Jason Paris, who flew from New York to attend Diane Drake‘s Introduction to Screenwriting class last July, followed up his productive summer with two awards. In September “Auto Archaeology,” a project he created, hosted, and produced, won Best TV Pilot at the Cinema City International Film Festival. The show is about the abandoned cars that decay in woods and forests throughout the country, and how to restore or recycle these cars to prevent ecological damage. Then, in October, his documentary “Birthday Free for All” won Best Experimental Documentary at the New York International Film and Video Festival.

As for his Writers’ Program class: “The experience was totally amazing! With Diane Drake’s direction and inspiration I was able to complete a lifelong goal of writing about the last ten years of my father’s life. My experience at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program gave me the focus I needed to document this emotional journey. Currently, the script is being read by two agencies.”


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