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From February 28th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

We have a meeting coming up on Monday, March 11.  Usual time and place, 7-9 pm at Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh, just outside (west of) the I-440 Beltline, at Exit 5.  Turn right at the bottom of either exit ramp of I-440, and Starbucks will be on your left in the Lake Boone Shopping Center, between Chick-fil-A and McDonalds.  Turn right immediately past Chick-fil-A to access Starbucks.  Here's a map for reference.

This will of course be a regular meeting, when we will table-read excerpts from works-in-progress and offer critiques.  Please bring your work to be read.  If you plan to bring something, a length of 10 to 20 pages is about right, since this will allow us time to undertake up to three writers’ works during a meeting.  Please bring eight to ten copies, in order that everyone has a copy to read from or can share a copy.

If you have a longer piece you’d like to be read, we can accommodate this at a special meeting at a time and place to be determined.  This offers an opportunity to have a complete feature length script read and critiqued.  We simply don’t have time to do this during a regular meeting at Starbucks, as we can only book the meeting space for a maximum of two hours.  A full length script will take three or more hours to cover.  We are more than happy to do it, but arrangements must be made (see the next item).


We have a Special Event coming up on Sunday, March 10!

Long-time Screenline member Doug Zev has completed his feature-length screenplay “The Macabees,” and invites everyone to his home on March 10 at 2 pm for a full table reading of the script followed by feedback and critiquing.

Doug has recently submitted this completely rewritten screenplay to a contest where it finished in the top 100 out of over 2000 entries.

The complete reading and discussion will probably take around three to four hours, including time for food, which Doug will provide.

We need numerous voices to cover all the parts; please come! It isn’t often that we are fortunate toread a complete screenplay in one sitting.

Some of you have read small segments of this work at regular Screenline meetings. Here is your chance to see how everything fits together.

Please RSVP to Doug via e-mail by Friday, March 8 if you are planning to attend to determine the number of copies to print and also mention any dietary restrictions you might have.  It will be a great way to celebrate Doug's accomplishment!!


Looking ahead to next month, I have booked the space for Monday, April 8. 


2019 is the second year for the Cary Film Festival, to be held June 19-23 at the Cary Theater, Cary’s only arthouse theater.  Please see the web page, BEYOND: The Film Festival, details of the Festival.   

As a party of the Festival, there are two competitions - one for short films and another for short screenplays (less than 40 pages).  The theme of this year's competition is Heroes.  BREAKING NEWS: the last call deadlines for both competitions has changed to March 31.  The submission details are available on FilmFreeway.  Contact the Cary Theater if you need more details. 

We’d love to see some Screenline folks (both filmmakers and screenwriters) in the ranks of those submitting work to the competition.  One of our members, Tim McDevitt, was the winner of the contest last year.

That’s a wrap for now.  See you at Screenline!!!


P.S. If you have news or information you’d like to share, send it to me at and I will get it posted to the web site. 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 8 at Starbucks off Lake Boone Trail.

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