Countdown to #YFF2010 begins for SAM PATTERSON & CAREY WESTBROOK

Coveted CSSC Crystal Writer's Block Grand Prize Award is accompanied by $1,000 cash

For those of you new to the blog or just tuning in, as we approach the announcement of our winner of the 2009 CSSC at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival Golden Sheaf gala, we thought it would be aproppo to introduce you to several of our nominees and 13 finalists.

Again, in no particular order, yesterday saw us profiling the commonwealth scribes Carolynne Ciceri and Neil Graham, and today, we look to Canadian/American combo screenwriters Sam Patterson and Carey Westbrook (writers of Writer’s Block and Cheat ‘Em Fair, respectively):

Sam Patterson - Screenwriter

SAM PATTERSON. Sam started his trek in business of show at the tender young age of 10 starring in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. During his formative years, he went on to be in many more productions. In college, his focus changed from acting to directing and stage managing. His produced works include a play called Wit and Moonlight which adapts the decades long correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and the actress Ellen Terry. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “a lovely theatrical dance.” He holds a MFA in theatre from Trinity University and a MFA in film and video from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught screenwriting in both the US and Canada.

For more information on Sam, visit his website


Carey Westbrook - Screenwriter

CAREY WESTBROOK 3RD BABELGUM ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER – NARRATIVE, 2ND BABELGUM ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST! He is the star, writer, composer, and producer of many critically acclaimed short films on He has made numerous appearances on television primetime shows like ABC’s DANCE MACHINE, EXTREME GONG SHOW, and FOX’S THE MAGIC HOUR, and you can see him as the star of numerous Sundance Film Festival feature films theatrically released and other films that have gone straight to DVD. Films like Streets of Legend, Strangeland, and the upcoming Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling. But Carey’s most proudest achievement besides being a good and decent human being is winning the award of The Ritz Ultimate Cracker Snacker of Colorado, for most outstanding original recipe and presentation of a Ritz Cracker Snack hosted by the late great Ed McMahon. “Since I was a child I knew I was meant to be the Lord of All Crackers, ” says Westbrook. “I just like the sound of it”.

You can follow the results of the Yorkton Film Festival and the Golden Sheaf Awards Gala, including the winner of the 2009 CSSC, live on twitter by following the #yff2010 hashtag.

About David Cormican

DAVID CORMICAN is an award winning blogger (2010 Canadian Weblog Award winner – best literature & writing category), father, performer, producer and founder of the prestigious Canadian Short Screenplay Competition (CSSC), an organization he formed to showcase and promote emerging screenwriters through recognition and the production of their winning work. In 2010 Cormican was a nominee for the Regina Mayor’s Arts & Business Award for Innovation in the Arts and a recipient of the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. In addition to establishing the CSSC's Short Film Fund, he is also a partner with Minds Eye Entertainment where he is in charge of development for the production company’s feature film, television and branded content. Recent producing credits include THE TALL MAN (Jessica Biel) and FACES IN THE CROWD (Milla Jovavich, Julian McMahon) for Minds Eye and RUSTED PYRE (Brooke Palsson, Samantha Somer Wilson) and MINUS LARA (a Bravo!FACT funded short starring Romina D’Ugo) for the CSSC. He is a board member for Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, a counselor for ACTRA Saskatchewan and board member representing the arts portfolio for SaskCulture. He also sits on various committees for SaskFilm, SMPIA and the Canadian Media Producers Association.
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