connect

Writers Guild of Canada Registered #S16-00987

Writers Guild of American Registered #I289037

© Copyright 2016 by John Pisano-Thomsen

WINNER! - best feature screenplay

2017 CANADA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER! - best dramatic screenplay

2017 RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

platinum remi - best original drama

51ST WORLDFEST HOUSTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

WINNER! - bronze prize - best drama

2018 WORLD SERIES OF SCREENWRITING

WINNER! - SIERRA NEVADA AWARD

2017 MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

honorable mention

2016 WILLIAMSBURG FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

finalist

2018 SWITZERLAND INT'L FILM FESTIVAL

2018 BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2018 CANADIAN DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL

2018 LAS VEGAS SCREENPLAY CONTEST (DRAMA)

2018 RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL SCRIPT COMPETITION

2017 OAXACA FILMFEST (OFFICIAL SELECTION -DRAMA)

2016 WEXFORD FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

semifinalist

2018 OJAI FILM FESTIVAL

2018 OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

2017 RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2016 ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

quarterfinalist

2019 ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP (Top 5%)

2019 CREATIVE SCREENWRITING SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 

2017 BLUECAT SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

2017 FRESH VOICES SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

2017 WESCREENPLAY FEATURE CONTEST

2017 CINEQUEST SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

2ND ROUNDER (TOP 15%)

2016 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

official selection

2018 AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

sYNOPSIS

It's 1989.  19-year-old want-to-be artist, Kip Evers uncovers a disturbing secret kept by his mother for 20 years: the man known all his life as his father is NOT his biological father.   Betrayed and sick of being forced by his parents to study business, Kip runs away to New York City to access a trust left by his bio father, pursue his passion in art, and to find some meaning to his life.  Within days, Kip's life converges with those of a larger-than-life transgender guru,  an all-female answering service, and a 5-year-old boy -- all which eventually leads him to an unforeseen, once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity and a chance at a promising romance.

Connect is about learning to trust who you are, taking leaps of faith, accepting that everything in life happens for a reason, and, that we're all connected by something greater than ourselves.

noTABLE CRITIQUES

2017 academy nicholl fellowship

"This is an ambitious drama that explores themes of family, acceptance and coming-of-age through the story of Kip, a sullen college student who receives a new lease on life when he discovers that his parents aren't who he thinks they are and is able to move to New York City... Whether it was the heart-breaking tragedy of Xaviera... or Kip's own quest toward self-realization, this screenplay has no shortage of heart."

2017 table-read my screenplay

"This script was a joy to read. It’s chock full of dynamic and vibrant scenes, the characters, each trying to make sense of their lives, spring off the page, and the dialogue sings. The writer doesn’t shy away from tough subjects either, and gives people who live differently an authentic voice that deserves to be heard... This script had me all over the place emotionally. I was up, I was down, and I was upside down--it left me drained, to be honest. That’s a good thing. This script affected me, and it got me riled up. It hits so many great notes of character and emotion and this journey of realization, of finding oneself."

2017 bluecat screenplay competition

"Connect for the most of the time feels almost the opposite - disconnected, but in the best possible way.  This story really reminds us of the baggage that each of us carries around, and what kind of a burden that places on us when we try to get rid of it.  [Connect's] use of dialogue and character really set the story apart from others in the same genre... The relationship between Kip and Xav is purely something for the ages and really something that we haven't seen before.  It's beautiful and touching... An original story... Well done!"

2015 ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP

"The setup for the story is unique and intriguing and keeps the reader interested in seeing how everything will play out not only for the protagonist but for the supporting characters as well.... Each character feels authentic and real, especially Xav who is a great mentor character for the protagonist and creates nice comic relief throughout the script... Overall, Connect is an interesting coming of age story with unique insight into the different lives of people and how, despite our differences, we’re all connected."

2016 Slamdance Screenplay Competition

"This is a charming and unusual story. I love Xav and the unexpected direction she and the story take."

2016 bentonville film festival/lifetime screenplay competition

"The film is very original in its colorful cast of characters. Kip’s relationship with Xav is particularly dynamic and makes for an engaging and at times hilarious story... Overall, the script is very well written, the narrative arc has a nice pacing and the cast of characters are a delight."

2017 cinequest screenplay competition

"Extremely engaging, lifelike story with remarkable spirit... Good plot intro, really hooks in the reader/audience... The dialogue is very well written, very intriguing and easy to follow... Great execution and direction. Loved the ending."

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© 2018 by John Pisano-Thomsen.