

Along with an interview with producer Zachary Quinto (STAR TREK, MARGIN CALL), Entertainment Weekly revealed the poster made by Tom Hodge's The Dude Designs label (THE INNKEEPERS, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN).

Clearly a callback to the heyday of great 80's comedies like ANIMAL HOUSE, MEATBALLS, and the Lampoon Vacation flicks; the movie comes out June 18th on all VOD & Digital Platforms with special select city screenings from Oscilloscope Labs (EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN).

Quinto when asked about why he and his company would produce a wedding movie:

One of the other things that we’re really focused on at my production company is innovative storytelling, whether that means the story itself or the style in which the story is told. In this case, we felt like, yes, the wedding comedy has definitely been done and done very well by other people already. But what we felt was fascinating about this script was taking the found footage mode — that tends to be reserved for more horror, thriller, genre projects — and applying it to this more traditional romantic comedy.We’re really excited to be working with Oscilloscope and obviously this poster that they’ve done up which is so incredible, to see all the faces of all of our friends in that kind of high art rendering, it’s really gratifying. It’s been all-round a really good experience and on the heels of everything else that I have going on.
The movie is part of the comedy collective Victor co-created with his wife Anna Martemucci called PERIODS. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013


New York Times' Media & Advertising section has a piece about number crunching and story analytics, profiling 'the reigning mad scientist of Hollywood' Vinny Bruzzese's new script evaluation system.

It was only a matter of time before analytics made it's way into the genesis stage of movie making.
“Demons in horror movies can target people or be summoned,” Mr. Bruzzese said in a gravelly voice, by way of example. “If it’s a targeting demon, you are likely to have much higher opening-weekend sales than if it’s summoned. So get rid of that Ouija Board scene.”
Vinny Bruzzese doesn't go into the specifics of his service but he does list a few examples like the one above.

Ol Parker, screenwriter of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, feels the chill of this new approach in his soul:
 “Look, I’d take a suggestion from my grandmother if I thought it would improve a film I was writing,” he said. “But this feels like the studio would listen to my grandmother before me, and that is terrifying.”
So what do you think? Is this just another sign of the oncoming robot apocalypse? Or actually pretty helpful?

Read the full article here.

(Thanks to Colonist Tommy Butler '10)

Monday, May 6, 2013


Chris Galleta's ('10) first feature has a new title and a new trailer.

Yahoo Movies gets it. They know summer is going to be a blast thanks to Chris Galleta and his KINGS OF SUMMER (formerly titled TOY'S HOUSE). They recently listed the flick as their #18 most anticipated movie of the summer.

Check out the new trailer and poster!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


WGA's list of 101 greatest screenplays, all the usual suspects.

The Writer's Guild's list of 101 best screenplays of all time reads a lot like AFI's Top 100 it revises every year. Top of the list is CASABLANCA followed by THE GODFATHER with CHINATOWN, CITIZEN KANE, and ALL ABOUT EVE rounding out the top 5.

But what's missing?

Let us know what you think deserves to be on the list. Or perhaps what a better list might look like?

For the full list go here

Friday, April 26, 2013


It was announced in the trades on Wednesday that Colonist Victor Quinaz's ('05) debut feature BREAKUP AT A WEDDING was picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP). The film will be released on June 18th on all VOD and Digital Platforms as well as a limited theatrical.

Full release:
April 24, 2013—Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Victor Quinaz’s debut feature, BREAKUP AT A WEDDING.  A co-production of Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and Neal Dodson’s Before The Door Pictures (MARGIN CALL, upcoming Cannes entry ALL IS LOST) and Anonymous Content (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, WINTER’S BONE), the film will be released on June 18th across all cable VOD and digital platforms, with select event screenings and a college tour leading up to the release

Seen through the lens of an ambitious wedding videographer (played by the director, Victor Quinaz), BREAKUP AT A WEDDING gives us the nuptials of Alison Jones (Alison Fyhrie) and Phil Havemeyer (Philip Quinaz, the director’s real-life younger brother) in all of its sprawling, messy, and often wildly inebriated glory.  On the eve of their wedding, Alison gets cold feet and decides to break up with her fiancĂ© Phil. But rather than face the embarrassment of calling off the ceremony, Alison suggests to Phil that they proceed with a sham wedding. Phil is more than game to try, secretly hoping that a surprise gift he has for Alison will ultimately change her mind.

BREAKUP AT A WEDDING was written and directed by Victor Quinaz. His then fiancĂ©/now wife Anna Martemucci along with his brother Phillip Quinaz co- wrote the script and all three also appear in the cast of the ensemble feature. Quinaz and Martemucci said “We're thrilled to be associated with a company we’ve long admired. Also honored that BREAKUP AT A WEDDING will have the distinction of being the Oscilloscope movie with the highest number of on-screen chocolate fountains.”

O-Scope’s David Laub and Dan Berger said, “BREAKUP AT A WEDDING perfectly captures the insanity surrounding most weddings and then amplifies it to the absurd and hysterical, yet somehow always manages to be both poignant and relatable.  Victor and Anna are wonderfully talented and creative filmmakers and we're delighted to be dipping into their chocolate fountain.”

Producer Zachary Quinto, further added, “Victor and Anna are innovative, articulate, and passionate about their ambitions, both creatively and professionally, and we are honored to bring their work to a larger audience”

BREAKUP AT A WEDDING is a PERIODS. film, directed by Victor Quinaz and written by Anna Martemucci, Victor Quinaz and Philip Quinaz. The film was a co-production with Scott Robinson’s Robinson Films, Inc. Quinaz and Martemucci are repped by United Talent Agency and Anonymous Content.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The Screenwriter's Colony is excited to announce and welcome Dana Penrod as our new managing director and Callie Barber as our new Special Events and Development Coordinator.

Dana Penrod, new Managing Director
Dana comes from a background in both film production and non-profit program management. She has worked on several feature films including Academy Award nominee, The VisitorTrumbo, about blacklisted novelist and screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo; and the critically acclaimed Compliance, written and directed by Craig Zobel. For several years, Dana led international youth travel and educational enrichment programs with the International YMCA’s Global Teens initiative and World Learning’s Experiment in International Living. She has also worked for freeDimensional, a organization that promotes free speech and cultural democracy by mobilizing arts spaces and human rights advocates to aid artist activists persecuted for their creative expression and political activism. Dana is a master’s degree candidate with the School for International Training’s Program in Intercultural Managementwhere she has focused on exploring the intersections of art and social change, and community development and cross-cultural exchange. Dana is also a proud graduate of the School for Creative Activism, class of 2011. 

Callie, a native of Nantucket, spent 3 years studying acting in New York City. She is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop in NYC where she studied under famed director Mike Nichols and his partners Paul Sills and George Morrison. After a few more years spent working in Los Angeles, Callie decided to move home to Nantucket where she now resides full time with her husband and two small children.  Callie has worked in project management for last 6 years and in addition to her work with the Screenwriters Colony, Callie is set to begin work with Nantucket's new professional theatre company The Nantucket Theatre Institute. Callie is heavily involved with a number of Island nonprofits and seeks to keep Nantucket a culturally vibrant place all year long.

Very excited to have them both!