Congratulations to GRAND PRIZE WINning screenplay:

the obituary of tunde johnson by STANLEY KALU

Grand Prize Winner, Stanley Kalu (USC)



Stanley Kalu’s (21) father often calls him a beast of no nation, out of guilt for uprooting him time and time and time again. His guilt, however, is misplaced. Their nomadic lifestyle, though challenging at times, gifted his son with the opportunity and privilege of experiencing culture after culture and, as they explored new landscapes, made him privy to the inexhaustible magnitude of human expression. Art was the through line. From photo galleries in Nairobi documenting the terror and violence that has plagued the young nation, to the scarification masks of the ancient Punu people that once roamed the jungles of Gabon, Stanley has always, always been afforded the position of a cultural sponge.

Stanley came to USC’S School of Cinematic Arts a writer. Writing, he thought, was the vehicle from which he could parse through his fragmented upbringing in order to understand, illuminate and, most importantly, humanize the people and cultures of the African continent and its diaspora.

Art continues to be the through line.

Stanley Kalu was born in Nigeria and has lived all over Sub-Saharan Africa.





Grand Prize: The Obituary of Tunde Johnson by Stanley Kalu (USC)

2nd Place: Golden State by Brittany Worthington (University of Texas, Austin)

 3rd Place: Goat Boy by Jacob Stock (AFI)

4th Place: Holler by Lee Whitten (Oklahoma State University)

5th Place: GREENWOOD by Nathan Patton (University of Texas, Austin)

6th Place: Ringo by William Glenn (Asbury University)

7th Place: Felix's Bar Mitzvah by Sammy Sultan (USC)

8th Place: Wait List by Carly Hallman (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)



Thank you to all of the talented writers who submitted their screenplays for the competition this year.

Production is slated to begin on Stanley's powerful and emotional screenplay at the end of October, 2018.



Submissions for 2018 The Launch Million Dollar Screenplay Competition are closed

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