2018 Winners' Showcase

Grand Prize Feature Winner

Flood Reed

Grand Prize Shorts Winner

Jordan Parrott

Jordan Kelly Parrott was born and raised in Antioch, CA. In his teenage years he worked as an actor and model in the Bay Area appearing in small roles in independent productions and even getting a chance to write and direct his first professional short at 16 years old for a low budget kids sketch comedy show.

 

Jordan has a degree in Multimedia from California Lutheran University and has worked as a freelance editor for five years working on everything from real estate marketing videos to short films. His most recent short film “Kids”, was an official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London.

 

He is currently working towards his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. “Good Kid” will be filmed in March of 2019 as his graduate thesis film. 

Drama Winner

Christian Lybrook

Jordan Kelly Parrott was born and raised in Antioch, CA. In his teenage years he worked as an actor and model in the Bay Area appearing in small roles in independent productions and even getting a chance to write and direct his first professional short at 16 years old for a low budget kids sketch comedy show.

 

Jordan has a degree in Multimedia from California Lutheran University and has worked as a freelance editor for five years working on everything from real estate marketing videos to short films. His most recent short film “Kids”, was an official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London.

 

He is currently working towards his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. “Good Kid” will be filmed in March of 2019 as his graduate thesis film. 

Comedy Winner

Chantal Massuh-Fox

Jordan Kelly Parrott was born and raised in Antioch, CA. In his teenage years he worked as an actor and model in the Bay Area appearing in small roles in independent productions and even getting a chance to write and direct his first professional short at 16 years old for a low budget kids sketch comedy show.

 

Jordan has a degree in Multimedia from California Lutheran University and has worked as a freelance editor for five years working on everything from real estate marketing videos to short films. His most recent short film “Kids”, was an official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London.

 

He is currently working towards his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. “Good Kid” will be filmed in March of 2019 as his graduate thesis film. 

Family Winner

Joel Doty

Jordan Kelly Parrott was born and raised in Antioch, CA. In his teenage years he worked as an actor and model in the Bay Area appearing in small roles in independent productions and even getting a chance to write and direct his first professional short at 16 years old for a low budget kids sketch comedy show.

 

Jordan has a degree in Multimedia from California Lutheran University and has worked as a freelance editor for five years working on everything from real estate marketing videos to short films. His most recent short film “Kids”, was an official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London.

 

He is currently working towards his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. “Good Kid” will be filmed in March of 2019 as his graduate thesis film. 

Grand Prize Feature Winner

American Backwoods: Verhaunt by Flood Reed

As the grandson of a former middleweight boxing contender, Flood Reed once dreamed of a
career in sports, himself. Unfortunately, leading the state of New Hampshire in yellow cards as a
high school soccer player didn’t exactly result the kind of recognition he was striving for.
Thankfully, it was at the University of New Hampshire, while studying Business, that Flood
enrolled in his first Film Studies course, discovered his love of cinema, and began writing his
first screenplay. And, finally, twenty years later, he is thrilled and honored to be recognized in
that capacity, instead. He’d like to thank the Low Light Pictures team for the validation and
confirmation that his vigor and vitriol was more productively channeled into writing than into the
faces of referees.

 

In 2001, Flood produced and directed that first screenplay, called “Mutual Admiration Society”,
a dark comedy, which led to him being named a Top 50 finalist during Season 2 of HBO's
"Project Greenlight.” After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, he continued producing, directing
and editing projects, working with the likes of Drew Barrymore, Tyrese Gibson and guitar
maestro Wes Borland - but mostly just continued to develop his own inconsequential projects,
and has spent far more money than he’s ever made in the business.

 

As an actor, Flood has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2007. He studied with
Matt Damon’s mentor Gerry Speca in Boston and alongside Chris Pine and Simon Helberg in
Los Angeles. On screen, he has worked opposite Gary Busey, Jessica Alba and Sylvester
Stallone – with none of their success or income to show for it. He is proud, however, to have
been awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Horrorhaus Film Festival for his work as Poppy
the Clown in the short film “Balloon.”

 

In 2015 came the release of “American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire”, a cerebral slasher film
that was awarded “Goriest Scene of the Year” by Rue Morgue Magazine. Written and directed
by Flood, it is currently available on Amazon and numerous streaming platforms. His screenplay
“American Backwoods: Verhaunt” – this year’s Low Light Pictures Grand Prize winner – is an
indirect sequel to “Slew Hampshire”, and will hopefully become the next installment in the
franchise. Or be sold to the highest bidder. Or, more likely, become another footnote in the
history of Hollywood has-beens and never-will-bes.

