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From May 7th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

We have a meeting coming up on Monday, May 14.  Usual time and place, 7-9 pm at Starbucks on Lake Boone Trail, exit 5 from the I-440 Beltline.  Starbucks is located between Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s, just past the gas station. Use the following map for details.

Starbucks has yet another electronic reservation system for their meeting room, and this system works great.  I’m very impressed with the ease and simplicity of using it.  The room can still only be reserved 30 days ahead, and it’s still first come first served; but that’s only fair.


I am hoping to schedule the June meeting for either June 18 or June 25, whichever is available.  I’ll let you know when I get it booked.  Stay tuned to this Screenline web site for the latest information.


Please bring in your work to be read and critiqued.  During the course of a regular meeting, we can usually get to around 20 pages of a work in progress.  You need to bring around 8 to 10 copies so that everybody can have, or share, one to read from.

If you don’t yet have something to be read, that’s OK.  Come and join the fun of taking a voice part to be read, and take part in the discussion afterwards.  Your ideas are valuable!


The craft talk is kind of like a mini-class.  At this month’s meeting, I’m going to do a presentation on screenplay structure and how to set up your story.  You will find this very informative.  Bring a notebook with you.


I received the following notice from Joy Ennis of the Cary Theatre this past week and am happy to share it with everyone.
Come on, filmmakers and writers…. Let’s get some Screenline participation in this event!

We’re happy to announce the launching of a new film festival in Cary, NC called  BEYOND: The Film Festival - a celebration of the many facets of the art of storytelling through film. BEYOND: The Film Festival will highlight all aspects of filmmaking, featuring a short film competition and screenplay writing competition (length – 30 minutes or less). Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process. The theme for this first year is “Hometown Stories.” The screenwriting competition, also for short films, is based on the same theme and will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script.

BEYOND: The Film Festival will be held June 14 – 17, 2018 at The Cary Theater in Downtown Cary

Attendees will enjoy the best short films we can find, a selection of invited feature length films, a sneak-peek into the world of the bedrock of film – the screenplay, social events and more!

Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Submitted screenplays should be for short films and should not exceed 40 pages in length and written in English. Each screenplay must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018 and the submission fee is $15. Prizes include (but are not limited to):

Each official selection will receive laurels
The grand-jury winning script will receive a table read at the film festival
The Festival will assist with transportation to bring the screenwriter to the festival
The grand-jury winning script writer will get two (2) VIP Passes to attend screenings and events
For full details, check out this link to the BEYOND: The Film Fesitval.

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, June 18 at Starbucks off Lake Boone Trail.

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