WGAW Feature Writer Access Project

The WGAW Feature Writer Access Project is modeled on the successful TV Writer Access Project for Mid-Level Television writers.

Coordinated by the WGAW Diversity department, the project seeks to identify outstanding diverse writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers, including producers, studio executives, agents and managers, in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. Minority screenwriters were invited to submit a current, feature-length, unproduced spec script. Entries were read and scored on a blind submission basis by a panel of judges comprised of WGAW members recruited by the Feature Writer Access Project Advisory Committee.

The decision to target minority writers was based in significant part on the data and analysis contained in the 2011 Hollywood Writers Report Executive Summary. Statistically, minority writers are the most underemployed group of writers in feature films. In 2009, employment of minority writers in the feature films declined for the first time in a decade – from 6% to 5% of all writers employed in this segment.

Read more about the Feature Writer Access Project here and on The Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire.

In 2012 five writers were selected as the first Feature Writer Access Project Honorees. Click here to read more about them.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Feature Writer Access Project honorees.

2014 Feature Writer Access Project Honorees  

Photos: Michael Jones 
[Left to right] LaToya Morgan, Galen Tong, Q. Terah Jackson III, Soo-Hyun Chung, Tianna Majumdar-Langham, Chris Bessounian, Joy Kecken, Nayan Padrai, and Radha Bharadwaj.

Radha Bharadwaj
Final Boarding
Suspenseful intersecting storylines of four strangers who are desperate to catch a Los Angeles to New York flight that they don't know – but we, the viewers, know – is doomed.
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Soo-Hyun Chung
A girl just entering puberty is seized by uncontrollable sexual urges that overwhelm and frighten her. She defies those who chalk it up to normal teenage hormones to discover that not only has she been possessed by an ancient female demon hellbent on mating, but the people closest to her are helping to carry out its nefarious plan.
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Q. Terah Jackson III
When Bayard Rustin, a brilliant but contentious political strategist, is ostracized from the civil rights movement for being gay, he endures personal and public shame to advance the career of his promising protégé, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Joy Kecken
All-In is a sports drama about Gabriella Janeway, a former champion who battled her sister in the high stakes poker world and chose the spotlight over her. When Gabriella gets a second chance to take her niece along on the comeback trail, her struggles to face her past may push her to gamble away the thing she needs the most – her family.
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Tianna Majumdar–Langham & Chris Bessounian
Guns and Saris
They’ve been oppressed and brutalized at the bottom of India’s caste system for 3000 years, but now the “untouchable” women of India have found an unlikely source of hope – and she’s armed.
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LaToya Morgan
Same River Twice
A Nicholl Fellowship quarter finalist, is a character driven two-handed thriller following a young white journalist and the mother of a missing young African American girl on their quest to bring a serial kidnapper to justice.
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Nayan Padrai
Billion Dollar Raja
Inspired by the true story of the largest insider trading case in US history, this David vs. Goliath tale follows the journey of Andrew, a tenacious SEC attorney, who is forced to fight the system to investigate a mafia style operation in the shady underbelly of Wall Street offices – filled with high profile tipsters, sexual favors, naked decadence, wild Super Bowl bashes, unapologetic greed, major corporations, secret wiretaps, the feds, and the billionaire “king of kings”… Raj Rajaratnam.
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Galen Tong
The Monkey King
In this period action adventure set in China, a young scholar must become a warrior, disguising himself as a famous character from the Peking opera, then secretly leads a rebellion against the foreign powers occupying and oppressing his country.
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