 

Flood currently works in post-production at CBS and is enrolled in the UCLA Professional
Program for Screenwriting, where he is working on two new screenplays – a Western Noir and a
slapstick buddy comedy – and where he hopes to actually learn, once and for all, how to write.

Grand Prize Shorts Winner

Good Kid by Jordan Parrott

Jordan Kelly Parrott was born and raised in Antioch, CA. In his teenage years he worked as an actor and model in the Bay Area appearing in small roles in independent productions and even getting a chance to write and direct his first professional short at 16 years old for a low budget kids sketch comedy show.

 

Jordan has a degree in Multimedia from California Lutheran University and has worked as a freelance editor for five years working on everything from real estate marketing videos to short films. His most recent short film “Kids”, was an official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in London.

 

He is currently working towards his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. “Good Kid” will be filmed in March of 2019 as his graduate thesis film. 

Drama Winner

City of Trees by Christian Lybrook

Christian Lybrook is a screenwriter and director who splits time between Idaho and Los Angeles.

 

His screenplays have won awards at the Low Light Screenwriting Competition, Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, and the StoryPros Screenwriting Competition. He was a 2018 Finalist for the John Milius Screenwriting Award.

 

Christian is a Fellow of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) ScreenForward Lab, and an alumnus of their Project Forum at Independent Film Week. His films have appeared at film festivals throughout the U.S., including the Tribeca Film Festival, ITVFest, SeriesFest, and the Sun Valley Film Festival. 

 

He is currently a Screenwriting Faculty member at the Jacob Krueger Studio, where he works with screenwriters of all levels.

Comedy Winner

The Bad Habits of Unhappy People by

Chantal Massuh

Chantal Massuh is an award winning writer, director, and production designer whose edgy style and blunt voice continuously propels her work to get noticed by the film industry. Never shying away from controversy and hard topics, Chantal is inspired by the struggles of womanhood and often writes about the central themes of female sexuality and coming of age for women in the 21st century.  

Having built over hundreds of sets, written over countless scripts, and directed numerous award winning short films, her work has a tendency to speak loudly for itself. She studied her craft of filmmaking at the prestigious School of Film & Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY where Chantal graduated Magna Cum Laude and has a BFA in film production.

The Bad Habits of Unhappy People, is her first feature length screenplay, which focuses on the different stages of female sexuality at different points in a woman's life. The screenplay has over several nominations and two category wins including best comedy screenplay at the Low Light Pictures International Screenplay Competition and runner up at the Barnstorm Screenplay Festival. Chantal is currently trying to raise funds to shoot The Bad Habits of Unhappy People and writing her next feature length screenplay Slut Girl Problems.

Family Winner

The Flower and the Weed by Joël Doty

Joël is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist.

 

The Flower and the Weed has been a finalist in several contests and she is thrilled that it has won the Low Light Family Division.

 

Her one act plays have been produced around the country. “Action and
Reaction” has been seen in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, St. Louis and Sydney, Australia. It was a finalist for the Heideman award at the 2011 Humana Festival. It is currently a semi-finalist for the ScreenCraft cinematic short story contest.

 

Her new YA dystopian thriller book, The Good Citizen, was published in 2017, and she plans to develop the screenplay this year.

 

She has attended workshops with Gordy Hoffman and the late Blake Snyder as well as the Sewanee Writerʼs conference (Beth Henley) as a Tennessee Williams scholar, Southampton Playwriting Conference (John Patrick Shanley) and was selected for the Kennedy Center Intensive Playwriting Workshop. (Gary Garrison, Paula Vogel, Marsha Norman). Her credentials include a BA from University of Michigan, MA
from Northeastern Illinois and advanced playwriting at Webster University.

Horror Winner

ELAH by Nicholas Di Valerio

Coming Soon!

Science Fiction/Fantasy Winner

War of Faith by Anthony Robinson

A. Lee “Tony” Robinson is a father first and attempts to be a screenwriter second. Born and raised in Mineola, NY, he graduated from The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY with a BSc in Marine Engineering and The George Washington University with a Master of Engineering Management degree in the heart of Washington, D.C. After a stint as a U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine Officer, he decided to come ashore and start his career in ship design. When he is not teaching martial arts to toddlers and moody teens as a 4th degree Black Belt in Mikido, he is writing in his man cave.  He can be reached at robinson_anthony@yahoo.com.